Moving our HVAC Vent + Dremel Saw Giveaway

August 20, 2014

Hello friends! Today I wanted to share the brief tale of how we moved our HVAC vent in the guest room with the help of the Dremel US40 Ultra Saw and offer one up for you to win today!  We don’t advocate doing major changes to your home’s HVAC system without professional help, but in this situation we found moving the vent a few feet wasn’t too difficult and a project we could tackle on our own.

I didn’t want the vent directly under the fan, I wanted it three feet closer to the closet wall and away from the fixture for aesthetic reasons so we moved it ourselves.

moving hvac vent

Our project required opening up the ceiling (after we removed the popcorn) to shorten the conduit. We also shut off the power to this room because we were working around the electrical wire to the ceiling fixture.

cut open sheetrock

Once the ceiling was open Matt cut the conduit with the Dremel Ultra Saw and its metal blade attachment.


dremel metal blade

Sparks were flying so we made sure to have a fire extinguisher near just in case, he also wore protective eyewear.


We then reframed the section of the ceiling to support the metal duct, we recycled the old one and used FlexFix tape to seal the duct in its new location.

flex fix duct tape

moving duct

We reused the old sheetrock cuts to patch, tape, and retexture the ceiling with the vent in the new location. We then painted the walls and ceiling and installed the new fan.

hvac moved

Now the vent is no longer an eyesore and the ceiling fan gets the spotlight!

moved hvac vent

The Dremel US40 Ultra Saw is a versatile tool with many home improvement applications. It comes with 4 cutting wheels/blades and can cut plywood, wood trim and baseboards, metal pipe, rebar and conduit. It also strips paint or thinset adhesive under tile, and can cut tile without water. Read all about what the tool can do here.

dremel ultra saw

Today Dremel is giving away one; eligibility to win the Dremel US40 Ultra Saw:

1) Name a project in your home where you’d use the Dremel Ultra Saw. Leave a comment on this blog post to be entered to win.

Giveaway ends Saturday August 23, 2014 at midnight PST. One winner chosen at random. By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.  Winner #412 Carrie E. notified via email.

*This post brought to you by Dremel, opinions about the product are my own.Thank you for supporting sponsors of this site.  .

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670 Responses to “Moving our HVAC Vent + Dremel Saw Giveaway”

  1. Suzanne says:

    I’ve got a bathroom remodel planned. There’s lots of work for something like this Dremel saw.

  2. Kaytee says:

    My husband and I are currently adding a mudroom to our rehab house. Though this Dremel saw could be added to our growing Dremel family in our ever evolving home, I think we would put it to work first in our mudroom.

  3. Carolyn says:

    I don’t need a Dremel but would really like to know where the ceiling fan came from!

  4. anonymous says:

    Perfect! The Dremel Saw is just a perfect tool for easy home projects.

  5. I would like to edit some shelves in my storage room! :)

  6. Maria says:

    Oooh, this would definitely be helpful for the built-ins we’re thinking of doing around our fireplace!!

    Also, LOVE the ceiling fan upgrade!

  7. Julia says:

    We’re in the process of buying a fixer-upper and I could see us using the Dremel saw for updating trim, baseboards, and molding!

  8. Tery H says:

    If I win I would use it for the same as you. Every room in my house has a vent close to the center ceiling light-drives me crazy!

  9. Gail C. says:

    This saw would be great for all my upcoming projects and it looks easy to handle!

  10. Tammy says:

    We want to put new tile in the bathroom! This tool would definitely help with that!!!

  11. Jessica says:

    I would use it to help complete a pallet wine/wine glass holder that I’ve been contemplating making : )

  12. Richelle B says:

    What a great little saw, I have some plywood pieces that need to be cut for a nursery project and could use it for several other projects around the house.

  13. Shannon says:

    I have plans for a major 3rd bedroom/office overhaul complete with an entire wall of shelving! This Dremel would make bigger tools unnecessary, and I’d love to add a 2nd power tool, to my one electric drill collection :)

  14. Leslie says:

    I would love to update our tile. This tool would certainly simplify the project. Thanks for the opportunity.

  15. Tricia Fuller says:

    My husband, the handyman, could find too many ways to use this nifty tool. Thank you! Love your blog!

  16. Ashley says:

    We’re finishing our basement ourselves and would love it to help with drywall and flooring!

  17. Can’t resist entering for this one!:-). I am going wood trim happy on my house right now and it would help with all the cutting I’m doing, for sure!

  18. CT says:

    we are building some shelves for the bathroom…I’m sure it would come in handy.

  19. Stutts says:

    Great post! Would be awesome for several projects in our home…! Re-tiling bathroom and surround of fireplace. Would be a huge help in Kitchen counter top re-do.

  20. Lexi says:

    I would love to get my hands on that Dremel saw! I can think of a million projects it could help me with around the house, including the kitchen tile backsplash I have yet to install!

  21. Karen says:

    I’m working up the courage to tile a backsplash… so this would be a great tool for trimming tile.

    BTW… I am loving this series on the house in Nevada. Looking forward to seeing all your ideas come to fruition.

  22. Amanda says:

    I recently started writing a DIY blog for the newspaper where I am a staff writer. I’m sure I can find some use for this saw. As for a specific project, I’m thinking of the child’s desk with metal legs I just garbage picked off the street yesterday. Maybe by cutting the legs off I could re-purpose the desk and the legs into two different projects.

  23. sheila says:

    I have a return that needs to be relocated as well so this would be great!

  24. Susan says:

    This would have come in handy for the kitchen backsplash that I just tiled, but I have a list of home improvement project is never ending. Right now I could use it to cut off the anchor bolts on a toilet I just installed and used bolts that are too long on, cuts for plywood that I am installing on the floor in my garage (1924 home – wood floors in the garage!), and to cut MDF for a board and batten project I’d like to do in my bathroom. Thanks for offering this giveaway, Kate.

  25. Anita says:

    I will be making custom square lattice to attach under our deck so I don’t have to use the pre-fab diagonal lattice from the big box stores. The Dremel Ultra-Saw would make this project so much easier!

  26. Rachel says:

    Oh, I could totally use the Dremmel saw to remove a 12″ x 12″ square of mosaic travertine tile in my master bathroom that does not match the surround tile…it’s must more yellow-toned than the surrounding tile, and drives me nuts every time I notice it. The Dremmel would allow me to expertly and precisely remove the offending tiles, and then I could replace it with matching tile!

  27. Sarah H. says:

    I could use this Dremel tool to safely remove a cracked kitchen tile and finally repair it.

  28. Angeliki says:

    If only I could have this saw!! To start, I would cut a couple of inches of the legs of my console table which is way too high, I would do the same on the master bedroom door which doesn’t open all the away after the wall to wall carpet was installed, I would make shelves into a closet in the boy’s room to organize all his toys and so much more!!

  29. Bibic says:

    I could finally install a kitchen backsplash – this thing cuts tile!

  30. Valhalla says:

    This Dremel tool would be perfect for all sorts of trims. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  31. Raeanne says:

    We have a 150 year old house and are just starting to tackle some projects to restore it (beginners here!). I would love to surprise my husband with one of these. I have big plans for wainscotting, taking down some walls and building a new deck!

  32. Michelle says:

    I have a new floor I need to put it.

  33. jenni says:

    This is a tool I’ve been wanting for awhile now. Would come in handy on the bathroom remodel I’ve got going on right now!

  34. Beth says:

    I am just starting the enormous task of changing out our dark wood 1970’s trim, baseboard and doors to all white. I have no tools yet and am still researching how I get started. If I were to have the Dremel saw, I would give it a well-loved home!

  35. Rebecca says:

    Would be great to help with a new flooring project we want to start!

  36. Angie says:

    i would love to tackle a tile project!

  37. Sam G says:

    I have some trim pieces that need cutting this would really come in handy!

  38. Hosi says:

    Could use it for DIY bathroom project in the niche

  39. Cathey Quintana says:

    I have lots of projects that the Dremel saw would help to make quick work of. I’ll start with tiling two outdoor tables. Dremel and me bffs!

  40. Paul says:

    We’re re-doing our bathroom right now – it would be used in so many ways!

  41. Gus says:

    I would love a dremel to work on the trim in my house. Such a small detail makes all the difference.

  42. ChrisRDH says:

    The Dremel US40 Ultra Saw is compatible and preferable for many (never ending) projects in our home, there is one project which makes the Ultra Saw the perfect tool: we are re-doing the second floor porch on the front of our home. We have ripped up the existing wood. My husband has ordered ship-lapped aluminum planking to lay (float) on top of the existing rubber membrane. The cuts must be precise. The Dremel US40 Ultra Saw is the tool of choice for cutting the planks!

  43. Sara says:

    Would love the Dremel tool to redo the trim in my house! Thanks!

  44. Kathryn says:

    I want to replace ALL of our baseboards!!

  45. Sheila says:

    We plan to remodel the master bath later this fall, or Spring 2015. Could also share with other family members who plan remodeling as well.

  46. Nicole says:

    I’d love to retrim some of our windows. This would be a great help.

  47. Karen8 says:

    Wow, that is a great tool! I know it would be helpful with the new hardwood floors and trim! Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. Kim says:

    I would use this to make myself a spinning wheel that I have always wanted. This would be great for all my wood cutting!

  49. Laura says:

    I have some baseboards to cut!

  50. Faye says:

    I would love to have this Dremel tool–it would be great to use installing some wood flooring.
    Dremel makes great products!

  51. Kelli says:

    DIY built ins around our living room window w/ trim would be my #1 project for this Dremel!! What a great tool.

  52. Sandra says:

    The Dremel saw would be great to have for a number of projects around the house that we have coming up. It would come in very handy cutting some baseboard.

  53. Rachel O says:

    Awesome! We have a heating vent to reroute in our bathroom. I would start there. Then there’s some trim work on the inside. The entry steps on the outside need some Dremel love. And… the list goes on and on!

  54. Jason says:

    The Dremel Ultra Saw would be handy for the custom closet I’m about to start.

  55. amy says:

    I’d use the saw to redo my kitchen backsplash!

  56. Katee says:

    I’d use it as part of our bathroom remodel, then our laundry room…

  57. Cristina says:

    We would love this to use for moulding and built in projects I want to finish around the house!

  58. Betty says:

    I have lots of little projects around my home I could use this Dremel saw on. But the most immediate use would be to help me tile my very small bathroom floor. It needs some serious help.

  59. Deb Christie says:

    We need to remove a tray ceiling and I think the Dremel Max would be a huge advantage. Later we will be installing a ceramic tile floor. Dremel Max again!

  60. Lisa says:

    I would use it to install a bathroom vent fan.

  61. Haley says:

    I would use it for cutting trim to finally finish a project!

  62. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    We need to replace some wood on our deck! Thank you for the chance!

  63. Celeste says:

    I’m planning both a new kitchen backspace and all new tile in my master bath – floors and shower! This would be a HUGE help!

  64. Deb says:

    Honestly, I’d pack this in a checked suitcase and take it to our apartment in India!! Because some workers there use really rudimentary tools. There are a few things I’m going to do myself. Such as build my own bathroom sink vanity. YEAH! I don’t know how to explain my vision to people who haven’t seen such things. The vision is a bit unusual even for the U.S. So I’m going to do it myself. The portability of the Dremel tools looks perfect to pack and set up and use overseas. If I don’t win it, I’m gonna buy it! Thank you for sharing this – I didn’t know this existed and I actually was trying to figure how to ship my table saw overseas. LOL.

  65. Jeanne Gallagher says:

    We have been putting off tiling our backsplash and would love to do it ourselves with the use of this Dremel saw! Crown Molding is another project on our list….This saw would be an awesome catch!

  66. Chris says:

    I would cut out brown accent tiles in my bathroom and replace with glass tiles!

  67. Colleen Whittaker says:

    Where do I begin with the projects we could use a dremel saw? I think the first one would be to add overhead lighting in all of our bedrooms – the house we bought has no lights in any of the bedrooms and that is the first item on the honey-do list.

  68. Jen says:

    We are about to build a shed from scratch. It would be a great addition to help us add moldings and trims to dress it up a bit!

  69. Stephanie says:

    We w

  70. Kimberly Coady says:

    We need to replace the floor tile and install beadboard in the downstairs bathroom. This tool would be so helpful!

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