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. Sarah says:

    We are patching some plaster in our house, after updating some electrical!

  2. Lisa says:

    Awesome!! I would’ve used it to make my industrial curtain rod! (Does that count?) Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Sasha says:

    We’re about to buy a new house that I’m positive will need a ton of fixing– and dremel-ing!

  4. Emily R. says:

    We are hoping to do a kitchen reno sometime soon – I have a feeling this would come in very handy several times with that project!

  5. Tiffany B. says:

    I would love to use this for when we add can lights to our dining room/living room!

  6. Kate says:

    I’m dying to replace the backsplash in our new house. But not having anything to cut tile has made me shy away from the project. This would definitely push me towards the update.

  7. Alina says:

    This would be very useful seeing as we’re trying to add trim to our living room.

  8. Sean C says:

    We’ve been working on the dining room trying to make it seem more elegant and this dremel would be a dream to have to trim and to make a dining room table from scratch.

  9. Joellen says:

    I’d love to use the Dremel Ultra Saw while tiling my new shower and for bookcases I’d like to build.

  10. Jill says:

    We are itching to put hardwoods and new baseboard throughout the first floor of our new home!

  11. jen says:

    I’m not a building expert, but I am a desert dweller, here in AZ. I was told that builders often place the vent directly above the ceiling fan to help circulate the AC better. When placed on the side of the room and away from the fan, cold spots and hot spots tend to occur.
    Let me know if that does happen, because I agree that the vents are ugly but I’m afraid to move them for fear of sweating all night long!

  12. Stephanie says:

    We want to add tile in our recently renovated kitchen & this would be perfect for the job!

  13. Kelsey says:

    I’d love to make a coffee table! I don’t have a saw at all yet (tiny apartment) so the dremel saw would be perfect.

  14. Ann says:

    This would be so helpful in adding baseboards to our newly remodeled 1/2 bath and to add some shelving.

  15. Trudi says:

    It cuts tile? Without water?! I am planning to replace the broken tile on the front porch area. This would be perfect!

  16. Susan M says:

    I need to move the strike plate on a door just a smidge so it will cut tighter, and I think this would do the trick! I also need to cut down the door to our under eave storage in the bonus room, and think this would work. So I am sure that there are a number of ways I would use it, once I had it!

  17. Sue DeChant says:

    Soooo many projects that this would be handy for!! Need to replace some trim, a small tile job, oodles of little jobs that I don’t have the big tools for.

  18. courtney d says:

    We need to cut tile for our bathroom floor.

  19. Meg says:

    We need to add tile to our fireplace surround – the dremel saw would come in handy for taking up the current hard-wood!

  20. I would use it for a lot of different projects: tile in the kitchens and bath, replacing the wood trim on the house, sprucing up the back patio! This would be great!

  21. Robin says:

    yes please on the Dremel UltraSaw :) I can see this would be so handy (if not simply necessary) on our upcoming kitchen DIY (1) removing granite 12×12 tiles used as a backsplash, (2) replacing the backer board after cutting the tiles out, and (3) installing a subway tile backsplash (would use to cut the tile). We keep thinking this DIY is gonna be a large one but the Dremel UltraSaw sounds like it would cut it down to size {see what I did there?} I sure would love to win this, Robin

  22. chrissi says:

    we are moving into a reno and everything needs updating. floors. tile. hardwoods. this tool would probably be attached to my husband for months.

  23. Susan M. #(2) says:

    Oh I sooooooooooooo want, want, want, NEED one of these! Bathroom is on the hit list for the next project reno and this little piece of magic sure would be a handy tool to have!

    Awesome givewaway – thanks so much for the opportunity! (BTW, I noticed there was already a poster named Susan M…. hence the addition of “#2″).

  24. Andrea says:

    We moved a wall and a doorway between the dining room and kitchen. The Dremel would come in handly to finally put down the baseboards and toe stripping.

  25. Heather B. says:

    this little guy would get a lot of use helping with one of our next projects: moving light fixtures to be centered! I wish it were as easy as just replacing and upgrading light fixtures but unfortunately, it’s turned into a project of moving them as well. it will all be worth it in the end though!

  26. Judith M. says:

    I think this saw would be perfect to cut a small wall between two adjoining closets that I have been wanting to make into one big closet.

  27. Jenny says:

    What wouldn’t I use it for! Probably I’d start with cutting a new piece of wood for the back of a bookcase that’s in desperate need of repair

  28. Melissa K says:

    I’d love to re-do our downstairs which would require moving some duct work and removing the existing tile floor. I love Dremel tools!

  29. Jodi says:

    I’d start to build my cute chicken coop with the Dremel!

  30. Joni says:

    I would love to remove old, dingy white kitchen tile and replace with a solid surface.

  31. Amanda says:

    I am buying a fixer-upper in 2 weeks. The possibilities are endless! xo

  32. Julie says:

    I would use a dremel saw for, well, everything in my almost-90-year-old home! It seems like I’m always needing to cut holes in walls/furniture/etc to run cords and so forth, and this would make it a lot easier.

  33. Becky says:

    This would be a tool I could feel confident using that way I can save those really big projects for my husband while I tackle all the smaller ones! ;). My first project would be a tile backsplash in my kitchen.

  34. Ruth says:

    I would use that saw to rip out the broken corner fireplace that our builder installed that hasn’t worked from day one.

  35. Kerri says:

    We so need this to cut out some plywood on the exterior of the house to check for wood damage!

  36. Debbie says:

    How can I pick just one project? We live in a 1954 house that needs all sorts of renovation…we’d start in the bathroom & this wonderful tool would certainly help. Tanks fr the chance o win one…we’re on an extremely limited budget.

  37. Jackie says:

    I followed your tutorial for making built ins out of Ikea shelving- but I need to cut back the base molding on the wall to finish the project. The Dremel Ultra Saw is exactly what I need!

  38. Callae says:

    I would use it to work on our kitchen renovation that we are currently knee-deep in!!

  39. Ohh this would be super useful as we are putting in a new bathroom and there will be a lot of tile cuts.

  40. Erin M says:

    I would use it to remove the yucky colored tile in my kitchen!!

  41. Nic says:

    We need to add some AC vents in our new house! So I would use it for that.

  42. Stephanie C. says:

    I would love to remove all the tile in our kitchen that the original builder did not lay correctly, and put down some new flooring. This Dremel would make the task a lot easier!

  43. Linda says:

    We would use this in redoing our master bathroom. Big job to tackle so we need a Dremel saw!!

  44. keapdx says:


  45. Jenna S says:

    We are hopefully going to buy a fixer upper soon and we would have a myriad of uses for this!

  46. Lynna cherry says:

    Our kitchen or front porch remodel!

  47. Christine Long says:

    The tile in my back entry is cracking. I need to take up all the tile & lay a better subfloor. This would be invaluable!

  48. Julie K. says:

    We own a couple Dremels. They are so handy. We are ready to start on a small bathroom. I know the Dremel Ultra Saw would get this job done easily! Thanks for the opportunity!

  49. Becky W says:

    Installing ship lap planking in an outdoor shower! :)

  50. Shelley says:

    I would use this in just about every aspect of my hourse. I have a complete remodel currently under way in my house. Every single thing in our house needs done. We started back to bare bones with the studs to add insulation (there wasn';t any) and to update all the wiring), so sheet rock, routing new HVAC (adding in A/C) and adding tile floors. This tool would be a life saver for me!

  51. Nicole C says:

    This would work perfectly for our upcoming powder room and entry renovation — removing wood floors, replacing tile, and updating plumbing!

  52. April says:

    I’ve got two closet organizers I want to put in, and I’m starting to think my jigsaw isn’t going to work like I need it to and that a dremel saw would be the perfect new tool to complete the project!

  53. Meg C says:

    I would love the Dremel for finishing up some built-in’s I have planned for my new-to-me 1959 home!

  54. My friend is renovating a house and I’ve offered to help! I’m sure there are a million ways we could use it!

  55. Christie says:

    Hello! I would love to win this Dremel because we are about to install new butcher block countertops and this would make installation so much easier.

  56. Julie B says:

    We live in a 1950’s house that has a thousand projects going on at once- I could use it in a million different ways! I hope I win, I’ve been eying this for a while

  57. Amanda W. says:

    I would use this for our bathroom remodel next year!

  58. teresa says:

    Not sure I can name just one project, but I have a LOT of ceiling trim to cut, so that would be a start! Thanks for the chance and also for letting us enter by just leaving a comment.

  59. Stephanie L says:

    Wait, it cuts metal??? I need this for my DYI pantry, where I need to cut and install metal rails. Please. :)

  60. Debbie C says:

    The Dremel would be great for cutting up new baseboards for our bedroom! Also, for cutting tile to be used as a kitchen backsplash.

  61. Brittany says:

    I want to build a banquette in our kitchen and this would be perfect for me to do the job! We don’t have a garage so big saws have no place to live in our house, but this would fit just nicely!

  62. Meghan says:

    We are re-doing our closets to make custom shelving. We’re doing it DIY and learning as we go. This saw would definitely help make the work a cinch. We live in a small NY apartment as well so the size and usefulness really add to it’s allure! Love your blog. Thank you for keeping it up!

  63. Jan says:

    I’ve got a section of tile in my bathroom that I need to redo and this would be perfect for it. And for building some pipe and wood shelves. . . . for installing tile on my fireplace. . . .the list goes on!

  64. Tamara says:

    I’d use it to extend the slate we recently put on our porch all down the walk! I’d wait for cooler weather though!

  65. Brianne says:

    I’d use it in my bathroom redo!

  66. carly G says:

    A dremel saw would be really helpful in redoing my bathroom.

  67. Dale says:

    I’m nearly finished a bathroom reno, but one thing left to be done is to install a bathroom fan, which the room doesn’t currently have – the Dremel would be perfect! Thanks

  68. Melissa B. says:

    we just moved into a new, but dated, home and we have a “to-do” list a mile long, including the (also slight) move of a HVAC vent in order to open up a wall!

  69. Belle says:

    I would use the saw to cut wood for crown molding.

  70. Phyllis says:

    I need to replace a damaged tile in the bathroom, or cut out space to make a cubie between studs, or….

  71. Deana says:

    This would be great for making ducting cutouts on the upper cabinets for the range hood.

  72. Pam Powell says:

    My husband could use this Dremel to replace some broken tile in out kitchen. I also want to replace the tile with wood in our foyer.

  73. linda says:

    For starters, tiling the kitchen backsplash. Followed by replacing broken tiles in laundry room, adding baseboards to basement office and probably more I’ll think of when I win. Fingers crossed.

  74. Jeanna says:

    I hope to have my very own house at some point in the future, and I could use a good tool :)

  75. Tina D says:

    So many uses for the dremel, but first on the list is cutting out drywall between studs to recess a shelf!

  76. Julie B says:

    My font door needs a sanding and it has a lot of curves and crevices. This would be great!!!

  77. Maureen says:

    This would help with the reflooring of the bathroom

  78. Kristin says:

    That Dremel Ultra Saw looks amazing! I live in a rental, but in our tiny hallway they left the old baseboards instead of installing new ones so I would like to make it all match. Plus my boyfriend & I could use that dremel to work on our 3 vehicles as well so it would do double duty!

  79. Carolyn says:

    Our finished attic had a dresser that was built in against the chimney in the 50’s. I removed the warped dresser but now need to put in some supports and a new section of wall. The dremel would be great!

  80. Kelly P says:

    My husband would use it for about a million things since we’re in the middle of a whole house remodel.

  81. laura O. says:

    We has been plannig on making a door on our garage roof and turn it in to a mini attic to use it as storage.

  82. Tiffany says:

    We have some built-ins we would love to keep parts of them but would love the ability to remove the parts we do not like easily. Maybe if we win I could finally convince my husband to take it on.

  83. Sarah M says:

    I would use one of these all the time! We are renovating our home and constantly need to trim up pieces of molding, or cut some wood for a furniture project…would be way handier than bringing out the circular or miter saw each time!

  84. Bobbie T says:

    My husband put his knee through the ceiling. The Dremel Ultra Saw would make the repair much easier.

  85. TLR says:

    Where to start: put in a bathroom ceiling vent, tile a backsplash, add a medicine cabinet in wall, fix a radiator cover,…. Thanks for this great giveaway!

  86. Quinn says:

    We are renovating our master bathroom and this would be the perfect tool for my husband to finish our vanity!

  87. Pam Ballard says:

    Im just woman that instead of asking for perfumes, lotions and clothes I am asking for tools for holidays and birthdays. Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway.

  88. Veronika says:

    We have a bathroom renovation ahead of us, so plenty of use there!

  89. Brandi G says:

    We are about to renovate all three bathrooms and put new floors in the entire house. I’m sure we could use this giveaway any number of ways!!

  90. Shondra says:

    My husband is moving a doorway in our garage and a Dremel would be really useful for that project!

  91. Gail Bailey says:

    I’d use it to remove soffits in bathrooms. We are renovating our entire home, so I could write a list of uses. Thanks!

  92. Anu says:

    cutting new tile for kitchen & bathroom backsplash etc. this is indeed a great tool.

  93. Cynthia says:

    Great! We are redoing our kitchen, and this woild be so handy! Thanks!

  94. Aayne says:

    redo our fireplace

  95. Lana says:

    I would use this to make a banquette in the dining room!

  96. Barbara S says:

    We’d use it to build a farmhouse style table for the kitchen, and then go from there!

  97. Sara says:

    We have two cracked bathroom tiles I’d love to replace.

  98. Kim C. says:

    Tiling the master bath.
    Finish tiling the kitchen.
    Basement overhaul.
    New siding…the list goes on and on!

  99. Rose says:

    I need to cut some molding to trim shelves that are going in the master bath. Can’t tell you how long they’ve been languishing behind my closet door…

  100. Karen says:

    I’m adding a backsplash to our bathroom and this would be indispensable!

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