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Old 09-12-2015, 03:41 PM   #1
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AC Return Vents - Fixed and Modified

Well we have a Cedar Creek 38FL and the air return vents are located over our bed. They are installed with 2 wood screws - one of which appeared to be not holding on to anything. Well it was finally time to clean the filters. I knew this was going to lead to some additional work....

1. Removed the screws - one screw was not even into the wood. Just kinda hanging on to the cardboard for the filter.
2. Cleaned filters and vents
3. Drilled new holes for 8/32 screws
4. Mounted the screws sticking down and put fender washer on each side of the wood panel. Added a nut and tightened down.
5. Put the vents and filters back up and then used cap nuts over the screws to keep everything together and easy to remove next time for cleaning.


Total cost about $3.00
These were attached to the ceiling with wood screws originally.

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Old 09-12-2015, 03:55 PM   #2
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Looks good.
Are 8/32" screws roughly the same as 1/4"?
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Old 09-12-2015, 03:58 PM   #3
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Very good job. It looks like it should have came that way.
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Old 09-12-2015, 04:07 PM   #4
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Believe 38FLCamper meant 8-32 (no.8 with 32 threads per inch). Looks nice and great permanent fix to sloppy manufacturing..
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Yes I did mean #8-32 screws - 3/4" long
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Yes I did mean #8-32 screws - 3/4" long

Thanks, I need to do this to my Wildcat which has a "rounded" ceiling.


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Yes our ceilings are rounded around both vents so they don't sit completely flush but they are tight and will not drop now.
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Old 09-13-2015, 12:24 PM   #8
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nice job I have the same model 38FL have you found new filters to install ?or did you make your own?
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Old 09-13-2015, 01:56 PM   #9
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I just vacuumed (carefully) the existing ones. I have seen this filter material in many different stores but would have to make our own. I do plan on building a frame out of some material other than the crap paper they have so that it works better. Still working on that one though.
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Looks good.
Are 8/32" screws roughly the same as 1/4"?
No, about 2/3 the size. #14 screws are about 1/4"

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Air filters for 39FL cedar Creek

Thanks for the post. I have been thinking about these filters sine I bought unit.
You also have 2 returns in living room. I went and bought the filter media in many different stores. I buy a large cardboard filter and just cut out filter sizes and replace. I get about 4 (just right for one filter). I try to get the thinnest size and I take off dirty filter and staple it on. Takes about 30 min. or less. I have been looking for a while for a roll with the thin material.
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No, about 2/3 the size. #14 screws are about 1/4"

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Yes, thank you. We got that covered in a couple of entries posted before yours. Notice that I added the " (inch indicator mark) to the OP's 8/32 notation. Just joking there... but thanks for taking it seriously and helping me in overtime.
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