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Old 2018-04-10, 08:21 PM
BartBandy BartBandy is offline
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Are we talking about a location in the middle of an open area, or right next to the furnace?

Ducts often have to pass under at least one beam, somewhere. My supply air goes from the plenum to a duct that is routed under a beam 3' away, then into a rectangular duct tight to the underside of the joists. I built a wall just beyond where the duct passes under the beam. That duct is now part of the furnace room, which is open to the workshop with only the walls finished.

If they dropped a duct in the middle of an open area that could be expected to become living space, they've been jerks to you. I don't know what "recreation room ready for the basement" means, but I'm thinking you think you're getting an unfinished space with sufficient height for finishing. But you generally have to plan your basement around low ducts.
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