Toe kick blower

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Old 06-10-10, 12:50 PM
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Toe kick blower

I think that's what they're called

We're putting in a new kitchen in a few weeks and I'm a little confused....

I know we need toe kick blower under one of the cabinets because the heater runs along the back wall (hot water radiators, oil heat).

1. The electrician and plumber should come in before the cabinet, correct? Do they have to know exactly where the cabinet is going or can they rough it in and we can move it?
2. does it replace the baseboard or attach to it?

Any recommendations for brands? Should I just let my plumber order one?

THanks!
 
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Old 06-10-10, 02:34 PM
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Beacon Morris is one brand. You can google "kickspace heaters."

I think the new cabinet will be lowered over the heater and the cabinet then fastened to the floor. So, yes, the plumbing and electrical need to be ready. A removable hatch needs to be cut in the floor of the cabinet to allow maintenance access to the heater - and of course, there needs to be a cutout in cabinet's kickspace for the heater vent.

Is there a basement under the kitchen? That will simplify things.

My suggestion would be to have the plumber furnish the heater and coordinate with the other trades, including cabinetry, electrical, and carpentry.

Bleeding air out of a kickspace heater can be a little difficult. I would ask the plumber to install fast-flush valving: a hose bib and an isolation valve on the return line from the heater (in the basement, preferably).
 
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We use flexible lines from the floor to the heater cabinet so it may be slide in and out from the toe kick space.
Many units have a bleed screw on the front to facilitate purging air, if dedicated piping is not an option.
 
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It is over the basement space so wiring/plumbing should have no issues.

We have a plumber and an electrician. I'm the GC My cousin is the carpenter.

I'll either help or get in the way.

Beer 4U2
 
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Beacon Morris is very good. Follow their install for piping. Most want a monoflow tee installed to direct flow to the unit. Recommend to install a 1" x 1/2 monoflo tee so you wont restrict flow thru your baseboard.
 
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