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Return Air Panning - Corrugated Sheet
Click here for Submittal Sheet for Reflecto-Pan (Corrugated Sheet) Return Air Duct Panning (N38 0214).pdf

Easy to Install and Reduces Labor Costs

Reflectix® Reflecto-Pan is an alternative to conventional sheet metal and corrugated aluminum panels for return air ducts. In wood frame construction, it may be used to enclose the bottom of return air plenums, between the joist spaces, stud cavities, and wall and ceiling cavities.

Recommended Products:
Reflecto-Pan
• HVRC1648025 - 16” x 48”
• HVRC19548025 - 19.5” x 48”
• HVRC2448025 - 24” x 48”
• HVRC3236025 - 32” x 36”
Joist Headers - Fire Resistant           
• HVRH1616125 - 16” x 16”
• HVRH1617125 - 16” x 17”
• HVRH1916125 - 19” x 16”
Benefits:
• 30 to 40% less costly than sheet metal and corrugated aluminum panels
• Shop fabricating is not required
• Staple to floor joists and stud cavities
• Class A / Class 1
• Reduces noise through plenum
• Saves labor cost of installation
• Non-toxic / non-carcinogenic
• Lightweight & pre-cut

Testing and Certification:
Reflectix® products are thoroughly tested at either nationally approved, independent laboratories or leading universities. Tests are performed to current American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards when a standard exists. To obtain a copy of our Product Testing Specifications, please refer to our website “Literature Tab” above. The documents are also available by e-mail at customerservice@reflectixinc.com or call 800-879-3645.

Installation Instructions:
Note: Installation instructions and illustrated drawings are recommendations only, while proper local construction methods are the responsibility of the installer.

Place the 1st section of Reflecto-Pan “HVRC” as follows:

Starting Before Return Air Trunk Has Been Installed
a) Install Reflecto-Pan “HVRC” (print side is out or down) centered between joists & 2” or more past the top side of the duct. This provides for a tight seal when final trunk has been installed. 
b) Staple side tabs to the bottom of the joists using a minimum 3/8” staple every 2”, insuring that the print side is out or down. (Also approved attachment methods; steel staples, sheet metal screws, roofing nails)

Starting After Return Air Trunk, Beam or Wall Plate
a) Install Reflecto-Pan “HVRC” (print side is out or down) by scoring 1” lip across the end of the panel and bend down 90 degrees.
b) Center Reflecto-Pan “HVRC” between the bottom of joist. Butt it tightly to existing trunk, beam or plate.
c) Tape seams with an aluminum tape or UL181 aluminum.
d) Staple side tabs to the bottom of the joists using a minimum 3/8” staple every 2”, insuring that the print side is out or down. (Also approved attachment methods; steel staples, sheet metal screws, roofing nails)

Adding the next section of Reflecto-Pan “HVRC”
a) Butt leading edge of sheet to the to next butt edge of sheet tightly.
b) Staple and tape seams as before (described above).
c) Continue repeating the process until you have reached the end of the return. Install with print side out or down.

Installing Reflecto-Pan “HVRC” Header
a) Install with print side out or down.
b) Bend header inward closing off open end of the return air joist space.
c) Maintain a tight fit, while securing the top and sides of the header by stapling using the method as described above.
Note: There is no difference in the application to the side or bottom of the joist. Open web trusses are acceptable.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
1. In the 20003 International Mechanical Code Commentary - Section 602.3; Sheet Metal has traditionally been used for both stud cavity and joist space plenums. Code does not specify types of materials allowed for panning the bottom of open joists to create joist plenums. Traditionally, sheet metal has been used, however, composite materials have and are used.
2. Check your local codes before installation for compliance in your area.
3. Installation instructions and illustrated drawings are recommendations only, while proper local construction methods are the responsibility of the installer.

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