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Got our final air test next week and just wondering what the best strategy is re MVHR.  For Earlier Test (0.42) it wasn’t installed so we just taped up the penetrations. 
 

For this test can we just seal the outside ducts with an airtight membrane and tape?    
 

 

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We had an air test done pre plasterboard, fixed all leaks, then on the final air test the guy just put tape on the room terminals, test was no better than the first test. So don't do that. Do as others have said and isolate the mvhr from the outside world.

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1 hour ago, Russdl said:

Can you not disconnect it inside the house and then cover the inlet and exhaust pipes with a plastic bag and a bit of tape?

That’s what I did.

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On 15/06/2024 at 08:22, JohnMo said:

We had an air test done pre plasterboard, fixed all leaks, then on the final air test the guy just put tape on the room terminals, test was no better than the first test. So don't do that. Do as others have said and isolate the mvhr from the outside world.

 

no ceilings ?

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43 minutes ago, Dave Jones said:

you said air test pre-plasterboard ?

 

Would be hard with ceilings open to trusses no ?

It was just ready to plasterboard, all insulation, vapour and airtightness done, but with access to fix stuff. So service void battens on walls and ceilings etc. Holes through wall for mvhr were blanked off at the wall.

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Thanks all. 

 

we also did a pre plasterboard (bare shell) 0.9, then a pre second fix test 0.42

 

We followed the advice re sealing the external MVHR ducts, it worked well enough, final result 0.47 ACPH.  Electrician had to re feed wires through a duct during second fix due to a fault so looks like we didn’t seal it as well as we’d previously.   
 

 

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