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I have two bathroom exhaust fans that need to be vented out of the house, but I'd like to do it using a single wall penetration. Is there a code compliant, safe way to do this?

  • Both bathrooms are on the same level of the house.
  • There is no guarantee that both fans will be the same type, size, power, etc.
  • Each fan runs independently of the other.
  • Pipe runs will be different lengths from fan to exit point.
  • Fans are on separate electrical circuits.
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Nothing in the IRC actually touches on this. I have though had inspectors tell me they wouldn't pass if I did it and I have seen exhausts vent to the soffit vents pass... I did have a friend who did this and he said that every once in a while you would get a whiff of a dump from the other bathroom. Personally I would rather vent one to the attic then tie them together. –  DMoore May 17 '13 at 21:39
Anything is possible for a Possible –  Jason May 18 '13 at 16:33
@Tester101 "Shop for me" type questions are not on topic here, douche! –  Tester101 May 20 '13 at 15:34
This isn't really a SFM question. It's How the heck do I do this? –  Chris Cudmore May 21 '13 at 20:17
If we figure out the answer to this - I would like to have three going to one! –  DMoore May 22 '13 at 20:57

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I don't know about code compliance. But, this might work for you:

1 Y-Connector at the outside vent.

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2 Backdraft Dampers (one on each leg) at the Y to stop the backflow of noxious gases from one fan(on) to the other (off).

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Note that the backdraft dampers will add to the resistance of the duct work. You may wish to move up to the next size of duct.

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What if both fans are on at the same time, do I have to double the size of the outlet on the wye to compensate? –  Tester101 May 17 '13 at 14:34
I don't think so. Pressure and velocity should increase to compensate somewhat. 5" duct is 1.5 times bigger than a 4" (and a 6" is 1.5 times bigger than a 5") so that would probably mitigate. But we should build a mockup, test it, and write a blog post about the experiment. –  Chris Cudmore May 17 '13 at 14:43

You could run both vent ducts to the same area and then install two vent caps side-by side. Your wall opening would have to be twice as big, but at least you would only have to do one cut, flashing, etc.

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The problem with this, would be finding a vent cap. –  Tester101 May 17 '13 at 14:43

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