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how to insulate attic bathroom vent to prevent condensation

i bought a house in june and the bathroom fan start dripping water a few weeks ago (november). I looked at the inspection report and the picture shows that the vent duct through the roof isn't ...
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Why do small vents at top of garbage disposal blow out water when sink drains?

I just finished replacing the mounting gasket of my In-Sink-Erator Badger 5 as I thought that was the cause of occasional water on the floor of the kitchen cabinet. Admittedly I never diagnosed the ...
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Does anyone have experience with small heat-recovery air exchangers?

I know there are units made which are supposed to be sized for use in a residential kitchen, as a more efficient replacement for the usual vent hood (bring air in to replace air blown out, but ...
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Fast trick to figure out to where bathroom fan vents out

Recently had a guy come out to clean the clothes dryer and clothes dryer vent. Asked him to clean out the bathroom fan vent as well. He looked up the attic, on the roof, and along the siding, and ...
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Can a lower cabinet be used over a floor vent?

I didn't see this question asked after my search but I have a wall in the kitchen that has nothing against it and we are wanting to add some cabinets but towards the right of this wall, about 5' from ...
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Can I extend attic vents so they don't get blocked by snow?

I have 2 square low profile attic vents on the detached garage but I'm pretty sure they are blocked with snow during the winter. If I should alter them, are there extensions available to raise these ...
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Where should the main stack vent go?

Where does my primary stack vent go? Does it have to be at the end of the run? I have a pretty simple plumbing system. From the highest point to where the drain enters the house (lowest) I have Tub, ...
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Should I add an air return in my basement and seal old vents?

My question is basically a variation of two prior questions: "How do I close and seal an old external vent" and "Should I add an air return in a finished basement." My house has a bottom level that ...
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What are my options for my chimney? (Ventless fireplace, insulation)

When we moved into our house it had an original chimney (now about 40 years old) but the original owners had converted the once-wood-burning brick fireplace into a ventless gas insert. I immediately ...
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Is there a reason for an exterior vent not connected to anything?

I have an exterior vent on the side of my house not connected to any piping within. You can look inside and see wood/concrete/insulation into the cavity between the basement ceiling and main floor. ...
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What kind of a bathroom vent is this? How do I open it?

http://imgur.com/bIHdOvX See picture. Bathroom vent doesn't appear to be sucking, so I want to open it and see if it's something to do with the fan. If the fan looks fine I think I'll have to hire a ...
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Is a 6 in. hole in a band joist okay?

I'm installing a Zephyr AK6500 range hood. The kitchen is on the first floor a 2 story home, which was built in 1967. I've run 6 in. round ductwork in a joist bay in the kitchen ceiling to the ...
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My upstairs bathroom fans don't vent properly, how should I handle this?

I just noticed this weekend that neither of my upstairs bathrooms exhaust fans vent properly. I hear the sound of the fan, but as google has told me, when I put toilet paper on the fan it doesn't ...
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Extremely long dryer vent line, non efficient dryer

my house is older, and my Dryer vent line runs the length of my house, which is approximately 30 feet. I am constantly sucking water out of my vent line. My new dryer still takes forever to dry ...
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Should there be an air outlet in an attic with a whole house fan?

There has been a whole house fan between the second floor and attic of my house for some time. We usually have it on with the downstairs windows open. I just had a thought: Should there be an open ...
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Are molds dangerous to health if they are not in my own apartment?

I need a help to decide if I will move out from this building because of mold and health risks. Is it dangerous to live in a buliding in which the hallway is full of mold? I've been reading about ...
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Can I use duct tape instead of a draft hood?

I have a small opening between my vent and water heater. Instead of buying a draft hood, is there any harm in using duct tape?
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Is my vent cap big enough for my vent hood?

I have installed a 900 CFM island vent hood. It works properly, but it doesn't vent as quickly as I would expect. The ducting is only 18" and straight out (and up) through the roof, so that's not ...
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How do I install a 1st floor bathroom fan?

My bathroom is on the first floor with a finished bedroom directly above and an unfinished basement directly below. It would appear to be easier to install a wall or floor fan and direct exhaust down ...
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How can I reduce the noise from an HE boiler vent?

I have a HE boiler that is direct vented out the side of my house on the neighbors side, they find the 'roar' of the exhaust to be very annoying. Have anyone tried troubleshooting these to ...
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Bathroom fan intake location

I have a log home with no bathroom fans. In a low humidity climate this is not a mildew problem, but it would be a nice to vent the other unwanted gas. The easiest place to install one is in the tub ...
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How to fit 4" rigid aluminum duct vent in between walls when there is an angle brace?

I want to do what these people have done here: The problem is I have bracing going diagonally and it is not leaving enough space for the 4" aluminum duct vent. Can I saw the bracing off for the ...
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Home made powered foundation vents? Computer fans and solar power?

So I have a bit of a moisture issue in my crawl space. I've considered closing up the crawl space completely but I think that sounds like to much work and this idea below sounds more fun. I was going ...
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Dryer exhaust from 2nd floor through crawl space, out roof

This is my setup, 1986 built town home. I just purchased a dryer and before connecting it, I decided to inspect the 4" tube going from the dryer, up behind the wall to the crawl space / attic and out ...
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What to do with old air/light shaft? [closed]

I live in an old house that is very narrow but tall. In the middle it features an old air/light shaft that looks very similar to this one. It goes through attic room, second floor bathroom, first ...
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How do I extend a length of aluminum flex vent hose?

I'm replacing a bathroom ceiling fan, and need to add a short extension (approximately 18") to the length of the existing vent hose. The existing hose is 4" aluminum flex. I have a couple questions. ...
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Boosting a dryer vent with an inline booster attached to the main line with a wye

Our dryer has an airflow sensor and is always warning us that the lint filter needs to be cleaned, even when it has just been cleaned. This started after we moved it to a new house that has the vent ...
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air vent on downstairs bathroom but not upstairs

Is it true that downstairs bathroom "need ventilation" more than upstairs, to avoid mold growth? I know at my house the downstairs bathroom has a vent fan but the upstairs does not. I'm wondering if ...
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Can I add an exhaust fan to bathroom without exterior wall or roof access

My master bathroom is wired for a fan, but I opened it up and found that it is just venting into the joist between the ceiling and the second floor. There are no exterior walls to access in the ...
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Is it okay to have a dryer vent in the wall cavity?

I'm redoing the wall of a utility room that, among other things, has the dryer vent embedded in the wall cavity with all kinds of stupid turns to go around the plumbing. Would it be a good idea to ...
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Bathroom, dryer and central vac - Can any of the exhausts be combined, and can any use the same penetration?

I have these three units within 5 feet of eachother. The place where the bathroom vents to is the only place within reach to have a penetration to outside. My options are to stack these three ...
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How do I get an exterior vent to stop frosting over in a cold Canadian winter?

We have a high-efficiency gas-fired hot water heater (in our a basement) that is vented to the outside of our house. When the weather gets below -30°C the vent has a tendency to frost-over. When ...
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Air admittance valves on waste pipe with extraction

Just move into a new apartment which is on the upper floor of three. The bathrooms of each apartment are directly above one another. I believe that the exhaust vents of the bathrooms in the apartments ...
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How do I prevent harmonic resonance hum in PVC vent of newly installed hot water heater?

I just had a new power vented water heater installed (HTProducts Phoenix Light Duty) in our crawlspace. The contractor that put it in used part of the existing 3" concentric vent from the furnace we ...
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How do I prevent my gable vents from clogging with ice?

This is the first time I have seen this happen in my 6+ years of owning my home. It is an older home (45+ years), but has gable vents on both ends (facing east and west). It has always vented well in ...
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How far away from the wall should ceiling heat registers be?

I'm installing ceiling heating registers. Are they required to be a certain distance from the wall?
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How can I vent my roof without removing drywall?

I have a finished attic, that needs to be updated. The pitched sides of the roof are sheetrocked & insulated, the ceiling is a suspended ceiling (will be sheetrocked) and the low knee walls are ...
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Should I block or insulate my air vents for the winter?

I live in a house which consists of a 17 year old extension on a 40 something year old cottage. The two main bedrooms are the only rooms in the house with air vents. They are also two of the coldest ...
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How should I shim a foundation vent?

I bought some new foundation vents that attach with tension screws instead of mortar. I chiseled out my old vent and with the new vent in place, there is a large gap. How do you recommend I fill the ...
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How should I route my dryer exhaust pipe?

My existing dryer vent run enters the crawlspace behind the dryer and exits through a vent that is part of one of the normal crawlspace vents. Since the house sits on a slight slope, the crawlspace on ...
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What is the best way to clean a dryer vent?

I posted this questions 6 months ago.. Why does it take my dryer 3 hours to dry a load of clothes? I checked the cycling thermostat and thermal fuse. They are operational. I have seen different ways ...
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How can I trace the exhaust duct of my bathroom fan?

I have a suspicion that my bathroom isn't venting correctly. I'm thinking smoke would be an easy way to test this, but I don't know of a safe and cheap way to make it. Any ideas?
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How can I tell if my bathroom ceiling vent is working properly?

Seems to take the vent forever to clear shower vapor from room. I purchased a vent that had a good rating. It is vented to the outside. How do I know if it is working properly and actually venting to ...
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What type of chimney liner and vent pipe are required for a wood stove?

I am working to rehabilitate an old chimney for use by a wood stove. There will be approximately 18 ft from the wall chimney socket (this is probably not the correct name for it) to the chimney top ...
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Covering roof vents to keep out roof rats

I have around 20 vents on my roof and I currently do not have a roof rat problem but I want to cover them with something to prevent roof rats getting into the attic. I'm sure I can find something at ...
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Can I cover a high efficiency HVAC vent?

Just moved into a house with a High efficiency HVAC (heating and air conditioning) which vents to the outside ( with a booster fan). the outside pvc pipe is just " open" . no cap, no screen.. i know ...
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Can too much ridge ventilation be detrimental?

At my house in central Texas, where temperatures can persist at 86 - 110 degrees Fahrenheit, one side is always hot, no matter how long the A/C runs. That attic space is considerably hotter than other ...
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Can I reuse an abandoned roof vent?

I have a house that has an old 8-10 inch diameter vent that used to be used as stove/oven vent. I think that newer gas ovens don't require venting like a water heater needs (ie they don't have a ...
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Is this the correct way to vent my roof?

We recently bought a 1950s vintage house with no soffits, i.e. no roof overhang. Thus there are no soffit vents in my attic, only a ridge vent and 2 gable vents, one with a powered fan. However, those ...
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Can I clean a second story dryer vent that goes out the roof from the inside?

My dryer vent goes from the second story to the roof. The problem is that I can't reach the roof. I bought one of those dryer vent cleaners that you can put on your drill and spin it up the vent. ...