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Replaced a Heat/Light/Vent with a vent only. There does not seem to be a hot wire:

The three gang box previously had a HLV combined switch plus a switch that operated a separate light. Stupidly, I removed and discarded the switches and units (light and HLV) without studying the ...
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How can I reduce the noise caused by a booster fan?

The previous owner of my house installed a booster/fan about 2 feet away from one of the bedroom registers. This causes excess noise in that bedroom. The fan is about 40 feet away from the main ...
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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 should I install a bathroom Exhaust Fan on 2nd Floor?

I would like to install a bathroom exhaust fan in my 2nd floor bathroom, due to moisture issues. There is no existing fan, only a light fixture. There are two exterior walls in this room and the attic ...
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Can a cheater vent be installed in a vanity drain that maybe running into a roof vented drain?

Can a "cheater vent" be installed in a vanity drain that MAY be running into a roof vented drain? All p-trap , tail piece is new and drain line has been cleaned with a drum auger netting no major ...
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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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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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How can I repair a bathroom fan under garage that is leaking in the winter?

I have a rigid metal exhaust pipe coming out of the bathroom fan over my downstairs bathroom. It goes up at approximately a 30 degree angle for about twenty feet and stops just before it gets to the ...
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Do thermostat-controlled, auto-adjust HVAC vents exist?

The residential forced-air HVAC systems I have seen are controlled by a single thermostat in one room. One has to manually adjust the vents in order to adjust the temperature in other rooms. Is ...
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Why Is My Dryer Vent Electrically Charged

I recently purchased a home built in the 1980s. When I went to hook up my 3-pronged dryer cord (with L), I noticed the outlet is the old 3-prong (all straight) typically used for ranges. I switched ...
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Should our kitchen sink vent through the roof?

Our kitchen sink vent pipe goes up through the ceiling but not through the roof, should it go through the roof?
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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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What is the purpose of a bathroom exhaust fan?

Okay I actually do understand the purpose of the bathroom fan; it gets the steam out of the bathroom after a super hot shower, right? Well turns out I NEVER turn it on. I suppose I don't shower in ...
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Is 150 CFM ventilation fan right choice for bathroom in my older condo?

My bathroom ventilation fan broke up and I am shopping for a new better one. I noticed the newer fans are higher CFM through-put and are quieter, I have narrowed down my choice to this one. My ...
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Are there efficient ways to provide combustion air to heating appliances?

In a previous question we established that there probably should be a vent between my utility room (which opens into the kitchen and living space in general) and the outdoors (in my case the attic, ...
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Do I need a vent fan in an interior laundry room?

I am renovating a few rooms including an existing laundry room. It currently has one exterior window and another openable window onto an existing mudroom (which also has exterior windows). After the ...
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Timer needed on bathroom vent fan?

Does the International Building Code (IBC), or International Residential Code (IRC) require a timer on bathroom vent fans? (I realize all code is local, but just trying to get the standard rule.)
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How should I wire this 3 switch box in my bathroom?

I have a 3 switch box and the bottom switch that controls the heater was broken so I replaced it and I can't remember how to wire it, tried 10-15 combinations and it still doesn't work, not sure how. ...
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Vent pipe related odor

Odor happens when adjacent bathroom toilet is flushed and is only smelled in adjacent laundry room??? Was really bad at Thanksgiving when we had about 14 extra people in our house for several days. ...
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gas fireplace smells

I bought a house that was vacant for a year and a half. It has a gas fireplace. The plumber that fixed the heating unit supposedly looked at the fireplace too and lit the pilot for me. I lit the ...
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How to make a 6 inch hole through a brick wall for venting

I'd like to vent my range hood out through an exterior brick wall. How would I go about making a 6 inch hole for the vent? I'd guess I'd use a masonry chisel to chip out the mortar and then pull ...
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What type of furnace vent pipe is this?

I need to extend my furnace vent pipe up 2 foot above the ridge of my roof to comply with IBC. So I need to couple this pipe somehow and extend it up. Any idea what type of pipe this is and how I ...
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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 code compiant for a new construction bathroom vent (no shower) to go down and then lateral?

I have a challenge on floor two where a curved steel roof and spray foam makes the best option in a toilet/sink small bathroom fan to route down and laterally out the side of the side of the home. I ...
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Do I need a damper on both ends of the ducts on my kitchen range hood/extractor?

My new kitchen range hood is compatible with both 3-1/4" x 10" rectangular ducting and 7" pipe ducting. It includes a damper for the 3-1/4" x 10" format, and an adapter plate for 7" - no damper was ...
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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 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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Properly venting a gas water heater

Ahh, the joys of an old house. The former owners of my house did some funky stuff with venting the water heater. Let me explain: the water heater is in the basement there is a 3 in single walled ...
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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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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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Do I need a rain\snow cover on this furnace vent?

Just bought a house that had a new furnace installed this summer. Vent number 1 in the image is for the furnace (2 is the water heater and 3 is sump). As you can see in the image, 2 and 3 both would ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I close and seal an old external vent?

I was removing some ancient hanging cabinets in my small laundry room when I found an old vent of some kind. It had been completely hidden behind the old cabinetry. My dryer vents out through the roof ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...