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What is the best way to clean your clothes dryer exhaust?

My dryer exhaust goes out of my laundry room, into my attic, and runs for about 15 feet before it gets outside. Over time the lent has built up quite a bit. What is the best way to clean this? The ...
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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 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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What is the quietest range (cooker) hood?

I have looked into the Broan Allure series which claim to be quiet (1 sone). However on closer inspection, the claimed sound level is only for the lowest setting. The highest setting is 4 sones (4 ...
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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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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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How can I insulate kitchen vent to prevent cold air blowing through all the time?

Building code requires my kitchen to have a 15cmx15cm vent (besides the kitchen cook-top vent). This vent is basically a hole in the wall that reaches to the outside. The vent has grating on both ...
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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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Why does it take my dryer 3 hours to dry a load of clothes?

I have a Maytag model LD69806AAE clothes dryer. Since our tenants in our town home have moved in July 2012. They have pointed out that the dryer takes about 3 hours to dry a load of clothes. The dryer ...
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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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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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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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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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Venting the attic space during summer to cool the house

The air in my attic gets superheated during summer, from the sun baking the (clay? terracotta?) roof tiles (I live in Sydney, Australia). I have good ceiling insulation, and even put in some sarking ...
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Is it possible to install flush mount floor vents in a laminate wood floor?

My laminate flooring doesn't come with floor vents so I may have to find some and stain them. I was told I need to get the drop in floor vents that sit above the flooring, but is there an easy way to ...
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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 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 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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Can I clean my under-the-floor dryer vent?

Our laundry nook is smack in the middle of our house. The dryer vent goes into an interior wall, turns 90° downward, soon turns 90° back the way it came, and goes straight for four or five meters ...
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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 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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Is it possible to use a dryer vent as a heat source in the winter?

Is it possible to attach a diverter to an electric clothes dryer vent so it can help heat my house in the winter? Seems like such a waste to blow it all outside. I imagine you'd need some sort of ...
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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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Cleaning a dryer vent with a sharp elbow

Curious if there is a good solution for cleaning a dryer vent that has two sharp elbows in it, one next to the other. There is a 90 degree bend as soon as the vent enters the wall and another 90 ...
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What are some alternatives to a square ceiling air diffuser?

We recently bought a house that had an addition put on in the 80's. The addition is on the back of the house and has separate (electric) heating and cooling. In the ceiling are two square, 12.75" air ...
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Can I use a vent that was over an electric oven for a dryer instead?

I just bought an apartment built in 1980 and it does not have a washer and dryer. There is a vent above an electric oven. I am remodeling the kitchen and moving the oven to the other side of the ...
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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 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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Why is one bedroom always colder than the rest of the house?

We have a two story home with 3 bedrooms upstairs. Home is 7 years old. One of the bedrooms is always around 5-6 degrees Fahrenheit colder than the rest of the house (when compared to the thermostat ...
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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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What is this pipe called, and how does it work? (Round II)

OK, thanks for people's help on my last question, now I've confused myself again. I came across this picture, similar to the last question, but I don't think it's a cleanout. It looks like a vent to ...
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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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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. ...
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How can I properly vent a basement toilet & shower using an AAV?

When we bought our house the plumbing drains for a basement bathroom were roughed in but they did not install any vent lines for them. We have the first floor plumbing draining into the main stack ...
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Why did an HVAC installer add this PVC pipe?

We recently had a VERY old central heating furnace replaced and I noticed that the HVAC installer added the following PVC pipe shortly before the inspector arrived: The metal vents were already ...
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How can I divert wind which is flowing parallel to the wall into the house?

Situation: The house is surrounded by other structures in a way that the the wind direction remains parallel-horizontal to the wall. There are a couple of windows on that wall, but amount of air ...
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Is this an appropriate drain design for adding a shower?

I recently took on the challenge of adding a shower to my existing downstairs bathroom. The bathroom is inside what used to be the garage so it is far away from any existing vents. After some demo, ...
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Dryer vent pipes touching copper hot water pipe

I am installing a long clothes dryer vent in the crawl space under my house to replace the old one. I am using a combination of both flexible metal pipes and rigid stove pipes to try to reduce the ...