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Best way to make a hole in concrete wall

So my house has concrete walls and ceilings. There a few places i would need to remove some large holes like for vents or light fixtures. I was looking at a concrete hole saw which seems to be a good ...
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close an old hood vent

We are in the process is renovating our kitchen. One of the things we are doing is installing a more modern range hood instead of the older under cabinet hood. The new hood requires us to create a new ...
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How can I lengthen my vent stack and are there any negative effects in doing so?

I have observed that when we receive a lot of snow here in Ontario, at least one of the drain vents on my roof is covered by snow. While after one winter in the house I have not yet observed any ...
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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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Can I vent my dryer into the crawl space without creating mold and moisture problems?

We have a crawl space with a combination of sandy and clay soil in it. The crawl space is about 3' deep. To eliminate a long dryer vent run, I'd like to vent the dryer directly into the crawl space. ...
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Bathroom vent through existing roof vent

I have a roof with two gable vents as well as slanted vents that look a lot like these one: I do not want to install an extra vent specifically for bathroom so I was wondering if I could use one of ...
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Need guidance for venting a new rough-in for basement bathroom

I'm currently finishing my basement, and I wanted to rough-in plumbing fixtures for a future basement. I've already got the layout, but I just need to figure out the venting for the drawing for my ...
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How do I handle baffles at the corners on a hip roof?

What do the energy pros do here in the corner of a hip roof? I don't have enough room to install a baffle. I want to install insulation here, so I'm not sure if I would run into problems with moisture ...
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Plumbing issue throughout house - gurgling coming from shower, bubbling in toilet, standing water in drain of shower

Update below: Main line snaked For reference, images of the drain. I'm going through the whole story in case any details might make a difference in prognosis. If you aren't interested in the ...
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What is this green pipe with an open end sticking out of the ground?

I'm looking at an REO property, and I cam across something and have no idea what it is. it appears to be a green pipe pipe in the ground that is open on top. It's on the side of the house, and there ...
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Why is my booster fan pulling cold air from outside?

This is my first winter in a house with an oil-heated, forced air system. I noticed my wall vents were pushing out warm air, but the floor cold air return vents were pushing out cool air. I followed ...
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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 is the vent pipe in the basement and not the roof?

Apologies if this is the wrong forum to post this question. Our house has a vent pipe in the basement coming off the main stack (water line going to sewer). I understand there is a pressure ...
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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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Return Air Vent

I am in the middle of planning a kitchen remodel. We are removing a non load bearing wall to open up the space. The wall has a big return air vent (using the studs of the wall). My initial thought is ...
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Backdraft issue w/bathroom exhaust and dryer connected to same air outlet

I live in a condo where a dryer and bathroom exhaust both connect into a Y connector that flows into the same pipe and into the building air shaft. I understand that these two appliances on the same ...
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Should I add another gable vent to my attic?

I have a long house with a 3 sq foot gable vent on the east end. I have two 6 ft long roof vents in the middle and I want to know if I should install another gable vent at the west end to increase ...
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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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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 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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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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3“ radon vent 4” roof jack

I have installed a 4" oatley vent flashing and drilled holes in roof and walls with a 4-1/8 bit. Unfortunately the radon coupler out of the concrete is only 3". This was a plumbing mistake and long ...
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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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HVAC supply vent noise: how to eliminate the whistling wind tunnel?

Every time the heat turns on (rented house), we are getting choked with too much dry hot air in our small room. When I try to close the supply vent it produces a really loud whistling noise. I either ...
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How do I ventilate a bathroom through a small window?

I've got a very small bathroom without a vent fan. Since it is in a condo among a lot of others in a large building, a standard vent fan cannot be installed. However, I do have a small window and was ...
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dryer vent . venting into the crawl space [duplicate]

Just bought a house no basement have a crawl space the dryer vent discharges into the crawl space . The furnace is also near by. ? Good or bad .
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Can I close my gable vents now that I have one solar fan?

I have an 84 yo Tudor style home in Hawaii that looked fantastic when we first bought it. Living area is 2500 sq ft. It's quite unusual to find such homes because many don't survive the termites. ...
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How can I modify this dryer vent cap to keep lint from getting trapped?

As mentioned in this question I installed this dryer vent cap on my roof As you can see, there is a gap between the flashing and the cap, presumably to let water out if it gets in. This is ...
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How to vent a 2nd clothes dryer?

Bought a new washer+dryer. Old washer+dryer are still working fine, so I figured I will keep the old dryer and just dispose of the old top load washer (the new one is a nice front load). They're both ...
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How to install dryer ducting inside existing wall?

I'm thinking about installing a recessed dryer box like this. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Dundas-Jafine-Recessed-Dryer-Vent-Box-DRB4XZW/202449693 Apparently with 4" studs you have to compress the ...
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Installing bathroom exhaust fan: what to do with vapour barrier and insulation?

I'm adding a bathroom exhaust fan, which is being mounted in the ceiling of the bathroom (in the attic) and venting out through a vent in the wall. right now, there is a vapour barrier (paper) ...
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How can I unclog a passive bathroom air vent?

I live in a prewar apartment building. At the top of the shower, on the wall where the water comes in, is a passive vent. There is no powered fan that is installed and no nearby electrical wiring to ...
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Can I vent room air to the outside?

The building interior gets hot during the day and stays hot during the evening when it is much cooler outside. It would be a really great option to simply vent the hot air outside instead of having to ...
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What can be done about this unattractive dryer vent?

The house I bought has dryer vent that runs from the dryer into the ceiling. Besides being an eyesore it is also loose/flimsy. I'm redoing the laundry room and would like to make this more ...
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Maximum run on drain?

I'm planning a reconfiguration of my basement and want to move both the powder room and w/d to new locations. The powder room would be close enough to the stack not to worry me, but I'm looking at ...
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How to hang a dryer vent in a basement ceiling?

I have an old house and had to rerun the dryer vent line from the first floor through the basement and then to the outside of the house. I basically replaced everything the previous owner did with ...
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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 it code compliant for a new construction bathroom vent (no shower) to go down and then over?

I have a challenge on my second floor where a curved steel roof insulated with spray foam makes the best option for a half (toilet/sink) bathroom fan's vent to route down and laterally out the side of ...
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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 the back side of a window type aircon exhaust in an empty ceiling area?

I'm planning use a window type A/C on my little attic room. My A/C unit is just .5 HP, just enough for the small room. The problem is there's no proper exhaust area like the standard Window type. ...
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What is this 6" vent coming out of the main furnace trunk going under my deck for?

I have a 6 inch round duct that comes out of the main trunk about 5 feet from the furnace. It runs through the basement and outside the house (under the deck). What is this? The furnace also has 2" ...
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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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Bathroom fan with no outside vent

What's the purpose of a bathroom fan with no outside venting? One of my bathrooms is set up this way. I'm about to redo the ceiling, and I'd like to replace the fan unit with something better looking, ...
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Bathroom vent installation

What kind of contractor do I call to have a bathroom vent installed? I also need a vent put in above my stove. Thanks
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How hot should my hot water heater vent get?

My gas hot water heater's flue/vent is very hot to the touch. Is that normal? How hot should it get?
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possible to have too much soffit intake venting for roof/attic?

Is it possible to have too much soffit intake? Currently my simple gable roof on a ranch home has 8 RVO38 vents but NO soffit intake vents (terrible!). Of course the attic space runs incredibly hot ...
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How to enlarge a 4 in. vent hole on exterior wall

My house is covered by sheet metal and I currently have a 4 in. vent hole from a previous air exchanger. I'm changing the air excahnger and require a 5 in. hole. So I basically have to make a hole ...
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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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Can a plumbing vent pipe be vented horizontally?

I live in NYC and I have a plumbing vent pipe which vents through the roof. The vent pipe however has some "angled" pipes which bring it out into a small section of a bedroom to avoid going through ...
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When installing rigid dryer vent and connecting pieces

When installing rigid dryer vent and connecting pieces together do I use foil tape or those circle things you put on outside with a screw to tighten? Also is it a good idea to use duct connectors ...