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How to properly ventilate a finished basement?

I am trying to understand what is the proper way to ventilate a basement. I have a finished basement which if not ventilated starts to smell ..like a basement :-) and I don't like it. If I run the ...
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Run HVAC fan throughout the day for comfort

At my old house, we replaced the HVAC with a high efficiency unit that came with a thermostat that would blow, say, 50% to 70% of the time for air movement to increase comfort level. I'm not sure but ...
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Attic Ventilation Improvement

Location: Portland, Oregon, USA area House: 1972 single story, approx 1500 sf attic area. When we bought the house the prior owners paid for attic mold remediation. I believe the mold was a result ...
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Improving air flow using supply and return exhaust fan with split type air condition

I have slight issue with uneven temperatures between two rooms. Say we have two rooms, Room 1 (cold room with AC) and Room 2( without AC, hotter room). Room 2 is ventilated by Room 1 AC by opening ...
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What is the most efficient window design to maximise cooling in a tropical climate?

I am building in equatorial Indonesia. My building is roughly 10x4.5 metres in footprint, and it will be a two storey (3.5 metres each) concrete structure. The building backs directly onto a limestone ...
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Is an Ionizer Air Purifier effective against birch pollen?

I spot an Ionizer Air Purifier Air Cleaner Air Ionizer and I want to understand whether it could help to alleviate symptoms due to birch pollen particles such as itching, tiredness and shortness of ...
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Wood Staining in a Garage

I am working in the garage with the garage door open as I am working for ventilation. My garage also has gym equipment in it. Am I able to use the garage again soon after or do I have to wait a day or ...
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What acceptable alternatives to trickle vents are available?

Building Regulations require new windows to have trickle vents. What alternatives are acceptable? Can I put in a wall vent instead, like a hit and miss type, or air bricks? I do not want to buy a ...
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What's the minimum safe distance from the back of a dryer to a wall?

Let's say I have a side-venting dryer. If I don't need to run ductwork behind the dryer, how close can I safely place the dryer to the wall?
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Kitchen fan venting

I am installing a kitchen fan about 9' away from the nearest external wall. The wall there is very narrow and all I can fit there is a dryer type vent that works with 4" round pipe. Also, my spacing ...
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How can I prevent reverse air flow from bathroom fan?

I have a second floor bathroom that has a ventilation fan which exits to the roof. Whenever I take a shower there is an incredible amount of freezing air (midwest winter) that is coming in through the ...
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Using a 2 inch pipe to vent a bath fan

Hello I'm looking to install a bathroom vent in a enclosed shower on a GFCI circuit breaker. I know its recommended to use something like a 4 inch vent to vent out the stated flow rate, but since it ...
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HVAC - hot air flowing on both zones when only 1 zone should be on

I have 2-zone forced air heating, with separate thermostats for each zone. Normally, if the thermostat in zone 1 triggers the system to go on, the heat will only blow through the vents in zone 1. ...
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Furnace and Water Heater Ventilation pipe

I have a home that was built in 1924, the pipe that vents my furnace and water heater is green and it is located in my chimney. The top of the chimney is open in my attic, you can see the green ...
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Cold bathroom that has exhaust

So I have started to notice the bathroom with an exhaust is starting to get really cold as the temperature is getting colder. Is there something I can do about this? Should it really be that much ...
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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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Can I use the old and not used anymore furnace chimney to vent out my basement?

My chimney is not used anymore. Would it be possible or recommended to use it to vent the basement ? I would clean it and install a fan at the basement end. thanks
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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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South Florida roof softit roof ventilation and of insulation batts

I live in south Florida and am insulating the roof by placing batts between the rafters. I'm not sure if placing the batts up against the edge where the beams and walls meet is ok or not. The rafters ...
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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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How can I improve my ventilation throughout my house?

I just bought my house and it stays rather cool. However I've found while painting that the flow of air through the house is limited. My vents are all on the base board/wall if you can imagine. Not ...
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Why would a blower motor work with A/C, but burn out with furnace?

I've gone through 2 blower motors since I purchased the home 3 yrs ago. I never have an issue with the blower when the AC runs; but it keeps dying in the winter with the furnace. I've had 2 HVAC ...
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knee wall no venting possible

My master bedroom is above my garage. There is one part of the bedroom that has a cathedral ceiling with knee walls on both sides. There is no attic above this area because the drywall goes up along ...
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Attic ventilation, do I have enough?

I currently have blown-in insulation, that reaches the top of the attic floor. I was told by several insulation companies that I need a R value of at least 49, meaning, I need to add a good 12-18" ...
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Dryer isn't drying clothes. I've tried all of the common solutions (I think)

My wife and I just bought our first house. I think that we discovered that our dryer vent is going to require some regular maintenance to keep it clean and able to dry our clothes. When we moved in, ...
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Need a window exhaust fan with louvers that close automatically

I currently put a box fan in a window as an exhaust fan when I need to ventilate a room in my house. But when I turn the fan off, I need to remove the fan and close the window. I'd like to have a ...
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How to properly ventilate a Mansard Roof?

I recently purchased a home with a Mansard roof, I had some roofers come to give quotes to replace the top (it is finished) and they all recommend adding ventilation (known issue with Mansard's). ...
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Can I vent my dryer 'up'?

We recently moved our dryer into the garage stacked on top of a washer. The easiest way to vent it was straight up about 6' into the attic, then a right turn in the attic 12' out the back of the ...
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Does a vaulted ceiling roof need venting?

I'm buying a house in Colorado, and the house has a vaulted (cathedral) ceiling such that both the plywood sheathing and the ceiling sheetrock are attached to opposite sides of the rafters, i.e. no ...
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What is the proper way to vent a dryer through a crawlspace?

I am selling a brick, pier and beam home that has a Dryer in the garage that currently vents into the crawlspace. I had run flex tubing through the crawls space to the crawlspace vent. The inspector ...
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dryer ventilation

I started renting a condo in Sacramento from a property management.the building was built in 1974. There has been some shorty upgrades by contractors hired by the property management. Moving in i ...
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I want to permanently remove and fill-in below grade windows in multi-family building. What's the risk?

I have a 5 family apartment building in NJ. There are 2 below grade window wells that protrude from the building and into the asphalt driveway. I want to fill these in permanently with concrete ...
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What under-eaves vents can I use to maximize attic airflow and minimize insect infiltration?

I live in Seattle. It doesn't snow here often. Winters are cold, but temps do not dip below 32 for long periods of time very often. I live in a small, one-level 950 sq. ft. house built in the 1950s. ...
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How to get fresh air to flat without letting noise in

My flat is at 4th floor just next to very noisy street (cars/trams); above my flat there's only roof (no other floors or attic). I have problems with fresh air inside because I try to keep my windows ...
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How to remove narrow metal soffit

Our 1954 home has very narrow soffits, with metal over them. The best solution I've come up with for adding soffit vents is 2 inch hockey puck style. I did a few several years ago and stopped. See ...
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Can I use a split tab switch for mains voltage and low voltage?

LeGrand (Pass & Seymour) make a multi-control single pole switch with a split tab TM8113WCC, which allows for the control of two independent circuits on a single yoke (one box). Code question: is ...
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Is my HVAC system unbalanced?

I bought a home back in August and the previous owner had a new 3-ton HVAC system installed. Basically right now the HVAC is located in the upstairs hallway, and the way the duct is set up is there ...
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Best way to stop boiler steam from entering attic

I have a cape cod. The boiler is in the basement and vents to the outside about a foot above ground level. I get a considerable amount of snow melt and ice buildup in the attic section directly ...
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How can I prevent my furnace vent from icing up and shutting off the furnace?

How do I keep my exhaust vent from icing up in the winter. We are in a new house with a HE Furnace in a pretty cold zone. It has iced up two times now and we are only in our 1st winter. Anything I can ...
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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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Should I be concerned about respiratory hazard from leftover/lurking silica sand from abrasive blasting (sandblasting)?

I know the media itself is a respiratory hazard while blasting (I'm told the silica sand itself breaks apart from the blasting and becomes dust-like). The area will be ventilated. However, I worry ...
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How much heat loss through bathroom fan vent?

My master bathroom did not previously have bathroom fan, but I installed one and have had wonderful results with keeping the steam from building up and exhausting the moist air. I am using both a fan ...
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Can we capture the hot, humid air from a gas-powered clothes dryer during winter?

During winter we run a gas-powered heater and evaporative humidifier to maintain indoor air quality. Meanwhile, every day (big family!) we run a gas-powered clothes dryer which dumps hot, humid air ...
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PVC vent pipes or concentric vent pipes for tankless gas water heater?

I am trying to select a natural gas water heater to install into my house. It has to service two bathrooms with showers and two kitchen sinks, a dishwasher, and a washing machine. I've narrowed my ...
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will using a ventilation system with an heat exchanger give me the same quality air indoors as outdoors?

will using a ventilation system with an heat exchanger give me the same quality air indoors as outdoors? is using a proper ventilation system equivalent to having all your windows open without any ...
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How can I prevent a bathroom fan from vibrating?

I am replacing the ventilation fan in our master bathroom this weekend. The previous one (about 12 years old) developed such a vibration over time that it managed to undo the bolt holding the glass ...
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Is sealing via tape necessary for knee wall foam board insulation.?

I have dramatically improved the ventilation and insulation situation in my house's knee wall attic space, but I have one concern. I nailed up foam board over the studs and fiberglass batts. Do the ...
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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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How do I vent metal doors?

I need to vent our metal utility closet doors. 1 3/4 inch thick metal doors. Need to supply ventilation so the heat exchange water heaters will work more efficiently. Now the closets become freezing ...
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What are my options for temperature equalization between two rooms?

Ideally a bi-directional through-wall vent + fan would be great with built in thermostats measuring both sides. I haven't found that nor am I entirely sure what to search for. Are there components ...