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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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How to avoid water build-up in bathroom's passive ventilation shaft?

Our apartment building is 23 years old, and the bathroom has passive ventilation: basically there's a hole in the wall just under the ceiling, where warm moist air slowly escapes. It usually has 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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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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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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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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Gap between 6“ dia wall thimble & 6” hvac pipe

I bought a 6" dia aluminum wall thimble to vent my 6" dia hvac steel exhaust pipe through to the outside. However, the diameter of the 6" thimble is actually 6 3/4". How do I effectively insulate the ...
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can i use an inline exhaust to vent a kitchen and bathroom?

I have 2 bathrooms and a kitchen that are currently unvented. I would like to install an inline exhaust fan to service all three. I will be putting the exhaust fan just inside a gable that will have ...
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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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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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Gable and Roof Vents Together?

I need to add some additional exhaust venting to my attics, along with some along the soffit as well. I need some knowledge on a few things as I can't seem to find answers for them on the interwebs: ...
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Should the flue always be open in a gas fireplace?

I have a victorian fireplace with a modern gas fire installed. The fire place has a hatch at the top to open/close the chimney, which the fitters have connected to a wire to force it to be fully open ...
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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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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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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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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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Adding ventilation and insulation with limited soffits

I’m hoping to add some insulation and ventilation to our attic. It’s a 1954 with a 1991 addition. The second floor is warmer in the summer, the original part much warmer than the addition. Current ...
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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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How much ventilation space does a refrigerator need?

The person who built our refrigerator cabinet box only left 1" for ventilation at the top of the refrigerator. Is this enough space for proper ventilation? There is a 1" gap on either side, and a 4" ...
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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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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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Do I need soffit vents and can I add them without taking the roof apart?

Last year, we re-roofed out 83-year old house. We removed the 3-layer cedar/asphalt shingles and laid plywood decking, 30# paper, ice-barrier and 26-gauge metal roofing. As far as ventilation, we just ...
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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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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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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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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 vent moisture from a small pump house?

I have a small shed, 8x7, near the house that I use as a pump/filter house for a koi pond. This building has a 7 foot deep basement made of cinder block which houses an open top settling tank, so ...
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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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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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Why am I finding condensation in my dryer?

I live in Houston, TX (Very Hot, Very Humid). In the summertime, my dryer is dripping with water, when not in use. I do not have overly excessive drying times. My dryer is vented via an unfortunate ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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mold on exterior wall above kitchen exhaust grill

My kitchen cooker hood vents via aluminum pipes to the outside, terminated in a metal grille mounted on the exterior wall. Just above this grille is a horizontal concrete ledge, which is the bottom of ...
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Attic Venting of Knee Wall in Cape Cod

I have a cape cod style home, pictured below. The second story living space on the back side of the home is created by having a lower pitched roof. So, the front and back sides of the roof have ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to properly vent attic in windy/snowy areas to avoid snow infiltration?

To ask the other part of question: How bad is it to have wet insulation? that didn't get asked... How do you deal with homes that are in high wind and snowy areas which are susceptible to snow ...
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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 ...