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Is it a bad idea to install a bathroom vent in a drop ceiling without external exhaust?

You need to exhaust the bathroom via a duct in the ceiling void and through an outside wall. You can't just push bathroom air into the void ... it will cause mold up there and push humidity and ...
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Brand new bathroom fan appears to be spinning the wrong way

This is a centrifugal fan. The fan blades can be straight, curved towards spinning direction or against spinning direction. This will affect the noise level and efficiency of the fan, but the ...
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Is it a bad idea to install a bathroom vent in a drop ceiling without external exhaust?

The point of a bathroom exhaust fan is to pull humid air out of the bathroom. That humid air must go somewhere. If that "somewhere" is another interior space, you're just moving the ...
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Brand new bathroom fan appears to be spinning the wrong way

That's a shaded-pole motor. It generates a rotating magnetic field by "shading" part of the rotor poles with copper rings (ends visible beside the rotor and there should be a matching pair ...
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Brand new bathroom fan appears to be spinning the wrong way

If the red arrow in your second photo is correct, it is spinning the wrong way and if it's brand new, send it back! The information about reversing the motor is interesting but just get one that ...
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Can someone tell me what kind of fitting for this toilet water shut off valve is?

Looks like it flares out at the wall escutcheon. Hard to be 100% but I'd bet it is 1/2" female NPT and connected to galvanized iron pipe water supply. Probably something like this You could ...
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How do I reconnect my ceiling light fixture with 3 sets of cables and a 4-way connector?

At a guess based on UK practice, as we don't know your country or wiring code: Red wires are connected together in extra terminal block. In one 3-core cable this is your incoming live or line ...
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Is this mortar or concrete subfloor under my bathroom tile?

Presumably from the description it's a thick mortar bed method tile floor, typical for 1950s and earlier tile work. You'll have to determine if the framing (likely wood, if the house is wood framed) ...
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Raising floor in bathroom from concrete subfloor for vinyl sheet finish

Why build the bath like it was 1982? Use new technology. An LVP/ LVT rated underlayment of 4 mm and a finished LVP or LVT ( example of LVT) of 7.5mm will get you 11.5mm or .449 inches. The concrete ...
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What kind of faucet is this and how can I remove it?

I have this same faucet but can't recall if it's a Pfister or Moen, but I think Pfister. Got it a Lowes. It took me some time a few year ago to figure it out, but crip659 is correct... The little ...
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Can I leave cables around door framing?

Leaving the cables exposed between the rough opening (the 2x4s) and the door frame might work OK for you when you install the door, but if anyone else comes along (including future you) and makes any ...
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How to tile under a cabinet?

Note that a classic cheat is to install just enough tile to get to or past the edges of the vanity, then add baseboards to cover the gap so people can't see the untiled section. Out of sight, out of ...
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How can I remove a Steeple 4 inch axial fan cover?

Removing the Phillips screw takes a bit of turning, so persevere and it will come off. The screw is held in place by the panel so you can’t lose it.
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Brand new bathroom fan appears to be spinning the wrong way

I recently had to reinstall one of these. The unit I had was a similarly cheap model and there were multiple place on the housing that were not air tight which let air escape and felt as if the fan ...
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How can I prepare concrete walls with tile mortar for new tile?

In cases like this you can go up or you can go down. You can level the surface to the high points, or you can reduce the surface to the low points. I'd argue that the former is much easier here. ...
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Is it a bad idea to install a bathroom vent in a drop ceiling without external exhaust?

Others already said you shouldn't dump humid air into your ceiling space or other rooms. As for what to do if you don't have a vent that goes outside... There are duct free "exhaust fans" ...
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My bathroom’s baseboard heater will not shut off

The thermostat (inside the unit connected to the knob) has likely failed. Or maybe you just didn't turn it OFF hard enough. The controlling breaker is not necessarily marked correctly, so you could ...
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What underlayment for LVT on concrete subfloor?

I'd use a 1/4" notched trowel with some stiff thinset mix. Trowel it on your floor surface leave the notches standing. Once stiff enough I'd fill the voids and flat trowel against the notches. ...
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What underlayment for LVT on concrete subfloor?

The floor comfort underlayment is to be used with laminate or engineered wood NOT LVT or LVP. Go with the Smartcore and approved underlayment. I have used that brand and had great results. Better to ...
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Do I need a special switch for a bathroom fan?

Simple switches - old-style toggle switches or Decora switches - are really easy. Turn off the circuit breaker or breakers. Most likely you have one breaker that controls both the fan and the light, ...
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Two bathrooms fans on same switch. One runs continuously

Presumably the one that runs continuously is intended to do that to "help with the mold problem" and the other is supplementary to deal with large amounts of moisture from showering, etc. As ...
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How can I remove my bathroom sink stopper?

Most sink stoppers are controlled by a shaft that intersects the drain pipe just below the sink. A plastic ball serves as a swivel which seals against the pipe. You can remove that by unscrewing its ...
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Removing Ring Towel holder

There is no magic solution. You can try to drill out the screw, but being underneath it will have it's own set of difficulties. There are 2 alternatives: 1: Just rip the ring from the wall. There ...
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Can I leave cables around door framing?

You're already doing a bunch of wall surface repair. Just cut into the wall surface behind the electrical box and reroute the cable. Alternatively, buy 6 ft of L3/4x3/4x1/8 steel angle and install ...
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How to properly clean a bathroom fan?

Fans should be cleaned regularly to maintain performance. For the main bathroom, this is probably every year. For occasional use bathrooms, every few years is probably fine. A fan only needs ...
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Mold on Bathroom Ceiling

The root cause of the reoccurring mold was not the ceiling, but the walls. There is a decorative ring of dark colored tiles at the top of the shower, and these were hiding mold. Deep cleaning the ...
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