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PLEASE seek professional assistance immediately. There are two main issues with exhaust that can make you feel ill like this: Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide. Both are harmful, if not fatal, if the percentage present in the air you breath is too high. You DESPERATELY need to install a carbon monoxide detector, and contact your local housing authority. ...


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You need a dehumidifier. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dehumidifier If there is no way to blow the humid air out, run it thru a dehumidifier. You can keep it in the bathroom running on a timer or roll it into the shower to run after you wash up, and let the collected water go down the drain.


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When the things in a bathroom dry the water is not simply disappearing, rather it is converting from liquid you can see and feel on the surfaces and towels into vapor in the air. In other words, visibly wet surfaces are exchanged for palpably humid air. A portable fan will circulate air inside the room and will accelerate the process but it will be hampered ...


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This is an onward feed to some other stuff somewhere else in the house While in the US, bathroom receptacles need to be on a dedicated bathroom receptacle circuit (that can feed any number of bathrooms), with the exception that you can feed both receptacles and lights for a bathroom off a circuit that services only that bathroom, there is no such ...


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Although not an answer different from the others but I'd like to point out, and considering its importance in this case, it probably can be tolerated in an answer of its own rather than buried somewhere among comments: on your way home today, not tomorrow or next week but today, pass a reliable hardware store in your neighborhood and buy a CO detector and ...


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Squeezing the extractor duct to fit into the hood shouldn't cause an issue unless you bent the fan housing and it's binding. Check that the fan spins freely and also check your electrical connections, one might have vibrated loose. Check the fan to switch connectors as well, they are usually spade connectors and could have started working loose during ...


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Seek medical attention immediately, and have the doctors provide a report on your health and diagnosis. Find out from them how dangerous it is to continue to expose yourself and your family to those fumes. After that, you have a few options, you might try one or more of them in parallel depending on the report itself: Provide copies of them to your ...


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Yes, they are giving you separate neutrals so you have the flexibility to put the fan and light on different circuits if you want to. Neutrals must be supplied from the same circuit as the hot; you can't return current from circuit 1 on the neutral from circuit 2, or it causes a number of problems and safety threats. In an application like yours, feel ...


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Light dimmers are designed to drive loads that are largely resistive in nature like light bulbs. They are generally not compatible with loads that are inductive. Most, if not all, AC motors are inductive type loads. That said, whether a dimmer switch will work safely with your fan or not depends entirely upon the type of motor on the fan. There are some ...


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If the fan has a pull chain as well as the remote the pullchain MUST be on high speed. The remote control only slows the fan down. Bottom line is no, you cannot re-wire a ceiling fan like this to make it go faster.


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Generally speaking, you don't want to have a fan/light - or more specifically, a light - on GFCI because if the GFCI trips due to something else on the circuit then you are in the dark. As I understand it (I am not an electrician, but I have seen other questions on this topic and I heard this from my own electrician years ago when he installed heat/fan/light ...


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Mains wiring is dangerous You're not allowed to just barf a bunch of wires and call it done. The fan, I assume you scrounged this from an old air conditioner, is made to fit inside a housing, which you have removed. You need to head off to the metal press to restore two key functions of the housing: Physical protection from fan blades, and electrical ...


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Sears calls that part a "guard ornament" which seems to indicate it's probably for aesthetic purposes. How I found its name: Google "oscillating fan parts" Go to images Find this website https://www.searspartsdirect.com/model/2agsuagx0r-000582/kenmore-453800002-household-fan-parts Click on "Replacement Parts" Observe the image ...


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From the perspective of a motor, a GFCI looks exactly the same as any other circuit breaker. The only difference is that a GFCI has extra circuitry which senses an imbalance between the black and white wires (plus control circuitry to trip the breaker)—nothing more. Many modern ceiling fans seem to be cheaply made. I suspect the failure is a quality ...


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Let's get one thing straight. Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter protection for personnel is designed and intended to protect a human (or any animal I guess), from being electrocuted (killed) due to an electrical fault. In most situations, the grounding system will handle any direct faults to ground. A GFCI devices is there to protect you, if you happen to ...


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Don't do it. Plugging the fan into 220V will draw twice the current and result in 4 times the power delivered to the motor, so it will spin like crazy. There is risk of overheating, fire, fan blades dislodging and bearings overheating. In some cases the motor can be rewired for a different voltage but it takes a fair bit of experience and knowledge to do ...


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(I'm an American living in Austria.) My first thought was something related to the heating system too (although we're not heating yet in Vienna). I would still call the Rauchfangkehrer (chimney sweeps). There should be a flyer in the entry area of your building for the one responsible for your area. In Vienna, the flyer is usually yellow with a stylized ...


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Various things to check: Is there a way for air to ENTER the bath? A fan will expel air, but only when there is makeup air to replace it. Make sure there is a sufficient gap under the bathroom door. (An easy way to test this issue is to run the fan with and without the door open and see if there is a difference) as others have stated, make sure the fan is ...


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There are two neutrals on the fan light, because The fan gets a hot and a neutral. The light gets a hot and a neutral. By giving you separate neutrals, it gives you the versatility of being able to put the fan and light on separate circuits, or other circumstance where you'd need separate neutrals. In your case, and in most instances, both devices ...


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It's similar to the reasoning behind using a filter for your AC units. You want to filter the air to prevent clogging up the coils and dirtying up the ducts. There is a lot of moisture in a bathroom and if you mix that up with dust and lint from towels you've got a combination of particles that will stick to the blades of the fan and also clog up the shaft ...


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Can’t power bathroom receps from non-bathroom circuits A recep in a bathroom is only allowed to draw power from 2 kinds of circuits, and this is a very narrow definition: A. Circuits which only power bathroom receptacles (in any number of bathrooms) B. Circuits which only power recep or hardwired loads in this bathroom Any circuit that powers anything in ...


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You can use the switch to operate both the fan and light, if you so choose. In fact, this is a common feature in single user public restrooms. As long as the switch and wiring are rated for the amount of current, which unless you get a huge fan, it should be. If you have the ability to install a new cable (or pull an extra wire, if the wires happen to be ...


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I used the variac and got the noise level down from 74-84db to 45. Pleasant white noise, vs Is that Industrial Music you're playing? I researched various approaches, that fall into the basic camps of a variable resistor (like the sun court-variable speed, speed bully) and variable transformer. The resistor ($20-$30) absorbs part of the power, thus ...


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If you're measuring voltage by touching your probes to the terminals on a single 3-way switch, you're not accomplishing much. Your readings will come out as follows. From common to the closed traveler terminal, you'll read 0 volts. This is because common is electrically connected to this terminal, so they're at the same voltage potential. From common to ...


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You need a pair of retaining ring pliers. Use the retaining ring pliers to remove the retaining ring. Pull the blade off the shaft. Push the blade on the new motor. Use the retaining ring pliers to install the retaining ring.


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No, no, no! It's polarized for a reason. Just replace the receptacle with a polarized receptacle. Make sure the taller slot is on the neutral side. They look like this, note the absence of a ground pin. There may be a green screw on the outlet nonetheless, that grounds the outlet. It should be left disconnected unless ground is actually present in ...


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A bathroom exhaust fan needs to be vented outside the home!. This sewer pipe is where the waste goes and will not provide a good or safe vent. Vents on the waste pipes prevent the water from being sucked out of the traps, or u bends, if the gasses can come back into the home there can be bad smells and at the worst methane explosions.


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First off, I'd rework the connections on the switch. They are pulling out of the terminal screws. The red wire appears to be the switched voltage to the fan. It should be connected to the black and blue wires from the fan. The blue wire is for a light fixture should you want to add one later. The white wire from the fan should be connected to the group of ...


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Yes, you have a rodent or bird nest in there. No, you shouldn't break anything. That vent flap is simply hanging on two little integral pins or arms. You can see them in the photo. You should be able to tilt the flap into alignment with the duct, then flex it to release the arm on one side. Do your cleaning and replace the flap. Now find out why your ...


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