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Does anyone know what this fan blower thingy is?

Cyclone paint mixer. Cyclone paint mixer I imagine you just need to remove the hang tag at the drill end.
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Exhaust fumes seeping into our 4th floor apartment at night through bathroom and shower vents/fans

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 ...
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Does a portable fan work for drying the bathroom?

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 ...
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Does a portable fan work for drying the bathroom?

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, ...
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Strange Wire in Bathroom Wiring

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 ...
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regular oven conversion to support convection

A workable approach: Sell oven on craigslist (or whatever,) buy convection oven. An approach that will invalidate your insurance coverage in the event of a fire related to the oven: Let's slap some ...
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Exhaust fumes seeping into our 4th floor apartment at night through bathroom and shower vents/fans

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 ...
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New Kitchen extractor fan stopped working

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, ...
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Exhaust fumes seeping into our 4th floor apartment at night through bathroom and shower vents/fans

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 ...
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Bathroom Exhaust Fan/Light wiring

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 ...
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Can I rewire my ceiling fan to make it move faster?

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 ...
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Does a GFCI-protected bath light/fan unit need separate neutrals?

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 ...
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Wire AC Condensor fan motor to three prong plug for shop fan

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 ...
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What is the purpose of the fan guard center shield?

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 ...
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Protecting Smoke Alarm Relay from Large (6.5 amp @ 120V) Inductive Load

Sounds like a job for a RiB or Aube relay. These are both UL-Listed general purpose relays made specifically for applications like this. You must use UL listed equipment (not UR-Recognized ...
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Can a GFCI burn out a (ceiling fan) motor?

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 ...
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Can i fix or run my 110V pedestal fan on 220V?

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 ...
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When is a bath fan considered to be "over a tub or shower"?

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 ...
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Exhaust fumes seeping into our 4th floor apartment at night through bathroom and shower vents/fans

(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 ...
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Why is my bathroom fan completely ineffective?

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. (...
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Wiring a bathroom fan/light with only one neutral wire

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 ...
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What is the purpose of a bathroom fan filter? What is the risk of not using a filter?

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 ...
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Wiring for a ceiling fan. Do I create a switch or can I hard wire directly from a wall outlet?

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 ...
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Use existing light switch to also power bathroom exhaust fan?

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 ...
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How to add additional speeds to a box fan

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 ...
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3 way switches with voltage drop

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 ...
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what tool / technique would I use to take the fan blade off this fridge motor (and re-mount it to a new one?)

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 ...
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Can I modify the plug of my new bath fan to fit the non-polarized receptacle?

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 ...
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Better to run air conditioner fan on high or low speed?

In very simple terms you are trying to "Condition the Air" not just cool it. There is a term "relative humidity" which affects the way you feel at certain temperature. Weathermen refer to it as a heat ...
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