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I have a bathroom vent. What do I need/what do I do to vent

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I have a bathroom vent. What do I need/what do I do to vent the bathroom air outside?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Charles replied 3 years ago.

Charles :

Hello, and thanks for your question! My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am happy to assist you today!!

Charles :

Can you please describe the house and bathroom to me?

Charles :

1 story or 2 story?

Charles :


Charles :

You seem to be offline, If you would still like help with this subject please reply back to me and I will reply back when I see your reply to me.

Charles :

Thanks again, Charles

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1 story

Expert:  Machinc replied 3 years ago.
First you need to pick the spot where you want the vent.
Use a rough estimate of the location and
you will need attic access.
When you are sure it looks like the location will
Work. drill a small hole in the center of the
Spot where you want the fan.
Straighten a coat hanger and push it up through
The hole . Have a helper hold it while you go into the attic
and look for the hanger. Pull the insulation back from
Around it and make sure there is room to install the
Fan unit. It should be placed between the ceiling joists.
Then you run a flexible vent from the fan mounting
To the edge of the attic. The hard to get to part.
Place the end into the overhang area where there
Is no insulation.
Use an electrician to make the electrical connections and
To install the switch . The electrician can let
You know if the fan is installed. Correctly or even do
the entire job.
Best wishes
David Machado
Expert:  Machinc replied 3 years ago.
Left out the part about cutting the hole. Use
a jig saw or keyhole saw after marking the
ceiling to match the fan unit . There are different types
Of mounts . If you wind up with no place to
Place the screws you can attach additional
framing between the joists to fit the fan.
Others are made to mount to the Sheetrock ceiling
with anchors.

Lerner know how you make out .
David. Machado
Expert:  Machinc replied 3 years ago.
Just checking to see if you need anymore
Information. Let me know. I I will be glad to
help :

David. Machado
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hello David:

I have the fan installed and working. Now I need to know how to vent the exhaust to the outside and not the attic space.

Thanks, Herb.

PS. My first and original question was to how to vent the bathroom air out and not into the attic space. Sorry if the question was to vague.

Expert:  Machinc replied 3 years ago.
s. Instal the vent as close to or above the fan as possible.The exhaust vent can be placed througha opening that is cut into the roof. Ready made devices for this are available at home and hardware. stores. They have a little roof like top to prevent rain from coming in.After installing the vent or stack as it is often called on the roof the inside fan can be attached to it with flexible or rigid vent pipe or hose.David Machado
Expert:  Machinc replied 3 years ago.
Sorry , hope this clears things up.

David. Machado
Expert:  Machinc replied 3 years ago.
Just touching base to see how it's coming with
the bathroom vent. The roof thing isint as hard as it may
seem. The way it is built it is self flashing
and slips right n with the shingles.
You can get a tube if silicon sealant to
seal around any nail heads if necessary.
The nails or screws you use on it wind you up? Under
the shingles. But it doesn't hurt to put
a dab of sealant on them.
Keep in touch.

David Machado
Expert:  Machinc replied 3 years ago.
Here is a link that should be very helpful.

David. Machado
Expert:  Machinc replied 3 years ago.
Let me know how it goes.David Machado
Expert:  Machinc replied 3 years ago.
That last link pretty much lays out how to
do it.
If you have anymore questions let me know.

David. Machado
Expert:  Machinc replied 3 years ago.
Hope you get your vent finished this weekend.
Remember to work safe. Watch where you
step while in the attic.

David. Machado