After measuring a little bit more than 24-inches to the left of my existing ventilation fan, I poke the flag through and then go up into my attic and look for it. Length x Width x Height x. Please note that the links I provided in the previous sentence are for reference and illustration; be sure you have the correct sizes for your particular ventilation fan. If you have access to the attic, the fan can vent either through a gable wall or roof. Pull the house wires through the clamp and tighten the screws.
Then use a screw to secure the duct connector to the edge of the hole so that it will line up with the exhaust on the fan housing. A bathroom is an ideal place for mold to take root. It is moist, warm, and can remain in that state for quite a while if there is no ventilation. Installing a bathroom vent during home construction is much easier than retrofitting a bathroom with one. These are external sources that give instructions, pictures and more. Long-Term Bathroom Water Problems The water issues in our bathroom had been ongoing for a long time — some due to ventilation the focus of this summary and others due to problems with the shower doors and tub.
This is not optimal at all — and when I saw this, I immediately groaned a little bit. The basics of a bathroom exhaust system include a fan on the bathroom ceiling and a vent on an exterior wall of the home or through the roof. With all that interesting stuff that was going on in the attic above, and while this is all nice and neat in the bathroom and both fans work too, by the way — this now looks just like any other to-be-ignored bathroom ventilation fan installation. It was clearly time to install a new. The lower the number of Sones, the quieter the unit.
When hiring a contractor, it always makes sense to for the best price for where you live. But for this day-in-my-attic — I simply did the best I could with the eaves to get things rolling. Installing the Exhaust Fan Housing Using a pencil to outline the housing and a sharp razor knife to cut the ceiling drywall from above, the fan housing can then be mounted to the stud. Some come as kits with a vent included. The items in the shot below convey all the materials I used for my project, excluding the lamp I brought into the attic with me for temporary lighting. .
Though flashing and roof boots can be used to prevent the penetration of water, eliminating openings all together is the best defense against intruding moisture. You can use the existing switch, wires and ductwork. Discuss permits with the contractor you hire, or call your local building department. Two shots below show some of the ventilation-related damage. This will be easy to do with a stable work space and good lighting.
Select the slowest speed on the drill. A couple of power tools are needed too. We'll do our best to get it into the planning. If you are doing a complete bathroom remodel or have to have electrical wiring done anyway, you may want to consider this option. The lower edge of the vent is 2 inches from the lower edge of the soffit. It eliminates the need for routing ductwork through the house and these fans usually dry the bathroom more quickly.
But with the insulation now all cleared — take a look at the next photo. Cutting inside the outline will leave a little bit of overlap of the roof cap. Anticlimactic at some level, perhaps, in the end — but these fans are very important for the bathroom! To use quick connectors, just push the bare wire into the connector. Saving Money on Bathroom Vent Fan Installation If doing the work yourself, the easiest way to save money is to borrow the tools required. Fan manufacturers have different methods for securing the housing. Determine where it will attach the fan housing and secure it to the ceiling with a screw.
Letting the fan exhaust into an open attic will cause moisture buildup on the underside of the roof. To use traditional wire nuts, hold the two wire ends together and twist on the nut in clockwise motion. The warm air will exhaust out the duct and enter back into the attic through the soffit vent or ridge vent. Typically, ceiling joists are spaced apart 16 - 24 inches on-center. Attach the drywall filler to a larger piece of wood, set it in the hole, and drive screws through the ceiling into the wood. And with the covers installed, this all looks rather… well, boring now.