01:06AM | 02/09/01
Member Since: 01/22/01
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i had an electrician install a fanlight in the bath. the problem is the beams go left to right. how do i vent out without borring 6" holes threw exsisting beams,i would have to go threw 4 of them. Is there another way? thankyou.


06:11AM | 02/09/01
Member Since: 07/21/00
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The electrician should have installed the fan where the vent hole could be accessed easily. See if it is possible to rotate the fan 90 degrees so the vent will not be facing the joists.


08:17PM | 02/14/01
Member Since: 11/14/00
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Consult an engineer, but it might be possible to run 4 inch holes through the beams and not ruin their support. It will depend on how wide your beams are, and how long a span they need to support.

Make sure the holes are drilled circles, not cut-out squares, because circular holes have greater structural integrity: they spread out the load along the circumference. Many contractors in my condo complex have installed vent fans by drilling 4 inch circular holes through a run of five or sixe bemas, so it is not infeasible. But do not do so without consulting an engineer or absolutely researching the load limits of your size beams and knowing how long the span they support is.

[This message has been edited by Lawrence (edited February 15, 2001).]

Joe Tedesco

02:04AM | 10/12/02
Member Since: 07/27/02
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Any more suggestions?

Electrical Inspector

02:24PM | 10/13/02
Member Since: 09/27/02
76 lifetime posts,
what is above said bathroom?


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