05:34AM | 09/19/05
Member Since: 01/20/99
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I have a 1960s trilevel home with a bathroom in the bottom level. I am currently updating the bathroom and would love to remove the drop ceiling and return to the original drywall ceiling that was present when the house was built. However, in the last 5 years a fan/light unit was installed in the drop ceiling. I am wondering if it is possible to install the bath fan into the old ceiling and if so how much clearance is required between the light/fan and the upper floor joists. Would this clearance be covered under my local building code? I know this is outside of my skill set but I am not sure who I should call to make this change. Suggestions?

Thanks for any help.


07:30AM | 09/19/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
The unit will have the spec on any clearance issues.

But most of them should going between typical floor joist without any problems.

However, you might have a problem with the exhaust ducting.

It will need to go down a joist bay and not a cross it. Unless you want to install a soffit to hid the duct.

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