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    I think I should put it here (was in plumber thread):

    Thinking about finish the basement bathroom (not in use right now) and install a shower there. On the main floor there is a bathroom at the same location.

    But I cannot find a good place to put the exhaust fan for this bathroom. There is a window in that room. If I put the fan over there, I need to cut half of that window. or drill a hole from the concrete wall (must be very hard)? Any better idea?

    thanks,
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    Re: basement bathroom exhaust fan

    After taking a look at your picture, I would install a wall mount fan and frame in that window and thats where it should go, for the easiest installation.

    Now if you had the proper tools, I personally would go through the blocks and frame a wall on that side also.

    There is one more alternative, but I know you won't go through it, because of your ceiling. So we might as well skip that thought (rim joist)...

    However, you need to check your code, for exhaust vents, near ground (height), near doors and windows (distance), etc.
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      Re: basement bathroom exhaust fan

      Originally posted by garager View Post
      There is one more alternative, but I know you won't go through it, because of your ceiling. So we might as well skip that thought (rim joist)...
      this is what i am thinking about. The existing ceiling is not a factor. I may pull it off and replace it.

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      • #4
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        If you do tear down the ceiling, then the best thing is to go through the rim joist. Cut out your opening with drill bit and jig saw, or sawzall. This also gets you up a little higher. Just don't hack out the rim joist, that is still an important part. Find center of your area, drill outwards, then cut out only what you need, for the opening from the outside. Seal it up well when done of course, don't need bugs getting into your home.
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          Re: basement bathroom exhaust fan

          Originally posted by garager View Post
          If you do tear down the ceiling, then the best thing is to go through the rim joist. Cut out your opening with drill bit and jig saw, or sawzall. This also gets you up a little higher. Just don't hack out the rim joist, that is still an important part. Find center of your area, drill outwards, then cut out only what you need, for the opening from the outside. Seal it up well when done of course, don't need bugs getting into your home.
          Wonderful! thank you, sir.

          Is it possible go straight up to main floor and join it with the existing vent of main floor bathroom? too complicted? I have an one floor ranch house.

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            Re: basement bathroom exhaust fan

            I am in MA. Anybody knows the miminum vent size requirement? depands on the room size?

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            • #7
              Re: basement bathroom exhaust fan

              Originally posted by lmei007 View Post
              Wonderful! thank you, sir.

              Is it possible go straight up to main floor and join it with the existing vent of main floor bathroom? too complicted? I have an one floor ranch house.
              Thats a question for the Plumbers....
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              • #8
                Re: basement bathroom exhaust fan

                Out west you only need a fan in a bathroom if you don't have a window in the bathroom which opens.

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                • #9
                  Re: basement bathroom exhaust fan

                  Unless MA. has some weird code, the normal bathroom exhaust fan with the three inch vent is sufficient.

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                  • #10
                    Re: basement bathroom exhaust fan

                    just make sure where you go out side with it it is not under a window
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