Monday, July 15, 2013

How to Repair an Attic Duct - Part 2 of 2 - The Bathroom Vent Repair

Fig.1 Bathroom Vent
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Electrical cords
Electrical lights
Electrical strip
Foil tapes (2-metal tapes)
Ladder 6-foot  

Mrs. Wrighthood need a second mortgage on her home/business. She had to qualify for the loan and had been told from her real estate agent that her attic air vents needed some work. She called my service to restore the air from her bathroom.

This post the seven steps to repairing the bathroom attic pipping repair.

Step 1: Fig.1 above shows the bathroom vent on the bathroom ceiling. 
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the bag of tools needed for this project. Two type of lamps plus an extra extension cord.

Fig.2 The tools
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the attic opening. The opening from the first floor into the attic, notice the galvanized ceiling plate pushed away from the opening towards the back of the picture. This is usual because most ceiling plates will be made of drywall.
Fig.3 Ceiling Door
Step 4: Fig.4 shows a silver pipe in between the wood studs. This was the problem. The old cloth duct tape had dried up and was leaking air into the attic. The top of the metal cylinder was extended into the ceiling exhaust and was not taped. The air was coming from the outside into the attic an the air coming from the bathroom was not being removed correctly, it was venting into the attic. The solution use metal foil tape both the bottom and the top to stop air leakage. 
Fig.4 Attic Area
Step 5: Fig.5 shows a light bar was used to apply more light to the bottom of the air duct.
Fig.5 Tube has metal foil and lit by light bar

Step 6: Fig.6 shows the bottom damaged cloth tape used to seal this foil pipe.
Fig.6 Dried duct tape
Step 7: Fig.7 shows the metal duct tape used for this project.
Fig.7 Metal duct tape

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