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Old 03-26-2013, 01:42 PM   #1
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This light leaks air into attic, should I cover?


I am going through the process of getting insullite boxes to cover my non ic can lights before I blow insulation. I saw I have this light in my water closet, which is 2 lights and an exhaust fan. The exhaust fan doesnt attach to any pipe, it just goes into the ceiling space, but from the attic you can see light so the box is obviously not air tight and AC/Heat from the living space can escape through this....since it is only one light, should I worry about sealing it up somehow or will it not make too much difference being in the master bathroom water closet...what is best practice here?


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Needs to be cover up and there needs to be a hose from the exhost to the outside. Through the roof or out the gable end whatever is closer.
If not your dumping hot moist air into the attic where it's going to cause mold and condinsation.

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Hmmm, well it is only an exhaust fan for the toilet room, rarely used but I do think it needs a pipe installed to the outside. I currently dont see any opening in the attic where I can have a hose go to the outside, what is the best method for this?
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http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...lectedIndex=48

Here's a good picture if what can happen without running it to the outside.

As I said it need to be run out through an end wall or out the roof.
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http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...lectedIndex=48

Here's a good picture if what can happen without running it to the outside.

As I said it need to be run out through an end wall or out the roof.
Wow thats not good. Can I run a flex hose from the vent across to the sofits and aim it down so it vents out the side of the roof or do I need to cut a hole in the side of my house or something somewhere?

Also, my other bathroom vent is the same thing...no vent to the outside. Can I connect both of these in some sort of Y connection and have one house vent outward somewhere or do they need to be separate? Sorry for the noob questions, just never done it before...

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That pic is very informative! Thanks, Joe.

IMO, the gable end is always better; mass elevation of ducting leads to mass moisture entrapment inside duct, esp. flex, (straight pipe is best) and in snow country, roof vents tend to help create ice dams as they melt snow with room temps. Insulate/vapor barrier the ducting, caulk around the fan/light box at drywall; http://www.bpi.org/Web%20Download/In...V1.3_DRAFT.pdf

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THe good news is that both bathroom vents are on the backside of the house so I can get to the exterior wall really easily...just not sure if I should do one vent per fan or if I can attach them both?

Do I install something like this on the side of the house for each vent? https://www.google.com/shopping/prod...d=0CIABEPMCMAI
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Depends on what type siding you have.
If it's vinyl then it's best to use one with the built in J moulding.
Siding will need to be removed to install it.
http://www.midamericabuilding.com/ho...&parentid=1170

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Depends on what type siding you have.
If it's vinyl then it's best to use one with the built in J moulding.
Siding will need to be removed to install it.
http://www.midamericabuilding.com/ho...&parentid=1170
I do have siding, not sure if its vinyl. There are white pvc pipes all through the attic that are going up through the roof and I assume they are vents...can I just T into one of those or is that a no no?
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Those are sewer gas vents, unless you want sewer gases and methane gas going into the room I would not suggest it.
And no the two bathrooms can not be tee together with one vent. The air would just blow into the other bathroom not out the vent.
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Those are sewer gas vents, unless you want sewer gases and methane gas going into the room I would not suggest it.
And no the two bathrooms can not be tee together with one vent. The air would just blow into the other bathroom not out the vent.

Got it, only thing Im not sure of now is that I cant tell if its IC rated or not. It was buried in insulation when I found it so I assume its been ok all the years but I want to do it right. Should I just re bury it or build a box around it if I cant tell if its IC or non IC?
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Got it, only thing Im not sure of now is that I cant tell if its IC rated or not. It was buried in insulation when I found it so I assume its been ok all the years but I want to do it right. Should I just re bury it or build a box around it if I cant tell if its IC or non IC?
How old is it and the IC vs. Non-IC is usually stamped on the can.
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I just went up there and looked again, its just a black box. I assume that since the house was built in 1996 and all of the recessed lighting is non IC, that this will also be non IC.

IN this video, the guy says to just insulate around it and duct tape the holes in the box..but if Im going to blow R60 I would want to bury this unit.

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/vide...630938,00.html

So if non IC, insulate around and foil tape it up or cover it with a box and buy away?
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Yes.

Build a box around it and seal the seams.

If the box is higher than the insulation, no need to mark it.

If not, make the location with a marker flag for easier location in the future.
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You CAN vent them together. They make "Y" connections as well as flappers with gaskets specifically for the circumstance. It can be a little time consuming to get it all together, but sometimes easier then making 2 holes depending on the situation.

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