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Old 10-28-2007, 09:23 PM   #1
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tie bathroom fan vent into dryer vent?


hey howzitgoin?
I'm currently in the process of renovating my brother's basement and we installed a bathroom adjacent to the laundry area (the laundry area is along an outside wall). We ran the dryer vent into the wall upstairs and then vented it to the outside. The shortest route to venting the bathroom fan to outside is through the laundry area (which also houses the main breaker panel). Also, the only spot we had to run the dryer vent upstairs is extremely cramped making it impossible to run ANOTHER duct line along side it.

My question is: is there any way to safely tie the bathroom fan vent into the dryer vent?

A plumber told us that would definitely be against code, and said our best bet would be to just dump it into the laundry area.. BUT, the guy who helped with the electrical (a professional home inspector) said that would be the LAST place you'd want to "dump" moist air, since, again, the electrical panel is in there. He also said there might be some type of damper that we could install in each vent to keep the air flowing only to outside and not into each other. can anyone with expertise in this area help me out? thanks guys..
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Old 10-28-2007, 09:35 PM   #2
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You can buy dampers to restrict airflow to one direction. I've done this in my place, but haven't fully hooked things up yet, so I'm afraid I don't have a review of how well it worked yet....

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Old 10-29-2007, 09:09 AM   #3
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If your dryer is electric, it would violate code to join the vent to any other venting system. If your dryer is gas, it would be potentially deadly to join the bath/dryer ducts (and it would violate code, but at that point I'd be more concerned about not killing someone!).

I'd forget about this, and look for a way to run both vents to the outside.
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Old 11-12-2007, 08:24 PM   #4
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i think i will. thanks for the advice, nate..
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Old 11-14-2007, 04:28 PM   #5
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"BUT, the guy who helped with the electrical (a professional home inspector) said that would be the LAST place you'd want to "dump" moist air, since, again, the electrical panel is in there. He also said there might be some type of damper that we could install in each vent to keep the air flowing only to outside and not into each other. can anyone with expertise in this area help me out?"



And this Guy is an Inspector Definetly do not try this!
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