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Old 05-25-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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So, this may be a weird and multi-part question, so I didn't know where to post it exactly. Hopefully you can bear with me.

I live in a 2-story loft condo unit with concrete floors and ceilings. I have a closet and a bathroom on the first floor along the inner (hallway) part of the condo, and the bathroom fan has an existing fan vent that goes up the wall and out the opposite side of the unit. The vent pipe actually meets up with the upstairs bathroom's vent (so air from both vents can exhaust through the same pipe for most of the journey)

I recently got cats, so the litter box lives in the closet now, and often dry my hockey stuff in the same closet so I was thinking about adding a fan into the closet and joining it to the bathroom fan on the other side of the wall. Now, here's where my question gets interesting (as if it wasn't already):
My closet does not L-bend under the stairs; it's walled off, so I'm losing some storage space under that way. Mi initial thought was to drop that wall, move the two metal studs, and reroute the electrical conduit that's waist high up and over the top, install the vent fan, and be done.

Option 2 if it's not worth the extra space for the cost is to just add in a bathroom vent fan in the closet and not touch the closet layout.

Option 3 is to just install a passive vent between the closet and bathroom (just a duct with grates on each side) and allow the closet smells to passively get pulled into the bathroom when the fan is on.

Thoughts on any of these solutions?
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Get rid of the cat and get a dog.
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The bad thing about combining the fans into one exhaust pipe is you will get roughly equal discharge through the other fan(s) as at the intended point of exit. If it is feasable I would run three intakes into one fan and one exhaust. Then use three way switches or a timer to operate the fan.
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The bad thing about combining the fans into one exhaust pipe is you will get roughly equal discharge through the other fan(s) as at the intended point of exit. If it is feasable I would run three intakes into one fan and one exhaust. Then use three way switches or a timer to operate the fan.
So would you say it would be better to make a vent opening in the closet, hook it up with the downstairs bathroom pipe, and put the fan in after where the two pipes meet? I would be fine with one closet and one bathroom switch controlling the same fan.

Also, I have two cats, so I'm worried that if I take a vote to expel them, they'll outnumber me.
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Why not put the litter box under the stairs?
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Can't for two reasons right now:
1) There's no access to that area right now (it's walled in completely) and
2) the access point is my bottom stair, stairs go up as you walk to the left.

So my access point would be on the other wall, litter box and storage back under the stairs where you have it.

A little extra storage would be nice, and that way I can put the fan in the back of the closet if I open it up, but may end up costing $1000's just for 20 sq feet of extra storage that isn't even the full height
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Get rid of the cat and get a dog.
If the dog is like most dogs I know, he/she will offer to clean the litter box for free.
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It sounds as if the two studs supported the drywall you removed... be sure to cover the bottom of the stair framing (if wood) with drywall to be code-compliant for your H.O.Insurance carrier; http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic...?bu2=undefined

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So would you say it would be better to make a vent opening in the closet, hook it up with the downstairs bathroom pipe, and put the fan in after where the two pipes meet? I would be fine with one closet and one bathroom switch controlling the same fan.

Also, I have two cats, so I'm worried that if I take a vote to expel them, they'll outnumber me.
Cat's do not respect a democracy. We have twelve and the political system observed is anarchy.

Your staircase appears to be on an exterior wall. It will cost nothing to remove the wall blocking the area under the staircase. The bathroom exhaust fan appears to be a wall mounted unit that will be exposed in the area under the stairs. It would be rather easy to pipe two fans seperately out the wall. Or you could use a single fan to service both areas.
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The bad thing about combining the fans into one exhaust pipe is you will get roughly equal discharge through the other fan(s) as at the intended point of exit.
This is not a problem with a properly installed fan. There is a check flap in there. Otherwise, wind could also blow into the house from the outside.
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Ugh, litter boxes in the closet just makes everything else in that closet stink. That and you need to leave the closet door open all the time.

What's laid out on the bathroom wall that faces the empty area under the stairs? Where's the plumbing and fixtures? Might there be a clever way to put a litter box 'room' in there with access from the bath? At least then the stink would be confined to a room that's already designed for that.

Otherwise I'd lean toward some of the more clever ways to disguise a litter box as 'furniture' and put it out elsewhere in the condo.
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That and you need to leave the closet door open all the time.
Buy a cheap hollow core door for $19 and put a cat door in the bottom. Replace with a new one when you move out. I seen it done in apartments all of the time. As for the smell, that's part of the joy of owning cats (which I don't).
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