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Old 06-01-2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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Animals in Bathroom Vents/ bird guards and brick drilling


I have two metal bathroom exshaust vents that are orginal vents. The flaps don't shut all the way anymore and birds have started nesting.

THese are installed in the second floor through brick. I wanted to install bird guards, but having to screw in to brick on the a later isn't my cup of tea.

Is there any thing I can do to attach bird guards without screws? THe current vents seem to have like a grey looking cement around them that the builder used to either seal them or attach them to the brick.

Should I replace the entire vent? Which I can do, but I don't know what to do about either screwing if I used plastic vent covers or sealing if I use the metal ones again.

Also, one of them exits between floors so I can't get to the inside to work with the ducts. THe second one runs through the attic so I think I can re-attach that easily.

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Old 06-01-2013, 05:03 PM   #2
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Got a picture of the vents you have now?
Brick in most cases does not get drilled, the morter does.
Going to need a hammer drill and some Tap-Con screws.

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We had a large scale issue once when the local birds figured out how to rip the louvers off the dryer and bathrrom vents. (apartment community) We used hardware cloth to bird proof them.
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Here are the pics.

How did the hardware cloth get installed? Can I just use duct screws? Will they withstand the weather?
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On that style of vent I would cut a piece of HW cloth that was 1 inch wider than the side to side length and fold up 1/2 inch on either side and secure it on the bottom of the vent using self tapping stainless steel screws. We used a fine enough mesh to keep yellow jackets out too. They can be intrusive around here.
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