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Old 11-24-2013, 09:52 AM   #1
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I just purchased this home which has high ceilings throughout. These are pictures of the vent they have used. It is over a bedroom. Is this the right thing to have? It almost looks industrial, and I have never seen it on a home. I can see daylight from below so I am thinking I have to do something to make this weather tight. Please give advice. Thank you to all who help.
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Yes, any home inspector would have told you this is a problem. Was this a foreclosure or something? What was the seller's explanation? You will want to post pics of the top of the roof where that thing is installed to so someone can tell you whether that will cause you problems as well.

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It was never adjusted after the instillation. The top of the turbine should be level, but probably a moot point because if the OP doesn't like the appearance it's going in the dumpster.
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Yes, any home inspector would have told you this is a problem. Was this a foreclosure or something?


Yes this was a foreclosure. I have found that home inspectors are rarely worth the high fees they charge. I just want to know what to do with this thing. The home has high cathedral ceilings throughout so I thought this was something that is needed. If not I will just rip it out and patch the roof. If it adds ventilation to the house I will fix it or replace it with a standard vent.
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Looks like you may already have a ridge vent, if so that piece of poop needs to go.
No other vents other then soffit vents is need if you have a ridge vent.
It never should have been run to the inside of the home!
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Looks like you may already have a ridge vent, if so that piece of poop needs to go.
The thing is this house has no attic since they took the ceiling all the way up. I just wonder if I have to do anyhing special becuse of that.
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Not a chance.
That type vent with a cathedral type ceiling would only vent one rafter bay, it's useless and installed wrong.
Who cut the hole in the ceiling?
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Who cut the hole in the ceiling?

I bought it that way. The rest of the house is fine. The main panel is a work of art with every wire in its place. There are up to code GFCIs where they should be etc. Plumbing looks good. I paid a fair price.
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Not a chance.
That type vent with a cathedral type ceiling would only vent one rafter bay, it's useless and installed wrong.
Who cut the hole in the ceiling?
Billy Bob, and his cousin Joe Bob. There is no way that should be there.

To the OP, there is attic space up there, but when they did the Cathedral ceiling, they did the whole mess incorrect, so you are going to have long term issues.

Also all of your conditioned air is just going out of those vents. You would expect something like that in a warehouse, not in a home.
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To the OP, there is attic space up there, but when they did the Cathedral ceiling, they did the whole mess incorrect, so you are going to have long term issues.
Please expand on that. What kind of issues?
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No one still knows where you live because you did not add your location to your profile.
Just go to quick links to edit.
Still did not answer the question who cut that hole in the ceiling. Is that the way it was when you bought it? Or did you open it up for some reason?
That style vent is to only vent an open attic, not to exhaust air from the living space.
Any heat in the whole house will go straight out that vent.
Insects can just fly into the home.
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Please expand on that. What kind of issues?
Increase in use of utilities to heat and cool the house. Poor circulation in the attic, along with mold and dust can be introduced into the living area.

Really you need to go pull all permits and building plans, due to there is no way that should have gotten a COA (Certificate of Occupation), once the construction was done, or if required during the building process.

I can just tell from what little bit of insulation that is showing, there is not enough up there. You have bigger issues at hand then you realize with this, but it can be fixed.
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Still did not answer the question who cut that hole in the ceiling. Is that the way it was when you bought it? Or did you open it up for some reason?
I did answer that above. I bought the house that way. I do not know why it was done. The rest of the house is pretty well done.

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