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Wed, Mar 31st - 3:05AM

Installing Bathroom Fans
Every home has a bathroom and many homes have had bathrooms added. Many home owners have installed their own bathrooms and there is one area that many don’t seem to understand, the bathroom exhaust system.

The Ontario Building Code requires every bathroom to have either a opening window or an exhaust fan. Personally I think you should install an exhaust fan any way, it just makes sense to remove all that moisture and humidity from your house.

Do not go to Canadian Tire and pick a piece of that plastic wire lined pipe for your attic exhaust duct, it does not meet the code requirements. Buy a proper kit instead, it will included the properly insulated pipe you need.

Here are the requirements, as per Part 9 of OBC

9.32.3.10.

(1) ….may be of combustible material provided the duct is reasonably airtight and constructed of a material impervious to water.

(2) Exhaust ducts shall not discharge into heated or unheated enclosed spaces.

(3) Where an exhaust duct passes through or is adjacent to unheated space, the duct shall be insulated to not less than RSI 0.5 (R3)

So my interpretation is that the duct has to terminate outside of attic and it has to be insulated. A lot of people suspend exhaust ducts from existing roof vents, but that can raise two issues; 1. Is it now blocking required ventilation from attic. 2. Is the duct installed high enough in the existing vent to ensure moist air is actually leaving attic.

While doing Home Inspections I found some attics have bathroom exhaust duct suspended below an existing roof vent which would allow warm air to condensate and then drop back into attic.

Many bathroom exhaust fans also terminate at the roofs soffit. When doing this always ensure that the vent covers louvers point away from the house. I have seen many houses where the moist air is exhausted towards the house and simply rises through the vented soffit and rises up the rafters or trusses leaving a trail of moisture.

Just because they sell a product at a store does not mean it is the right product for the job. Take your dryer vent for instance, many people use the same plastic duct on their dryers. If you read your dryers manufactures installation instructions you will find that it actually has to be installed using the rigid metal duct or the flexible metal duct, not foil, according to meet the manufactures requirements.

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Wed, Mar 31st - 3:03AM

Listing Your Home Ideas
Deciding to sell your home is a major decision that is intimidating for most people. A professional real estate agent can make your home sale a whole lot less complicated, but only if you hire the right agent. You need someone who is going to spend time with you and ensure that you get a fair value for your home and is willing to direct his energies towards that goal.

One important question is, “Are you a full time agent?”

Using an acquaintance, or even worse, an acquaintances friend can be the first step into a very deep hole. This decision can cost you money and your friendship.

2. How many years have you been in real estate? Are you able to show me your professional designations? Can you refer me to your previous clients?

These questions all go together because they are able to give you a good sense of the agent’s success rates. The number of years that they have been working are crucial because it will let you know what experience level they have and professional designations will clue you into their level of professionalism. Good real estate agents have clients that sing their praises.

3. Do you have an internet site and will you be marketing my property on MLS and in local papers? Are you holding Open Houses and how many. Are you going to be there, or is it your assistant.

In this era, successful real estate agents know that most buyers go to the internet to find their next home. Your selling agent should have a domain to market their properties and have a robust online marketing plan in order to put your home in front of browsers. The selling plan should include a dedicated net page about your property and then a plan for listing your property on all the major property sites ( like Realtor.com and Zillow.com ). Even if you know little about property online, your real estate agent should.

4. How will you establish the cost of my home?

Setting the price for a home is one of the most significant issues in selling a home. You need to understand the agents’ reasoning for setting the price for your home. To prepare yourself for the likely price, try to take a look at other similar homes in your area so you will get an idea of what the local market is like.

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