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Joseph Burkeson
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From:Riverview, FL
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posted April 22, 2005 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joseph Burkeson   Click Here to Email Joseph Burkeson     Edit/Delete Message
Per the Florida Building Code, can anyone tell me what year mandatory bathroom venting to the exterior of the home went into effect? Or better yet when was the last year that bathroom fans that vent into the attic were allowed by code if ever?

I am working with a condo board whose roofs were recently replaced. Since the sheathing was in most cases replaced too it is impossible to determine if the vents once extended to the roof or were always terminated into the attic space.

Thanks - JTB

Jeff G. Hooper
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From:Palm Beach Gardens, FL
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posted April 22, 2005 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff G. Hooper   Click Here to Email Jeff G. Hooper     Edit/Delete Message
Joe,

To my knowlege they have been required to vent to the exterior since they were required. The oldest Mechanical Code I have, for your area, required them to be vented to the exterior in the 1985 SMC section 308.2.2

Jeff

Jerry Peck
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From:Pembroke Pines, FL
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posted April 22, 2005 09:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jerry Peck   Click Here to Email Jerry Peck     Edit/Delete Message
Jeff's code is older than my oldest one, but my answer is the same 'to my knowledge, they have been required to vent to the outdoors since they were required'.

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Jerry Peck
South Florida

Joseph Burkeson
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posted April 22, 2005 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joseph Burkeson   Click Here to Email Joseph Burkeson     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you both.

I will pass this on to the client.

Joe.

Jerry Peck
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From:Pembroke Pines, FL
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posted April 22, 2005 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jerry Peck   Click Here to Email Jerry Peck     Edit/Delete Message
For years, Coral Springs used to 'allow' them to discharge into the soffit, said 'that was outdoors'.

After years of saying, okay, if that is "outdoors" then ALL electrical wiring and everything else in the soffit and in the attic is "outdoors" and needs to be rated and approved for "outdoor use", i.e., sunlight resistant, etc., they came to the conclusion (without or without my help) that the attic was indeed "NOT outdoors" and then they started requiring the exhaust to actually vent to the "outdoors".

When I find a resistant inspector or building official, I try to use what they have just told me to make them do something more difficult that just doing it the right way. Sometimes it takes years of 'poking them in the eye' with their own words, but eventually we 'usually' win (not always, but usually). You've got to enjoy the game to play along (give "plays well with others" has a whole new meaning ).

I try to be one who "plays well with others".

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Jerry Peck
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Gary Cox
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From:Bristow VA
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posted April 22, 2005 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gary Cox   Click Here to Email Gary Cox     Edit/Delete Message
Oh if I'd only taken a photo speak of venting into the attic. About three years ago I went into an attic and stepping up I grabbed hold of a truss.
My hand stuck like glue. I hit it with my light and saw that all the trusses in that area were covered with a dark glue looking disgusting coating...WITH INSECTS!

I soon discovered that the hood vent was venting into the attic. You guessed it. GREASE! OLD GREASE! TONS A GREASE!

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