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Help me McGuyver a radiator steam vent!

It wouldn't be Chiberia without a steam bath! Unfortunately, the steam bath is my bedroom. Help me figure out a temporary fix for a leaking radiator blow-off? [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. on Jan 6, 2014 - 5 answers

 

Where can I source a (nice!) replacement vent grill for my bathroom?

I live in a co-op building (built in 1960) and the bathroom has a metal grille covering the bathroom vent. I'd like to replace the old, nasty grille with a nice stainless steel or brushed nickel version, but my google-fu is not turning up a suitable replacement. Anyone know where I can find one or have one made? [more inside]
posted by dudeman on Oct 30, 2013 - 12 answers

I got CLANKssssssssssssssCLONKsteam heat!

My radiator steam vents (photo) make an incredibly loud banging noise whenever they open or close. (CLINK whoooooosossssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh CLONK). Can you recommend replacements? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Dec 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Can I shut my upstairs heating vents?

Why are there forced air heating vents in the second floor of my small rowhouse? Won't the hot air just head upstairs and even it all out? [more inside]
posted by kinsey on Nov 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Grating grates!

I recently had the hardwood floors redone. The floor guy did a great job, except dropped the ball in the floor registers, now what? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Aug 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Our Haier is hot is it a lost cause or can it be fixed?

My fridge is hot, not just not cold but actually hot. Can I fix this or am I shopping for a new fridge? [more inside]
posted by Saminal on Jun 8, 2012 - 10 answers

How can I property vent my window air conditioner?

How can I properly vent a window air conditioner? [more inside]
posted by zorro astor on Apr 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Was the roofer required to install vent screens?

Was the roofer required to install vent screens? [more inside]
posted by lemonade on Jan 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Prevent dryer vent air infiltration in an apartment complex

How do I prevent dryer vent air infiltration in an apartment complex? [more inside]
posted by MediaJunkie on Jan 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Bugs in the air (vent)

Sink air vent invites buggaboos? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Nov 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Does my bathroom need a fan?

Does my bathroom need to have a fan? [more inside]
posted by sarae on Oct 30, 2011 - 13 answers

I just need to vent

[Attic Ventilation Filter] Is it worth the money to add a ridge vent to my roof? I currently have a two-story house with an attic, which is ventilated with soffit and gable vents. Twist: I'm getting a new metal roof. [more inside]
posted by Shoggoth on Jun 26, 2011 - 5 answers

loud, like a neighbor

I am moving in to a new apartment, and have discovered that my across the hall neighbor is kind of loud. The noise seems to be carrying through the air conditioner vent. Is there anything I can do to muffle this? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne on May 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Snack Dome

What is the purpose of the dome on this vending machine? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Feb 4, 2011 - 6 answers

AC-Powered Temp-Controlled Exhaust Fan?

I'm looking for a thermostatically-controlled ac-powered exhaust fan for a box that will be housing a wireless router, a couple of hard disks, and an old laptop. [more inside]
posted by alms on Dec 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Installing a bathroom exhaust fan out of a window

How can I vent a bathroom exhaust fan out of the window without it looking hideous? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Dec 1, 2010 - 20 answers

What are the potential problems, if any, of venting a portable A/C unit into a closet or attic?

What are the potential problems, if any, of venting a portable A/C unit into a closet or attic? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith on Aug 13, 2010 - 14 answers

No pleasure, no rapture, no exquisite sin greater... than central air

My air conditioner has stopped...conditioning. I live in a condo on the north side of Chicago in an old conversion building. The furnace in my mechanical closet hooks to a AC unit on the roof, and for the last few days, it's been running full blast and can barely keep my unit below 80 degrees. I checked on the roof unit, and the fan is blowing cool air out. At this point, I'm pretty sure I need to call in a HVAC guy, but even the best reviewed places on Yelp are combinations of THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY LIFE and OMG SO OVERCHARGED. So, mefi, what do you recommend? If anyone here has any expertise in the field, I'd love to know whether you think this is something simple like a coolant recharge, or I'm looking at a new AC unit. My best guess is that the AC is about 5 years old, give or take.
posted by Oktober on Jun 1, 2010 - 14 answers

I'm Too Old for the Draft

Is it safe to insulate around the crawlspace exit point for a hot water heater vent pipe? [more inside]
posted by Gingercat on Jan 18, 2010 - 4 answers

stuff in my return air 'vent'?

upstairs air conditioner has return air in the loft above, which goes into a walk in closet. is this ok? [more inside]
posted by striker on Jan 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Probably a periscope for an underground lair

Help identify a mysterious piece of infrastructure in Los Angeles. What is this squat metal pole? [more inside]
posted by dreamyshade on Oct 7, 2009 - 9 answers

Duct cleaning?? Wtf??

Do you have your household HVAC ducts for a forced air furnace cleaned? [more inside]
posted by saradarlin on Jun 17, 2009 - 10 answers

What's are these bits of residue that drift down out of my ceiling vent?

What are these brownish-blackish floaty smudgy bits that drift down out of my ceiling vent at work? Is the stuff dangerous? [more inside]
posted by Askr on May 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Is it worth the trouble to vent our range hood outside?

Is it worth the trouble to vent our range hood outside? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Mar 20, 2009 - 21 answers

Looking for a virtual sympathetic ear

Is there a website or online community where I can just go and rant about something that's pissing me off? [more inside]
posted by juva on Feb 6, 2009 - 18 answers

What are the metal blocky things on roofs?

What are those blocky, meta-encased things on top of buildings? [more inside]
posted by Sully on Jan 23, 2009 - 10 answers

Device to redirect wall vent output

Homeowner HVAC Filter: Where to find a "vent redirector"? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Dec 8, 2008 - 7 answers

The Properties of Fluids are not Strained

Why does my dryer have to be vented to work? [more inside]
posted by winna on Nov 28, 2008 - 13 answers

How important can one little vent be?

Will anything bad happen if I put my bed over a floor vent? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 8, 2008 - 14 answers

Please help us avoid mold in the attic.

We just bought a house, and the bathroom fan currently vents into the attic. I know this isn't good, and I have done a bunch of googling, but I still have questions. Like: who should do the work -- a roofer, a handyman, someone else? Is it better to vent through the roof or through the wall, as our handyman suggests? Any other things I should know?
posted by trillian on May 14, 2008 - 10 answers

Furnace vents net to sandbox. Is this bad?

High-efficiency gas furnace installed where previously there was mid-efficiency. So it vents straight out the wall while the old furnace used the chimney. The vent is right next to the sandbox. How bad is this? [more inside]
posted by winston on Apr 26, 2008 - 5 answers

My feet are overheating!

Shoe search is not going well. I am looking for a slip-on shoe for casual work environment that is really well vented - I mean, with something like mesh for the main side panels. Merrell made a great version of their Jungle Moc called the 'vent' - but it seems to be long gone.
posted by mouthnoize on Apr 16, 2008 - 6 answers

Best way to vent a clothes dryer through an attic?

What is the best way to vent a clothes dryer through an attic? Is Thermoflex unsafe? [more inside]
posted by Yogurt on Apr 2, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me suck harder!

How do I increase the sucking power of my kitchen vent? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Mar 30, 2008 - 9 answers

Et tu, Maytag?

I thought I was doing an environmentally smart thing by switching our dryer vent to an indoor water filtered vent in the winter, but a friend claims the fumes may be harmful. Crap or not crap? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Oct 13, 2007 - 24 answers

To lint or not to lint -

Maybe this should be titled 'To de-lint or not to de-lint.' My Dad is living with me for a few weeks and we've had some heated discussions about dryer lint. In the interest of peace (and the possibility of not having to do any dishes for a week) - please share your knowledge or opinion. [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita on Mar 18, 2005 - 39 answers

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