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Old 03-01-2010, 08:50 AM
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Like many others, I was bothered by a noisy vent fan in both baths. Wind gusts from a certain direction produced a clanking sound day & night. The Villages guarantee dept. quickly informed me that there was no cure possible. Examination proved them wrong. Thirty minutes and a little lead weight on the flapper valve cured the problem. No noise now for 6 months. More detals if there is interest.
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:22 AM
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I'm interested, that noise is a pain.
Does't the flap need to work at times?
give us the scoop, Steve

great idea
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:25 AM
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also, everyone has this issue, maybe you can share your fix with The Villages and suggest they just modify the valve in the first place,
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:31 AM
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Clod,

You could start your own little business. I for one cannot get up on the roof. I have just ignored the banging. Your fix would be appreciated so I could let my handy man know.
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:38 AM
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The way the professionals fix the noise, is to remove the flapper. It takes about 30 seconds. Pull the cover down, unsnap the flapper. Throw it into the garbage can.

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Old 03-01-2010, 11:43 AM
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The way the professionals fix the noise, is to remove the flapper. It takes about 30 seconds. Pull the cover down, unsnap the flapper. Throw it into the garbage can.

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Exactly what I did only the way mine was built I had to remove the fan and motor to get to the flapper. Working over your head with a 10' ceiling is a pain - but removing that flapper does the trick.
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Old 03-01-2010, 12:04 PM
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You can buy lead tape from any golf supply place that has a sticky back. Full down the vent, add a strip of tape about 1 inch long to the vent flap, make sure it still opens fully when fan is turned on, but stays closed in the wind. About one inch seems to work well. Add more if required. Removing the flap allows cold air to come in during the winter. Adding a strip of tape solves the flap noise issue and still allows it to work properly.
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Old 03-01-2010, 12:24 PM
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You can buy lead tape from any golf supply place that has a sticky back. Full down the vent, add a strip of tape about 1 inch long to the vent flap, make sure it still opens fully when fan is turned on, but stays closed in the wind. About one inch seems to work well. Add more if required. Removing the flap allows cold air to come in during the winter. Adding a strip of tape solves the flap noise issue and still allows it to work properly.
Sounds like a good solution.

I wonder if I could chase down that garbage truck that hauled off my flappers in 2008?
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Old 03-04-2010, 06:33 AM
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In CYV's the fan vents into the attic, maybe some have a roof vent. Either way there is no need to get in the attic or on the roof.Turn off the fan first. The trim ring & fan are easy to remove, just a couple of screws. The fan body must be gently pried out. Looking at the flapper you will see that it stays open normally. Maybe bad design or angle. When wind blows & pressure goes uo in the attic the flapper shuts, causing the noise. If you have a ceiling fan there is some lead tape in the kitchen drawer. As suggested, stick a 1/2 - 1" piece (cuts with scissors) on the lower edge of the flapper so it now closes normally. For insurance you can also stick a small piece of felt at the bottom of the housing where the flapper hit. Replace the fan & trim. Now the flapper will be closed normally- no noise with the wind, no cold air. The vent function will work as normal if you did not put too much weight on it. Over six months so far & no noise!
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Old 03-04-2010, 08:02 AM
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clod, thanks for the step by step! I will attempt to do it next time I am down at our villa.

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