Then call up the local building dept and ask. That's the only answer
that matters. Any opinions you get here aren't going to get you very
far, are they? You'd still have to call up, unless you want to wing
it based on some posts here and then risk having it fail and have to
The other obvious question is did this result from a buyer's
inspection? If so, you may want to consider the possible trouble down
the road from a dissatisfied buyer. Even if it is code compliant,
IMO it is a half-assed solution and they could still sue you, though
they likely would lose. But they could also then get pissed off and
combine in 6 other things that they might have ignored.
Ventless must not be very common, because I have never seen one.
Anyone can. They are designed to assist in eliminating odors only though.
That one will lave to go to the code specs of your area. Legal here though
Probably but not if the code just says you have to have an exaust vent in a
bathroom. Here (Virginia) you can have a window or an exaust vent. Both
allowed if desired. It would not be legal here to use a ductless type in
one with no window when code requires a window or vent. You could however
here add a ductless one to a bathroom with a window as an added 'nice'
Is your bathroom not code spec because of no vent and you are looking for a
solution without adding a duct? Pretty sure this will NOT get you around
that. Grandfathering of an older house would be your coverage. Keep in
mind that in most states, grandfathering is normal for everything if it was
code-spec when built. A buyer then can always 'request' you upgrade but
can't require it. Then again, they can buy another house so figure your
Since a "Powder Room" contains extremely explosive gun powder, you do
NOT want a standard electrical switch in that room. Standard switches
emit an internal spark when they are turned on and off. That spark
could ignite the powder. You must use a special switch that is made
for flammable locations. The same is true for the fan. The fan motor
can not emit sparks, thus motor brushes are not allowed. The motor
must also be a sealed unit and must be approved for use in flammable
locations. Contact a supplier that furnishes electrical apparatus for
use in petroleum refineries. They should have the safety devices you
Does Pennsylvania allow gun powder and other explosives to be stored
within city limits? If you're in a rural area, there are still likely
laws specific to storing explosives. Contact your state OSHA offices
for more details and the storage laws of gun powder and other
Remember: Always keep your powder dry!
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