By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Are steamy mirrors or mold and mildew a problem in your bathroom? A vent fan is the solution because it will draw moisture out of the room. We found a new one designed for a do-it-yourselfer to install; so instead of crawling around in an attic, the EZFit vent fan is designed to go directly on ceiling drywall eliminating the need to attach it to a joist or truss in the attic. The unit is installed from inside the room and attaches with tab that clamp the housing onto the surface of the ceiling. The pre-installed blower attachment fastens to the housing by tightening the pre-installed screws.
Including labor and material, an electrician will charge $250 to install a new unit. If you’re comfortable doing electrical projects you can buy the vent fan for $115 and install it saving 54 percent. The job involves clamping the housing of the new fan onto the drywall with a screwdriver and then fastening the blower to the housing by tightening the pre-installed screws. You can re-use the old blower ducting and existing fan wiring.
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Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.