Remove anti-vermin wire from kitchen vent?

alan_s_thefirstJuly 18, 2012

Just venting my kitchen fan to the outside...the vent I've chosen has a damper, but also has a vermin guard - the half-inch square wire on it as well.

I'm inclined to remove it to reduce the danger of dust and grease build-up....it's aluminum siding and well over 10 feet/3m in the air, so I don't consider mice a big issue. I guess I could see how it goes with the wire in, but the house is going to be rented out >1 yr so I won't be able to keep a close watch on it...

What do you think?

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mike_home

Where I live I find birds like to build nests inside of exhaust vents. If you don't have this problem then you should be OK.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 4:05PM
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alan_s_thefirst

Interesting point, I hadn't thought of that. It turns downwards and could conceivably hold a small bird's nest...

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 4:29PM
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brickeyee

Birds can open the typical dryer 'flapper' style vent without much trouble.
They then build a nest in the duct.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 5:05PM
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alan_s_thefirst

Ok, you've convinced me. This is for the kitchen vent, but same deal I guess.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 5:37PM
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alan_s_thefirst

One thought, though, regard dryer vents which I've been debating...I see lots of models with removable plastic cages, so they should be relatively easy to clean, but what's the trade-off regarding prevention of birds nesting (good) vs people not remembering to clean the cages, which are going to result in a quicker buildup of lint (bad) - in other words, if you can't guarantee a regular clean of the cages, might you be better off leaving them off?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 9:10PM
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brickeyee

"if you can't guarantee a regular clean of the cages, might you be better off leaving them off?"

Right up to the birds nesting and blocking the line that way.

Houses require maintenance.
If you do no t want to do anything rent.

The landlord adds it to your rent so you do not have to do anything.

I had a tenant once that did not want to have to mow the law on a SF rental.
I said it could be covered by raising the rent.

They decided it was worth mowing.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2012 at 4:06PM
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