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    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 13th Jun 17, 7:51 PM
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    Bird nesting in extractor fan?
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    • 13th Jun 17, 7:51 PM
    Bird nesting in extractor fan? 13th Jun 17 at 7:51 PM
    Hi there, well its a strange one, when I woke up this morning I heard loud sounds and scuttering about, I realised within a few minutes a bird had gotten into the back of my kitchen fan as there was no cover on the back of it, it just made constant sounds for hours and I phoned council concerned it may be nesting (and for its own safety as if I accidently turned on the fan it would get messy) council informed me they weren't allowed to move a nesting bird.

    I stood on a ladder and the bird must of saw me and flew off, but came back a few minutes later but when I stood next to fan it flew off again, I taped the opening at back of fan up with packing tape and couldn't see any sign of eggs or a nest, didn't want to risk bird coming back.

    I did notice as well the fan has stopped working so I don't know if they have bitten anything inside the fan.

    So just checking this was actually legal, don't want to get in trouble, and wanted to see if tape was a good idea and how to stop them coming back.
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    • anselld
    • By anselld 13th Jun 17, 7:57 PM
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    • 13th Jun 17, 7:57 PM
    You need something like this ...
    http://www.screwfix.com/p/manrose-square-flap-vent-white-100mm/18561

    Birds don't have teeth.
    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 13th Jun 17, 8:06 PM
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    • 13th Jun 17, 8:06 PM
    The council is fitting them as its a council property and fixing the extractor fan but its 2 weeks before first appointment, it was more I thought they may scratch at the tape and pull it off the wall.
    • eddddy
    • By eddddy 13th Jun 17, 8:40 PM
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    • 13th Jun 17, 8:40 PM
    I did notice as well the fan has stopped working so I don't know if they have bitten anything inside the fan.
    Originally posted by dekaspace
    If the bird was building a nest, my guess is that a few twigs have become wedged in and around the fan blade.

    Extractor fan motors are very weak, so it wouldn't take much to stop them spinning.
    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 13th Jun 17, 9:56 PM
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    • 13th Jun 17, 9:56 PM
    Im guessing if the fuse was gone the light wouldn't come on, it has a fuse under the switch but the led on the switch comes on.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 14th Jun 17, 12:11 AM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 12:11 AM
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    ...... council informed me they weren't allowed to move a nesting bird.
    Originally posted by dekaspace
    The council is fitting them as its a council property and fixing the extractor fan but its 2 weeks before first appointment
    ??????????????????????????????/

    My advice? Leave the poor bird in peace for now. Once it has raised its chicks, put on gloves. go up ladder, clear out the nest and check the fan blade spins freely (switch off at mains first!), then test fan. Then either you, or council can fit a cover to stop a repeat.
    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 17th Jun 17, 2:18 PM
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    • 17th Jun 17, 2:18 PM
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    • 17th Jun 17, 2:18 PM
    ??????????????????????????????/

    My advice? Leave the poor bird in peace for now. Once it has raised its chicks, put on gloves. go up ladder, clear out the nest and check the fan blade spins freely (switch off at mains first!), then test fan. Then either you, or council can fit a cover to stop a repeat.
    Originally posted by G_M
    It was already gone at time of posting, I scared if off when I stood on ladder to take a peek, and even though it came back it flew off again when it saw me.

    By scaring it off I mean just my presence was enough to startle it I didn't attempt to go near it.

    Anyway it works now and with the home made packing tape cover fan has never worked so good, no longer getting breezes, it was one tiny stick about size of a screw that was causing the issues, still getting council out as bathroom fan has been faulty since I moved in so they can do it at same time.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 17th Jun 17, 3:21 PM
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    • 17th Jun 17, 3:21 PM
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    • 17th Jun 17, 3:21 PM
    Try switching the bathroom fan off at mains, then cleaning it. After time they can get clogged with dust, grime, grease etc and a good clean makes a big diffrenece. + a sqirt of WD40 on the axel of the blades to help them rotate freely.

    My taxes pay for the council to maintain your fan and councils are cutting services to the elderly, schools etc. A bit of nouse and you'll be doing your bit!

    Google/utube 'how to clean a fan' for more!
    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 17th Jun 17, 7:08 PM
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    • 17th Jun 17, 7:08 PM
    Try switching the bathroom fan off at mains, then cleaning it. After time they can get clogged with dust, grime, grease etc and a good clean makes a big diffrenece. + a sqirt of WD40 on the axel of the blades to help them rotate freely.

    My taxes pay for the council to maintain your fan and councils are cutting services to the elderly, schools etc. A bit of nouse and you'll be doing your bit!

    Google/utube 'how to clean a fan' for more!
    Originally posted by G_M
    I have been using WD40 on things since I left home almost 2 decades ago! You are talking to someone who builds computers a lot for friends and family and has used it on door handles and hinges for long time! (and I am aware its not best thing but its better than nothing!) I put WD40 into it a while back after noticing it didn't seem to be putting out full whack (which as it turns out was due to no backplate so the wind from outside was affecting it)

    I have repaired the locking mechanisms on my doors since I moved in since it is a easy job.

    But you don't know why I called out the electrician for the bathroom, I mentioned before the fan comes on all the time even when its dry in there and a warm day so wanted it checked out, in the process of that at same appointment the electrician will put on plates, I also saw it as good as if ones were there before they can log they have been removed, or if they were meant to be put on when property was refurbished the contractors didn't do it but still charged for it.
    The problem cleaning the fan is that the front won't come off without damaging the paintwork around it, and at back would require a large ladder to gain access into it.

    And you are speaking to someone who had his local autism group have their funding cut as council didn't want to fund it, and go from 20 hours a week support workers to none so yes I know about cutbacks.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 17th Jun 17, 9:48 PM
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    Sorry not to have done a full background check on you before posting - naturally if I'd inteviewed your family and friends first I'd have realised you were familiar with WD40.

    Mea culpa.
    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 17th Jun 17, 11:19 PM
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    Sorry not to have done a full background check on you before posting - naturally if I'd inteviewed your family and friends first I'd have realised you were familiar with WD40.

    Mea culpa.
    Originally posted by G_M
    Though I posted a thread a few weeks ago mentioning a fault with my bathroom fan assuming it was the sensor on this very board of which you yourself mentioned if I was a tenant to ask my landlord!

    Thats the main thing there, and I have made threads in past about little repairs around home and mentioned I do certain things.

    The tone of your post with things you said made it seem you believed I am not making an effort when in fact I am so it annoyed me a little.
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