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crankbait09 07-03-2012 09:43 AM

Clothes Dryer Ventalation
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I think this is where this topic should go.......

Anyways, I have a closet off of the kitchen that holds out washer and dryer. We bought a dryer a number of years ago and the space between the back of the dryer and the wall that it sits in front of is VERY tight. Maybe 4-6" of space. Now, the dryer vent hole in the back of the dryer and the opening in the wall where the ventalation goes in to does NOT line up. We are talking almost a foot off. Now, since it is a tight fit, I have tried a number of ventalation lines to get it to snake from one opening to the next. no luck. The vent hose keeps popping off the dryer or gets kinked.

I have cut the hose down so that i have a really short piece to work with BUT I don't have any room to get behind the dryer and make it right. So it's like I have to connect everything before pushing it back in to place. Once it pushed back in to place, the ventalation gets all jacked up and ends up falling off.

Question is this...............How hard is it to RELOCATE the opening in the wall so that it will be a path of straight from the dryer opening to the opening in the wall so that they are perfectly lined up???????? I have never looked under the house to see the path of travel of the vent line but is this a difficult thing to do?

sorry, so wordy, hopefully you got the idea........

DexterII 07-03-2012 11:05 AM

Relocating the hole in the wall, which obviously includes sealing the original opening as well, can vary from very easy to fairly difficult, depending the the location of framing members, elevations, general construction of the home, i.e. brick, siding, etc. The first thing to do is to look at all of the elements, and then decide. But there may be other options. Many dryers, if not all, can be configured for either rear or side discharge, so you may want to look at the sides of yours, to see if there is a knockout for side discharge, and whether or not that may improve the situation. The other two options that come to mind involve removing your flexible duct, which I would personally do regardless, and replace it with what I call a periscope, which is a rectangular telescoping duct, with openings on opposite sides and ends, designed to keep the dryer closer to the wall, or with two flexible elbows, which, once mated and adjusted, can be affixed to either the dryer or wall stub, and will stay in place long enough to allow you to simply push the dryer into place.

crankbait09 07-03-2012 11:39 AM

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hmmm, thank you Dexter. I will check out the area tomorrow and I will post some pictures of my findings.

As for moving the opening, I was thinking of leaving the vent that is outside in the same location but just moving the openings that are in the dryer's vacinity. And possibly merging the existing line to the outside to the new location on the inside of the house. Let me check everythign out and I will post some pics.

thanks again for your help

tribe_fan 07-03-2012 01:02 PM

Dexter - were you referring to these things?

crankbait09 07-03-2012 01:13 PM

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ohhh, thats rather nifty

DexterII 07-03-2012 05:16 PM

No, not exactly what I was referring to, but that looks like it might work, depending on the specific application.

I thought that I might be able to pull up a link quick, but, having only dial-up service out here in the sticks, and my break being about over, meaning that I need to get back to hilling potatoes, I don't have time right now. I will try to remember to see if I can find one later this evening.

DexterII 07-03-2012 06:24 PM

Man, is it hot and sticky out there! Another row done, but the rest of them are going to have to wait until first thing tomorrow morning. Anyway, there are other similar one out there, but take a look at this. (It looks like a long link, so I hope that I did it right; not the sharpest tool in the tool box when it somes to some, well, a lot of things.) Anyway, I am not the biggest fan of these, as my first choice is always 4" round metal duct, straight, elbows, everything, so that you have as even air flow as possible, but I know that sometimes it can't be that way, and I think this is a lot better than any type of flexible duct. And always secure your joints with foil type duct tape, not the regular stuff, and no screws.

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