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Old 01-06-2009, 08:54 PM   #1
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Dryer Vent Cleaning


Assuming you have a non louvered one way outlet, has anyone here ever used a shop vac or vacuum cleaner to clean out built up lint in their dryer vent line?

My dryer is on the 2nd floor of my house and the outlet vent is on my roof. The outlet vent is made out of metal. I was wondering if I could pull the dryer out, access the vent ducting, and then just vacuum gently. The ducting has some structural rigidity, so it won't collapse as long as you just get decent air flow.

How often do people here clean out their ducting?

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Typically they're not cleaned often enough... Is your ducting rigid metal or corrugated? If its aluminium corrugated be careful you don't pull hard at it and cause separation. You can put a lighweight flexible hose upwith a stright handle but most of the lint is likely falling back. Ideally you want to dislodge dust from the outer diameter of the vent and also clean the exhaust under the dryer. gravity should be in your favour. Try to view up inside with a makeup compact or mechanics mirror before you start.
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