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Old 07-06-2009, 11:24 PM   #1
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I have a problem with birds nesting in exterior dryer vents. My vents are wall mounted on a brick exterior. The flap type don't prevent the nesting, as they hang open enough to let the small birds in. I have seen the Heartland vents on the web...do they work? Any other suggestions? Thanks.

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This is what I install for vent termination Birds can't get in

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I found one that has a small grate that easily snaps on and off so I can clean off the excess lint.
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This is what I install for vent termination Birds can't get in
What type of professional tradesman installs these? HVAC contractors?
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Can't speak for everyone else... It may not be exactly like this . but It's close. If you've installed any ..You should know that there are many on the market...The ones I install are approved for dryer venting.. gas or elec.
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I agree. And Lowes carries them: http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...68W&lpage=none

Leah, please remove and leave the grid (screen) off as they are not allowed and cause fires or at least restrictions making for longer running times.
IRC 1501.1, 2437.3 UBC 504.3.1 The flap doors only open 60%, dryer is working harder already without any lint build-up.

http://www.appliance411.com/faq/dryer-vent-length.shtml Be safe, G
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Hvac Guys with a lot of time on their hands

sorry ken...couldn't resist a friendly jab.
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Can't speak for everyone else... It may not be exactly like this . but It's close. If you've installed any ..You should know that there are many on the market...The ones I install are approved for dryer venting.. gas or elec.
The pick you posted is only for air conditioned environments though right?

It's not for an attic application where the tube would need to be insulated.

BTW per code, is a 4" diameter rigid tube required for the attic?

I've never seen insulation for rigid tubes sold at the big box stores though.
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The pick you posted is only for air conditioned environments though right?

It's not for an attic application where the tube would need to be insulated.

BTW per code, is a 4" diameter rigid tube required for the attic?

I've never seen insulation for rigid tubes sold at the big box stores though.


Depends on the area your in as to what code would be... Any metal dryer vent is code here ... insulated ??? Not required here... I was only refering to the termination part of the vent to keep birds out.. not the entire vent package... You would need to install what ever is code for your area... Insulated or not
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Thanks to all...good info. I'll try the louvered one.
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Depends on the area your in as to what code would be... Any metal dryer vent is code here ... insulated ??? Not required here... I was only refering to the termination part of the vent to keep birds out.. not the entire vent package... You would need to install what ever is code for your area... Insulated or not
One should check the manufacturer's restrictions to ensure it's for the right application. I've seen those at the HD, and they clearly state not for dryer vents.
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What the dryer manufacturers typically recommend (always follow the specific installation and use instructions for your dryer):

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What the dryer manufacturers typically recommend (always follow the specific installation and use instructions for your dryer):

Yes, and the ducting is rigid vice flex.

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