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Old 04-20-2009, 11:25 AM   #1
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Dryer Vent very clogged with non-lint

Apologies. THis was my first posting and now see I posed in the wrong forum.

very clogged dryer vent. Not just lint


I have an embarrassing question. I feel like one of those husbands on a situation comedy where I should have just called someone in the first place.

So with that said.

I have a clogged dryer vent. Using a dryer vent cleaning kit (long flex rods that you screw together and snake the vent) I was able to remove a lot of lint.

As I continued itís now obvious I did not tighten one of the rods sufficiently. So now I have lint, flexible rod and brush head stuck in the vent (hence the comedy).

I have tried several ways to free this up (Short of moving the dryer and plowing air thru the vent).

Since the flex rod has metal I attached a strong magnet to an electricianís wire snake hoping to snag it and pull it out. But no joy.

What I would love to find is a flexible snake that has a handle allowing me to GRAB and hold onto the rod and pull out.

Is there such a tool? Or are there others was to clear the vent?




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Old 04-20-2009, 03:02 PM   #2
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How long is this duct? Is the head past a 90 degree turn?
Why can't you use an electrical snake and push past the head and pull it out when you catch the bristles?
Or you could disconnect the duct and get it out that way.
Details on the ducting would determine the best way to do this.


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Old 04-21-2009, 09:14 PM   #3
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IF this is one of those plastic, flexible dryer vents, or IMO one of those thin flexible aluminum ones, then it's time to just remove it all and replace it with ridgid sheet metal vent duct. It can be done by a DIY, patience works here. It sounds like you are going to have to remove most, if not all of the present ducting now to clear the mess anyway.
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Old 04-22-2009, 05:02 AM   #4
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Catman, if you can actually touch the tip of the cleaning rod inside your duct ,or see it, I would get a piece of flex hose slightly larger in diameter and feed it about 1' onto the stuck rod. Then feed your extension thru it as a guide to re thread the extension onto the rod in the vent. Then rotate tightening only as you remove the brush.
Is the vent in a wall, or exposed and is the rod vertical or horizontal....
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