Dryer vent location question

Dryer vent location question

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:06 pm

Hi all, my wife has had back surgery a few yrs. ago. Bringing laundry to the basement and back is difficult. I want to bring washer and dryer to main floor in spare room directly above basement location. We have a brick ranch home, the house was built in 1955, behind the brick face are cinder block half the thickness of a standard block and then furring strips, sheetrock and then plaster. Is it safe to plumb the electric dryer vent with rigid pvc style piping from the rear of the dryer, then down through the floor approx. one foot and out of the building through the present outside connection? Or the new location being on an outside wall, should I exit the pipe through the ceiling and out the eave drop (roof overhang)? Third option is to rent a masonary hole saw to bust through the house. In the photo after the double kitchen window is a single window with the dryer vent below, the dryer would go infront of the window in the spare room. Thanks for looking!
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Re: Dryer vent location question

PostBy: dcrane On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:16 pm

all dryer vents are supposed to be metal at this point, personally i dont see PVC melting or causing an issue and the smoothness would ensure lint does not get "hung up"... but your NOT supposed to use PVC as the venting system for a dryer (its supposed to be metal in the event something does get "hung up" and catches fire inside it.)
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Re: Dryer vent location question

PostBy: Dennis On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:18 pm

I don't see any problems venting below the floor with the dryer,but use metal dryer vent pipe(big box store) instead of pvc and keep the vent clean from lint
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Re: Dryer vent location question

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:46 pm

If you want to save yourself a little space most dryers can be converted to vent directly out the bottom or either side. You only have to take off the small panel on the bottom front. They make kits for the conversion but I really don't see the point since it's just the pipe anyway. You'll have to take the pipe off that is on it now and shorten it. Make sure you have as few bends as possible.
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Re: Dryer vent location question

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:12 pm

Thanks folks, didn't want to drill through a stone wall inside of my house.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box, vogelzang pot belly coat rack
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Re: Dryer vent location question

PostBy: whistlenut On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:54 pm

One other thing: those flexible dryer vent pipes are NOT legal. It must be rigid, with elbows, and screwed together. In Concord.NH., they made us use foil tape all joints, too....fire-stop foam all openings.....
Even where it enters the soffit (if yours happened to), the spring vent also had to be steel and not plastic. It makes sense, and if you plan it as you fabricate exit holes, then life will be good.

Another thought: How many times have any of us checked the flapper on those old aluminum terminations? It is usually lint covered and open half way AND will not shut again....ever. I know coal folks aren't too worried about heat loss, but if you walk into your laundry room and it is 40 degrees...look over the dryer vent flex line situation. :idea: :shock: :roll: :? :D
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Re: Dryer vent location question

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:34 pm

dcrane wrote:all dryer vents are supposed to be metal at this point, personally i dont see PVC melting or causing an issue and the smoothness would ensure lint does not get "hung up"... but your NOT supposed to use PVC as the venting system for a dryer (its supposed to be metal in the event something does get "hung up" and catches fire inside it.)

Hey :clap: on your demoti#$--cough cough promotion, Doug. The not so funny part of this whole thing is 3 years ago I got layed off, well to make a long story short Efficiency Maine had all this grant- stimulis money to play with and we had a home energy audit. Blower in the door etc. Well the windows were so bad you could blow a candle out through them (sarcasm). The contractor didn't know what to do, they effffed around in the basement for 2 days trying to improve the hidious air leaks and one of the things they did was install rigid pvc to my electric dryer vent. I questioned it and their response was "..that's what they allow in Maine"... I installed new windows myself last year. Thank you whistlenut, I have been planning changing the vent and location for 3 years and life keeps getting in my way.
michaelanthony
 
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