Dryer Duct

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by chefwong, May 7, 2010.

  1. chefwong

    chefwong New Member

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    When using ridgid duct for dryer venting, what's the correct way to seal the ducts. Regular duct tape or duct seal...IME, duct tape get's soft with the hot air.. However, I do like the fact you can remove them easily when snaking a vent brush to clean.

    Or is the correct way to use duct seal, and get those nice long rod dryer setups for dryer vent cleaning.
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    I use the metal foil tape, but even that the adhesive hardens up from the heat.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Most of the time, the dryer vent is inside the wall, so you cannot get to it to take it apart anyway.
  4. chefwong

    chefwong New Member

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    What is the better of the 2 materials. Rigid Aluminum or Galvanized ? Galvanized is heavier gauge but is Alumin better due to the the condensation ?
  5. mrmichaeljmoore

    mrmichaeljmoore New Member

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    i use PVC for my dryer.....the 4" drain pipe (available at Lowes/HD).

    I clean it every couple months. No tape on the joints; just friction fit.
    Never had a problem in 5+ years.....
    The pipe is not in a wall, so I can pull the dryer out, remove the pipe, clean it and re-install.
  6. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    Any kind of plastic pipe is prohibited for dryers by most building coded.
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