Dryer vent

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by rayh78, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. rayh78

    rayh78 Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Colonial Heights, Virginia
    Right now dryer backs up to an outside wall and the vent is about 10†off floor.
    Doing some remodeling and replacing siding. So was thinking of raising the dryer vent to somewhere around 4 ft. off the floor.
    But why have I not seen this install height before am I missing something other than looks?
    Seems easier to connect hose to dryer push dryer back against wall and THEN connect hose to outside vent.
    Seen so many dryers that people connect dryer to vent and then push dryer back to wall and kink hose. Or hose comes loose and they dont even know it.

  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    First, using a flexible hose on your dryer is costing you money and can pose a fire hazard. It slows the flow down and gives places for lint to accumulate, further closing things. A dryer is always best served with metal, smooth walled ducts without screws holding it together to catch lint on.

    A more common exhaust vent location is if the duct runs throught the floor joists above the dryer. Now, depending on which way they run, that may or may not be possible or desirable on a retrofit.
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    The hose would look tacky, the extra length would be detrimental, and you would still have to keep the dryer away from the wall so it could make the bend. Buy a "periscope" duct and connect it between the dryer and wall before you slide the washer into place.
  5. Scuba_Dave

    Scuba_Dave Extreme DIY Homeowner

    Jan 5, 2009
    Used to be in IT
    South of Boston, MA
    My last house the dryer was off the kitchen
    The event was above the dryer on the right - outside wall
    This house the dryer is in th ebasement & vent was thru a basement window

    The periscope duct is the way to go

    One advantage if the vent is lower & almost stright thru:
    Lint can't collect as well

    Raising the vent up means lint will fall back down & collect at the bottom creating - as stated - a fire hazard
  6. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

    Jul 24, 2007
    Robber, with some DIY on the side.
    I am buying a dryer vent window when I replace my windows. I'll look into a periscope vent then. I think they sell them up to 50".
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2009
  7. rayh78

    rayh78 Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Colonial Heights, Virginia
    Thanks for all the suggestions.
    And saves me some work moving it.
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