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#4520425 - 09/19/17 04:02 PM Dryer vent upgrade ideas
chiefsfan1 Offline


Registered: 09/27/14
Posts: 1152
Loc: Missouri
The other day the dryer drum belt busted. In the process of replacing it I decided to clean out the entire machine. I vacuumed and blew out all the nooks and crannies and the exhaust pipe.

After a new belt was put in and it was running like new again I was looking at the exhaust going outside.
It is this.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/IMPERIAL-4-in-Dia-Plastic-Preferred-with-Guard-Dryer-Vent-Hood/3203039

Is there a 'better' way to exhaust it outside? Straight out with louvers seems more efficient.
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#4520458 - 09/19/17 04:29 PM Re: Dryer vent upgrade ideas [Re: chiefsfan1]
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I like that style, especially since it has a bird guard.
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#4520475 - 09/19/17 04:50 PM Re: Dryer vent upgrade ideas [Re: chiefsfan1]
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Registered: 01/27/17
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Loc: USA
That is good style and the main thing is to keep the routing as short as possible and avoid hard bends.
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#4520477 - 09/19/17 04:53 PM Re: Dryer vent upgrade ideas [Re: chiefsfan1]
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I have this one, i do have to clean lint off the grille, but its easy to do.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/IMPERIAL-4-in-Dia-Plastic-Louvered-with-Guard-Dryer-Vent-Hood/4753388

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#4520508 - 09/19/17 05:32 PM Re: Dryer vent upgrade ideas [Re: spasm3]
ArcticDriver Offline


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Originally Posted By: spasm3
I have this one, i do have to clean lint off the grille, but its easy to do.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/IMPERIAL-4-in-Dia-Plastic-Louvered-with-Guard-Dryer-Vent-Hood/4753388



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#4520509 - 09/19/17 05:33 PM Re: Dryer vent upgrade ideas [Re: spasm3]
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Registered: 10/30/09
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Loc: New York
https://dryerwallvent.com/wall-vent-intro.html

Those vents with grills get clogged up.


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#4520528 - 09/19/17 05:52 PM Re: Dryer vent upgrade ideas [Re: chiefsfan1]
JBinTX30 Offline


Registered: 09/08/14
Posts: 477
Loc: Texas
I don't like the ones with the covers, they clog a lot easier. Also, If you happen to have a gas dryer, I wouldn't use it either. I use the metal ones with the round cover when its not running.
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#4520564 - 09/19/17 06:32 PM Re: Dryer vent upgrade ideas [Re: georgemiller]
MrHorspwer Offline


Registered: 12/18/06
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Loc: Michigan
Originally Posted By: georgemiller
https://dryerwallvent.com/wall-vent-intro.html

Those vents with grills get clogged up.




Came here to post this as well.

Powdercoated galvanized steel construction. The door is held tightly closed with magnets to prevent unwanteds from getting in but freely swings open when the dryer is on. Manually lifting the door presents a wide open vent for cleaning. Easy retrofit install. Comes in three colors.

$40 is a bit on the spendy side compared to plastic pieces, but after seeing how easy it is to install, how well it works, and how nice it looks, I'd spend it again and again.

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#4520571 - 09/19/17 06:38 PM Re: Dryer vent upgrade ideas [Re: chiefsfan1]
spasm3 Offline


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I do like that metal one! no lint grills, yet keeps the birds out. I may need to change mine!
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#4520588 - 09/19/17 06:50 PM Re: Dryer vent upgrade ideas [Re: MrHorspwer]
chiefsfan1 Offline


Registered: 09/27/14
Posts: 1152
Loc: Missouri
Originally Posted By: MrHorspwer
Originally Posted By: georgemiller
https://dryerwallvent.com/wall-vent-intro.html

Those vents with grills get clogged up.




Came here to post this as well.

Powdercoated galvanized steel construction. The door is held tightly closed with magnets to prevent unwanteds from getting in but freely swings open when the dryer is on. Manually lifting the door presents a wide open vent for cleaning. Easy retrofit install. Comes in three colors.

$40 is a bit on the spendy side compared to plastic pieces, but after seeing how easy it is to install, how well it works, and how nice it looks, I'd spend it again and again.


I have not seen this! I am going to check it out.
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#4520660 - 09/19/17 07:54 PM Re: Dryer vent upgrade ideas [Re: chiefsfan1]
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Registered: 10/30/09
Posts: 189
Loc: New York
I paid $ 22 at SW Anderson sales.

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#4520818 - 09/20/17 12:01 AM Re: Dryer vent upgrade ideas [Re: chiefsfan1]
pb Offline


Registered: 01/14/06
Posts: 142
Loc: stl
i've had this on the house for 14 years. when i inspect it a couple times a year i'll pick out the paper wasp nests. replaced the lid from cracks a couple years ago. if they stopped making this i'd likely look at that wall unit in earlier posts.

http://store.heartlandnatural.com/default.asp


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#4521003 - 09/20/17 08:20 AM Re: Dryer vent upgrade ideas [Re: chiefsfan1]
2dogs Offline


Registered: 02/01/17
Posts: 64
Loc: NY
I have one similar to the Lowes link. Maybe even bought it at Lowes. As others mentioned, it does clog. Unclogging takes about 2 minutes a couple of times a year. I like it as keeping rats, mice, and who knows what out of the house is a priority.

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#4522246 - 09/21/17 01:20 PM Re: Dryer vent upgrade ideas [Re: chiefsfan1]
Vikas Offline


Registered: 07/22/05
Posts: 11262
Loc: NorthEast
How about a recommendation for the flexible hose also? The dryer exhaust port and the wall outlet are offset and the dryer needs to be pulled out before I can go behind it. So I have to use a flexible hose. The one there right now is the cheapest builder grade and if I go through the trouble, I want to replace it with a better quality one.

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