Cheap dryer vents with flimsy flaps break or clog up with lint and dirt, causing energy leaks and allowing access for pests. Keep them out with a dryer vent upgrade.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:May 2001
Remove the old vent by unscrewing the four corners,
pulling out the vent a few inches and loosening the
hose clamps around the old ducting. Vacuum out old
lint (and clean out nests) from the ducting.
Connect the old dryer ducting to a 4-in. metal
duct collar and insert it into the bottom of the new
elbow. Install the elbow base by laying a bead of
latex caulk around the flange perimeter, then hold the
elbow level and attach it to the house with four 1-in.
galvanized sheet metal screws. Wipe off the excess caulk.
Slide the vent body onto the elbow and screw
it to the house with two 1-in. galvanized sheet
metal screws. Drop the floating vent closer
(or cup) into the vent body and pop on the weather lid.
Every three months, remove the lid and vacuum any lint
from the floating cup, the elbow and the outer ducting.
A dryer vent with a loose or broken flapper invites drafts
and mice into your house. And when clogged with lint,
vents not only trap moist air but also become a fire hazard.
Replace that old dryer vent with this sturdier unit that:
The vent installs in 20 minutes (Photos 1 – 3).
It’s available at home centers, hardware stores, and internet sites.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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