Home>Topics>Clothes Dryer

Clothes Dryer

  1. Clothes Dryer Repair Guide

    Most dryer problems can be fixed in an hour with a few basic tools and a continuity tester or multimeter—and you can do the work yourself with these simple instructions.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. How to Install a Dryer Vent That Keeps Out Pests

    Project

    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.

  2. Replace a Broken Dryer Vent Cap

    Project

    Replace a broken dryer vent cap simply and quickly. Disconnect the through-wall duct and replace the duct and cap together.

  3. How to Install a Dryer Vent

    Project

    To speed up clothes drying and prevent lint build-up, install a smooth metal dryer vent . These step-by-step directions walk you through the tough parts. Rigid metal vents are safer than flexible plastic and metal types, which catch more lint, require more cleaning and can retard airflow. Even worse, flexible ducts are easily crushed, which blocks airflow and causes the dryer to overheat, which in turn can lead to lint fires. In this story, we’ll show you how to cut and install 4-in. rigid metal duct, including the toughest part—drilling the exit hole through an exterior wall.

  4. Dryer Vent Cover Repair

    Project

    Stop cool drafts from leaky clothes dryer vents by cleaning and lubricating the vent flaps so they completely close. If unsuccessful, replace the vent, a simple task.

  5. Dryer Lint Cleaning Tips

    Project

    Prevent house fires. Clean the lint from inside your clothes dryer as well as lint caught in the exhaust vent. You can complete the cleaning in about 30 minutes.

Other Articles for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. Dryer Vent Installation - Bob Vila

    Article

    FromBobVila.com

    Having your dryer properly vented is crucial in keeping the appliance operating effectively and avoiding the risk of fire or water damage to your home. Fortunately, installing a dryer vent is easy to do.

  2. ENTER TO WIN This Amana Washer & Dryer !

    Article

    FromBobVila.com

    If you have to do laundry in 2013, wouldn’t you prefer doing it in style and with energy savings in mind?  We thought...

  3. Enter Round 2 of Our GE Appliances Big Summer Blowout! - Bob's Blogs

    Article

    FromBobVila.com

    Ready to give your laundry room an overhaul with a new washer and dryer combo? If you like the sound of fully customizable settings and a ...

  4. Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Your Dryer Vents - Bob's Blogs

    Article

    FromBobVila.com

    Here’s a job you can do in the cool basement to beat the summer heat, and you should add it to your twice a year to-d...

More »

Other Videos for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. How To Keep Your Clothes Dryer Working Like New

    Video

    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    Make your dryer use less energy, run better, and last longer.

  2. How to Clean a Clothes Dryer Filter

    Video

    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    Keeping the filter clean improves your dryer's performance and avoids the risk of fire from lint buildup.

  3. How to Install A Washing Machine and a Dryer

    Video

    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    Learn how to install your new washing machine and dryer with care.

  4. How to Repair a Vinyl Tile

    Video

    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    Have a loose or damaged vinyl tile? Here is how to replace those tiles.

More »

Blog Posts

  1. September 19, 2012 AsktheBuilder Newsletter & Tips

    Blog

    FromAsk the Builder

    In this Newsletter, the garage door is installed in the shed, a video on why your roof doesn't collapse, the Handyman Online Classes are coming, a problem with the clothes dryer , Milwaukee Router tool review, poor search engine results, a fall to-do checklist and power tools are dangerous!

  2. Preventing Dryer Vent Fires

    Blog

    FromA Concord Carpenter

     

  3. Dryer Vent

    Blog

    FromAna-White.com

    Do you ever wonder what happens between your dryer and the vent outside? We are in the utility installing phase of the Momplex. We are starting with who has the biggest pipes and working our way down to the smallest. First up, we installed 6" diameter piping for the ventilation system. To get the ...

  4. Make It: DIY Dryer Vent Pumpkins

    Blog

    FromPosts tagged: decorating

    What's that you say?  Pumpkins made from dryer vents??  Yes, indeedy.  Turns out, this unexpected material makes for some pretty fantastic pumpkin-ry!   Courtney from A Diamond in the Stuff created two versions of this whimsical pumpkin: one with traditional colors , the other bedazzled and ...

  5. Don't Burn Down Your House: Preventing Clothes Dryer Fires

    Blog

    FromDIY Advice Blog

    Lint buildup in a dryer and its vent cuts the dryer's efficiency. Clothes take longer to dry, while your energy bills go up. But the biggest reason to clean out lint is that lint buildup can lead to a fire. Most experts recommend cleaning it out once...( read more )

  6. Bathroom Update!

    Blog

    FromAna-White.com

    Check out what we've been working on at the Momplex lately!!!! Notice anything different??? I'll give you a hint. It costed a small fortune ... probably more than a gold plated bathtub ... But it was worth every single penny! We've got water!!!! Up here in Alaska (where we live) you are on your own for water.  We had to drill down a couple hundred feet for a well (that was the small fortune part and a big reason we decided to build the Mom's a shared duplex - so we don't have to drill two wells). The well sat, just a big pipe looking awkward, for the longest time while we worked on all the other stuff in between a giant hole in the ground and a bathroom vanity needing water.   And then finally last summer, we dropped the pump down the well. And capped it.  The water line is 9 feet down, below the frost line, so the water never freezes.  The small gray tube holds the electrical wires that supply power to the pump. But what happens from here??? The water line and the electrical are brought inside the Momplex underground. The electrical (the gray box on the upper right) ties in to a pressure switch mounted on the pressure tank. When the pressure in the pressure tank gets too low, it trips a switch, that in turn feeds power to the well pump, causing it to pump water into the pressure tank, until the switch trips back signaling the tank is full.  The water line is the white line on the lower right, rapped in the heat trace. It comes in from below ground, and fills the tank, and then on to where ever water is needed by Mom.  You need the pressure tank so your well isn't kicking on and off every time you turn the faucet on. Kinda like buying all your groceries for the week at once, instead of running to the store every time you need a snack. From there, the water is distributed to manifolds that we DIYed: That way we can turn water on and off at the main manifolds in case of a leak or burst pipe or we need to work on something. And from there, the water is distributed through water lines to kitchens and baths throughout the Momplex. Up until now, the plumbing lines were just stub outs in the wall. But we cut the stubouts off and hooked faucets up, put a p-trap between the sink and the drain, and guess what??? We have water up at the Momplex!!! With the faucet done, we moved on to the showers. The plumbing is already stubbed out, so I just attached the shower head. In my defense, wouldn't I look even funnier with perfect hair as a plumber??? For the shower drains, we silicone the drains, And then screw them in place using the old double screwdriver trick. I know they make a tool for this .... but you can't have every tool, can you? Sometimes you just gotta make do with what you have. And then the drain is just screwed over top to hide the plumbing. Tada! Shower is done!!! The Momplex has definitely "moved up" since this day!!! This space behind the door was originally intended for either a larger tub instead of a shower or a linen closet. But Mom really wanted laundry on the main floor, so we sized the area just big enough to put a stacking laundry set in. When I say just big enough, I do mean just big enough. It could not have been any smaller. We placed a tub under the washer as cheap insurance in case of a leak ... Sad, I know, I'd have loved to have built pedestals under the washer and dryer , but the dryer would then have been too high. Sigh - you gotta compromise sometimes ... So what does that leave us with?????? Imagine being 8 months pregnant and spending most of your day working 2 miles from a fully functioning bathroom. Yes, I'm pretty darn excited that the toilet is up next!!! And then we can talk making it pretty!

More »

Free OnSite Newsletter

Get timely DIY projects for your home and yard, plus a dream project for your wish list!

Follow Us

Featured Product

Buy Now