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08:37AM | 10/16/02
Member Since: 10/15/02
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I was hoping some one could help me! I've had several plumbers come to my house to give me estimates all giving me different answers I am so confused!!! I'm a first time home buyer and I am not very knowledgeable about propane gas and Dryers. I need to have plumbing and exhaust put into my unfinished basement for my dryer. Running the gas line is not a problem but the exhaust is. the way my basement is set up the most convenient way to do it would be out the back of the dryer and through the front of my house .. the basement being concrete and the front of my house being brick most of the plumbers are not willing to do this, they could also run a hose down the long of the house and then vent it out on the side which would be about 75' long ,or run the hose over the dryer and to the back of the house which would be about 27' and one elbow.... which would you recommend and would I need to run a fan in the hose due to the length. Some plumbers have also suggested a box used to collect the lint rather than doing the exhaust at all.....PLEASE HELP!!
Thank you

[This message has been edited by prmami (edited October 16, 2002).]


01:01PM | 10/16/02
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
Not to be a smarta$$, but have you thought about using an electric dryer?

I dont know about your house, but mine has 2 sides. you mentioned 75' to one side of the house, how far is it to the other side?

You could vent it indoors, but make sure you keep it clean and that you have a good CO detector located close by also.

As far as going through the fron which is the shortest path as you say, brick is usually about 2 1/2" high, dryer vent is roughly 4" in diameter, so knocking out a couple bricks and mortaring in the dryer vent shouldnt be too hard, you can probaly find a brick layer who coud do that for you and do it reasonably cheap, and do the rest yourself.


04:58PM | 10/17/02
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
I would not run anything that far. If your basement is finished and this is the one place you can put the dryer I would call a brick layer. If you choose to put that much vent in you better get a fan to push it along. I looked into one of those and they were expensive. $300 As far as venting to the inside it might be nice during the winter if you have a dry house, but what about during the summer when you WANT a dry basement. Won't you be pumping all that water into the basement. I've seen a device like you're talking about and this blew the air into a pan of water and caught all the lint. I would still go with a bricklayer.


04:45AM | 10/21/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1674 lifetime posts
I agree with other posters that a very long vent is a bad idea. Over time, lint will build up in the vent and can eventually clog the vent and start a fire.
A couple of years ago my wife was complaining of slow drying. I removed the flexible plastic vent and was amazed to find that it was nearly clogged with lint. This was no more than 10 feet long, running in our crawl space.


12:16PM | 10/21/02
Member Since: 06/03/01
324 lifetime posts
This problem happens more than you may think. So, why don't the HVAC folks know what to do? There is a 'dryer ventilation booster' fan that will solve this problem. Look at:


02:33PM | 10/21/02
Member Since: 08/30/02
16 lifetime posts
The fan is an option but if you go that route be sure to check the duct and fan at least twice a year. In my experience with these I have seen a few clogged up vents. Lint particles are heavy and build up in the line as well as the fan. I'm surprised that nobody will make the hole in the concrete for the vent. I know my company would take the job.

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