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Re: instruction request- dryers and leaf blowers

After having a small lint fire in my dryer this past spring, I looked in the phone book and indeed there are companies that will come out can totally clear the ductwork. It cost about $100 for mine (mine is long as it vents through the roof and of course I live in CA- so everything costs more here!). Either way, it was well worth it not to accidentally burn my house down.

Kitty wrote:
It might depend on how (what direction) your dryer vents and how long the ductwork is. Mine is in center of house, 15 ft of ductwork goes down about 18 inches to crawl space and then out. I just pulled the dryer away from the wall, disconnected the dryer from the ductwork, and stuck the nozzle in the duct and turned it on.

If your vent goes up to the roof, you're fighting gravity.

Understand that, if ductwork is thickly clogged, it doesn't work. Have one of you on the outside to feel whether air is coming through. I think that if you've been drying a load for nearly 5 hrs, you are thoroughly clogged. My ductwork was totally packed with soggy lint, but still a load of laundry would dry in less than 3 hours, though it I wouldn't put a huge load in at any time.

It might be time to go under the house (or wherever) to have a look at the ductwork. Owen said mine had split and was leaking puddles of water into the crawl space. Your house is much newer than mine, but my problem only occurred in the last 5 or so years because (IMO) of the new style washing machine.

Let us know what you find.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
To: "gardenchat list" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2008 10:11 AM
Subject: [CHAT] instruction request- dryers and leaf blowers

I told my husband that you folks were using a leaf blower/sucker to clean out the dryer vents. Currently the same load is in the dryer since 5:30am and not
even close to being dry....

Although this seems easy enough to me, he is inquiring as to how you are doing this.....and I am not up to arguing, so asking....to keep peace. If I had the
time, I would just do it myself, but I don't.


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