Dryer Vent

My electric dryer is installed up against the outside wall. I had to fashion a vent since there is not room for a flexible hose.
This device looks like the perfect solution for my dryer situation, but the online videos completely turn me off.
http://thequickconnector.com /
Has anyone here used one of these? Is there a better product? The appeal of this unit is that the pipe protruding from the dryer slides into the outlet vent.
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mcp6453 wrote:

I made my own with 4 inch hard ducting one time. It's a pain to line up unless you have wheels on your dryer. Then if it catches when lining it up you push the outside piece out and you can go round and round. Then every time you move the dryer you have to line it up and connect it again. You KNOW it won't be perfectly aligned.
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On 12/16/2010 7:22 PM, mcp6453 wrote:

I watched the video and have to say that it sounds like a very sleazy deal. For starters, the claim of $40 per month savings guaranteed is just outrageous. In my area, even with very expensive electric rates over 20 cents per KWH, I would have to save 200 KWH per month to achieve their claimed savings. Since an extremely inefficient dryer could consume approx 5 KW/H, you would need to REDUCE THE DRYING TIME BY 40 HRS PER MONTH to achieve this ridiculous claim. Absolutely, positively impossible, and so very outrageous.
Second, the ad claims that these are $200 devices being offered for $29.95.
As best as I can tell, this device is nothing more than a collar / adapter with some method of fastening. Since the video talks about using a screwdriver to install, I can only assume that standard 4" diameter hose clamps or a single clamp are involved.
The vent itself is not likely to be worth more than a few bucks at places like Lowes or Home Depot, and assuming you already have a vent installed on your outside wall, you only need some type of collar or straight, short transitional piece to allow you to push the driver pipe into the existing vent. I gotta' believe this is not a $30 part.
Maybe I am missing something here? These guys seem to offer quite a few options:
http://www.thefind.com/appliances/info-standard-dryer-vent
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I'm going to order three of them. I figure I can buy an additional dryer for $400 and hook it up and save $40 a month (paying for the dryer in 10 mos. ). With three, I'll save my entire electric bill.
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Be careful, some people may not know you're joking (I hope).
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There is (was) a better product if still available. I have one. It is a short accoridan style. Rubber with 4 inch side to mount on dryer and 6 inch side to press flat to wall. Allows for slight misalignment. I installed many of these when I was doing appliance repair 50 years ago. Do some Google check and see if still available. ww
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Youre very lucky that some idiot framer didnt put the dryer vent hole a foot off the floor where the vent could never be aligned using a rigid duct. In my experience I have only seen about two percent of installations that were so perfect that you didnt need to use a flexible duct, or maybe we have more idiot framers here in California. You dont need that Quickconnector. Just get some silicone lubricant and spray the inside of the duct before installing it so that lint doesnt stick.
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Exactly. It could be a good solution IF:
there already isn't a dryer vent hole in the wall in the wrong place the hole location necessary isn't on top of a stud or has other locating issues
Even then, assuming you get the hole correctly located, I can imagine lining it up will be a challenge, at least in some locations. If you have access to the vent area from the side to align it, then it should be easy. If it's sliding back against a wall and you don't have good access to the side, well that's another story.
I also agree with those that have said the energy saving claims are BS. To function correctly a dryer needs to move a certain amount of air. It's not at all clear to me that moving more air is going to reduce energy usage. If you move more air, but the air is at a lower temperature, does that really get you anywhere? And a short length of flex behind a dryer is close to the idea situation the dryer is designed to work with. There are dryers that work fine being vented 15 feet away through vent pipe with all kinds of turns, etc.
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On 12/16/2010 6:22 PM, mcp6453 wrote:

I've got a 90 Deg elbow coming up behind the dryer. It lines up with the dryer vent and essentially works the same as the vent in your message. I have to wiggle the dryer into place but because of the elbow, there is about 6 or 8" between the dryer and the wall. I can see what is going on when I'm sliding the dryer into place. If the dryer was right up against the wall it would probably be quite a trick to get things lined up perfectly.
As for the video, snake oil.
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