My wife and I are planning a remodel of our laundry room. Currently,
the refrigerator is placed in a doorway between the kitchen and laundry
room (previous owners - don't ask me). The dryer sits behind the
refrigerator against the outside wall, with the vent directly behind
that. Due to some exposed plumbing from an earlier remodel, we plan to
move the wall with the doorway in it (and ditch the doorway) by 6". We
also want to move the dryer so that it can sit next to the washer
instead of the awkward arrangement it's in currently. (ie: It will sit
where the refrigerator is currently - sans the doorway)
Now for the real question. Our house has new vinyl siding on it. Moving
the dryer vent on the outside of the house seems like it would be
fairly expensive due to the patching that would need to be done
(correct me if I'm wrong) so we want to use the existing vent on the
outside. Is there any way to route the vent through the wall to sit
next to the new dryer location? We want to avoid a metal vent running
along the wall if at all possible, since that negates a fair part of
why we're doing the remodel in the first place. Does anybody have a
However, I can give you one bit of good news. If you have new siding,
that is a plus. Because to close the old hole and replace vinyl siding
over it really isn't that difficult or expensive. Most important is
getting some siding material that is an exact match. If it's new,
that should be easy. In the case of older siding, if the patch area
is highly visible, you can remove a piece of siding from a location
that is hidden by bushes, etc, and use that for the repair. Then you
replace the taken material with the new, where the match isn't as
First choice would of course be to just use dryer hose to the existing
vent. But if that isn't practical, closing off the hole and taking
care of the vinyl siding is not a big deal. The siding portion of the
work is maybe a couple hours.
Sorry for the poor description. The back wall to the current laundry
room is approx (I'm at work and don't have the measurements with me)
10' across. The dryer currently sits in the middle of that exterior
wall, with the vent directly behind it. We want to turn the dryer and
move it against the left wall in the room, but we really don't want a
6' easily visible dryer hose running along that wall. I can put up some
sketchup files of the existing room and what we want it to look like.
We may run into a problem with moving the dryer vent on the outside,
since that may place it too close to our deck.
You don't have a lot of choices. You want to keep the run as straight as
possible, You may be able to run the vent along the floor, less visible.
You may be able to go into the wall, up and over, but that is fraught with
potential problems in installation and maintenance. You want to be able to
get to the vent pipe at some point, be it a month or ten years from now.
I'd start thinking about decorative soffits to hide hte vent and be able to
have it removable or at least accessible if you ever have to replace the
the flipper cap. Nobody will notice or care. You can alway put a bush or
larger potted plant in front of it. Like the other guy said, changing out
that stick of siding isn't a big deal, if it bugs you and you can get
matching material. I've even seen it faked with the aluminum tape used for
quick'n'dirty auto body repair, and paint to match. (Probably wouldn't work
on textured siding.)
what is above or below it? can you go into the attic or basement,
across to the wall, then down (or up) to the existing vent inside the
wall? you can get smooth metal ducts that fit inside a stud cavity. you
may have to put in a power vent assist if it's too far or too many
bends. rtfm for your dryer; it should state how far and how many bends
it can push through.
The house is a single-level with a crawl space. I also have access to
the attic. We'll be tearing out the drywall on that outside wall
anyway, so rerouting the duct wouldn't be a problem. My main concern
there would be that it would require 4 90 degree bends (down to
crawlspace, over to wall, up into wall, outside). It may be best just
to move the vent... I'll check at home.
Not creative solution but an easy cheap one.
Take off the necessary piece(s) of vynil siding.
(It is even easier than shown after you do it once)
Cut your new hole for the dryer vent avoiding studs, HVAC ducts,
wiring, plumbing or anything else inside the wall.
Patch the hole in the exterior plywood and on the inside like this or
(I would just caulk around the patch on the outside and repair any
Pop in and nail you new piece(s) of siding and nail.
A hole saw for the new hole would make it easier but isn't necessary.
Job would take a carpenter/handyman about two hours if he took a break.
Don't worry about the vent being too close to the deck you can get
dryer vents that can be angled so they shoot away from the deck.
I had considered that. The problem there is that the breaker box is to
the left of the dryer. Moving the washer to the other side would
require adding a drain and running water lines. I think that it will be
much easier to just move the dryer vent.
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