So, the most likely culprit is that I have a clogged vent. The vent
is run under the house, about 10 feet to the outside wall. What is
the best way to clean the part from under the floor to the wall?
- Take it out and clean it
- Replace it
I can get in the crawl space and get to it...
Can you get a 2" shop vac hose down there, maybe with an extension
from another shop vac hose? Hook the hose to the Blow side, not the
Suck side and use it as a ramming rod. Once it punches through the
obstruction, it should blow all the crap out the other end.
If you're going to use a shop-vac, no need to use an extension because
there's no need to go into the crawl space. Go where the dryer is
hook it up there.
I think I would not count on blowing through. Don't most dryer vent
hoses have a narrower part at the end? And even if it doesn't, the
dryer has been blowing.
I'd suck first, with my hands around the hose etc.
-- If you're going to use a shop-vac, no need to use an extension
-- there's no need to go into the crawl space. Go where the dryer is
-- hook it up there.
The OP said "The vent is run under the house, about 10 feet to the
To which I said: Can you get a 2" shop vac hose down there, maybe with
an extension from another shop vac hose?
I'm talking about a extension on the vac hose, not the power cord.
The hose on my shop is barely 10' long with both straight tubes
attached to the flexible section. Considering the hose has to be
attached to the vac, and considering the straight pieces probably
can't be pushed into the vent, I'm guessing he'll need an extension if
he wants to blow (or suck) out the entire length of the vent from one
That's what I thought you meant, but I thougbht you meant that so you
could leave the vacuum outside and only take the end of the hose to
some place in the crawl space.
I was concentrating on "under the house" and you were concentrating on
"10 feet" in the same sentence.
OK. What I meant by holding my hands [cupped] around the ducte was to
seal the ducte so that I only had to put the hose a couple inches into
Elther plan might work. Maybe Jim will let us know what happens,
although I understand how these things drag on for months.
On Fri, 06 Jul 2007 20:01:05 +0000, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
He's asking how to clean it. My girlfriend has had an underfloor run for
10 years and I clean it once a year. She does 3 loads a day (3 kids). And
usually when there is an under floor run there wasn't an option to
relocate in the first place as in my girlfriend's case.
I used a long stick with a rag stapled,
nailed, screwed to the end. This worked
because I have a very straight run and
was able to push it in from the outside.
If that's not the case, you could push a
wire through and then attach a towel
to the wire and pull it through.
Yep, it was a combination of a shitty run (several curves that were
not needed), and about 10 extra feet of hose that the dumbass that put
it in didn't trim.
I fixed that, replaced an 8 ft section, and we're good.
It's where it's going to stay, I'll just keep in mind that I might
have to clean it every year or three. The dog enjoyed the adventure
in the crawl space anyway, and it only took an hour or so.
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