I was asked yesterday to replace a dryer duct. A previous owner had
installed some three-inch PVC than ran from the sill plate through the
wall and the roof. Aggie engineering at its finest! The house has been
sold, and replacing this "duct" was a contingency of the sale.
I had been led to believe, by the real estate agent, that the only part
that needed to be replaced was a section in the attic. When I found that
the entire length needed to be replaced, including the part in the wall, I
declined the job and referred the homeowner to a large appliance service
company in town.
I don't have time in my schedule right now for a job this big with only a
few days before closing; I couldn't tell if the pipe was strapped to the
studs; and I didn't want to get half-way done and say to myself, "I wonder
what to do next?" For all I know, I'd have to remove cabinets and
wallboard. In addition, the roof penetration was too small for a
regulation duct, and I stay away from roof work.
Anyway, I'm speculating about how I would have done this. I suppose I
would have cut up the PVC with a reciprocating saw and hauled the pieces
up into the attic. Can rigid duct be pushed down into a wall?
New Life Home Improvement
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