Can I make my dryer's vent line better looking?

mystikyJune 13, 2013

As you can see by this photo, our basement is getting completely redone. I am trying to figure out if there is a better (smarter and/or better looking) job with my gas dryer's exhaust line from the inside of my basement?

It's a standard 4" elbow, and the outside of the new frame ends up being 6 inches from the wall + the 5/8 sheetrock.

Are there any suggestions as to what I can do, so I can somehow improve visually how this all looks? I have plenty of space for my washer and dryer depth-wise. so space behind the units is not an issue.

Much appreciate all input, as always.

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georgect

You can cut (with a hack saw for tin) flush against the wall (exiting out of the basement).
Then with rigid metal ducting (with an end that is slightly tapered) extend from the newly cut flush with the wall out straight past where the new drywall will be.
Attach a 90 degree angle in the downward position and connect the flexible metal duct to the 90 degree angle.

I hope that makes sense.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 3:46PM
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studio460

If you have a 6" inside-dimension clearance between the exterior wall and your sheetrock, you have more options than most:

1. Use 4" round rigid-steel ducting.
2. Use flat rigid-steel ducting (more difficult to find).
3. Use flat rigid-steel "periscope" ducting.
4. Use a dryer duct exit panel.

Whichever you choose, don't bury flexible ducting in the wall--you need to use rigid-steel ducting for in-wall installations.

Here's links to all except the flat rigid-steel ducting:

Standard 4" round rigid ducting:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Speedi-Products-4-in-x-60-in-Aluminum-Rigid-Pipe-26-Gauge-EX-26AP-460/202907098#.Ubp0aee1FQg

"Periscope" ducting:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Whirlpool-29-77-in-In-the-Wall-Dryer-Vent-Periscope-4392892/202647858#.Ubp0F-e1FQg

"DryerBox" exit panel:
http://www.dryerbox.com/index-confirmed.htm

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 9:47PM
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mystiky

Thanks very, very much for the suggestions!

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 2:39PM
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