How to Install a Tumble Dryer Vent

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It is vital that you vent your dryer. Otherwise, the excess heat buildup and lint could catch fire. A tumble dryer vent mounts to the outside of your home and extends through the wall. A flexible vent hose connects the vent and the dryer together. The hardest part of installing a tumble dryer vent is the process of cutting the hole in the side of the house.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand drill
  • Hole saw bit
  • Skill saw
  • Silicone caulk
  • Dryer vent hose kit
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer drill
  • Masonry drill bit
  • Wall anchors

Wood Homes With Siding

  • Place the round tube of the dryer vent against the wall on the outside of your home and trace a circle around the tube.

  • Inspect the area to ensure that you do not have any power lines or water lines going though the wall where you want to cut. If you are not sure, turn off the power to the home via the breaker panel.

  • Drill a hole though the wall starting from the outside directly through the center of the circle you drew. Use a hand drill and the largest hole saw bit you can locate.

  • Place the blade of a skill saw into the hole you drilled and cut out the larger hole using the circle you traced as your guide.

  • Place a bead of silicone caulk around the backside of the square faceplate on the vent and then slide the tube of the vent through the hole. The caulk will seal the hole off from moisture.

  • Secure the square faceplate to the side of the house with the supplied screws and a screwdriver.

  • Slide the dryer vent hose onto the tube extending though the wall and secure it to the tube by tightening the screw on the hose's band clamp.

  • Secure the other end of the flexible hose to the exhaust port on the back of the dryer by tightening the screw on the hose's band clamp.

Brick Homes

  • Place the tube of the vent against the outside wall and trace it.

  • Drill 1-inch holes around the perimeter of the circle with a hammer drill and a masonry drill bit.

  • Connect the holes with a skill saw equipped with a masonry bit. Take your time; brick is hard and will not cut easily. Keep the blade straight to prevent breaking it.

  • Place the vent into the hole and mark the mounting holes on the wall.

  • Drill out the mounting holes with the hammer drill and a drill bit large enough for the wall anchors.

  • Fill the holes with silicone caulk and press the wall anchors into the holes. Use wall anchors designed for use in brick or block.

  • Place a bead of silicone caulk around the backside of the square faceplate on the vent and then slide the tube of the vent through the hole. The caulk will seal the hole off from moisture.

  • Secure the square faceplate to the side of the house with the supplied screws and a screwdriver.

  • Slide the dryer vent hose onto the tube extending though the wall and secure it to the tube by tightening the screw on the hose's band clamp.

  • Secure the other end of the flexible hose to the exhaust port on the back of the dryer by tightening the screw on the hose's band clamp.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear protective eyewear when using the drill and saw.

References

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