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The Dryer Box - Sunday, November 14, 2004
The interesting thing about doing projects around the house
is that you find out all of the places where the builders
took short cuts. This certainly was the case when I set out
to replace the clothes dryer hook-ups in our laundry room.
It started out as a simple idea. Because of the inconvenient
location of the vent, gas, and electric hook-ups, the clothes
dryer had to be placed about 8 inches from the wall. My goal
was to add a drywall insert called a Dryer Box, which would
allow me to push the dryer all the way against the wall. In
addition, I also wanted to move the electrical outlet, and
(possibly) the gas line.
My first goal was to remove the existing outlet box, and
install a wall-mounted one. Because I had access to all of
the wiring from underneath, in the basement, this was pretty
straight forward. At this time I decided to leave the gas
line alone as it only stuck out about 2 inches from the wall
(not to mention I didn't want to do it myself.)
I was now read to install the Dryer Box itself. It was at
this time that I wondered, how did they get a 4 inch duct
in the wall where the studs were only 3 1/2 inches wide? If
you look closely at the above picture you can see from the
pattern in the vinyl that wall bows out slightly just underneath
the duct vent. That figures. At least the extra 1/4 inch from
the metal strips, plus the drywall itself would give me the
4 1/4 inches that I'd need in order to get the Dryer Box to
As it turned out luck was on my side that day. When I cut
out the drywall for inserting the Dryer Box, the Duct was
in a perfect position (on the left side) to fit in the aluminum
insert. Not only that, but if you look closely at the image
to the right, you'll notice a black bracket on the left stud.
This was to hold up a PVC pipe about 1/4 inch above the top
of my cut out hole. If that PVC pipe were an inch lower, my
whole project would have to have been scraped.
The other interesting fowl-ups I found at this point, were
the metal strips holding duct in place. Everything I read
about dryer vents said that you should never use screws, or
even duct-tape when assembling your dryer vent. Lint can get
caught on the screws and eventually block the pipe, and duct-tape
doesn't hold up well against the heat. Only foil tape should
be used, the ends should be connected with the male ends pointing
towards the flow of air (again to avoid lint building up at
the connection point).
So, not only am I saving space, but the new duct work should
also be safer. Once I had the Dryer Box in place, I put some
scrap trim that I had left over from the Computer Room project.
The picture to the left shows the finished Dryer Box, as well
as the new outlet in the upper right corner.
As it turns out, the gas line is exactly in the way so that
I still can't easily connect the vent and slide the dryer
up to the wall. I guess my luck can only hold so long. But
I'll save that for another day. For now I can fit the dryer
about 4 inches from the wall.
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