Dryer vent through cabinet?


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Old 12-21-18, 08:03 PM
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Dryer vent through cabinet?

I have a split home with the washer/dryer on the lower floor. I have a dryer vent coming from the ceiling but would like to add cabinets above the washer/dryer. The challenge is that the dryer vent coming from the ceiling is in the way. Would it be safe and code compliant to cut a hole in one of the cabinets to route the vent through (so no modification to the existing vent)? I understand that I would lose part of a cabinet by doing this but am concerned more from a safety perspective. Thanks.
 
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Old 12-21-18, 09:07 PM
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Split home = split level ?
Usually on the lower floor the vent goes straight out thru the wall.
Is your dryer below ground level ?

You can install your cabinet around the ductwork but always keep in mind that the vent line needs to be routinely cleaned. The ductwork must also be the solid steel or tin type. Absolutely no flex.
 
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Old 12-22-18, 02:50 AM
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to cut a hole in one of the cabinets to route the vent through
Could but another option would be to open up the wall and install so the cabinet would not have to be hacked apart!
 
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Old 12-22-18, 12:13 PM
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Split home = split level ?
Usually on the lower floor the vent goes straight out thru the wall.
Is your dryer below ground level ?
Yes split level and yes the dryer is below ground. The laundry area is in a small hallway closet in the middle of the house. There is a large family room on the other side of the hallway/closet.

Could but another option would be to open up the wall and install so the cabinet would not have to be hacked apart!
I agree. I would prefer this option. There is about a 6 inch vent pipe coming from the ceiling of that closet and its very close to the wall. I think I could remove the drywall and route inside the wall. I just don't have good knowledge on how to properly route that through the wall. Do I just need to route the solid metal ductwork mentioned above and add an elbow at the bottom? Do I need some sort of insulation barrier or heat shield? I have not been able to find a good YouTube video for an in-wall installation. Thanks.
 
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Old 12-27-18, 05:45 AM
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Hi, dryer vents are usually around 4, I would remove the dryer duct close to the ceiling, leaving enough to get into the top of the cabinet get a 4 holesaw ,or what ever size the duct is, drill a hole in top and bottom of cabinet and run the metal duct through and reconnect to the dryer.
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Old 12-27-18, 12:42 PM
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Hi, dryer vents are usually around 4, I would remove the dryer duct close to the ceiling, leaving enough to get into the top of the cabinet get a 4 holesaw ,or what ever size the duct is, drill a hole in top and bottom of cabinet and run the metal duct through and reconnect to the dryer.
Geo
I was exploring the option Marq1 mentioned about routing inside the wall but the wall is not deep enough to fit the duct bringing me back to the original plan of cutting the cabinet as you mention above. Thanks.
 
 

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