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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wednesday Weekly Stock: Dryer Ducting

Every week at W.L. may we have several items we feature as good parts to consider adding to your stock. These parts also have special pricing available. For pricing details, ask your account representative for more information. This week we vent a little about dryer ducting.
A dryer works by evaporation. Warm air moving past and through tumbling clothing picks up moisture in the fabric. After passing through a lint screen, that air is then vented out of the rear of the dryer. Many times an older installation may have used foil type flexible ducting (in either vinyl or foil). Manufacturers now say that flexible ducting is a fire hazard. Hard piped ducting is now the recommended way of venting a dryer.

If you are installing a dryer using hard pipe, you may find that you need to turn a corner with the pipe. That is where our first featured part this week comes into play. Part number E4E is a 90 degree elbow of 4" duct piping. This is a very popular item we get requests for daily.

Of course, older installations (and some older installers) still use flex ducting. With flex ducting comes a need for clamps to secure the duct hose. The least expensive way of doing that is by using a pinch-type clamp. For those who want a more secure connection, a slightly more expensive option are screw-worm clamps. This week we feature 4" worm hose clamps. Their part number is MC4ZW.

The purpose of the ducting is to let that moist air out of the home or laundry room to the outdoors in a controlled manner. What happens when there is no duct pipe? In those instances, the best solution (short of installing an outlet duct pipe) is by using a "vent bucket" This week we a re featuring one with the part number TDIDVKZW. How it works is the bucket gets filled part way with water and attaches to the end of a vent hose. As the moist air flows out, it passes the water in the bucket which works to help absorb excess moisture, and through wicking action, also captures lint that might have gotten past the lint screen. 
If you do have a vent leading to the outside of the house, and you are using an electric dryer, you can reclaim a little bit of the heat that is drying your clothes. Part CHK100ZW is a Heat Keeper Kit. It fits in line with your duct hosing and deflects some of the heated air back into the room it is installed in. 

Another laundry room problem that involves ducting is when there is a lack of space behind the dryer to accommodate a duct hose or pipe. To address that problem there is a space saver duct piece. Part number UD48 allows ducting if the drying is only three inches from the wall. It has a 90 outlet on both ends and is extendable from 28-45 inches long.

In circumstances where space is so tight that two 90 degree elbows on the space saver ducting still use more space than you have, then maybe the UD48S will do the trick for you. It has a 90 degree outlet on one end, while the other side has a straight outlet.

Also featured this week are vent grills and cages that Kelly talked about in yesterdays post. For any of your dryer vent needs call W.L. May and put our parts experts to work for you.

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