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Gas clothes dryer venting question

EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 7,223
I am selling some property and the "inspector" says the gas vent from the dryer is too close to the is.

I can raise it some but was checking different dryer installation instructions. What I found was they want 12" from grade to the bottom of the dryer vent..........I can't get it that high.

So 1 solution would be to come up through the floor in a corner of the bedroom and then out through the wall. I would then build a chase around it from the floor to the ceiling. That wouldn't be too bad except I will have to cut 6" or so off the Sterling fin tube baseboard.

Can't think of another solution, other than putting the chase outside which would look crappy and be difficult to seal.

Also, my real question I read NFPA #54 and from what I found the dryer vent doesn't require any clearance from wood as far as I can this correct


  • mattmia2mattmia2 Member Posts: 1,729
    Can you get it out a different wall? You can have a fairly long run off of the dryer's built in fan. It will be worse than the current installation, but that isn't your problem and it might meet whatever criteria they want. It probably should actually be 12" above the snow line. Is there a closet you could get it up in if the foundation is that close to grade all around?
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 7,223
    No. No closet I can get to. I guess I can come up through the floor I still have some leftover paint to paint the chase with.

    Never thought about clearances from the dryer vent before. It's bugging me. What do you think?
  • pecmsgpecmsg Member Posts: 1,480
    Install a T outside and run it up enough to get the 12”. Leave the bottom of the T open. 
  • heatheadheathead Member Posts: 108
    This is not going to get you 12 inches but this helps.
    Lambro 289W Dryer Vent Seal
  • GilmorrieGilmorrie Member Posts: 121
    Tell your real estate agent that you decline to accept. Take it or leave it.
  • Larry WeingartenLarry Weingarten Member Posts: 1,879
    Hi @EBEBRATT-Ed , Any chance the vent could be fit inside of the wall? I know it's likely a four inch pipe and a three and a half inch space, but sometimes things flex a bit. :p

    Yours, Larry
  • hot_rodhot_rod Member Posts: 13,737
    would something like this get the required clearence?
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    The magic is in hydronics, and hydronics is in me
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 7,223
    @hot_rod & @heathead TY that may get me close, have to check it out.

    @Larry Weingarten

    Good Idea but no wall space. The outside wall is 6" or 8" block 1" furring strips and plaster. I actually saw a transition duct on line made for that situation if it was a normal wall
  • STEVEusaPASTEVEusaPA Member Posts: 4,362
    Gilmorrie said:

    Tell your real estate agent that you decline to accept. Take it or leave it.

    What kind of answer is this? Ed is the seller, the buyer gets the inspector.
  • ratioratio Member Posts: 2,545
    The buyer wants it to get done. You can say no & they can back out or not, up to them. It may be be issue with an FHA loan.
  • Larry WeingartenLarry Weingarten Member Posts: 1,879
    Hmmm, Might be time to go with a heat pump dryer/washer. No vent needed! :p

    Yours, Larry
  • Hvac_artisanHvac_artisan Member Posts: 18
    If it was a home inspector for a real estate deal those guys are often hacks and in accurate and what they’re saying before you jump through hoops to satisfy the inspection I would recommend declining to make that repair if the customer is considering it necessary as part of your counter offer
  • unclejohnunclejohn Member Posts: 1,617
    Dig out from underneath the vent about a foot each side should do. Your welcome.
  • mattmia2mattmia2 Member Posts: 1,729
    unclejohn said:

    Dig out from underneath the vent about a foot each side should do. Your welcome.

    just get a window well..
  • motoguy128motoguy128 Member Posts: 148
    Tell them house is sold “as-is”. Offer them $500 off the selling price and they can fix it themselves. IF they don’t like your solution then you wasted your money and time.

    The solution above looks promising, but looks a little odd.
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 7,223
    It's in a window well now, that's the problem. I'll figure out something.

    Thanks for the input gives me a few ideas.

    But my other question was what about clearance from the dryer vent to combustable wood.......any issues?
  • heatheadheathead Member Posts: 108
    Look at a break down of the drawing of the vent number I gave you on a google image search.  Same thing as hot rods pic.  Looks like you could add pipe after the elbow to bring it taller.  I think it about $20.00 on  I haven’t used one so I don’t know if you could add pipe.  Only saw one years ago and said that’s A great way  to get out of a jamb.  It looks like it would seal better also.  Good luck.  
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 7,223
    TY i will look into it.
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