Sharon asks…

I need to replace my dryer (electric) vent and not sure what to use; close to gas line and electrical wires?

I’d like to use the safer & more durable hard aluminum but does that get too hot? This line will go directly over a gas line and next to electrical work. Previous homeowner had loosely fitting white plastic dryer vent weaved through wires resting on gas line pipe. They also never covered junction box they installed and everything is covered with lint, including wires inside open junction box. Will the hard aluminum get too hot? How close can this stuff be to each other without burning down house?

Carpet Cleaner Dude answers:

The aluminum venting is fine. If you are not comfortable with it touching the gas pipe, you could put a short piece of pipe insulation over that short section of gas line. Kill the electric supply, clean off the lint with a dry small paintbrush, install a cover on the junction box and get drying!

Charles asks…

replace or repair dryer vent? Who is best person to repair/replace?

have a GE dryer that is causing me some trouble. We’ve noticed in the past few days that the dryer lint is getting into the air and is accumulating also on the vent that goes to the outdoors. I don’t know how the dryer is (it came with the house that we bought about 5 years ago). The vent is also 5 years old and has never been vacuumed or cleared out. I am concerned that it is a fire hazard (and not great to breathe). I tried disconnecting the vent from the dryer but the person who installed this really jammed the vent into the dryer (and I didnt see any clamps).

I guess my question is: what would happen if I really pulled the vent out hard – will I do damage?

If I decide to hire someone to fix this, what is the best serviceperson to do so (a HVAC contractor, an air duct cleaning professional, a plumber, a handyman, etc). And what should I expect them to do beyond cleaning the vent out (ie. should it be replaced, etc.).

I appeciate any word of wisdom – I’m on a budget and have a new baby at home :)

Carpet Cleaner Dude answers:

A handy man can do this ,
but the heating guy ,would be better, he can clean it all out
and make sure it free,from lint .
I would suggest you get a service plan in place
maybe every 6ths he cleans it out ,and make sure it working right

Richard asks…

Why can’t I get over this girl? How do I move on?

I broke up with this chick TWICE and I still can’t really get over her. I broke up with her for several reasons:

First was the fact that she lived 180 miles from me so it seemed hard for us to see each other.

I think mainly she was kind of hard to talk to…..you know, quiet. I am quiet too so it seemed like we never talked about anything. I was out of town working and wanted to talk to somebody. I call her up and she wants to get off the phone in like 10 minutes. We barely ever had phone conversations…..all just text.

I just felt lonely with her.

ALSO- she was still close to her ex. Close as in her family and his family have holiday dinners together.

When she was visiting me, her dad and her ex husband put in a new floor in her bathroom and the ex was calling her saying he was going to install a dryer vent…blah blah….lol I was like, “where do I fit into all of this? You don’t need a boyfriend when you have this guy constantly around.”

So I bailed but still (I know I shouldn’t) talk to her on facebook regularly. She is just so beautiful….I am really having a rough time trying to move on from her…..but I know I should.

Carpet Cleaner Dude answers:

You know, i sometimes feel like im in that situation but the other way around. Im with my ex again, and i dont know why he’s so into me. Like i do have a great personality i think, but i havent really showed it to him because im too nervous. I think its just the “beauty” that hes enticed with. I dont know how that can keep someone sticking around for so long. Maybe you should tell her to open up and talk to you, you need to see her for who she really is. Tell her that you feel lonely and when you talk to her on the phone you dont get the comfort you wish you could get from her and her ex hanging around all the time bothers you. If nothing changes, get a new gf, one whose not afraid of her voice

William asks…

Installing a vent/ chimney for a wood stove?

I can’t find the answer to this one. I am thinking about putting in a wood stove. And I am trying to learn how to install a vent/ chimney for it.

Does it have to be a specific material?

Or does it have to be custom sized to your stove or is it one size fits all?

I live in KCMO do I have to build the vent/chimney above my roof I am planning on running out from my basement maybe a window or something like a dryer vent because I don’t think I can run it up my fireplace chimney since the stove will be in the basement.

What is a flu pipe? And how does it differ from the rest of the vent/ chimney?

Any other info would be helpful.

Carpet Cleaner Dude answers:

You’ll have to meet your local building codes. You can contact your local building inspector for those, or, the business you buy the stove from should be knowledgeable about them. Usually, the exhaust is part of the installation by the business.

In some places you can still use double wall stove pipe. If you use anything other than stainless steel, you should expect to need to replace it every few years. There are minimal clearances you have to observe, and yes, it needs to run all the way to the roof. It cannot end below/near a window, air conditioner, etc. You will probably also need to provide a fresh air intake to the stove.
For a stove to work properly, it needs to have a certain amount of ‘draw’ through the system – which means the chimney, or exhaust, needs to be of a certain size to match the stove and fresh air intake, so air is properly drawn up from the fresh air intake, through the stove, and out the exhaust stack. You can affect the draw by altering any of a number of factors. Again, the stove dealership should be able to handle all of this for you. You may also be required to have a permit to install the stove and exhaust, and have it inspected.

I’d recommend you do some window shopping and ask questions of your local dealers.

Have Fun

Betty asks…

Should I install a washer and dryer on the second floor of my townhouse?

I’m moving into an old two-story townhouse with no washer and dryer hookups anywhere. We can’t install them in the basement because the ceilings are low and the stairs are too steep to be going up and down with piles of laundry. We could probably put them in the kitchen if we had to, but I don’t like the idea of that, even if they’re hidden. So I was thinking of converting a very large linen closet in the upstairs main bath to a laundry nook. It’s right next to a sink and opposite the bath, so I imagine the water pipes could be connected somehow, and of course there is electricity in there. Is installing washer and dryer hookups on the second floor a really big deal? Should I just suck it up and install them on the main floor or in the basement? If you do this kind of work or have had it done, how much can I expect to pay? I know this varies a lot, so maybe just an idea of the cost of parts and estimate of hours of labor needed for a job like that.

I also have some kind of stupid questions.

1. How do I decide if I need gas or electric? The house has both, as in I have a gas range in the kitchen on the main level, and I think the radiators (on main level and second floor) are gas as well.

2. If the washer and dryer are going to be stacked on top of one another, do I have to buy the combination or can I just have both the washer and dryer be front-loading and stack them?

3. What are some things I need to know if I’m deciding between vented and ventless? Are ventless dryers higher maintenance? Do they take longer or use more energy? The washer and dryer will be about six feet away from the nearest exterior wall.

I’m not sure what other information is relevant, so if I left out something important just ask and I’ll update my question. Thanks.

Carpet Cleaner Dude answers:

Laundry machines on the second floor are easy to install but can be problematic. They usually cause the whole floor to shake during a spin cycle. This can be mitigated by strengthening the floor with concrete backerboard (properly fastened and adhered to the subfloor!), but this only reduces the vibration transmitted rather than eliminating it.

If you need to run new lines to install the machines, a new electrical circuit is simpler to run than a new gas line.

Stackable machines are sold as such. Floor-standing models can’t usually be stacked.

Ventless dryers are often more maintenance-heavy and dry more slowly since they have to filter the lint completely rather than expel it. It’s too easy to run a vent if the laundry room is on the top floor or against an outside wall, so go with that. If it isn’t, then ventless is really your only practical choice.

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