Relocating a Dryer Vent

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Posted by: from Newmarket
2/15/2014 at 9:55:40 PM

I have a customer with a laundry room in the basement at the front of the house. The existing dryer vent travels the length of the basement and vents outside at the back of the house (about 30 feet).

Relocating the laundry room to the back of the basement is impractical so it makes sense to pop a new hole out the front of the house. However, the customer believes that any such venting has to be more than 3 feet from any opening (in this case, the front door).

Can anyone clarify what the rules are with respect to dryer venting (just in case it is not possible to get a vent 3 feet from the door)?

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Mark from CMJ Renovations in Oakville
Date/Time2/17/2014 at 7:37:25 PM

Thats a new rule to me. I believe what your customer may be referring to is a gas meter must be more that a meter away from any opening to the house, window or door. If a dryer vent was a hazard you need to have sealed pipes instead of the plastic vents they sell at the Depot.

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Date/Time2/17/2014 at 7:45:10 PM

Thanks Mark. I was sure she was confused with furnace exhaust venting but thought it best to ask!

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Date/Time2/18/2014 at 8:35:25 PM

Hi Brett,

I believe you have the answer from the first post.

But no, there is nothing preventing you from placing a dryer vent in any location other than by the gas meter.

Hope this helps.

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Date/Time2/21/2014 at 6:48:17 PM

A dryer vent won't apply it is hot air and lint...a furnace exhaust is a no, no. Front vents are ugly, use a bulkhead and run it out sidewall rim joist.

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