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Public Service Announcement - clean out your dryer's lint trap
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 27, 2016 02:54PM
After 9.5+ years in this house with a new dryer, I went in and completely emptied the air out line where the lint trap operates.

In my defense, I had gotten in with a basic tool and vacuum in the past. This time, I use a screwdriver and opened up everything for a good lint-ectomy.

Cannot describe the variety of things I found!

Dryer now runs MUCH better.

The reason for this as a Public Service Announcement - as my wonderful wife reminded me, it also means we are less likely to have our dryer set our house on fire (which DID happen, many years ago - some other time for that story!).



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/27/2016 02:55PM by sekker.
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Re: Public Service Announcement - clean out your dryer's lint trap
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: November 27, 2016 03:11PM
Yes, are you referring to the exterior vent outlet? Then, heck yeah, that does need to be cleaned, otherwise it just continues to work its way back to the lint trap inside the house.



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Re: Public Service Announcement - clean out your dryer's lint trap
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 27, 2016 03:46PM
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mrbigstuff
Yes, are you referring to the exterior vent outlet? Then, heck yeah, that does need to be cleaned, otherwise it just continues to work its way back to the lint trap inside the house.

No, I do that 3-4 times a year.

I cleaned out between the easy to access lint screen (that which you clean out each time) and the outflow to the exterior vent outlet.

Just an amazing amount of stuff in my dryer...
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Re: Public Service Announcement - clean out your dryer's lint trap
Posted by: decay
Date: November 27, 2016 04:20PM
anyone try a leaf blower?



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Re: Public Service Announcement - clean out your dryer's lint trap
Posted by: Numo
Date: November 27, 2016 04:36PM
It's a good idea to make it part of the routine to always clean the lint trap before drying a load. But the duct to the outside needs periodic cleaning, too. For some reason, the vent flap on our outside wall tends to get gummed up.
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Re: Public Service Announcement - clean out your dryer's lint trap
Posted by: modelamac
Date: November 27, 2016 04:36PM
decay,

That is a good idea, as long as you use duct tape and a sturdy garbage bag to connect it to the exhaust duct.



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Re: Public Service Announcement - clean out your dryer's lint trap
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 27, 2016 04:53PM
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decay
anyone try a leaf blower?
I use a shop vacuum. Pretty much a leaf blower in reverse. It won't get all the lint from the walls, so a long handled brush works well
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Re: Public Service Announcement - clean out your dryer's lint trap
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 27, 2016 05:28PM
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cbelt3
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decay
anyone try a leaf blower?
I use a shop vacuum. Pretty much a leaf blower in reverse. It won't get all the lint from the walls, so a long handled brush works well

I used a shop vac and went from inside the dryer.
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Re: Public Service Announcement - clean out your dryer's lint trap
Posted by: billb
Date: November 27, 2016 06:10PM
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decay
anyone try a leaf blower?
On the hose going outside

just sticking the blower nozzle into the filter trap in the dryer might be a little messy, especially if you blow the hose off to outside - some of them aren't held on by very much.



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Re: Public Service Announcement - clean out your dryer's lint trap
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 27, 2016 09:25PM
....same goes for belly button lint......!!!!



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Re: Public Service Announcement - clean out your dryer's lint trap
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: November 28, 2016 08:47AM
I sweep it out with one of these on my drill with the shopvac blowing

Great $30 investment

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Re: Public Service Announcement - clean out your dryer's lint trap
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 28, 2016 08:55AM
.....what about the Parent Trap [ either versions ]......???



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Re: Public Service Announcement - clean out your dryer's lint trap
Posted by: Fritz
Date: November 28, 2016 11:04AM
I used one of these a few months back after letting it go too long.
Kind of like Ombligo's.

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Fast and easy. Wife immediately noticed better efficiency.

I have it as an annual in my calendar.

And this thing bi-monthly in the baths.

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Re: Public Service Announcement - clean out your dryer's lint trap
Posted by: billb
Date: November 28, 2016 11:18AM




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Re: Public Service Announcement - clean out your dryer's lint trap
Posted by: Acer
Date: November 28, 2016 03:10PM
I tie a rag to a rope and pull it through the sections. $0. Might not work as easily in all configurations as it does in mine. I did buy a long, narrow brush for probing the nether regions of the drier itself. I warm my hands first.
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Re: Public Service Announcement - clean out your dryer's lint trap
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 28, 2016 08:29PM
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Acer
I tie a rag to a rope and pull it through the sections. $0. Might not work as easily in all configurations as it does in mine. I did buy a long, narrow brush for probing the nether regions of the drier itself. I warm my hands first.

TMI!
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