Dryer Vent: Window Well Covers...

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by waves2ya, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. waves2ya

    waves2ya Guest

    Greetings gurus...

    I've a dryer I am installing directly in front of a basement window.
    That window has a window well cover (http://www.idealtruevalue.com/
    servlet/the-9069/Detail). I had planned on taking out one of the
    panes of glass in the window and constructing a vent. Of course, this
    vent would exhaust into the well and cover.

    Should I be concerned about condensation and the general integrity of
    this idea...? Would it be better to go through a beam (wood, cedar
    shingles) a construct a dedicated vent (rather than using window)...?

    Many thanks in advance for ideas...
     
    waves2ya, Apr 22, 2007
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  2. waves2ya

    aemeijers Guest

    "waves2ya" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Greetings gurus...
    >
    > I've a dryer I am installing directly in front of a basement window.
    > That window has a window well cover (http://www.idealtruevalue.com/
    > servlet/the-9069/Detail). I had planned on taking out one of the
    > panes of glass in the window and constructing a vent. Of course, this
    > vent would exhaust into the well and cover.
    >
    > Should I be concerned about condensation and the general integrity of
    > this idea...? Would it be better to go through a beam (wood, cedar
    > shingles) a construct a dedicated vent (rather than using window)...?
    >
    > Many thanks in advance for ideas...
    >

    For aesthetics, yes. A vent through a window hole just looks hillbilly,
    IMHO. Will it work with a cover on the window well? Not very well- that is a
    pretty small space, and the air will get saturated quickly, even of the
    window well cover isn't a tight fit. It'll be a mini-rainforest, and things
    will start growing in there. I'd go through the rim joist above the sill
    plate, and put a proper flapper cap on it. If those words are confusing,
    just google 'dryer vent installation', or pick up a DIY book. There are lots
    of pictures out there.

    Mine goes through a window pane, and exits under the 18" tall back deck.
    When and if I get around to reskinning the deck, that will change, not sure
    exactly how yet. Maybe an external snorkel up through the deck, or a
    lift-out panel for access. (You need to be able to get to the outside
    flapper to clean it.)

    aem sends...
     
    aemeijers, Apr 22, 2007
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  3. "waves2ya" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Greetings gurus...
    >
    > I've a dryer I am installing directly in front of a basement window.
    > That window has a window well cover (http://www.idealtruevalue.com/
    > servlet/the-9069/Detail). I had planned on taking out one of the
    > panes of glass in the window and constructing a vent. Of course, this
    > vent would exhaust into the well and cover.
    >
    > Should I be concerned about condensation and the general integrity of
    > this idea...? Would it be better to go through a beam (wood, cedar
    > shingles) a construct a dedicated vent (rather than using window)...?
    >
    > Many thanks in advance for ideas...
    >



    I have seen the dryer vent through the window pane set-up before. It is
    certainly possible to do it that way. However the air from the dryer needs
    to flow outside somehow otherwise the clothes won't dry. Unless you prop
    the window well cover open you will be preventing the dryer from operating
    properly. You can also count on the window well getting covered with lint.
     
    John Grabowski, Apr 22, 2007
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