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Exhaust from the clothes dryer

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by mountainexplorer, Feb 7, 2003.

  1. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    How bad/toxic is the exhaust and fumes that come from a clothes dryer. The venting ductwork is leaking and staying too long in the basement with the dryer on seems to give me/other people a headache.
     
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    It depends on whats in your underware. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
  3. ChevyCaGal

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    Or your underwear.... /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Electric?....no

    Gas?....yes, lots of carbon monxide if you are talking about the combustion exhaust. No if you are venting the hot air from the dryer.

    I suppliment the heat from my woodstove by venting my electric dryer into my basement. If you do this, make sure you put another lint screen on the vent if it doesn't have one. Doing this also helps put some humidity back in the house. Heating with wood (or any other radiant type of heat) really dries out the air.
     
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    Oh no /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif Its the spelling police. I'm in trouble now...........
    oh ! no!..... Please ..........Not the Dryer hose.....................Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
     
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    Yup.... [​IMG]
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  7. mountainexplorer

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    It's an electric dryer, but it smells like exhaust..almost like diesel exhaust. I cant figure out why...maybe if it was a load of my laundry /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif (oily clothes and stuff) but not a load of regular clothes.

    Whatever it is, I still have a headache from the fumes. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    check to make sure that you're vent line isn't partelly plugged up.
    if you can take the whole duct out and clean out.
    may acually have a small smoldering fire going on in the duct work.

    dave
     
  9. mountainexplorer

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    The weird thing is, we just re-did all the duct work when we were remodelling the basement. The main problem was there were a couple spots where we couldnt really seal connections where they went through a wall.

    I just dont get the smell though...When I was a kid, me and my friends build a "play house" on the side of the house right where the dryer vent was. Always helped heat our play house and at the same time smelled like clean, fresh laundry.

    This smells like toxic fumes. /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
     
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    maybe it's not you're dryer..
    could it be sewer????
    that is very bad.
    if i remember right you live in cold???
    i also live in the friged cold, couple year's ago my vent pipe frooze up on the roof, sent very bad fumes in the house.
    this is DEADLY....

    dave
     
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    but it smells like exhaust..almost like diesel exhaust.

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    Just for your info your supposed to wash the clothes befor you dry them, not the other way around. /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    eitherway the moisture can give you pnumonia /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif fix it ! hey, wanna go wheelin over here tomorrow? Im goin to Reiter or Evans creek /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif maybe you and white ryno wanna come /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  13. mountainexplorer

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    I dont get time for fun for a while. Tomorrow I have to try and finish up all the trim and move furniture in our basement. Then Sunday I have to run up north in the morning with a friend to get a pickup bed off a truck I have...then I get to come back, move a couch, and then transport a new couch and big screen TV home. Thanks for the invite. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif

    Back on the dryer...it can't be sewer smells...it only happens when we are using the dryer and it comes from the room the vent runs through downstairs.

    I suppose, if I did wash the clothes first...then smells from burning oil shouldnt exist. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    But, it does smell like something burning...definitely not your clean clothes smell.
     
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    We had a dryer that was starting to smell bad during the drying cycle. Tore into it and found a dead hamster in the squirel cage fan.... Are you missing any pets?
     
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    sounds like you have something stucck somewhere or maybe a belt, or bad part underneath. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    Since somebody mentioned bad parts, it reminded me of a problem we had with our old washer; the belt started glazing and burning up whenever it went to spin cycle, the smell was sort of petrol-like, but it was extremely noisy, so I'd guess you might hear it if it were a similar problem.
     

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