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Forum topic by boston_guy posted 01-17-2015 06:59 PM 728 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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boston_guy

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01-17-2015 06:59 PM

As some of you may know from another thread of mine, I have a very small condo (around 500 square feet).

I have installed a washer and dryer in my kitchen (next to the sink cabinet). This was the only space I had available. It means that the dryer vent has to go through the kitchen wall, come out into the bathroom, then go into another wall, and on the other side of this last wall is my rooftop deck. In other words, my dryer vents onto my rooftop deck.

What I’m now trying to do is figure out what I can build around this vent to conceal it. But if I’m not mistaken, I must be able to have access to this vent, so that whatever I build does not permanently close my access to the vent.

Maybe I can build some kind of a shelf?

Just thinking out loud and hoping for any kind feedback out there.

Below are two photos to help you see what I’m trying to do.

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MrUnix

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#1 posted 01-17-2015 07:12 PM

What I’m now trying to do is figure out what I can build around this vent to conceal it. But if I’m not mistaken, I must be able to have access to this vent, so that whatever I build does not permanently close my access to the vent.

Since you are using rigid metal ducting, I’m not sure you would ever need to access the line, just make sure you can access either end if a cleanout is required. I have a condo with the washer/dryer located towards the middle of the unit, and the line runs through the wall a good 50 feet to the outside rear of the building. No way to access the line unless you want to pull or cut the drywall.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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ElChe

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#2 posted 01-17-2015 08:22 PM

Build an L shaped shelf and French cleat it to the wall. If you need to access the vent then the L shaped shelf lifts off the French cleat. And you can put Hummel figurines on the shelf making your grandma proud. Or beer steins. :)

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#3 posted 01-20-2015 06:26 PM

ElChe,

Thank you very much for your post (and thank also to MrUnix, I’m still trying to figure out whether I need access to vent line).

Regarding ElChe’s suggestion, I actually had to google French cleat for I had no clue what this was. Very interesting. I also googled L shaped shelves.

While I was doing this googling, I also get a suggestion from someone else that I could use a box shelf and have the inside of the box covering the vent.

When you brought up the French cleat, were you saying that I could attach the cleats to the back of the L shaped shelf and the wall?

Now I have to decide which would look better: box shelf or L shaped shelf?

The other question is whether to have a carpenter make the shelves or whether there’s a good place where I could buy or order them online?

At least now I have something to work with. Your suggestion was very helpful. Thanks!


Build an L shaped shelf and French cleat it to the wall. If you need to access the vent then the L shaped shelf lifts off the French cleat. And you can put Hummel figurines on the shelf making your grandma proud. Or beer steins. :)

- ElChe


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