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Topic # 85836 26-Jun-2011 12:53 Send private message

For ducting a dryer back to back with a wall - is it the sort of thing you *really* should get someone in for - or is it just a case of cutting through the gib + cladding and putting the plastic kit covers on each side before sticking the duct through?

I am probably a 3/10 in terms of DIY competency (though I do build my own PCs)




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  Reply # 486030 26-Jun-2011 13:21 Send private message

Cut through the gib, then pull out any insulation in the way, cut through the cladding and you are done :)

No need to involve builders/contractors unless you think you'll mess it up

If you are screwing the outside duct vent into plasterboard, maybe get some better screws for it, because the screws which come with those kits will just fail if you have to remove it once




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  Reply # 486034 26-Jun-2011 13:27 Send private message

The outside cladding is 'shadowclad' - sort of a plywood thing.

What are the chances of a modern house having electrical wiring or gas pipes that low down on a wall - about a meter away from a door? This will be in a garage so there should be no insulation.




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  Reply # 486051 26-Jun-2011 13:45 Send private message

Usually you can get a good hint by way of plumbing or power points on the wall in line with where you want to cut.




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  Reply # 486057 26-Jun-2011 14:13 Send private message

If you are worried about cutting something vital then just cut a smaller hole in the gib than you will finally require. If you set your knife to 10mm when you cut initially then you should only go through the gib. Then see what's behind it. You can patch the hole (which will be hidden by the dryer anyway) if you do find something that prevents you from putting the hole there. Just remember there are also galvanised steel braces set on an angle in some walls. They need to remain intact to ensure the structural integrity of your house.




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  Reply # 486062 26-Jun-2011 14:25 Send private message

If you're only 3/10 then get someone in. You need to mount it on a stud, and seal the outside so it's watertight. It's an easy job for a competent handyman, perhaps get someone off builderscrack.co.nz (odd job and building auction site).




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  Reply # 486070 26-Jun-2011 14:43 Send private message

timmmay: If you're only 3/10 then get someone in. You need to mount it on a stud, and seal the outside so it's watertight. It's an easy job for a competent handyman, perhaps get someone off builderscrack.co.nz (odd job and building auction site).


I assumed it was sitting on the floor.  If it is, and the vent is low on the outside wall it will need to be well weatherproofed or you will be asking for trouble as you won't get much protection from the eaves.




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  Reply # 486072 26-Jun-2011 14:45 Send private message

Dingbatt:
timmmay: If you're only 3/10 then get someone in. You need to mount it on a stud, and seal the outside so it's watertight. It's an easy job for a competent handyman, perhaps get someone off builderscrack.co.nz (odd job and building auction site).


I assumed it was sitting on the floor.  If it is, and the vent is low on the outside wall it will need to be well weatherproofed or you will be asking for trouble as you won't get much protection from the eaves.


Yeah it will be sitting on the ground. I have some silicone gel and an applicator gun (the type you slot the long cylindrical gel tube into) which I figured I could squirt around the outside of the external part of the vent




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  Reply # 486077 26-Jun-2011 14:57 Send private message

timmmay: If you're only 3/10 then get someone in. You need to mount it on a stud, and seal the outside so it's watertight. It's an easy job for a competent handyman, perhaps get someone off builderscrack.co.nz (odd job and building auction site).


Yeah that is a fair point - I might have a close look at the area and like someone else has suggested maybe make a small, fixable hole to see what it looks like inside.

If there appears to be anything complicated I'll get someone in.

Edit:
Additionally the quality of online guides I've found is pretty low:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUxwySSMRzE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1LGpTu0mkU

http://construction.job.org.nz/do-you-need-to-know-about-installing-indoor-dryer-vent-read-here.html

I guess there are Insurance implications as well. If I did a crap job and water got in and damaged something I suspect my insurer wouldn't be jumping for joy. Might give them a quick call tomorrow first.






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  Reply # 486230 26-Jun-2011 22:11 Send private message

casewindow:
I guess there are Insurance implications as well. If I did a crap job and water got in and damaged something I suspect my insurer wouldn't be jumping for joy. Might give them a quick call tomorrow first.


Might be you not leaping for joy Smile as these days water damage from building faults is often excluded or else wrapped in limiting terms in insurance policies.

In addition to the other suggestions, on the off chance you have to get an electrician in to get power to the drier he might install the duct for you?? 

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