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Mr Matt

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reply to MIA_LEAK

Re: Mystery Leak

Before you add a dryer vent through the side wall of the garage, check and see if your home is on a zero lot line lot and the garage wall is on the property line. Is there any windows on the side of the house where the garage wall is? Usually a home on a zero lot line development does not have windows on the side of the house that is on the property line. If the garage wall is on the lot line then going on the property adjacent to the garage to install or clean the vent would be trespassing.



MIA_LEAK

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Oh dear. I haven't considered this, and yes it is a zero lot line.

I guess I will ask my neighbor's permission.


Mr Matt

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I would check you homeowners association documents for any restrictions regarding wall penetrations along the property line. In some cases that information is spelled out, when the association is responsible for painting the exterior of the homes. There is a possibility that when the adjacent homeowner attempts to sell their home the vent would be considered an encroachment. If you can vent the dryer though the garage wall I would be very concerned that the humidity from the bathroom vents will still collect in the attic and cause rot. I owned a house where the dryer and master bath exhaust fan shared a common vent. There was no problem because the vent penetrated the roof and all condensation was exhausted outside.

Option B is to insulate the dryer vent and have a competent tradesman install proper vent stack through the roof. You are going to have to do something about the condensation from the bathroom exhaust fans collecting in the attic.



MIA_LEAK

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I have engaged my neighbor and the president of the HOA regarding the possible encroachment. Thanks for the heads up.



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reply to Mr Matt

I wonder, do electric dryers have to terminate outside? Why can't I simply exhaust it a couple feet into a recepticle?

Would this be a code violation?

I seriously do not want to exhaust it into my neighbor's lawn, even if they are ok with it...


zippoboy7

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You could also look at something like this for the dryer »www.amazon.com/Dundas-Jafine-TDI···00DZFTC6 or this »www.amazon.com/Ace-Dryer-Lint-Tr···00RLE5X0 if you cant vent it to the outside. Since the dryer is electric and in your garage you don't need to worry about CO discharge so the only thing that would come out is the humidity and chances are the garage is not air tight or insulated anyway so the humidity should not be a huge issue.



MIA_LEAK

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This looks like a great solution for me. Thanks!



Ken
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reply to zippoboy7

said by zippoboy7:

You could also look at something like this for the dryer »www.amazon.com/Dundas-Jafine-TDI···00DZFTC6 or this »www.amazon.com/Ace-Dryer-Lint-Tr···00RLE5X0 if you cant vent it to the outside. Since the dryer is electric and in your garage you don't need to worry about CO discharge so the only thing that would come out is the humidity and chances are the garage is not air tight or insulated anyway so the humidity should not be a huge issue.

FYI those devices and any devices like them are illegal. Code specifically requires dryer vents to exhaust to the outside. It doesn't matter if they are gas or electric dryers, they must exhaust outside. The only exception is if the dryer is a ductless dryer (which I have never seen) which apparently comes from the factory without an exhaust pipe.

The code is IRC 1501.1 if anyone wants to look it up.


MIA_LEAK

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Ken - even if the dryer is in the garage? The area that its in is already humid...



MIA_LEAK

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reply to Ken

I think what Ill end up getting is the indoor lint kit as a temporary solution.

I still need to research if venting outside to my neighbor's yard is plausible.


Mr Matt

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If you can get permission to vent through the garage wall, to suffer minimum heartburn, I would recommend placing a 90 degree elbow at the back of the dryer and then run the vent vertically as close to the ceiling as possible, then run the vent line horizontally to the through the wall vent. The higher you install the vent the less like you will be to have problems with someone screwing around with the vent. High enough so no one can reach it without a ladder. You might have to make the wall penetration a couple of inches below the ceiling if tie beams were poured at the top of the garage walls. You might be able to tell by looking in the garage attic.



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reply to MIA_LEAK

I think you will find that it really is temporary. I tried a similar device 20 years ago. You'll end up with dust/lint and moisture for mold/mildew to enjoy all over the space, wherever it is, if indoors. Currently that's your attic. Switching it to the garage is just moving the issue. You'll be much happier in the long run with a correctly implemented outdoor exhaust.

I wouldn't worry about exhausting toward your neighbor as long as it is outside where dirt/dust and moisture are there naturally.
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Ken
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reply to MIA_LEAK

said by MIA_LEAK :

Ken - even if the dryer is in the garage? The area that its in is already humid...

Yes it's very specific it must be outside and the garage is not considered outside.


AVD
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reply to Ken

said by Ken:

The code is IRC 1501.1 if anyone wants to look it up.

AFAIKT IRC 1502.1 is more specific (but what I looked at might be NJ specific.)
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Ken
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I have an old code book so maybe it's under 1502.1 now?



AVD
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said by Ken:

I have an old code book so maybe it's under 1502.1 now?

1501 is generic
1502.1 is for dryer exhaust.
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reply to Ken

said by Ken:

The only exception is if the dryer is a ductless dryer (which I have never seen) which apparently comes from the factory without an exhaust pipe.

Had one of these on the yacht. Actually it was a European designed combined washer/dryer. Worked pretty well.

You DON'T ever want to have to vent a dryer out the side on a yacht considering when we hardened the boat and pointed upwind we'd get the gunwale practically awash in a good wind.