Re-routing ventilation to accomodate stacked washer/dryer?

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Question Re-routing ventilation to accomodate stacked washer/dryer?

Hi all..

I'm in a bit of a dilemma..

I'm doing a bit of upgrading to a condo and one of the things that has to be done is to upgrade the old appliances inside the unit..

Unfortunately, I have run into a snag while replacing the washer & dryer..

I bought a stacked washer & dryer to replace the individual washer & dryer units that were originally put into the unit over 20 years ago, but now I am at an impasse as to how to route the ventilation hose away from the dryer and to the ventilation pipe to the outside..

Once again a picture is worth a thousand words in this case:
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I have a couple of things working against me here:

#1 my stacked washer & dryer has to go into a small closet (hence the stacked unit) because of the fact that it's a condo....however, it does indeed fit into the space allowed by the closet.

But that puts issue #2 into play (and this is what I am presently perplexed by):

#2 if I push the stacked unit back flush against the wall, then this prevents me from running the ventilation hose directly to the present ventilation opening in the wall because the flexible ventilation hose would be crushed by the back of the dryer if the dryer were backed up flush to the wall..

It would be as easy as falling off a log if the opening in the wall were about 8 inches lower because I could then utilize the indention built into the back of the washer (obviously designed into the architecture of the washer to allow for water supply lines, wastewater hose, & flexible ventilation hose from the dryer to be "tucked" behind the washer so that the entire unit can be positioned as flush with the wall as possible..

However, if the ventilation opening in the wall were low enough to be perfectly even in height (or even lower) with the ventilation exhaust opening in the dryer itself, it would then have to be positioned in the identical place on the wall as the box (pictured) containing the hot & cold faucets & the opening for the hookup of the wastewater pipe..

So, to make a long story short...I need a way to either route the ventilation hose from the dryer without pinching it up against the wall or I need to drop the opening for the exhaust pipe (to the outside) down so that I can take advantage of the design of the washing machine's ability to "tuck" hoses & supply lines behind it so that they don't become pinched between the back of the unit and the wall..

Also, I am at a further disadvantage in this situation because there is also a (folding) door (which is presently not pictured because it's been taken down for painting) that belongs over the front of this closet so that even if I were to move the stacked unit away from the wall somewhat (to accomodate the size of the flexible ventilation hose), then the stacked unit would no longer fit inside the closet..

Anyone got any reasonable ideas as to how I can 'squeeze' my stacked unit so that none of my hoses will get pinched up and so that I can still close the closet door whenever I need to??

Many thanks to all who reply!
 
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It looks like you may have enough height to put the unit on a stand?
 
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I was going to suggest an exhaust "periscope", but I think the prior suggestion might be better. Prob $20 in mat'l. Make it out of 2 x 8 if that would be high enuf, with a piece of 3/4 plywood on top?
 
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Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
It looks like you may have enough height to put the unit on a stand?

I had thought about that idea too..

However, I neglected to mention that this unit is a rental and it may end up being a little too tall for some of the guests..

Due to the fact that it is a rental, then convenience is always a significant consideration..

If I can't come up with another way to do this, then I may give some more thought to making a stand for it.

Thanks for the tip, chandltp!
 
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I was going to suggest an exhaust "periscope", but I think the prior suggestion might be better. Prob $20 in mat'l. Make it out of 2 x 8 if that would be high enuf, with a piece of 3/4 plywood on top?

The "periscope" sounds like a pretty good idea to me..

Please tell me some more about this..

How would I go about making one?..

And where would I have to put the periscope to make this work?

Thanks for the tip, Gunguy45!
 
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Periscope vents are available through your favorite DIY website!

http://www.doityourself.com/icat/dryerventstransduct
 
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Periscope vents are available through your favorite DIY website!

http://www.doityourself.com/icat/dryerventstransduct
Thanks for pointing me in this direction, furd!....I'm going to give the periscope accessory suggestion a shot and see if it works.
 
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Any Box store or hardware store should have something as well.
 
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