Dryer Vent Through Suspended Ceiling Tile

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Old 03-14-16, 09:44 AM
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Dryer Vent Through Suspended Ceiling Tile

I have a suspended ceiling in my basement with the thin fiberglass-backed tiles with the white plastic facing. Any issue running a dryer vent through these tiles where the hole is cut exact enough that the pipe touches the tile? I'm not sure how hot a dryer vent gets and I don't want to melt the plastic facing, or worse.

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Gas or electric dryer?

May not make a difference but just in case....
 
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Dryer vents typically reach 120 to 160 degrees F. Under fault conditions they can get hotter, as the dryer thermal cutouts are usually 180-190.

Generally, no clearance to combustible materials is required for dryer vents, so it should not be a fire hazard. Whether or not it will soften the ceiling tile or not depends on its material, but I doubt it.

You may find it easier to cut the hole oversize and use a dryer vent collar ring to make a neat job. Use rigid vent pipe (not flex) and make sure the joints face away from the dryer so they don't collect lint and plug up.
 
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It is an electric dryer.

A "dryer vent collar ring" - where can I find one of these? I've searched for 4" stove pipe collars and 4" duct collars with no luck.

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I've used something like this: http://www.amazon.com/RCI-PVC-4-Trim-Ring/dp/B01593VZ4M

Or you can use a "goof" ring for 4" recessed lighting cans, although they can be hard to find.
 
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Thanks Carbide, that looks like it will work.

How would you attach the trim ring? I cannot screw it to the ceiling tile, as they are the thin, flexible fiber glass type.
 
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