Installing a Powered Dryer Vent

What You'll Need
Foil tape
Tape measure
Power drill
Sheet metal
Screwdriver and wood screws
Dryer vent
Hole saw
Silicone caulking and gun

Installing a powered dryer vent on your own is a moderately challenging do-it-yourself job, but is one that can save you money b by eliminating the need for a professional. A powered dryer vent uses a fan to help push the air and condensation out of the vent faster, speeding up the drying process and making your dryer more efficient. This can also be useful in homes that have a longer than average vent by boosting the exhaust system. Here's how you can do this yourself.

Step 1: Getting Your Materials and Locating

When you go to get started, you want to make sure you find out all the information to keep yourself safe, and to adhere by all the rules and regulations. You will need to make sure your materials are all on hand in order to easily get everything you need. You will also want to know where to set up your dryer vent. Depending on where the dryer is, you will want to drill in to the wood plate that can be located on the foundation. If the dryer is located on the main floor, or the second floor in your home, then you will want to find where the hole needs to be cut through which wall. Once you have located the place you would like the vent to go, you can then drill a small hole, and insert a coat hanger, or another small object through the hole to enable you to find where you have drilled the hole. You should make sure there are no wires or obstructions in the way. Make sure you check outside the wall for the vent locations to ensure there are no obstructions out there as well.

Step 2: Putting it All Together

You will then want to drill a hole from the inside, and using a four inch hole saw outside, cut a hole large enough for the dryer vent’s pipe. Use a smaller hole saw to cut the hole that is needed. Mark the location using the hole in the center of it. Install the hood for the vent to the exterior at the side of your house, use your screws for wood, and use caulk around it to the vent and the hood. The pipe should be about a foot long, and it should already be attached to it. From the inside, you will want to attach a 90 degree elbow at the end of the vent pipe that protrudes, and run certain sections of the vent pipe to the dryer. Attach an elbow to the part where the exhaust will be coming out of the dryer, and connect the pipe for the vent to this part of the elbow.

Step 3: Finishing Up the Process

After all of this is done, the dryer vent is mostly installed. All you have to do to finish up is push it back in the position that it was in, and ensure it is level with the floor. Use large clamps to attach the vent pipes to the elbows, and you can then use foil tape for sealing any joints in between any pipe sections.