Step 7: Clean the Ductwork

disconnect the duct
Photo: Shaffer Smith Photography
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Disconnect the ductwork from the dryer exhaust and from the exterior vent. If the duct is plastic or ribbed metal, toss it out. If the duct is smooth-wall metal, as shown here, take it outside and clean all the parts with a round dryer-vent brush.
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      Adjustable pliers
    • paintbrush
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    • copper fitting brush
      Snorkel brush
    • flashlight
      Flashlight

    Shopping List

    1. STEEL-JACKETED WASHING MACHINE HOSES

    2. DRIP PAN (optional)

    3. 4-INCH ROUND STEEL DUCT with 90-degree elbows

    4. ALUMINUM DUCT TAPE