Step 8: Clean the Outside Vent

cleaning the outside dryer vent
Photo: Shaffer Smith Photography
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Working from inside, spin the vent brush a few inches into the duct leading outside, then pull it back and clean off the bristles. Repeat until the bristles reach as far as the exhaust hood on the outside wall. (Don't try to shove the lint out with the brush; you may create a clog.) Then go outside and make sure the vent hood isn't plugged. If need be, remove the hood, clean it out, and then put it back.
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    • paintbrush
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    • copper fitting brush
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    • flashlight
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    1. STEEL-JACKETED WASHING MACHINE HOSES

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

    4. ALUMINUM DUCT TAPE