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I have a fixer upper house and put in a vinyl dryer vent to the outside and now i am told that it has to be metal. I have vinyl siding. Does it really have to be metal? where can I find Laws verses guidelines that are mearly suggestions or recommendations that do or donot hae to be followed to. the letter. john

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Please follow this link and read it carefully. Dryer ventilation is a serious, serious business (safety-wise). I know you don't want to turn your fixer-upper into a pile of ashes.
Here's another link to help you (many of the links on this page are no longer available, but the text of the article still applies).
Another good read (specifically, the "outside the dryer" article)
Or simply click this link for all the info you could ever want.

Seriously, think long and hard, weigh the risks vs. the short term $$ savings.


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You can find these "guidelines" at your local municipality's or county's building department.

Psst: Don't go there, just take the suggestion and replace the vent with metal, which will last longer than
the vinyl, and can be painted, if you wish, with vinyl paint to match your siding.

PS: Don't go to the zoning board or building department or you will have to thank me after much expense.

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