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I have a whirlpool front loader and need to run a vent. Does it need to be a hard pipe or can it be the metal type flex pipe?

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It does not really matter which type of vent you use, so long as it is the correct diameter, and try to run it without any bends if poss, as too many bends will restrict air flow.
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