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Clarification about lint moisture (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: airsome on 02.20.2007 at 09:06 pm in Laundry Room Forum

If everything is installed correctly, lint in the pipe should be dry 15 feet away from the dryer. This is in linear pipe feet. Here the elbow does NOT count as 5 feet. If the pipe run is less than 15 feet, the lint will be moist at the outlet. If it is dry, and the run is less than 15 feet, this indicates that the lint has probably swirled in the stream before exit, and that you may have some obstruction in the line. Please bear in mind this is just a guideline, and by no means should it be accepted as gospel.


clipped on: 02.21.2007 at 11:59 am    last updated on: 02.21.2007 at 11:59 am

RE: Can a dryer be vented through the roof? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: airsome on 02.20.2007 at 08:32 pm in Laundry Room Forum

Yes, you are. Requirements: >Dryer vent must not exceed 25 feet. Each elbow counts as five feet. This is because of the sharp turn and the restriction it causes. Try to get long-radius elbows made just for dryer vents. These are relatively new on the market. >Do not use vinyl flexible vent at the dryer connection. Instead, install a recessed box in the wall and use a semi-rigid aluminum flexible vent connector. >No screws may be used to secure the pipe joints; only foil tape. There must be nothing in the airway which might collect lint. Get an all weather foil tape, 2 mil thick. Most contractors just use what the wholesaler stocks, not realizing (or caring) whether it will stay stuck over the years. >Ensure that male pipe ends are not re-crimped by the installer. Installers often make this end smaller than it needs to be instead of using a little patience to gently squeeze it to match the next section. >Do not protect the outlet with any kind of screen. Flap yes, screen no. >After installation, go outside and catch some lint. If it is hot and dry, you should be in good shape. If there is any moisture in the lint, you will have to have to clean the pipe every once in a while. Also feel the air stream. You should feel at least a gentle breeze from 3 feet away. >The box and the elbows are available from


clipped on: 02.21.2007 at 11:59 am    last updated on: 02.21.2007 at 11:59 am

RE: Countertop, costs, decisions - feel bewildered (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: dockside on 02.11.2007 at 03:23 am in Kitchens Forum

Shawneeks, do you have a source or site for the Gem-Lock? I tried Googling it but only came up with something that secures jewels.

I'm seriously considering a beautiful Wilsonart laminate (I presently have slab granite) for our new house. Don't think the granite is worth the cost, but do like the ability to put a hot pan on it anywhere. Granite tile would work as well and am also considering large 18 x 26-1/2 inch tiles (very few grout lines). The laminate would cost about the same but it would be installed by someone else. In order to make the granite tile affordable, we'd have to DIY.

Installing laminate is only "going down" if you think it is. Some of the laminates today are quite beautiful and very difficult to tell from stone. I think they look better than Corian, which is obviously not stone. I had that in another kitchen and it was fine, but did stain (got red strawberry juice on it once and was able to sand most of it out) and is no more heat-resistant than laminate.


clipped on: 02.13.2007 at 08:07 am    last updated on: 02.13.2007 at 08:08 am

RE: Photoshoppers- Can you PLEEEEASE turn my kitchen cabs white? (Follow-Up #77)

posted by: utopiankitchens on 01.16.2007 at 04:14 pm in Home Decorating Forum

amy z6 swpa and eve2006-
I'm so tickled that you both like my family room! It is DEFINITELY a FAMILY room! (you can see my son's building blocks in the bottom right corner) I was concerned that it was *too* casual, because I was shooting for elegant, and warm. However, my other living room (you can see it in the kitchen photo) is my *more traditional* room, and we needed a place to build the Thomas Train sets on the floor! :)

The window panels are form Linens-n-things. Their store was out of them when I purchased them last Fall, and they had to special order them for me.

The paint color is Camel Back, which is one shade darker than Whole Wheat. Whole Wheat was my original choice (GREAT color), but it looked wrong in THIS house. (Looked GREAT in my last house, which was much sunnier) So, we went with Camel Back, and love it too. All of the colors on the swatch are GREAT (Sherwin Williams)

I also wanted to give a little info on my Brazillian Cherry floors. These are the ones people were talking about, due to their high quality and low price. They are the ones from Home Depot, "Traffic Master" and they are engineered solid hardwoods. They were $2.99 /sq.foot. PLUS, when Lowe's ran a 20% off all hardwoods sale, I took the Ad to Home Depot (with my receipt), and they adjusted the price. So, I ended up getting Solid Brazillian Cherry Engineered hardwood floors for roughly $2.40/sq.foot.....Just in case anyone was interested in it :)


Paint color; wood floors
clipped on: 02.07.2007 at 06:33 pm    last updated on: 02.07.2007 at 06:34 pm

RE: Agree or Disagree - Matching Knobs to Faucet and Appliances? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: mdmc on 11.21.2006 at 08:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

I too mixed and matched. We have white cabinets, cherry island, stainless and black appliances, and ORb knobs, pulls, and faucts. No one that has come into my kitchen even mentiones the fact that they don't match.


clipped on: 01.18.2007 at 11:06 am    last updated on: 01.18.2007 at 11:07 am