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What’s the best way to install dryer flex lines in a tight space?
What is the best way to install dryer flex lines where you have walls and cabinets beside the dryer? I have used the light foil expanding duct, but when you stretch these out the three feet to get them connected on both ends while the dryer is away from the back wall, I find it very difficult to push the dryer back in and have the duct fold back up without buckling. I have been struggling with this concept for years! Any thoughts?
Your problem isn’t a new one, and, in fact, it was one I struggled with for quite some time in my own home.
My first method was to use a short length of rigid galvanized duct coming from the wall and an over-crimped collar on the dryer outlet. If I was extremely careful (and a little lucky) I could move the dryer into place and the output would work it’s way into the rigid duct.
As I’m sure you can guess, this approach was far from ideal, so in the end I decided to tackle the problem from a different angle. While not the perfect solution, it worked pretty well.
Instead of trying to move the dryer every time, I decided to make it easy to move the cabinet beside it instead. A simple set of floor glide pads from the hardware store nailed to the bottom of the cabinet allows me to easily slide the cabinet out of the way when I need to connect or disconnect the dryer.