Too many strings of wet days meant washing couldn’t be done when needed. So, I finally caved and bought a clothes dryer.
It’s not used too often, but when it is used it’s saves time and heartache; ultimately a darn good investment!
The spot in the laundry which I installed it in seems to have been made for a dryer, but the previous owners had instead installed a shelf with a sliding drawer, along with a doggy door. You may notice the doggy door is a good foot above the ground on the outside. This is because there was a raised dog kennel (which has since been removed) attached to the house with a couple of steps leading to it. The doggy door was accessed from inside the kennel.
The plan was to remove the shelf and modify it for reuse on top of the dryer. Then to remove the doggy door and cover up the hole with blue board, and install the vent in the board.
The finished product looks good from the inside, but the board on the outside is ugly. I am planning to eventually either cover it with a square grill or with cladding.
The existing shelf
The sliding drawer
The doggy door is so ugly now that the shelf is removed
From the outside the doggy door has always been ugly
Removal of the doggy door
Blue board to cover the hole
Removed the shelf and now preparing to modify the shelf
Make a fascia/spacer to sit between the dryer and the shelf
Sanding down the shelf and screwing the fascia/spacer
Bogging the holes
Painting the shelf. I had some skirting/architrave paint left over
Preparing to pain the blue board
This is the closest neutral color I had
Retro fitting the ducting
Installed a duct size reducer
These sorts of ducts always remind me of “Danger! Will Robinson. Danger!”
There are no adjustable legs under the dryer for height adjustment. How annoying!
Installation of bolts and nuts for height adjustment.
The finished product! (from the inside)
Preparing to cut a hole in the blue board for the vent
Vent in place
I used my soldering iron to manipulate the angle of the screw holes in the duct size reducer. This way the screws can bite in to the blue board
The finished product! (from the outside)
The dryer is on. You can see the vent flags open