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Rodent Proof Dryer Vent?

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Does a rodent proof clothes dryer vent exist? Or does anyone know how to make a dryer vent rodent proof? I have the vent fastened shut except when the dryer is in use and the chipmunks are still filling the pipe with acorns.

Thanks for your help.

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Surely there is a deadly toxic fabric softener out there that will handle the situation....

A customer of mine had a dryer delivered by Sears the other day and they were using rigid 4" duct and elbows to hook it up...said they weren't allowed to use the flexible plastic and metallicized plastic stuff anymore because of fire hazard. That certainly would keep rodents out of the line. There is a louvered type of terminal that would be too small for them to fit into....they could throw nuts through them, but they wouldn't ever get them back....so you'd have slow-roasted ones, wouldn't you?

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Saw a "rodent Proof" vent at the hardware store the other day, then at the big orange box. It's got a plastic ball in a cage that is pushed up by the pressure from the dryer.

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Does a rodent proof clothes dryer vent exist? Or does anyone know how to make a dryer vent rodent proof? I have the vent fastened shut except when the dryer is in use and the chipmunks are still filling the pipe with acorns.

Thanks for your help.

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W,

If you have the vent fastened shut, how are they getting in? Maybe you have a hole somewhere else in the house?

Buy a vent and modify it yourself. Most rodents can't (or don't want to) chew through galvanized mesh......The alternative is a beautiful oak, with the taproot somewhere in your basement. This will do wonders for your foundation!

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Mesh over a dryer vent is actually illegal under the code ... anything that encourages lint to accumulate is a fire hazard. Not even sheet metal screws are permitted. CABO section 1801 (I've been studying).

EFI (www.efi.org) sells a pop-up vent that may deter the beasts, and seals the weather out better to boot.

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Try a six shot pistol with a fishing line tied to the trigger. Make the damper the triggering mechanism. Use #12 rat shot and be sure to place the barrell close to the point of entry for the rodents.....dont let the carcasses rot in the pipe

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Wiley Coyote!

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Maybe you could vent the dryer into the attic. The lint will provide extra insulation and the moisture will protect the framing against dry rot. :)

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4" galvanized pipe to a standard flapper style vent together with a week or so of cleaning out the stash daily does the trick. Then the tree rats decide that isn't a safe place to put their food and they move somewhere else.

Or, you can put a snare under the opening and leave the resultant catch there for a few days. The other tree rats get the idea and move on.

In both cases keep alert to where they go. Saw the rodents move into my neighbor's attic once. Boy he had a mess come spring!

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I note you didn't TELL the neighbor about his new lessees.

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Au Contraire Monsieur! I just didn't think that was germane to the current subject. The homeowner thought the rodents were cute; until spring that is.

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Ah, how could I have doubted you. My apologies.

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Had a co-worker from Louisiana. His father decided to get rid of the 8 squirrels in the yard with a .22. After he shot 57 of them, there were 6 left.

Same guy had friends in San Francisco who've never tasted squirrel. Next time he goes home, he shot a mess of them and skins them. Checked them as baggage in a (styrofoam!!) cooler. As he's waiting at the baggage carousel, the ice chest comes down the chute, smacks against the backstop, and splits open spilling skinned squirrels with their buckteeth all over the carousel.

He grabbed his suitcase and left.