‘My Dryer Is Not Drying My Clothes’ — Solved | Ep. 70



Clothes dryer
If your clothes take a long time to dry, the problem may not be the dryer — it may be the venting system.

In this week’s Today’s Homeowner Podcast, we hear about a dryer that’s vented into a crawlspace where hot, moist air travels 30 feet before exiting into the yard.

Installing PVC and flexible aluminum piping didn’t solve the problem for one homeowner, probably because the piping’s travel path includes so many ups and downs, twists and turns.

This is a common problem for homeowners, and the solution — an inline booster fan — may surprise you.

Listen to the Today’s Homeowner Podcast for more home improvement tips!

  • [2:06] Clothes dryer doesn’t dry clothes well — what can I do?
  • [5:52] Tips to convert a dresser into a bathroom vanity
  • [10:05] Best New Product: HardieBacker Cement Board
  • [11:28] Tips to evenly stain a deck
  • [12:52] Tips to safely remove a bathroom mirror glued to the wall
  • [14:39] Interview: Peter Daich talks about Daich Coatings’ TracSafe Anti-Slip Sealer
  • [19:59] Simple Solution: How to easily cut wide rolls of paper and roof-felt
  • [21:44] How to get rid of unwanted grass in your garden
  • [24:55] Should you seal off an old exhaust fan in a laundry room?
  • [28:42] Question of the Week: How to replace a floor outlet after installing a new floor

Simple Solutions

Paper-Cutting Tip — To cut a wide roll of paper with a utility knife, stand the roll on its end and unroll as much as you need. But, don’t cut down through the top edge, or the paper will flop over, making it difficult to cut a straight line. And the paper might tear.

Instead, start cutting about 2 inches down from the top edge and continue all the way down and through the bottom edge. Now cut or tear through the remaining paper at the top.

This works great for brown packing paper, builders felt, roll roofing and foam underlayment, and any other thin sheet goods that come in wide rolls.

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Easy-Off Lids— To keep metal, twist-on lids from sticking to cans of varnish, oil and other finishes, place a small piece of waxpaper over the threads before twisting on the lid.

The waxpaper will also create an airtight seal to keep the finish from drying out.

Question of the Week

Q: We replaced our carpet with wood and our floor electrical outlet is now below the floor level. What do I need to do to bring the outlet up to the level of the wood flooring?

A: You’ll need an adjustable electrical box extension. Be careful! If you’re not comfortable or familiar with electrical work, get an electrician to install it.

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