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by • December 6, 2013 • HVAC & Dehumidification, ReviewsComments (2)9657

Cheap Trick – Recessed Dryer Box Review Model 425

If you’ve ever installed a Clothes Dryer you know that the vent at the back is in jeopardy of being pinched off the second you push the unit back into place. 

Squashed Dryer Vents are pretty common.  How long do you think this Dryer takes to dry a load of clothes?    

The simple way to eliminate this problem is by using a recessed box.  The DryerBox Model 425 gives you a few inches back into your laundry room, and prevents the inevitable kink with an exhaust collar flush to the wall. 

The back side of the laundry room wall showing the Dryer Box in place with an upflow exhaust.

Super easy to install. 

Here’s the Dryer Box prior to sheetrock installation.

These run about $30 and are well worth the minimal price. 

I’ve been using these for about 10 years now, and finally when I was on the job site yesterday it hit me that not everyone has seen these before.  Here’s an Amazon link to the Model 425 shown.  Cheap but effective solution for this common problem.  

 Best,
Matt Risinger
Risinger Homes in Austin, TX

Risinger Homes is a custom builder and whole house remodeling contractor that specializes in Architect driven and fine craftsmanship work. We utilize an in-house carpentry staff and the latest building science research to build dramatically more efficient, healthy and durable homes.
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  • Matt, I see you have some sort of shear wall on an interior wall, requiring you to cut out or alter the “port” in the top of the dryerbox since the plywood took away some of your available room for the pipe to penetrate the port.

    I was curious as to how often this shear wall becomes an issue for the dryerbox install. It is the first time I’ve seen the Dryerbox installed this way. Other than the space behind the duct is limited to getting the flex and a clamp on, I assume it works. So glad to see you post this article on an effective solution to a common problem.

    You know the code council makes such a big deal about length of run limits for dryer venting, and then they deduct 5 feet of duct whenever you introduce an elbow into the “run”. But there is no standard or verbiage in the code specifically controlling the efficiency of the termination hood, be it a wall, roof or soffit vent. I’ve seen popular roof vents create as much back pressure as 3 or 4 elbows. This much back pressure introduced into a short to medium length duct run will create back pressure levels unacceptable to the three big appliance manufacturers.

    Besides the need for a code standard, we have been tweaking and testing the design of a roof vent and a wall vent that creates no back pressure, but that exhibits a strong deterrent to bird and rodent entry as well as offering access to duct cleaners. I would love to have a chance to demo these or pass you along to a few videos. Thanks again for offering the industry and homeowners a helpful and easy to follow video and blog series.

    DryerJack Video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4cIBwJQvk0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KnRp3eXNbk

    DryerWallVent Video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L65TQ70Dkcc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WwXeBWwX9o

    • So glad to have you comment! Yes, this dryer box is in a shear wall. We cut the 1/2″ Plywood to fit the dryer box and it didn’t cause much problem. I’ve been using your products for years and really like them. I didn’t realize you made outlets too. I’d like to get a sample of your wall vent to try. I can easily do a video on this topic. You can find my contact info on my website http://www.risingerhomes.com
      Appreciate your great comments. Matt