Friday, August 30, 2013

How to Replace a Dryer Vent - Part 2 of 4 - Dryer Vent Installation in Stucco

Fig.1 The vent template
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Masonry drill bit  
Plastic anchor (Blue)
Ryobi 12 Volt Cordless drill

Michael works for a program called Uncommon Good that teaches students about green energy. His home is located in Upland, California, a beautiful neighborhood with mature trees in a rural setting. He had just purchased a century-old home and wanted to preserve its look. Being a principal member of Uncommon Good, he was using the house to teach others how to go green. He called my repair service to hook up his dryer vent. In troubleshooting the job, the dryer vent was missing. The former owners had taken the vent with them.

This post shows the seven steps to install the dryer vent in a stucco wall.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows that he tried to apply silicone to the edges, this was Michael's first attempt at installing the vent. The problem was the vent would not slide into the wall and was sticking out.
Step 2: After finding out that one of the plaster wooden lats had fallen between the hole in the wall, obstructing the vent from fitting into the wall. The lat was pushed out of the way and then the metal dryer vent was fitted into the wall. Fig.2 shows that the vent had pre-drilled holes to secure it into the wall. A cordless drill with a masonry drill bit was used to puncture the stucco wall. This will need to be done four times to get the vent secured. Stucco walls are similar to cement walls and need to be drilled into to make a hole. Punching the stucco with a hammer and metal wedge will damage the wall and the hole that will be made will be unusable.
Fig.2 Vent template
Step 3: Fig.3 shows  the first hole was made. Stucco has no grabbing edges, it's just rock, so an anchor needs to be used. Below the blue anchor will be used to give the metal screw something to hang on to.
Fig.4 Blue plastic anchor

Step 4: Fig.4 shows a claw hammer driving the blue anchor into the wall.
Fig.4 Hammering anchor
Step 5: Fig.5 shows the anchor is in the wall. At this point with the top row completed, now it's time for the bottom row.
Fig.5  Top anchor
Step 6: Fig.6 shows the cordless drill with a masonry drill bit drilling the last two bottom holes.

Fig.6 Last hole
Step 7: Fig.7 shows the claw hammer driving in the last blue anchor into the stucco wall. Next post shows the installation of the vent into the wall.
Fig.7 Bottom row anchor
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