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Tool Cleans Dryer Vent Pipe
“Our clothes dryer was running longer and longer and not getting my jeans dry,” says Kenny Ranta. “I figured the vent pipe was plugged but I needed a way to clean out the 21-ft. long, 4-in. dia. pipe.”
  He decided to attach welding rods to the end of a pvc pipe. “I drilled 3 holes in the end of the pipe, slipped the rods in and twisted the ends back so the rounded rod would hit the sides of the dryer vent pipe,” says Ranta. “At first they twisted to the side, so I used a hot glue gun to fix them in place.”
  The welding rod scrubber worked great as Ranta twisted it inside the vent pipe. However, his wrists soon tired. He then discovered that simply rubbing the pvc pipe shaft back and forth between his hands provided sufficient cleaning without the pain.
  “It was like a blue snowstorm of jean lint coming out of the vent pipe,” recalls Ranta.
  He notes that the heat from the dryer gradually softened the glue. Once the scrubber was pulled out of the pipe, the glue quickly firmed up again.
  “I started with a 10-ft. length of pvc pipe and added a coupling and a second 10-ft. length to scrub out the entire length of the vent pipe,” says Ranta. “I drilled a hole through the coupling and the second pipe and used a bolt to hold them together. It’s easy to take them apart when I finish.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kenneth Ranta, 1711 Wornall Rd., Excelsior Springs, Mo. 64024 (ph 816 536-6320; kiranta1@yahoo.com).

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