What Tape to Use for a Dryer Vent?

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Some people don’t even bother to vent their dryers and that is ok if you are in a large open area. In this article, we look at what tape to use for a dryer vent.

When it comes to clothes drying the general idea is to get that moisture outside and as far away from your house as you can. This is where dryer vents come in.

Best tape to use for a dryer vent

Contrary to what you might think the best tape for dryer vents is actually aluminum tape and this is because this type of tape is more resistant to heat than duct tape.

tape to use for a dryer vent
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Duct tape might work ok in the short term. The main problem with using duct tape is that over time the heat will cause the tape to wither and lose hold.

Nashua 322 Multipurpose Foil Tape, Aluminum

When purchasing the tape make sure it is heat resistant and ideally aluminum like the above.

How to tape up a dryer vent?

Firstly find a good home for your dryer. The closer you are to an outlet for your vent the better.

For the actual taping of the vent firstly line up the pipe in the best way possible letting it lie as naturally as you can. Figure out where it is going to live and how it will exit the room.

Now it is time for the tape.

Tape up the following:

  • Pipe to dryer
  • Any holes in the pipe
  • Pipe to outlet

There is not much more to it than that.

Make sure you check the pipe every one or two months to ensure it is still holding together. You don’t want to notice a tear or break in the pipe and then realize that it has been leaking moisture into the room for months.

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