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Old 12-09-2006, 04:44 AM   #15
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">If its held onto the washer and the outside vent by clamps it shouldn't be too hard to remove </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The vent duct is held to the outside vent by a clamp, but on the street side of the washer. My hand & arm would need to be one inch in diameter to get a screwdiver on it. Or move the washer to the curb side (too hard to do). That's why I'm interested in access from the outside.

Guess I could access from the rear of the washer, but I'd have to remove the rig's rear cap to get to it. Beyond my pay grade.

And I don't own a leaf blower :-/

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Old 12-09-2006, 01:01 PM   #16
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Guess I could access from the rear of the washer, but I'd have to remove the rig's rear cap </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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My washer is in a rear corner beside the closet across the rear, and there is a large "inspection panel" on the end of the closet that can be removed. I presume that would give me access behind the Splendide, but have never removed it to see ...I plan to do it just for grins on some slow day when the wife isn't napping in the bedroom...
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Old 12-10-2006, 05:34 PM   #17
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Thudman....I insert my vacuum hose between the vanes in the outside vent....They flex enoungh to insert the hard plastic tube...If they are too small rig up a smaller diameter hose to the vacuum with duct tape and insert the smaller extension between the vanes...If you do not have the vane model, a smaller flexible hose will insert in a typical vent....Not sure why you want to remove it on the outside...RKL
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Old 12-11-2006, 07:36 AM   #18
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RKL:

Thx. I think I'll try your method, using duct tape & smaller diameter hose. I wanted to remove the outside vent to have easier access to the dryer vent duct (further into the duct) & past the bends.

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Old 12-16-2006, 04:54 AM   #19
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I wonder how well the long, flexible brushes made for such cleaning will work? Many junk mail catalogs have them. The pictures show using it down the lint screen slot on the top of a house dryer.
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Old 12-16-2006, 07:26 AM   #20
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AFCHAP --- I have the same rig as you have and if you need to remove the Splendide it's not to difficult... just very heavy.

The access panel in the closet enables you to disconnect the water hoses. You also access the winterization switches from this closet.

The SPlendide is held in with two clamps located on the front floor on each edge (left/right). These clamps prevent the Splendide from sliding forward in sudden stops.

Remove the screwes, slide the clamps out and then slide the Splendide forward about 18 inches or so. This should provide enough room to reach over and disconnect the vent which is located near the top back of the splendide. Pull the drain from the drain pipe and get a friend and lift the heavy beast out.

Installation was easier. Just ensure the dryer vent hose is replaced on teh vents properly.

My Splendide failed after the warenttee expired, but the great SPlendide guys sent me a replacement circuit board and other parts at no cost. It's been working great since and we use it a lot.

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Old 12-16-2006, 08:22 AM   #21
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The access panel in the closet enables you to disconnect the water hoses. You also access the winterization switches from this closet. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I think we are talking about a different "closet" ?? ...I have access to the water hose faucet connections and the winterization switches in the cabinet immediately above the Splendide. The access panel I'm talking about is on the end wall of the clothes closet beside the w/d closet.
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Sorry -- I have the 40K vice the 40E. The Splendid should still come out in a similar manner and will be just as heavy!
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Old 12-16-2006, 04:22 PM   #23
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I found the eight screws that secure the exterior access vent panel. So as I was unscrewing, I recalled my VERY experienced aircraft Chief of Maintenance' Trouble Shooting Logic Tree:

Does It Work?
-No..................Go to Step B

-Yes.................Don't **** with it

I put the screws back in & had a Martini

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Your Chief of Maintenance had data, information, knowledge and wisdom.

However, not sure how you pronounce ****. Is that German?
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Instead of using a leaf Blower, which I don't have, I was wondering what you folks would think about putting the card board on the door with duct tape as done above, but, then putting the air pressure from the air compressor to it and blowing a shot or two of compressed air out through the duct system!!!
might be a bit more pressure than a leaf blower but I think it might do the job!!!!
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Capt. Chet:
Instead of using a leaf Blower, which I don't have, I was wondering what you folks would think about putting the card board on the door with duct tape as done above, but, then putting the air pressure from the air compressor to it and blowing a shot or two of compressed air out through the duct system!!!
might be a bit more pressure than a leaf blower but I think it might do the job!!!!
Remarks welcomed...just be kind! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That will have a great deal to do with the amount of blockage in the vent duct and how well the vent ducting is attached to each end. Dryer vent flexible duct is not designed for pressure, but rather volume, and moisture resistance.
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Old 12-24-2006, 04:45 AM   #27
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Ray,IN:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Capt. Chet:
Instead of using a leaf Blower, which I don't have, I was wondering what you folks would think about putting the card board on the door with duct tape as done above, but, then putting the air pressure from the air compressor to it and blowing a shot or two of compressed air out through the duct system!!!
might be a bit more pressure than a leaf blower but I think it might do the job!!!!
Remarks welcomed...just be kind! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That will have a great deal to do with the amount of blockage in the vent duct and how well the vent ducting is attached to each end. Dryer vent flexible duct is not designed for pressure, but rather volume, and moisture resistance. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I agree with Ray,IN - the hose isn't designed for pressure, or even the massive volume of a leaf blower. In addition to splitting the hose, the other thing that could happen trying to blow out lint is that the hose connection could separate from the bask of the washer if the clamp is not as tight as it should be.

If you notice clothes taking longer to dry, you might need to take action; but to paraphrase Thudman - if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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