Once And For All . . .

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I spent most of the morning ‘degunking’ a laptop that my client brought in for me to look at.

He said the email didn’t work, but that was an easy fix and the least of the problems. He had changed the email password on the same account on a computer at work, so all I had to given it the correct password and off it went. But it hadn’t been been online since early 2017, so it was 37,201 emails behind. Which took about 3 hours to update. He gets a lot of Spam.

While that was going on, I uninstalled his expired Norton Anti-Virus and installed AVG Free. Next up I downloaded and installed both CCleaner and Glary Utilities to ‘degunk’ things but I didn’t run them until the email update was finished since using them often requires one or more reboots.

And when the email was finally done, it took about 6 or 8 run-throughs of both CCleaner and Glary before everything was cleaned out. My client said it was running faster now than he ever remembered it.

For a long while, and every time I work on our Splendide Washer/Dryer I’ve been unhappy with the way that the dryer vent hose connects up with the dryer. The Splendide, which is made in France, does not have a standard 4” flange like American units. where the hose slips over the flange and then is held in place with a circle clamp like this.

Circle Clamp

Instead the Splendide output looks like this.

Dryer Vent Hose Repair 1

And it’s sized so that the 3” hose that the rig uses just slips inside the ring. There is no way to fasten it down. The Splendide manual mentions something about a ‘special flange’, which nobody seems to know anything about. In fact the Splendide people out in Washington state have never seen one either.

In addition to the ‘flange’ the manual also mentions using duct tape to hold the hose in place. And that’s how mine came from the factory, as well as the 3 units I’ve worked on for friends. But the duct tape solution has a problem.

Over time the tape dries out from the heat, the glue hardens, and the hose can actually fall off. So every time I pull out the unit for another repair job, I try to come up with a better way to connect the hose.

But it wasn’t until a couple of days ago, as I was walking through A/C Duct area in Lowe’s, a piece of sheet metal caught my eye. It was a 3” to 2” duct adapter like this.

3 to 2 Duct Adapter

And it looked like it would be good fit.

So yesterday I pulled the washer back out of its cubby and tried it out. And the reducer was almost a perfect fit over the outside of the washer flange. But to make it a little tighter and seal it better, I did wrap a couple of turns of Gorilla Tape around the flange.

Dryer Vent Hose Repair 2

Then  with it in place I put a couple of sheet metal screws through the adapter and into the plastic flange.

Dryer Vent Hose Repair 3

The 2” end was a perfect fit for the inside of the 3” vent hose, and a circle clamp held it in place. In hindsight, and the next time I have the unit out, I’ll put a couple of pop-rivets through the clamp and hose into the adapter to make it even more secure.

Dryer Vent Hose Repair 4

So now hopefully, once and for all, that problem is fixed.

Tomorrow, if the rain holds off, I’ll be able to move some stuff down to the new storage room and get a couple of things done around the rig.


Thought for the Day:

“You can always count on the American People to do the right thing. Once they have exhausted all of the alternatives.” – – Winston Churchill



4 Responses to Once And For All . . .

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Great job fixing your washer dryer!!  You could write a book sometime with all your ideas for fixing things others must not consider fixable!!  Love the quote today too…haha!!

  2. Ken Bolden says:

    My washer gets plugged up with lent. I have a offset box because the washer is several inches lower than the vent port. I run one of those springy grabbers down the opening on the back of the washer and fish out globs of lent. Then it works again for several weeks. I’m thinking of raising the floor to the same height as the vent port. Will see.

  3. Lois says:

    Love Winston Churchill

  4. Good Fix on the Vent but the Pop Rivets might cause you more grief then helping you. Easier to take the Hose off then at the Dryer.

    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

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