I need to replace the vinyl tubing that goes from my bathroom ceiling to the side of the house.

It had a rip in it and I was successful in pulling it out. I went into the attic crawl space and noticed there was a board over that area, so I am not able to get to it from that spot.

There is insulation where the vinyl tubing was. I thought about using a electric wire snake to pull it through the hole, but I want to know the best way to go about accomplishing this.

The distance is about 6 ft and it needs a 4" vinyl tubing.

First picture of the original tubing (before I ripped it)

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Second image is after I removed the tubing.

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  • Can you post a picture? Commented May 17, 2013 at 13:19
  • @ChrisCudmore I added two photos, I am at work right now, so I can take better photos later. There was a birds nest in it and I had to pull it out and took these photos to see what else I had to get, in the process I ripped the tubing.
    – Brad
    Commented May 17, 2013 at 13:24
  • Could you slide a section of rigid duct through? Why does it have to be vinyl?
    – Tester101
    Commented May 17, 2013 at 15:19
  • Is that dried grass inside the old duct?
    – mikes
    Commented May 17, 2013 at 21:18
  • Yes, a bird made a nest in it, I was taking photos to see where the bird was since I couldn't get my head in there, I removed all of that, now I need to replace the 4" vinyl tubing.
    – Brad
    Commented May 20, 2013 at 14:52

1 Answer 1


Make a 4" dia plug from a 1x6 or plywood, screw eyelet into center, clamp plug into dryer vent with worm gear clamp. Pull through with your fish tape. Perhaps a taped cone could be centered over the plug (and the fish tape lead through the center, for better insulation tracking).

Down the road this lint brush will remove any buildup. This one has a 10ft shaft.

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I'd urge you to convert to smooth walled metal duct and add a screened vent wall cover or a spring loaded damper.

  • 1
    what do I use the lint brush for?
    – Brad
    Commented May 17, 2013 at 13:47
  • @brad revised answer once I realized you'd removed all the vinyl duct, I was imagining a partial duct after the ripped section was removed.
    – HerrBag
    Commented May 17, 2013 at 18:23

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