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Do Americans in dense city centers vent their dryers directly outdoors?

You're missing the big picture here While your concern about lint causing pollution is at least reasonably admirable, the reason European dryers have all that filtering instead of a vent isn't for the ...
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How do I fix this 30 ft (9 m) dryer vent abomination?

Move It! As already noted by some others, moving the dryer to the wall where the vent ends is a great idea. The location for a gas dryer needs three things: Vent - Absolutely perfect. While you're at ...
manassehkatz-Moving 2 Codidact's user avatar
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Gas clothes dryer is venting into the crawl space

I don't like the "OMG" abbreviation and seldom use it, but in this case OMG! It would have been bad enough to vent an electric dryer into a crawl (lint, moisture, fire danger), but to vent a gas ...
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How do I connect a 4 prong cord on my GE dryer which is currently connected with a 3 prong cord?

Remove that brass jumper, connect white to the middle terminal, red and black to the one each of the two end terminals and green to the ground screw.
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Can a gas dryer be converted into an electric dryer?

In general, no you can't do this. I suppose it's possible that the manufacturer uses many of the same parts between their gas and electric models and you could buy enough parts to do a conversion, ...
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Can I combine two 12-2 cables to serve a NEMA 10-30 socket for dryer?

Are you trying to break a record for "most code violations"? Code exist for a reason, the reason is safety. Tech is supposed to serve us, not kill us. Your entire logic is that "Code ...
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Troubleshooting repeatedly clogged drier vent

Remove the screen from the exterior end of the dryer vent. It is a danger, violates building code in most areas, and should never have been installed. Dryer vents are meant to blow untrapped lint ...
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A plastic tab/tag stuck out of the GE dryer drum gap. Does anyone know what it is, if it is a part of the dryer, and if so how I can fix it?

Appears most likely (lacking information) to be a teflon dryer drum bearing slide. I found a set of 4 for sale as replacements, though they may not be the exact ones for your dryer. It appears that ...
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Is it ok that my dryer vents into a porch attic?

Yes, that's a problem! Depending how long it's been set up like that, you may already need to replace the whole porch roof, and hope it hasn't rotted the wall framing too much. Dryer exhaust needs to ...
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What kind of unvented tumble dryer will reduce indoor humidity?

A more compact alternative worth a mention is a dehumidifer. I dry my washing indoors in UK winters, without a tumble drier. For efficient drying, shutting the damp washing and dehumidifer in a room ...
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240 V outlet is not delivering 240 V

I bet if you go to your service panel, you're going to find a completely full service panel, and a unique creature we call a "double-stuff breaker". Quite likely the landlord does his own electrical ...
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Can I combine two 12-2 cables to serve a NEMA 10-30 socket for dryer?

I'd like to expand on longneck's (correct) answer a bit and explain why code forbids this: There's a saying, code is written in blood and ash. What that means is that in developing the code, experts ...
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Crushed Aluminum Dryer Vent

Your dryer will need the full diameter to be able to exhaust its air easily, so yes, you should either replace it, or attempt the fix below. The diameter is a bit hard to see, but if it's large enough ...
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Do Americans in dense city centers vent their dryers directly outdoors?

TLDR: Often not, due to costs or incentives. Lint is not a significant pollutant. The major reasons are: The high construction cost of building a dryer vent in every apartment. The enormous energy ...
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Cleaning a long dryer vent that is completely behind drywall

Perhaps a leafblower (or two?) might clean it out a bit? Also maybe get advice on how to make the outside vent area fire resistant if the tube does catch fire.
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How do I fix this 30 ft (9 m) dryer vent abomination?

Electric. Heat pump based. Condensing. Dryer. Duct disposed off, vent sealed for good. Depending on where you are, it may be way cheaper (heat pumps are quite efficient) in terms of gas/electricity ...
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How do I connect a 4 prong cord on my GE dryer which is currently connected with a 3 prong cord?

The jumper from neutral to ground is exactly what makes a 3-prong cord so dangerous. The jumper gets removed. The neutral wire lands on the insulated terminal (that was vacated) and the ground lands ...
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Stacked Washer/Dryer not getting enough power

You didn't specify the model number but this is likely similar (from: https://www.justanswer.com/appliance/7j73z-need-ge-stacked-washer-dryer-dryer-timer-motor-wiring-hookup.html) You'll note that ...
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Stacked Washer/Dryer not getting enough power

That's illegal, and always was illegal You can't use 10/2 + ground cable for a washer-dryer. You never could. IN 1996 (25 years ago) they banned the NEMA 10-30 connector. Your combo unit can easily ...
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Crushed Aluminum Dryer Vent

It is held on by duct tape or metal foil tape (metal foil preferred) and/or a simple clamp with one screw. Temporary fix is to remove from wall, clean out lint, push back into shape and reattach. Do ...
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How can I verify that a gas clothes dryer only needs a belt repair?

As part of a house purchase? Make your offer on the house assuming you'll need to buy a new dryer, and this one is total junque that will need to be hauled away. It adds negative value in the current ...
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Why does my 240 V dryer affect these voltage measurements?

3-wire dryer connections are dangerous Especially when neutral fails. As you measured, starting the machine pulls neutral from the middle to the voltage of one hot leg (because neutral is disconnected ...
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Why might Siemens imply GFCI breaker will reduce protection on 3-wire dryer circuit?

The old clothes dryer receptacles were NEMA 10-30. This had two hots and a neutral, but no ground. That is because going way back nothing had grounds. As grounds were added (witness the progression ...
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Dryer Outlet - 4 prong to 3 prong

Switch the cord, not the socket You have a proper NEMA 14-30 dryer receptacle with a ground wire, which is good. However, your "new" (old) dryer has a 3 prong (NEMA 10-30) cord. This can be ...
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How can I remove melted plastic from a dryer compartment?

Either throw in the towel now, buy the new plate and install it, or work to remove the plastic. To chip/scrape it off, I'd suggest a hard, stiff, plastic scraper. If you don't have anything like a ...
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What kind of unvented tumble dryer will reduce indoor humidity?

Heat Pump or Condensing Dryers will not add meaningful moisture to your apartment. Both Heat Pump and Condensing Dryers are closed loop systems, recirculating air inside the unit. Both use a ...
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How do I fix this 30 ft (9 m) dryer vent abomination?

Replace the unit I would replace the unit to a condenser type dryer. They produce water instead and require no vent. Some units put the water directly to the drain or you can use a tray you have to ...
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Does running a dryer on 120 V drive up electricity costs?

Not an immediate danger, but quite a few problems According to the spec sheet, this dryer is rated for 240V, 30A. Running it on "120V outlet" in the US normally means either 15A or 20A. ...
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Is a divider between fridge and dryer necessary?

Most dryers leak some dust and lint from cracks in the frame and at the joints of the vent pipe. The divider will help keep that lint from being sucked in and deposited on the fridge's cooling fins. ...
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Why would a GFI blink red

Effective June 29, 2015, all GFCI receptacles and circuit breakers must have an auto-monitoring (self-test) feature that automatically conducts a periodic internal test to confirm that the GFCI is ...
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