Rated 2.1 out of 5 by 8
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sarge Most folks do not know how to install this product
I will start by saying that I am a home inspector and have been involved with the construction of countless buildings and homes. I have installed this item numerous times, and I have inspected homes with this item CORRECTLY and INCORRECTLY installed many times. This product was designed so as to create the least air resistance between the dryer and the exhaust duct, and to allow the dryer to be positioned closer to the wall behind it. It does this by being smooth walled and by creating the shortest distance possible between the dryer and the duct. Also, this product is telescopic so that it will fit many different makes and models of dryers. Compare that to a Mylar or vinyl accordion style duct. That style creates air resistance and therefore can clog rather easy. Dryers create lots of heat. This poses a risk of fire and will red-flag your home if and when it is ever inspected in the future. And they tend to get leaks which results in dryer lint getting everywhere and high moisture levels inside of the home (mold).
Once this unit is installed, seal up any gaps or seams with this product: http://www.homedepot.com/s/foil%2520tape?NCNI-5
And poof, no more air leaks, clogs, greatly reduced fire risk. Read the directions!
March 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AJ Great Product. Works as described
This product works well. I was able to install it quickly with the detailed instructions.
March 21, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by ThreadsInMichigan Poor Design, But Works OK With Some DIY Modifications
I didn't read any of the reviews before I purchased this in the store. However, based on the design of the product, I had no expectation that it would seal completely, and it doesn't. Its a telescoping design that is just a slip-fit, and is not completely air tight.
That being said, this product is pretty poorly designed, with big seams in areas that cause extra leakage, and areas that need reinforcement are weak and can cause extra leakage. As others have said, the dimensions of the spigots don't seem correct either, and I had a lot of trouble making the connections.
I ended up completely chopping mine up to get it to fit. I also plan to tape up all the seems to make it air tight. Maybe the kit should have included some tape in the first place!
October 20, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by My2Cents Dont even bother!
I usually take reviews with a grain of salt because most people don't know how to install or fix things as a DIY project. However, with that said. Everything in all these reviews I have read are SPOT on! The product is not sealed around the edges; I can see holes and gaps around all the corners, the entrance and exit ports are too short and finally, if I have to purchase extra parts to make this product adapt, then why even bother in the first place. All I needed was an off set, I'm heading back for the traditional 90's and be done with it.
But I shouldn't blame the EE, I should blame myself for having a dead battery on my smartphone and being unable to read the reviews prior to purchase, would of laughed, inspected the product and handed it back to the EE! You don't even need to try to install it if you read the reviews, a visual inspection shows all you need to see. Unfortunately, I didn't look until after I tried to install the product, again, my FAULT!
Not looking for perfect, but this product worthless!
September 1, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by drdna Awful, awful product
This product is useless - completely useless. Collars are too short to allow one to secure and other kind of ducting to it. The holes are also the wrong size to accept other Everbilt ducting. Awful product. I shall be returning it tomorrow - less than 12 hours after purchasing it.
August 3, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by MMBB I wish I had read the other reviews
I agree with the other reviews about the length of the collars that attach to the dryer and duct work- not long enough. This item is really almost useless. I trimmed the periscope area so I guess I can't return it. There is apparently a different design available that addressees these problems but I didn't recognize the issues until I tried to fit it. The other design wasn't available in the store.
April 7, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by lancer connection part not deep enough
Bought this to make the dryer safer to use. I previously had vinyl vent ducts. The only problem I had with this is that the fitting which connects to the dryer is not deep enough (< 1"), not allowing a tight fit. It could be used if I added an extension connection. But went somewhere else and bought a similar one which had a 3" deep connection and fitted perfectly.
August 18, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by MJDC Leaks Air Badly
I needed a low-profile telescope style dryer vent for a project and this was all the store had. The sheet metal it's made of is acceptable, but all the spot welds and many bends in the metal leak air badly -- which means lint and dust will inevitably escape, making a mess and a fire hazard. The duct connections are also much too shallow to attach reliably to the dryer or the rest of the ductwork.
In order to make this work, I had to use foil tape to seal up ALL the corners and seams, not just the slip connection in the middle like the instructions call for. The inlets and outlets won't stay attached without driving a couple of screws through the sheet metal. The I started the dryer and found more air leaks. You have to get it all connected up, then run the dryer on its "air dry" setting, and start taping up all the leaks for this to be safe and neat. Pay close attention to the outlet connection to the exit duct -- it leaked air (and therefore lint) badly. Once the duct connection is held with sheet metal screws, you'll have to tape it all up with foil tape to keep it sealed.
For the price, I suppose it's adequate. But if you want to do the job right, be prepared to compensate for all the bad design elements. For safety, be absolutely sure you tape up all the air leaks before you get the washer and dryer set in place.
January 5, 2014