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Dryer Vent Cleaning Tips


Preparing for Dryer Vent Cleaning
Doing laundry presents enough challenges without dealing with an inefficient dryer.
Doing laundry presents enough challenges without dealing with an inefficient dryer.
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Before you get started, you'll want to gather a few basic tools -- a flashlight, a screwdriver and your vacuum cleaner or a Shop-Vac. It's also helpful to have a coat hanger or dowel rod handy. The first step is to pull out your dryer so you can get behind it, and then unplug it. This is very important -- you never want to work on an appliance while it's plugged in. And if it's a gas dryer, you should turn off the gas where it connects to the unit.


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