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- Sturdy Design
- Cleaning Ducts
Comments about Linteater® Dryer Vent Cleaning Kit (RJR601):
I wanted to buy the LintEater Dryer Vent Cleaning System (RLE202), but the Ace store only had the LintEater Extension Kit (R-3203612) and this cleaning kit in stock, so I bought them together to get most of the same functionality for about the same price. It was put to use within an hour after purchase and worked perfectly to clean out ten years of lint accumulation from a 14-foot long, 4-inch diameter flexible aluminum dryer vent duct with a couple of gentle bends. The stiff nylon bristles of the large diameter brush work well in loosening lint that has caked due to moisture.
The instructions say to tape the joints of the rod sections to prevent them from unscrewing while the brush is rotated in the duct with a 1/2-inch drill, but I found the tape to be an annoyance when using LintEater in close quarters, as one may need to run the rod in and out of the duct many times, working progressively farther from the opening and extracting lint wads. What works best for me is to chuck the 18-inch section of rod in the drill and then add and subtract sections of 36-inch rod as needed, remembering to ALWAYS keep the drill in "forward" (clockwise) mode to prevent the rods from unscrewing. It is not necessary to run the drill in reverse while cleaning; just keep running it forward while extracting the rod and brush from the duct. When disconnecting the rod sections, firmly grip the rod that goes into the duct to prevent it from turning while running the drill in reverse to unscrew the rod sections. With care, the chances of the brush head being "stranded" in the duct are virtually nil, although I do secure the brush head to a section of 36-inch rod for the entire cleaning session. The kit can also be used by hand, without the aid of a drill, albeit slightly slower.
In situations where the discharge end of the duct is accessible with the tool, the dryer can be turned on in "air only" (no heat) mode and it will blow the lint out of the duct as it is loosened by the brush. It may be necessary to wear a dust mask, as the air will be thick with lint and dust.
The narrow, long brush with finer bristles is handy for cleaning out the dryer lint trap and some of the duct fittings that have recesses too tight for the large diameter coarse bristle brush to reach.
With this kit plus the extension rods there is no excuse for waiting until the dryer malfunctions or catches fire before calling for professional duct cleaning services. It's easy enough for a homeowner to perform preventive maintenance every year or two, and it pays for itself in a single use.