When we talk about leaf blowers and what can be its use, you may think that the answer to that question is really simple, I mean it is in its name! so, when you buy a leaf blower in the fall when a carpet of leaves covers your yard, it seems to be a good idea I mean it can make easier the gardening chores easier, but once fall is over, and there are no more leaves to blow up what happens? the rest of the year what? Is it useless? Well… of course not.
There are many different uses for you leaf blower and it can become one of your favorite tools to fix different type of tasks, also it has a mode which is called leaf blower vacuum, and it can be really helpful in a lot of different situations, making a simple leaf blower into a versatile tool that can help you out with other types of tasks.
So, I will show you one of them, and its to clean a dryer vent, normally this task can be a hard one, but with a little help from our leaf blower, we will be able to do it easier, and faster.
I recommend to always wear protective gear like working gloves, eyes, ears protection, to avoid any type of injuries. Also, you will need to wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth, to avoid the dust that can always be bad for your health.
Step 1: First of all, you will need to get access to the dryer vent, in a way that you can drag dryer away from the wall to work behind it. Try to find a good spot so you feel comfortable handling the leaf blower.
Step 2: The second step will be to remove the cover from the outside of the vent that will allow escaping a significant amount of air. Be careful following this step, because if you do it wrong or just don’t follow it, the air that blows throughout the pipe will result in excess pressure which can cause damage to your leaf blower and its tubing. Anyway if you see that the leaf blower is doing to much noise, can be a result of the engine working harder, so be careful cause we don’t want to burn it down.
Step 3: Once you have been able to open its cover from the outside, then don’t forget to use this opportunity to clean the vent manually with a brush or a vacuum cleaner so you will be able to remove completely the permanent lint that has built up for a long period around the cover.
Step 4: Now we can clean it from the inside, now that the outer side has been cleaned. So, you will be able to use a simple cordless leaf blower or an electric leaf blower for this task. First, you will have to seal the vent around the nozzle of your leaf blower also you can use a duct tape that doesn’t have any hassle because the main goal will be to prevent the air from getting out.
Step 5: Now you will need to turn the leaf blower on some seconds even up to one minute, so that all the lint which has been collected in the pipe, will be cleaned out of the external vent.
Step 6: For the last step, you have to make sure that all the lint has been removed successfully from the outer side and then, you will have to put everything back where it belongs.
Things to have in mind when using the leaf blower to clean the dryer vent!
If the vent pipe is too long the leaf blower will not be strong enough to push the debris out of the pipe successfully at least not everything. Also, the lint may be clogging inside the pipe causing a greater obstruction that will not allow you to clean it up and may cause damage to your leaf blower.
To prevent this, you will need to insert a dryer-vent drill with the brush extension so it will set lose some of the debris, making it easier to get clean before using the leaf blower. The drill hook will be able to pull out everything that is causing the blockage.
your leaf blower will be able to blow out the dirt in a straight pipe but won’t be able to do that through bent pipes or twisted pipes due to the lack of power. It also won’t be able to remove debris that gathered in the folds of accordion-style ducting.
You will have to make sure that there’s no metal screening covering the outlet vent. Lint will build-up behind the screen causing a fire hazard. And you will have to remove the screen before using the leaf blower.