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Cheap Trick - Recessed Dryer Box Model 425 Review

comments (11) December 30th, 2013 in Blogs
Matt Risinger Matt Risinger, Blogger

If you've ever installed a Clothes Dryer you know that the vent at the back is in jeopardy of being pinched off the second you push the unit back into place. 

Squashed Dryer Vents are pretty common. How long do you think this Dryer takes to dry a load of clothes?    

The simple way to eliminate this problem is by using a recessed box. The DryerBox Model 425 gives you a few inches back into your laundry room, and prevents the inevitable kink with an exhaust collar flush to the wall.

The back side of the laundry room wall showing the Dryer Box in place with an upflow exhaust.


Super easy to install. 


Here's the Dryer Box prior to sheetrock installation.


These run about $30 and are well worth the minimal price. 

I've been using these for about 10 years now, and finally when I was on the job site yesterday it hit me that not everyone has seen these before. Here's an Amazon link to the Model 425 shown. Cheap but effective solution for this common problem.

Matt Risinger
- Risinger Homes in Austin, TX

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Comments (11)

Matt Risinger Matt Risinger writes: @PKB: Nice work! Way to take the ball and do it right! I love it! Matt
Posted: 5:36 pm on January 7th

Matt Risinger Matt Risinger writes: @noalarms The plywood is there as an inside shear wall as detailed from the engineer. That's unusual to see inside a house. Best, Matt
Posted: 5:36 pm on January 7th

ArminHammer ArminHammer writes: @MAtt and @edgarbrian: Watts has an electronic valve that turns on the water when the washing machine is turned on, much like the switches that turn on a vacuum when your tool is turned on. Pricey, though. Don't know how to do the bity url that Matt used. Here is the long Amazon link:

Thanks, edgarbrian. This has revealed a safety solution to me that I did not know existed.

Posted: 4:50 pm on January 7th

noalarms noalarms writes: Hi Matt,

Why is plywood used over the framing before drywall. Is this a code requirement for laundry rooms.

Posted: 1:15 pm on January 7th

noalarms noalarms writes: Hi Matt,

Great info on the recessed dryer connection. Quick question - why the plywood before the drywall? Is this code for a laundry room?

Posted: 12:06 pm on January 7th

PKB PKB writes: These dryer connection boxes work very well. There are now several brands of similar design available at almost every home improvement store. Unfortunately, some homebuilders and their subs have no clue. We recently built a new home using a well known national home builder. I showed the construction supervisor a picture of the "Dryer Box". His response was, "No problem, we always use those." Really? A few days later the HVAC sub installed a cheap and useless 6" x 6" tin box with dryer exhaust duct jammed into it. After muttering a few unprintable words, I purchased the correct "Dryer Box" and installed myself on a Sunday afternoon before the drywall crew showed up. No one ever noticed and we have a nice unkinked connection between our dryer and the exhaust duct.
Posted: 6:54 pm on January 6th

Matt Risinger Matt Risinger writes: @ sethmeisterg : It's hard to say exactly, a retrofit could be very easy and straightforward. On the other hand, if your dry sits on an exterior wall it's more difficult as you'll need to use some rigid foam behind the Dryer Box and do some creative insulating. You might also verify your stud spacing in that bay you intend to install the box to ensure you have the room to recess this. It works best on an interior non-insulated wall. Good luck. Matt
Posted: 9:03 am on January 6th

sethmeisterg sethmeisterg writes: Any chance this can be retrofit an existing house without much trouble?
Posted: 10:49 pm on January 5th

Matt Risinger Matt Risinger writes: @edgarbrian: I checked out that link. Looks like a good idea, but you'll need the right client to be willing to reset it each time they do a load. Here's a link to the valve I like to use.
and the braided stainless hoses
Posted: 10:45 am on December 31st

Matt Risinger Matt Risinger writes: @edgarbrian: Thanks! I'll check out that auto valve. I typically use a combined hot/cold shut off valve that kills both with one down stroke. That way a client can kill both valves when going out of town easily. Your idea sounds even better! Don't forget the braided stainless hoses too. Best, Matt
Posted: 10:33 am on December 31st

edgarbrian edgarbrian writes: Great post Matt. Check out this automatic shut off valve for the washing machine supply. It's the Time Out Automatic Shut Off Valve by the Keeney Manufacturing Company - It could be a great addition to your best practices approach to building and remodeling.
Posted: 8:28 pm on December 30th

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