How do you construct a laundry chute?


Quick Answer

Install a laundry chute between the studs in the wall by adding a metal heating duct modified with tin snips so the opening matches the new chute door. The project involves removing the wallboard before cutting through the floor. Patching the wallboard and repainting requires several days.

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How do you construct a laundry chute?
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Full Answer

  1. Check building codes

    In some communities, building codes do not allow installation of laundry chutes due to the potential of smoke and flames traveling through the chute to the upper level during a fire.

  2. Determine the location

    A hallway makes a convenient location for all the family to use. Choose a wall that leads directly to the laundry room, and avoid walls that contain wiring or plumbing.

  3. Prepare the wall

    Use a stud finder to locate the studs. Cut and remove the wallboard between two adjacent studs to a 42-inch height using a utility knife. Remove the wallboard. Use a reciprocating saw to cut through the base plate, and work it away carefully to avoid damage to the opposing wall. Cut an opening through the floor into the laundry room.

  4. Install the duct

    Snap the duct pieces together. Use tin snips to cut an opening in the front of the vent to match the new door. Cover all joints on the inside with duct tape to prevent snags to clothing. Use screws to attach the duct to the studs. Cover screw heads with duct tape.

  5. Finish the job

    Patch the drywall and paint. Once the paint dries, install the chute door.

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