DryerPlacard - A Simple, Permanent Label Solution


Most building code now requires a permanent label that delineates the calculated length of the dryer’s exhaust system. This equivalent length covers the exhaust system from the interior wall to the exterior of the structure.

Equivalent Length?
Each sectioned elbow in the system negatively affects the overall length with the only exception being long-turn elbows (i.e: the Dryer-Ell). 45 and 90 degree elbows effectively add 2.5 feet and 5 feet respectively. With the equivalent length identified, the right appliances can be selected, and the appliances that are unable to vent efficiently through the equivalent length can be avoided. In this manner, excessive lint buildup can be avoided and the fire risk can be lessened.

Both duct runs below have an equivalent length of twenty five feet based on the type of elbow employed.
Both duct runs below have an equivalent length of twenty five feet based on the type of elbow employed.

Equivalent Length?
Each sectioned elbow in the system negatively affects the overall length with the only exception being long-turn elbows (i.e: the Dryer-Ell). 45 and 90 degree elbows effectively add 2.5 feet and 5 feet respectively. With the equivalent length identified, the right appliances can be selected, and the appliances that are unable to vent efficiently through the equivalent length can be avoided. In this manner, excessive lint buildup can be avoided and the fire risk can be lessened.

Code Required — Equivalent Length Notification

PLAC34 Six Warning Labels to a Sheet for Building Code Compliance

Now, homeowners can select appliances that meet length requirements set on the label with a permanent marker. And as their builder, can take full advantage of manufacturer run lengths without problems down the road.

Made to last, the 3" X 4" PLAC34 is a .010" thick Lexan® velvet-textured polycarbonate. This is the same material used to make bullet proof windows and is very difficult to mar. Its 3M® 9471 pressure sensitive adhesive sticks permanently to a wide variety of surfaces.


ICC Code Sections IMC 504.6.5 and IRC 1502.4.5:

"Length identification. Where the exhaust duct is concealed within the building construction, the equivalent length of the exhaust duct shall be identified on a permanent label or tag. The label or tag shall be located within 6 feet (1829mm) of the exhaust duct connection."

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2009 IMC for Dryer Venting and Identification  2009 International Mechanical Code
2009 IRC for Dryer Venting and Duct Label Requirements  2009 International Residential Code


Part Number PLAC34


2009 International Mechanical and International Residential Code now require a permanent label showing a duct run's equivalent length.

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Code Required Permanent Label