Okay, so technically this isn't about DIY, though maybe it will serve as some encouragement to those who wonder if the money they are saving by DIY is worth it.
Our house is currently being sided by professionals. They worked last Thursday and Friday. So Saturday, as usual, I washed a load of clothes, and then put them into the dryer. I went shopping for a couple of hours, and when I came back, the dryer was still running. When I opened it, I found that there was heat, but the clothes were still soaking wet, and the lint had collected on the door. I double-checked the placement of the lint trap, cleaned the door, checked all the connections, and tried again. An hour later, I checked again, and found the same thing. I was distraught, because my bathroom sink and oven are already broken, awaiting the funds to fix them. I just COULDN'T add the dryer to the list. Well, suddenly it occurred to my husband and me to look outside.
Yup. They sided over the vent. They didn't cut a hole, they didn't remove the existing cover. They just sided right over it. So I now have a bunch of wet clothes that are turning musty, and smell a bit like burning plastic.
I've never sided a house before, but wouldn't you think that NOT covering the dryer vent would be close to the first page of "Siding for Dummies"?
And we're paying for this.....