If the cat was able to claw through it, that means it's one of those
wire-reinforced vinyl hoses. Those things really aren't safe. Do yourself a
favor and replace it with a flexible aluminum duct (around $15-20 at Home
Depot or Lowes).
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Don't try and fix it as you have the wrong kind of vent to begin with.
It should be an all metal vent. Not corrugated. They don't cost much and
are not difficult to replace. There will be less chance of new damage, or
fire and the dryer will work better because of less restriction of the air
Jumping on the bandwagon, replace the plastic vent with a metal
one, and I don't mean that expandable aluminum foil type. If your
cat can get to the thing, I guarantee you it's somewhere where it can
easily be squished. I know, I had that kind, ran it behind some
utility shelving and something must have fallen on it. A fire hazard.
Do yourself and your family a favor and Don't go there.
But to take my life in my hands and answer your actual question, yes
you can do this, and no, it doesn't melt the tape. I used one rigged
like this for years. Safe? Probably not, but I'm here to tell the
It'll work. Temporarily. You'll have to re-tape eventually as duct tape gets
Melt? Hardly. The hot air that comes from a dryer vent is not really hot
air. It's more like "lukewarm air," or "tepid air."
Don't believe? Poke a meat thermometer through the vinyl pipe and watch the
thermometer not move.
If you're still worried about the pipe melting, replace it with a cardboard
Thank all of you for the help. I went to Home Depot but they didn't have any
good transition ducts so I decided to tape up the old one with metal tape.
It was difficult for me until I bought some clamps that had the perforations
instead of two brackets that were drawn together by a screw. It made a lot
Two things fixed this week - a transition duct and a stopped up toilet.
Usually I break more things that I fix.
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