If you've ever seen paint peeling off a block wall, you might be able to
imagine melted paint. Once it peels off, the heat can get behind it and
melt the edges that aren't affixed to the wall anymore.
OK, so maybe the paint isn't melted, maybe it's just peeled off the wall
from the heat. In any case, Leza has confirmed it's not a hole and that was
the real question.
Another easy, quick, and cheap option would be to start with an "indoor
dryer vent kit" such as one like this:
These are not supposed to be used for gas dryers, but yours looks like it is
an electric dryer (not gas), so it should be okay.
A disadvantage of these indoor dryer vent kits is that they vent hot humid
air into the room where the dryer is located. That may not be much of an
issue where you are located due to the cooler climate. If you have a secure
screen on the window in that room, you could open that window while drying
if that helps. And, if the vent fan in that room works, and is controlled
by the wall switch, maybe that would be a way to vent the humid air to the
Most, but not all, of the lint from the dryer gets collected in the dryer
vent kit (which must be cleaned frequently).
Direct venting to the outside is better, but this indoor dryer vent kit is
One issue you may have, regardless of how you do the venting, is figuring
out how to make the connection to the dryer itself. From the photos, there
does not appear to be a vent pipe coming out of the dryer that you can
connect the vent ducting to. You will need to look inside the hole at the
bottom of the dryer to see what you need to put there to make the connection
to the dryer. Most likely, it will just need a connector piece that
attaches to the vent duct that is inside the dryer and is done with a
regular dryer vent clamp.
If you are able to upload a photo looking inside the dryer vent hole at the
bottom of the dryer, it may be possible to tell from that what you need.
Or, you can probably figure that out on your own.
My parents had an electric dryer for years. During the summer they would vent it
to the outside via a standard dryer vent.
During the winter my dad would take the flexible duct off of the vent, seal the
vent so no cold air came in, put the leg from a pair of Mom's panty hose on the
end of the flexible duct and leave it lying on the laundry room floor.
He used the heat and the moisture to make the basement more comfortable. It was
just the 2 of them so there wasn't a lot of laundry. He would plan his drying
around the times when he had to spend time in the basement working on a project.
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