I was doing my annual dryer maintenance, when I noticed that the main dryer vent line has fallen off. Looking to reconnect without putting a large hole in the floor.
We have second story laundry with a 19' rigid dryer line to the outside. There is ~60° bend where the line was attached to another flanged rigid piece (about 1') which was mounted to the floor. From there there is a short Al flexible connection to the dryer (a 12" rigid pipe out of the back of the dryer).
When I disconnected the flexible portion, I noticed that the rigid piece in the floor opened up to the sub flooring as the line to the exterior had fallen off.
I was able to pull the piece in the floor out, and expanded the hole slightly to be able to manipulate the the exterior line. I put in a brace to hold it up (which was hard) but I really can't get a hand plus the rigid pipe in the hole.
There are joists about 6" apart limiting horizontal expansion of the hole, but I could continue to expand it vertically (not that I really want to cut through the subflooring).
Are there any tools, tricks, or special connectors that would make it easier to reconnect the line?
It was originally done during the construction of the house before the 2nd story flooring was put in.