That's a tough one.. I cant see a way,other than what you have now.
Where doe's the pipe vent to?
The vent side of the laundry room is against the wall over our front porch. I think you are saying maybe I should vent through that wall for perfect alignment.I guess that's the front of your house which is why you don't vent it out that back wall? i'd reconsider as you could perfectfully align the vent and get back the space you're losing. ...i've seen people vent through the floor of the dryer but it's a pain to do it and if needs service also you'd have to relocate that hole... if you go that route DON'T use flex inside dryer-rigid only with Al tape.
Do those kits meet code? I like the idea, but I think there may be a stud right behind the dryer's vent outlet.P/S, you could also cut a recess [they sell kits for this] into back wall so dryer fits flush. looks like you'd have to chip away some of your foundation wall[come in at an angle]. but would work and it's a one time thing.
That's a good idea ("pull the washing machine out, in order to make the dryer vent connection").Not sure about code, but I would not want it vented into my crawl space, so would definitely come up with a solution to vent it outside. To your original question though, I prefer rigid vent, so would pull the washing machine out, in order to make the dryer vent connection, then slide the washing machine back in place. May need longer hoses, depending on where your valves are, but, in my opinion, that would be better than that long flexible vent line.
Since I have an electric dryer, the fact that the opening onto the porch would not be 3 feet away from the window (horizontally) doesn't seem like much of a safety issue. No CO coming out that vent. No one is going to run a gas line over to the laundry room in order to start using a gas dryer. I would use a type A, straight out rather than a straight down termination - so the hot air would dissipate before it got up to the window.Sorry, i should have looked closer at your pic's. didn't realize that was a joist [on right]. thought it was concrete foun' and outer wall-DUH!.My fixation was; they weren't even, and it was bugging me that dryer wasn't behind jamb. Yeah, you def' don't want it venting into crawl space permanently. if dryer match's up-sure, pull the washer to make conn. with a 90* elbow..You still have to get it outside though. i can see code for gas dryer[co blowing back into window-do they make exception for electric dryer? i'd do it anyway as it's the most practical, safest, and easier on dryer plus now they'd be even :yes:. it won't ever cause a problem and how would anyone know? i'd be worried notching joists.