Dryer Precautions

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  1. Rikter8

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    Just a friendly message that I got at work...so passing it along.

    It's good info to keep, and a reminder to check your furnace filters going into the winter season.
    Time to get everything tuned up and ready to heat!


    Dryer precaution...very important
    > >
    > > I had a wonderful morning, until the heating unit
    > went out on my dryer!
    > >
    > > The repair man went in to the dryer and pulled out
    > the lint filter. It
    > > was clean. We always clean the lint from the
    > filter after every load of
    > > clothes. He told us that he wanted to show us
    > something.
    > >
    > > He took the filter over to the sink, ran hot water
    > over it. Now, the lint
    > > filter is made of a mesh material - I'm sure you
    > know what your dryer's
    > > lint filter looks like.
    > >
    > > WELL.....the hot water just sat on top of the
    > mesh!!! It didn't go through
    > > it at all!!!
    > >
    > > He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over the
    > mesh and that's what
    > > burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the
    > film, but it's there. This
    > > is also what causes dryer units to catch fire and
    > potentially burn your
    > > house down! He said the best way to keep your
    > dryer working for a very
    > > long time (& to keep your electric bill lower) is
    > to take that filter out
    > > & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush
    > (or other brush) at
    > > least every six months.
    > >
    > > He said that makes the life of the dryer at least
    > twice as long! How
    > > about that???!!!! Learn something new everyday!
    > >
    > > I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do
    > that. So, I thought I'd
    > > share!
    > >
    > > Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by
    > running water on it. The
    > > water ran thru a little bit but mostly collected
    > all the water in the mesh
    > > screen.
    > >
    > > I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush
    > & I had it done in 30
    > > seconds. Then when I rinsed it and the water ran
    > right thru the screen!
    > > There wasn't any puddling at all!
    > >
    > > That repairman knew what he was talking about!
    > >
    > > PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR
    > ADDRESS BOOK.
    > > NOT ONLY COULD IT SAVE SOMEONE'S HOME, BUT IT
    > COULD SAVE YOURS!!
     
  2. Hatched69

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    Thanks for the tip!
    Also, you might check for debris that gets trapped in the exhaust vent and outdoor flaps of your dryer. It's just as hazardous.

    No need for a "heated" debate on this one.
    Especially for someone with a "dry" sense of humor.:biggrin1:
     
  3. agnslz

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    Thanks for the info!:smile:

    I'll be sure to at least pass it along to my mom! I do my laundry at her house almost every weekend!:biggrin1: Incidentally, my mom's dryer gave out not that long ago. She had to get it fixed, and she always (I only sometimes) put a BUNCH of dryer sheets when we dry our clothes!:eek::biggrin1:
     
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    "Dry"? Perhaps. Soft and fluffy? For sure!:biggrin1::wink::tongue:
     
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    Just be careful and don't go for a "tumble"....:tongue:
    Too many jokes like this and we'll be "all washed up"...
     
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    I don't mind a good "tumble" so long as it's in the "gentle" cycle!:wink::tongue:

    "Washed up"? Like dirty rinse water - I'm already down the drain!:biggrin1::rolleyes:
     
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    Handle in a "delicate" manner, eh?
    Any other way, and you'd be "agitated"....right?:biggrin1:
     
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    I clean my filter however I never thought of washing it. Good tip!
    It's also best NOT to go off leaving things in the dryer running.

    Hey...and don't say I look like "Heloise!" Ha.
     
  9. agnslz

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    Surely! I'm quite "delicate"!:biggrin1: I just found out that like a good dryer, I'm also full of hot air!:wink::biggrin1:

    BTW, Bette is pretty "agitated" with me I'm afraid!:biggrin1: Perhaps I should hang her out to dry?:rolleyes:
     
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    Think we can "Bounce" her for flaming and "agitating" our warm cozy "cycle"?

    My word, these are bad puns.
     
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    Be "gentle". Otherwise you'll make a "Permanent impression", which will be a "wrinkle" you'll never "iron" out.:biggrin1:
     
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    She does seem to have issues with too much starchy foods.
     
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    Quite a "stiff" huh?
     
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    Sweet, Gillette!:smile:

    Personally, I'd like to "Shout her out!", but I'm in a gentle cycle now!:wink::biggrin1:

    She seems to be stuck in a permanent spin cycle out of here though!

    Putting her through the wringer would do no good! (Thanks Hatched69!:wink:)
     
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    Judging from the dress she has on in her avatar, sending her to the cleaners might be more appropriate!:biggrin1::tongue:
     
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    Well, don't go for a "spin" with her. Otherwise you'll feel "drained" in the morning.
    (Now, bear in mind if you dream about cars, you might wake up "exhausted" anyway):biggrin1:
     
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    Helpful hints from Heloise!:tongue:
     
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    I thought this was a Delicate(s) issue so I Timed(ry) out and pushed the Start Button at Snopes.com just in case it was a bunch of Fluff.

    Anyway, this is what ended up in my (Laundry) Basket:

    http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/dryer.asp

    I think I'll run the lint filter through a cycle in the top basket of my dishwasher with the glassware every couple of months.
     
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    I wouldn't touch her even if she required to be handwashed!:rolleyes:

    She seems to be the drip dry sort you see!:tongue:
     
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    Right you are! You wouldn't want to "sock" it to us, now would you? :biggrin1:
     
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