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#1 rey910


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Posted 01 April 2005 - 09:02 AM

Not sure if I am allowed to post something like this---but figured what the "L" if not then it will be deleted. I no this is mainly a computer related site but something happen to me the other day and i feel i should pass this on to any and all people--whether it be verbal or written-----
People who have gas dryers in their homes--not sure if you are aware of a couple things that could happen---they almost happened to me---
#1----always when spring comes---everyone gets on a spring cleaning trip---you go outside of your house and clean up what you missed in the fall and what mother nature had done to your flower gardens---did you ever think that vent where it is attached to your dryer could be filled with lint particles? Please take the couple minutes and clean it out----easier than trying to restore what a fire had destroyed.
#2----don't let that dryer intimidate you---unplug it and lift the top---it is just snapped down---then unscrew the front panel from the dryer---making sure you unattached the button for the on/off switch---remove the front--it usually just lifts up a bit and then can be removed---get your vacuum out and vacuum any and all lint/fuzz/or whatever is lying around---you might just notice---there seems to be more flammable stuff near the burner---takes bout a half hour to give it a through cleaning ---re-read last sentence in #1
#3----try to do this frequently---look behind your dryer and see if any clothes or what not had fallen down there and could possibly be lying across the vent pipe---you would be amazed at how much heat is sent thru that vent to the outside---re-read #!
#4----before you plug your dryer back in---most of the cords are fairly long and they droop down behind your dryer---did you know when they droop--they most likely droop against those little vents that are behind your dryer---over a period of time---the heat emitting from those little vents could very well melt the protective coating that surrounds your plug wires----make sure that the plug wire is not laying against those vents---i am considering myself very lucky on this one----my son called me one day and said the dryer stopped at his home---asked what to do---he said the circuit breaker went off---being as it is an old dryer i just thought the motor had finally gone on it--i told him to unplug it for a while(assuming that the motor had a heat kill switch, that when it cooled back down would reset) and then plug it back in---this he tried---didn't hear from him for a couple days---then he called again and asked if i could come over and look at dryer because it was still not working---my next thought was that the dial to start the dryer had finally wore out---so i pulled the dryer away from the wall to get to the back to remove the switch---i then noticed that the cord was attached to the back at the bottom of wear it was drooping---also assuming that there was a clip there holding the cord there--i looked for it---didn't see any clip---so i gave it a healthy tug and the cord came loose---when i looked at the cord---the protective covering had all melted and it had fused to the back of the dryer---by the grace of GOD no one had gotten electrocuted----i immediately replaced the bare wired cord with a new one and made sure that there was no more droop in the cord once it was plugged back in.

every thing is in tip top running order now but just from what i have experienced---i hope this message helps others

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Posted 01 April 2005 - 09:17 AM

Not sure if I am allowed to post something like this---but figured what the "L" if not then it will be deleted. I no this is mainly a computer related site but something happen to me the other day and i feel i should pass this on to any and all people--whether it be verbal or written-----

You've got the right forum, rey.
You can post anything you want to, in the General Chat forum.

Nice safety tip.
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Posted 01 April 2005 - 10:59 AM

I'm glad you had the inspiration to check it out, rey910.
Seems like you have averted a tragedy that was in the making.
patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...

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Posted 01 April 2005 - 08:04 PM

rey910: Just took your advice...and what a surprise. Can't call them dust-bunnies, more like lint-hippos hiding in the nooks and crannies :thumbsup:. Thanks for the tip. :flowers:
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