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    Clothes dryer cleaning

    I got this from a friend that sends out stuff like this to a bunch of us. Haven't tested it yet but in light of what happened to Sliver's dryer and the fire that it caused it's worth posting up. And something that is very easy to test and fix.

    The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink, ran hot water over it. 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 that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film , but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free - that nice fragrance too, you know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box, well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it! 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 through 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 the water ran right Thru the screen! There wasn't any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!
    A backyard mechanic without a service manual is just like a hooker without a lamp pole.... they are both in the dark.

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    What the hell... here's the rest of the nuggets of knowledge. Some are self evidently true and others would need some testing but they all seem plausible and easy to test for very little cost.

    I won't be trying #14 myself anytime soon but some of you ladies out there may find it handy.


    1. Reheat Pizza
    Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove , set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.
    2. Easy Devilled Eggs
    Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal , mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients , reseal , keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly , cut the tip of the baggy , squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.
    3. Expanding Frosting
    When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store , whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.
    4. Reheating refrigerated bread
    To warm biscuits , pancakes , or muffins that were refrigerated , place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
    5. Newspaper weeds away
    Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.
    6. Broken Glass
    Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.
    7. No More Mosquitoes
    Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.
    8. Squirrel Away!
    To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.
    9. Flexible vacuum
    To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.
    10. Reducing Static Cling
    Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and -- ta da! -- static is gone.
    11. Measuring Cups
    Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
    12. Foggy Windshield?
    Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!
    13. Reopening envelope
    If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside , just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.
    14. Conditioner
    Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair...
    15. Goodbye Fruit Flies
    To get rid of pesky fruit flies , take a small glass fill it 1/2" with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid , mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!
    16. Get Rid of Ants
    Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it , take it "home", can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains , but it works & you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
    A backyard mechanic without a service manual is just like a hooker without a lamp pole.... they are both in the dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psyclone View Post
    uhm....are you retired? Who has time to write all that stuff out.
    He isn't retiring for another year or so. I guess he is getting warmed up.

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    # 7 and #11 seems to be pretty interesting ones....

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    I don't make 'em up. I just pass 'em along.....

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    A backyard mechanic without a service manual is just like a hooker without a lamp pole.... they are both in the dark.

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    You are starting to concern me TeeTee. I think you will slide into retirement just fine. hahahahaha

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    Just tested the lint trap theory... Holds true, water pooled up and didn't flow through very well.

    Cleaned it up and you could see a difference just from looking at it, water runs through freely now...

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    Well, if we saved one house that's worth the typing. Glad it helped out there Hershey. Like the man said, if air can't flow then the element gets too hot then you got's yerself a world of trouble.

    Good to hear that it's not just snake oil.
    A backyard mechanic without a service manual is just like a hooker without a lamp pole.... they are both in the dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeTee View Post
    Good to hear that it's not just snake oil.
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    Checked my own just a few minutes ago. We USED to use dryer sheets consistently but I haven't used them for a couple of years now other than sporadically.

    At first it held some water. But I had turned on the hot water and as the temp came up it started flowing through the screen better. Hot water alone cleaned it up nicely in my case at least. I guess it melted the goo away. BUt there was certainly some restriction before it started to melt away.

    I'm a believer.....
    A backyard mechanic without a service manual is just like a hooker without a lamp pole.... they are both in the dark.

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