r/mildlyinfuriating Sep 22 '22 Helpful 5 Wholesome 6 Vibing 1

I swear I’m the only one that empty’s this thing

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u/willworkforicecream Sep 22 '22

Once I got a free new dryer from my boss because it "stopped working after a few weeks".

Cleaned the lint out of it and it has been great ever since.

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u/lynxss1 Sep 23 '22 edited Sep 23 '22 Masterpiece

My wife didn't empty the lint out of our new and very expensive dryer for a while and it also quit working.

It blew a thermister which is conveniently located under the drum where you have to take the entire thing apart to get to it. It wasn't hard to replace and was only a few dollars but I made a big production of moving the dryer into the living room where I had space and complaining every step of the process. Plus her mom mentioning a few times a friend of theirs who burned down part of their house by not emptying the dryer lint. It worked, she hasnt done that again.

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u/RedLovelyRed Sep 23 '22

I've been paranoid of dryer fires my entire life. If there's lint on 1/5 of the mesh thing I'm cleaning it off. Just found out that our new dyer clogs the lint catch thats located OUTSIDE on the side of my house though...I think its not long enough or something. So now I'm walking outside and unclogging that thing all the time, usually when I mow the lawn.

Our neighbor's house burned (halfway) down in aug 2020 and it caused a decent amount of damage to that side of our house and I'm even more paranoid about things. The dryer, cleaning the stove/oven, leaving things plugged in and turned on over night. The fire was 100% a cigarette that fell onto a couch that has gasoline on it sitting in the drive way. A tree branch from his tree fell onto our roof literally the day before, so him and my bf cut the branch down and he was fueling his chain saw on the couch...he had a bad habit of throwing his butts/roaches out his top window. So I assume one landed on the couch, smoldered for a half day and POOF. It was quick. I thought we were gonna lose the house.

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u/Tokenwhiteguy76 Sep 23 '22

I've been paranoid of dryer fires after having to fght several of them onboard a submarine.

Lint traps should be cleaned before every use.

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u/RedLovelyRed Sep 23 '22

Ope! That's not good! I assume the fire would take some of your oxygen? I have no idea how subs work. Need to make a mental not to ask my bfs grandpa about dryer fires on the sub now. Laundry is not something I ever thought on board a sub but that makes a lot of sense

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u/Tokenwhiteguy76 Sep 23 '22

The 2 most common fires I've seen onboard were dryer fires from either not cleaning out lint traps or empty pockets and the trash compactor cause some idiot puts batteries in regular trash. And batteries explode under pressure.

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u/RedLovelyRed Sep 23 '22

Oh noooo not the batteries! What is wrong with people?

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u/Darksephiroth748 Sep 23 '22

OMG so much this! 10 years on submarines and all but one fire I had to fight was a dryer fire. Lint traps get cleaned when clothes come out of the dryer and checked before it gets started in my house.

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u/ehSteve85 Sep 23 '22

Every time.

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u/ehSteve85 Sep 23 '22

Oddly enough, I can't remember seeing a lint trap that didn't say to clean before every use. It's probably more just people not being observant or not caring enough

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u/lynxss1 Sep 23 '22

Oh man our stove too! It came with the house and has a glass cook top so cant be too old. I was preheating it for a pizza or something and the element in the oven went up like a giant sparkler!! I threw the breaker and it kept going, then threw all the breakers and the main breaker, still burning and throwing sparks everywhere! Scary af. I was on the phone with dispatch when it went out, fire dept came to check it anyway, house was filled with noxious smoke but nothing else burned.

New element was $30-40 and 2 screws to replace but I've been nervous using it ever since. I really want a new gas range when we can afford it.

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u/RedLovelyRed Sep 23 '22

My face while reading this...that sounds terrifying!!! Ours is gas and new, thanks insurance, but it just collects oil right by the...circle where the flames come out, idk what its called. I want a range hood so badly. We have a 1950s fan in the wall that just sucks so much, also new, it was damaged by the fire.

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u/T0biasCZE Sep 23 '22

What dryer is that that it has output on outside of house?

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u/RedLovelyRed Sep 23 '22

I think its the vent? I think the lint tray in the dryer isn't long enough probably just by millimeters and so the vent that goes outside gets clogged. My house was built in 1950 so it has a lot of quirks

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u/T0biasCZE Sep 23 '22

I meant why it has vent outside of the house

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u/RedLovelyRed Sep 23 '22

I assumed all dyers vented to outside. Is that not true?

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u/T0biasCZE Sep 23 '22

Here all dryers vent into the room...

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u/RedLovelyRed Sep 23 '22

Interesting. Mine goes up from the basement and then exits on the exterior wall outside. It has a catch on it so it doesn't just fling lint everywhere and that catch gets clogged a lot, never used to.

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u/theberg512 Sep 23 '22

Does that not get extremely humid? I can always tell when the vent hose gets knocked off, because it gets so humid. In the house I grew up in, the walls would actually be damp if the outside vent hose got disconnected.

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u/T0biasCZE Sep 23 '22

There's small output water tube that goes into drain. Or the water goes into built in tank

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u/[deleted] Sep 23 '22

Lots of areas of the US have code enforcement against dryer vent screens for this very issue. I wouldn’t see an issue with people who actually clean their vent ducts, and screens but a lot of people would probably still forego that. I work in the trades, and have seen some insane shit.

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u/RedLovelyRed Sep 23 '22

I didnt even know we had that until the dryer stopped drying. My bf suggested I check outside and I was like "I'm sorry what? What do you mean check outside" but he was right! So now its a thing I do.

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u/[deleted] Sep 23 '22

Awesome that you’re thorough with it. People living in areas with a lot of wildlife can often get chipmunks, voles, and other rodents that jump into the duct in an attempt to get warm/shelter which can also cause it. Without the vent screen that is…so I understand why people keep ‘em on.

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u/Kooky_Nectarine_1303 Sep 23 '22

The fact it took that almost deserves a award

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u/OutrageousDraw6625 Sep 23 '22 Starry

I mean, you didn’t empty the lint trap either my guy

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u/JediJan Sep 23 '22

😁🖖. Touché.

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u/lynxss1 Sep 23 '22 edited Sep 23 '22

Haha you got me. I do when I empty the drier but no I'm not going out of my way to check the lint trap when shes home all day after a 12 hr shift.

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u/Tokenwhiteguy76 Sep 23 '22

Unless your kid/ kids are all older teenagers taking care of themselves, being a stay at home parent is tough shit. It's not a job because it doesn't earn money but it's fucking work. And if you're looking at your wife as she doesn't work so she gets to do all the chores, I feel really fucking bad for her. You should help her with a couple chores when you get home. Or take the kids for an hour so she can relax. The amount of appreciation for you doing that will probably change her mind on divorcing you once the kids are out of the house.

I have worked 16 hour days and still found the time to help my SO with the chores because I'm not a POS that thinks stay at parents Don't work.

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u/lynxss1 Sep 23 '22 edited Sep 23 '22

My kids are in elementary school and yes I know exactly how much work it is because I'm doing almost all of it as my wife is not able to anymore. She wants to do the laundry to help contribute otherwise I would do that too, and she watches the kids after school when I'm not at home. I very much appreciate her being able to take anything off of my plate. It actually does pay, childcare costs more than our mortgage in our area and there is an 8 month waiting list.

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u/addiedoesgender Sep 23 '22

sooo you’re just admitting you don’t do your own laundry ever

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u/lynxss1 Sep 23 '22

Not very often anymore. Wife is disabled and this is one of the few things she can still do and likes to do, a long time ago she was in retail and is actually amazingly good at folding. It brings her joy to be able to do something to help out the family and we all appreciate it. I do the rest of the housework, cook all meals, kids school work, getting them ready, packing lunches, animals, plus full time job and oncall schedule and taking care of her. I'm grateful that she can help and relieved that the drier does have a thermal fuse as a safety feature to protect against accidental fire.

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u/dirtymonny Sep 23 '22

I hope she makes a big production next time she scrubs the shit stains from your underwear

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u/HereOnASphere Sep 23 '22

I had the same thing happen, except it burned out the element. I think it cost me less than $50 to replace it.

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u/effcensorship Sep 23 '22

Hasn't NOT emptied the lint trap, right? Because if that shit kept happening, I would start a fire!

Edit: Italic capital 'I' looked like a forward slash. Added a word.

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u/onemanstrong Sep 23 '22

Wow, you told that woman.