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Betty Montgomery
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My cloths dryer died. I'm not too sad about that as my solar dryer has been up and running for a good while now. All I have to do is keep track of the weather so I don't have to dash out to "save" my washing or bring it in from a third, unintended "rinse" cycle.
However that old dryer is taking up some possibly usable room in my house. I really don't want to just haul it out to the curb for trash or pay to add it to the nearest land fill. I most certainly will NOT do what some around here do and just haul it out to the back of my land and leave it or dump it in the nearest, most hidden creek. I could get a friend to help and haul it off to the local metal recycling business or even try to sell it, as is, as a fixer upper. Trouble is I am also fairly sure there are uses that all it's bits and bobs could be put to on my approximately 15 acres of land here in North East Texas.
As far as I know the thing is still quiet usable as is and could likely be fixed if I could find a timer for the particular make and model that I have. BUT as the old cloths line works so well, why bother.
Anyone have any suggestions? Know of web sites I could check out? Videos on You Tube? Any idea's would have to be simple as I'm not much of a mechanic, have few tools, can't weld, and only really know enough about electricity to change batteries and light bulbs. I am fairly good at taking stuff apart. It just might never go back together right when I'm done with it.
Thanks in advance for your help.
 
Morgan Morrigan
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Dryer tubs make the best firepits, with all those holes in em...

that motor is a good one if it is old.

the shell makes a good storage cabinet if sealed up on the back, and poured in cement on the bottom. pretty mouse proof then, and looks and works well next to the BBQ.

most of the switches aren't that great, but most times, the rubber band and rollers inside are all that are broken. Most appliance shops will take em for parts.

 
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Try putting an ad on Craig's List - in the "freebies" section.
List the make/model numbers, and say what is wrong with it.

Somebody else may have that make/model with something else broken, and want it for parts.
Beats imposing on a friend to haul it off.

 
Jay Green
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Agreed. Some people supplement their social security by refurbishing old appliances and they will eagerly come and haul off unwanted dryers. My mother recently bought a new set of washer/dryer and found out that the newer machines are woefully inadequate in performance, though they cost more than ever.

She promptly sold the new set and bought good older models that had been refurbished for a measly $225 for the set and is hugely satisfied, even though she lost money on the sale of the newer set. She lost $500 on the deal but was still glad to see the backside of the new set. Said it was worth the money to learn the valuable lesson..new is not always best.

Giving away unwanted appliances to those who can fix them and resell is the best type of recycling and the older machines hold their value and can be used by someone else for many years to come.
 
Betty Montgomery
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Great idea's! Knew I could depend on Permies folks for ideas. Thanks again.
 
Morgan Morrigan
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make a wind energy generator with it !

Just posted this in the wind forum

http://hackaday.com/2013/04/01/windmill-made-from-washing-machine-555-chip/
 
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