Back From The Dead

… or from the bed, anyway. I am better, thank you all.

On the other hand, it looks like the dryer is sicker than I was. It should not take three sessions to dry a small load of socks and underthings. We’re looking into getting the vent cleaned professionally; that ought to help. In the meantime, the clothesline is seeing lots of time and I’ll be buying a wooden drying rack this week, something I’ve been putting off for two years now. If the line can’t be used, I’m going to put my foot down and limit everyone to one session in the dryer per load, then it’s being relegated to the drying rack. The waste of electricity is shameful.

Also, one of the funniest LJ icons I have seen in a while: a crop of a Mary Wollstonecraft portrait, with the words “I can has rights?” along the bottom.

6 thoughts on “Back From The Dead

  1. Silly Imp

    Our dryer has been broken for 18 months now. We’ve been using exclusively line and clothes horse. After a few months we didn’t even miss the dryer any more. We keep meaning to get the dryer fits but it seems no longer as pressing as other repairs. (Plus it’s only the fuse but the manual doesn’t say anything about how to change the fuse – or where it is located – and we’ll be damned if we’re going to pay repairman rates for a fuse!

    Speaking of… I’ve noticed that if it’s not heating, it’s probably the fuse. If it’s heating but not getting dry then it is probably the vent.

  2. jan

    If your washer has a variable speed spin cycle, setting it to spin faster makes things dry considerably quicker, especially on an indoor rack. Not good for delicates, of course, but great for sheets, towels, socks & jeans…

  3. Owldaughter Post author

    Our washer is very basic: we can’t set anything, really, except the size of the load and the temperature. I sometimes manually turn the dial to spin the load a second time if it still feels wet after the basic go-round. I’ll do that more often if we’re going to rack-dry things. Thanks for the tip.

    Yes, it’s heating but not getting dry, which is why I suspect the vent.

  4. Rosy

    If it is the vent, it’s not only inefficient, it is also a fire hazard. If you rent, I would call the landlord (and mention the fire hazard part!).

    Also, I ordered your book off Amazon…they said it will arrive between Sept. 25 – Oct. 4, gee Arin, you’re like Harry Potter!

  5. Paze

    We’d love our own washer and dryer, although where we’d put ’em . . .
    On the other hand, at least we don’t have to repair the landlord’s crummy washer and dryer when they break down.
    Hurray for warm, sunny days when one can hang things outside to dry. And they always smell so good! My parent’s haven’t had a working dryer for eons, now; in the warmer months, no problem, but there’s nothing like clothing hung in the basement, in the same place where the cats have their little boxes, to make one want to never wash clothes over there. . . EVER.

  6. Owldaughter Post author

    Yes, I read all sorts of horror stories about fires and dryer vents last night, Rosy! Not such wonderful bedtime reading. (Also — three weeks to deliver the book via Amazon? Yikes. I hope it’s worth the wait for you.)

    Paze: I love clothes dried outside on the line too, but dried inside on racks they always end up so crunchy, don’t they…


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