We all clean our dryer's lint trap but when is the last time you vacuumed the dryer ducts or around the heating element?
Okay, I'm ashamed to admit that I've never done this (yes I should be punished by the DIY gods).
So this past weekend our electric Maytag dryer got some much needed cleaning attention. Here are some tips you can immediately put into action to prevent a dryer fire in your own home (and believe or not there over 15,000 annually):
+Add an appliance brush to a 1/4 inch drill and thoroughly clean all duct tubing
+Vacuum tubing, the lint reservoir, and inside the dryer around the heating element
+Make sure there isn't a birds nest or other animal debris in your exhaust vent
+Use stiff walled or rigid metal duct tubing instead of the plastic variety
+When you push your dryer back against the wall don't kink or crush the tubing
+Make all kids & husbands do their own laundry on Sunday (haha, this last one is optional although I wash mine all the time)
In case you need a video showing you how to take apart the front of your dryer there is a video along with pics and more tips over at http://www.homerepairtutor.com/dryer-duct-cl....
Have a great day!
Commented on Jan 28, 2013
Mine goes through the roof of my house and the cover is welded on. Any suggestions?
Any tips on how to get greasy residue off of glass? I just bought some delicate glass "shades" for some wall sconces I have. They are covered in something really tough to get off. I tried
Windex and it got a little off. Then just soap and water and that got some more, but I could be here a long time trying different things unless someone has something a little more powerful. Thanks for the help! (can't use anything abrasive, it might hurt the finish so nothing baking soda)
We have a chevron wood wall in our family room. I have no idea what to do with it. Right now it is stained an orangeish brown color.... very dated and dark. Same thing with the fireplace,
the brick is dark red and just dated looking. What do you think? What would you do? We installed dark hardwood floors throughout the entire home and the walls in here are painted French Gray- a Blue/Gray. Help!! Here is a link to my pinterest board to kind of show my style and what I like: http://pinterest.com/ashopaholicmom/for-the-...
Commented on Aug 28, 2012
I'd leave it and white was every thing around it, put up some funky shelves with then get some
Early July starts tomato ripening time. We've all heard of 'vine ripe' flavor but does a tomato have to remain on the vine until it is completely ripe? The answer is no. When a tomato
reaches a full size and the fruit becomes a pale green, it begins the ripening process. After the tomato reaches a stage when it's about ½ green and ½ pink, a layer of cells forms across the stem of the tomato- sealing it from the main vine. At this point there is nothing moving from the plant into the fruit. At this stage the tomato can be harvested and ripened off the vine with no loss of flavor, quality or nutrition.
Red pigments in tomatoes don't form above 95°F so tomatoes ripened in extreme heat will have a orange-red color. Tomatoes held indoors at cooler temperatures will ripen slower. You can speed up or slow down the ripening process by raising the temperature (to an optimum of 85°F) or lowering the temperature (to a minimum of 50°F). Tomatoes develop their optimum flavor, nutrition, and color when the tomato is in the full red ripe stage but this doesn't have to occur on the plant!
Commented on Jul 09, 2012
Not like the commercial "vine ripe" junk you get in the grocery stores which are picked way to
green, gassed with something to stop the real ripening process so they can be shipped but still turn red. Home grown tomatoes can be picked when the go from green to a white almost pink, brought into the home away from those pesky critters who love to take nibbles out of them and be allowed to finish turning red. The flavor is no different than if you took the chance and left them on the vine until red.
We do our best to make home improvements on a budget. Sprucing up the kitchen was on our list, but adding a tile backsplash was not within our reach. I give you our vinyl decal
backsplash! It took 3 hours to put up, and it tricks many people, even trained professionals! It's affordable, durable and good looking! Check out my blog post for decal source, instructions and some more amazing photos!