Drying Times

I don’t admit to being much of a handyman. I have fixed a few things on my own since buying a house almost two years ago. I installed lattice under the deck to keep the dog from getting out, put up some shelving, painted much of the house, etc. But when it comes to appliances, I’m usually lost.

So forgive me if I got a great sense of accomplishment by fixing our dryer last night. And ignore the fact that it took far longer than it should have. We replaced our old dryer with a newer hand-me-down dryer a few weeks back, but it hasn’t really been working well at all. Loads were taking two or three cycles to dry, and it just didn’t seem to be getting warm enough. So after work last night, I replaced a fuse in the back — mimicing a repair my dad had made to our previous dryer when it had the same problem. But even with the new fuse, it didn’t seem to work right.

Finally, out of frustration, I disconnected the vent hose and tried a load without it being hooked up. And wouldn’t you know, the clothes dried quickly. So I flipped the hose over and started to dump it out on the basement floor. To my surprise, lint started to pour out by the handful. When it was over, I had enough dryer lint to fill a bucket. Only later did I learn that you’re supposed to clean that hose once a year — and judging by the state of maintanance in the rest of the house, I highly doubt the prior owner had ever touched it.

I reattached the hose, ran another load, and was rewarded with warm, dry clothes. So the fuse wasn’t the problem, but I still felt happy that I fixed it.

I don’t have to fix appliances here at DDA (we leave repair jobs to our handyman Tyler), but I do get to play a role in a wide variety of projects that come through the door. Whether it’s copywriting for medical IT or a new medical or corporate website, or an engaging and witty video script, I get to try my hand at lots of different things during the course of a day here at DDA. I might be working on some search engine optimized content one minute, coordinating website revisions for an important client the next, and reading a script outloud to myself by day’s end.

Now, it’s time to go home and fold laundry.