Daily Archives: April 28, 2018

Drying Again . . .

After a nice, quiet morning it was time to get back on the dryer repair that I had started on Thursday.

Since all the prep work had been done, all I had to do was to put my dolly in place, grab the pull straps I had install and start dragging it out of the cabinet.

I built up this dolly a few years ago, making it the perfect height to pull the washer out, keep it level, and be able to roll it out into the kitchen if necessary.

Washer Dolly

The straps are something else I came up with a few years ago.

Washer Hose Repair 3

There is so little clearance between the dryer and the cabinet edges that it’s very difficult to get a grip on it. So I installed these straps that are fastened to the rear of the cabinet and extend out to the front from underneath.

It only took me about 20 minutes to have the Splendide out of the cabinet and the top off. And a few seconds with my meter confirmed that the the over-temp thermostat was bad.

Dryer Thermostat in place

After I replaced it I cleaned and sprayed Strike Hold on a couple of other connections that looked like they might have been running a little warm.The last step before I buttoned it up was to turn it on and be sure that it was heating up.

Then came the hard part – getting the unit back in the cabinet. This is always a problem since the cabinet edge is only about a 1/16 inch larger than the dryer. I don’t know why they didn’t leave more clearance. In fact it’s so tight that it’s hard to slide a 2 x 5 file card in between.

So after I struggled with it for over an hour, I finally did what I’ve been threatening to do for a good while. I pulled the Splendide all the way out, dug out my jigsaw and cut off a 3/8” strip from the top and both sides of the opening. And I wish I had done this a long time ago.

It now only took me about 15 minutes to have the unit sliding into place. Then with everything hooked up, I ran a load of laundry to check the repair and it worked fine.

I’ve still got to install the retaining board and the doors to finish up, but I’ll do that later.

Later in the evening I did finish up my most recent project that I’ll save until tomorrow. But it started out like this.

50 Amp Tester Project 2

Tomorrow evening we’re getting together with Chris, Linda, Piper, and Connor for dinner at East Star Buffet once again. Looking forward to it.

Thought for the Day: 

We Were Wolves Once


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