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Dying in a fire is NOT on my bucket list.

Everyone in my building has to run their dryer for three cycles to dry their clothes. Nobody seems particularly concerned. Management says the problem isn't with the dryers (which they sent people to clean out) but with something or other in the walls (the pipes?) and eventually they'll need to open the walls to fix it. They don't seem to be treating it as an urgent matter, though. Should I? [more inside]
posted by artemisia on Jul 30, 2014 - 12 answers

Enough with the wrinkles

I moved to a new place with in-unit washer and dryer a few months ago. Since I started using those machines, my button-down casual and dress shirts come out of the laundry extremely wrinkled. Jeans also end up wrinkled enough that they usually require ironing. I've almost never had to iron clothes in the past. Now I spend quite a bit of time ironing everything, and it's especially difficult and time-consuming because the wrinkles are so severe. How can I stop this from happening? Ideally I want to go back to those blissful days of not ironing at all. A few pertinent facts inside. [more inside]
posted by naju on Jun 10, 2014 - 24 answers

Old Kenmore washer/dryer - help find manual or specs?

My Kenmore washer/dryer combo is model no 110 99575100. It's so old that I can't find the specs, or a manual, either from Sears or Google. Can the hive mind help? [more inside]
posted by quinoa on May 24, 2014 - 3 answers

What is the best way to express dry a single item?

You're enjoying your morning coffee when you realize you never put your work pants in the dryer last night. What do you do, hot shot? What do you do? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 19, 2014 - 22 answers

Help me keep things clean and dry

For reasons, I have to pull a stackable washer/dryer set out of the closet it's installed in, and I have to do it by myself. I want to learn from your mistakes. [more inside]
posted by davejay on Feb 13, 2014 - 7 answers

Can I add an on/off switch to use instead of unplugging dryer?

Dryers use electricity when plugged in, even when they're turned off. In our old house, I could reach the plug; in this house, I can't. Is there a money-saving solution that doesn't involve re-wiring or the electrical box? In the U.S., so dryer has a 220 plug. (Dryer isn't broken - asking about a switch between wall and dryer.) [more inside]
posted by stormyteal on Jan 24, 2014 - 19 answers

What is this strange contraption that was attached to a radiator?

I've been trying to figure out what this strange, accordion-like contraption is. It was attached to my friend's radiator in his ~1950s-era apartment in Philadelphia. It was only secured with one bolt at 90 degrees to the radiator, but it also originally had a sheet metal housing around it that could be removed. It seems to me like it might be some kind of clothes hanger/dryer, but I have no idea. Does anyone know?
posted by Aanidaani on Jan 6, 2014 - 13 answers

Home Laundromat!

I would like to buy a used washer/dryer and thought I'd pick your collective brains. I've been in apartments with coin op laundry for so long the thought of buying a washer/dryer is daunting. I looked on craigslist and there are scads and scads of washers and dryers and the prices run from stoopid cheap to stoopid expensive. [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Nov 20, 2013 - 18 answers

Can I dry clean using my dryer?

I have a couple of clothing pieces that I usually take to a dry cleaner. After getting a dryer, however, I'm wondering if I could somehow clean them at home instead... [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on Sep 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Washer/Dryer Scratch Repair Recommendations?

Best solution for touching up appliances? [more inside]
posted by cccp47 on Aug 19, 2013 - 1 answer

Is there a safe way to convert a 4 prong dryer plug to a 3 prong?

I just bought a used dryer on Craigslist that has a 4-wire plug (14-30). My apartment has a 3-wire receptacle (10-30R). Is there a safe way to switch the plugs without an external ground? [more inside]
posted by dubusadus on Aug 3, 2013 - 14 answers

what fell out of my dryer?

Two of these weird spring, chain looking thingies came out of my dryer today. Are they the things that keep everything from bursting into flames? Thanks ever so much!
posted by The Noble Goofy Elk on Jul 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Is there a strategy for buying major appliances?

Looking for some advice for buying a refrigerator, washer, and dryer for the first time. [more inside]
posted by massofintuition on May 24, 2013 - 39 answers

Pen+Sheets+Dryer=Laundry Fail (hope me?)

I just opened the dryer to find that my sheets (really nice, formerly tan/beige) are covered in blue pen marks. I also can see pen marks all over the dryer. I found the pen (it apparently was smuggled in by my cats, who necessitated the whole problem by throwing up on my duvet) tucked into a corner of the duvet. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Apr 17, 2013 - 23 answers

How do I get the burning rubber smell out of my jeans and t-shirts?

How do I get the burnt rubber smell out of my laundry? [more inside]
posted by Tesseractive on Dec 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Need recommendations -Washer/Dryer

Washer and Dryer recommendations needed [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Dec 11, 2012 - 16 answers

Condensation dryer recommendations

What is the best condensation (ventless) dryer on the market in the US? [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog on Dec 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Can we mismatch a stacked washer/dryer?

Our washer & dryer are a stacked set of Frigidaire Gallery front-loading machines. The washing machine, which is 10 years old, just gave up the ghost. We'd like to replace it, but they don't currently sell a Frigidaire model that is designed to be stacked with our Frigidaire dryer (which is only 3 years old, and working just fine). I can't seem to find an appliance store that will sell us a different brand of washing machine, because they say it's not safe to stack mismatched units. Is there any way we can do this safely, so we don't have to replace a perfectly good (and expensive!) dryer just to replace the washing machine? [more inside]
posted by ericbop on Dec 5, 2012 - 16 answers

How can I prevent my duvet cover from balling up in the dryer?

How can I prevent my duvet cover from balling up in the dryer? [more inside]
posted by monkeymike on Oct 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Best Combo Washer/Dryer?

What's a good combo washer-dryer available for purchase in the US? [more inside]
posted by jacob on Jun 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Correct way to put a 110V (three-prong) dryer onto a 240V circuit? Or should we just throw it in and get a new one?

We've swapped out a three-prong dryer cord with a four-prong one but not wanting to plug it in and potentially blow something up. Approach from here? [more inside]
posted by jgunsch on May 17, 2012 - 12 answers

What does my dryer's rotary iron mode do?

What is this dryer mode? I have a Samsung dyer (DV4006) with various modes, two are "Iron" and "Rotary Iron". What is the difference? [more inside]
posted by tiamat on May 14, 2012 - 2 answers

don't tell mom, the clothes dryer's

So my electric dryer's busted. It's a Kenmore 90 Series, and if it's been plugged in (not necessarily running, just plugged in), it just buzzes and doesn't start. If I leave it unplugged for a couple hours, it'll start normally and then quit after a few minutes. Any idea what part needs replacin'? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Apr 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Safe to put Murphy's Oil Soap rags in dryer?

Is it safe to put rags with Murphy's Oil Soap on them in the dryer? (I'm putting them in the washer first, obviously, but all the warnings on my dryer about oil and grease are making me nervous.
posted by ohmygoodnplenty on Mar 31, 2012 - 4 answers

will a smoker's washer/dryer make my clothes smell?

Should I buy a washer/dryer from someone who smokes? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Mar 17, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I choose a tumble dryer?

[UK filter] Tumble dryer purchasing advice sought! [more inside]
posted by wigsnatcher on Jan 22, 2012 - 8 answers

My kingdom for a ladder.

I need a bit of extremely minor home repair... but can't do it myself. Who in the L.A. area would handle this sort of thing? [more inside]
posted by Justinian on Dec 9, 2011 - 19 answers

Ran a dildo through the dryer; throw out?

I ran it through the dryer... sex toy edition. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 - 9 answers

Laundry of doom?

I fried my clothes in a dryer at the laundromat that was way, way too hot. Besides everything being shrunken, some of the paint stuff from screenprinted T-shirts seems to have melted a little and everything stinks, almost like melted plastic. Is this dangerous? Am I inhaling toxic fumes from my sheets and might I be dead by morning?
posted by Dilemma on Oct 31, 2011 - 5 answers

Hank Hill? Anybody?

How much energy does a propane clothes dryer use? [more inside]
posted by Leta on Oct 25, 2011 - 1 answer

out on a line

Laundry intervention! Washed clothes, but no dryer and no space to line-dry...how can I make it so my clothes are minimally wrinkled and mildewy in the morning? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Sep 18, 2011 - 19 answers

How to keep dryer sheet odor from entering apartment

What kind of filter can I attach to the dryer vent duct outside the window of my multi-unit building to keep the noxious, chemical/perfume-scented dryer sheet odor from entering my apartment? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Sep 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Safe to put clothes in stained dryer?

My housemate left a pen in the dryer and there are blue streaks all over the dryer barrel. I tried rubbing them with a damp towel (water only), didn't come off. If I put my clothes in the dryer now will they come out stained?
posted by Xianny on Jun 21, 2011 - 18 answers

Is tumble dryer water safe for fish?

Is water from a condenser tumble dryer safe to use in a fish tank? [more inside]
posted by roofus on Jun 16, 2011 - 11 answers

What happened to my dryer?

Why is was my electric dryer groaning? And what happened to it? [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Apr 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Berkeley Dryer Dispute

My Berkeley landlady advertised my (otherwise awesome) apartment as having a washer dryer. The dryer doesn't work, and she expects me to pay for it. Help? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on Mar 30, 2011 - 38 answers

Have you stacked your washer/dryer?

Thinking through pros and cons of stacking our washer and dryer. [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling on Mar 29, 2011 - 21 answers

My hair needs help!

Does anyone know where I can find this Remington Airwave hair dryer, or similar? It's "currently unavailable" on Amazon, and I'm afraid it may be out of stock or something. [more inside]
posted by cp311 on Mar 27, 2011 - 3 answers

Do we need professional help, or can we solve this with pizza and beer?

Mrs Monkey and I are moving across town sometime this month. We're okay with moving the carload stuff ourselves, and we'll pay off some friends to help us shift the furniture in and out of a uhaul for us, but how should we move the giant chest freezer and the washer/dryer set? [more inside]
posted by FlyingMonkey on Mar 1, 2011 - 11 answers

Seeking a stacking compact washer/dryer set for a very shallow space

Seeking a stacking compact washer/dryer set for a very shallow space. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Jan 31, 2011 - 5 answers

Does efficient dryer use require me to dry a new load immediately after removing the first load?

There seems abundant advice to fill your clothes dryer with a wet load immediately after you pull dry clothes out in order to take advantage of the heat already in the dryer. How much electricity does this save on average? [more inside]
posted by reeddavid on Dec 19, 2010 - 10 answers

Repair or replace old gas dryer?

My old gas dryer turns off its fire after 5 minutes. Repair or replace? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Nov 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Can I get away with putting these "line dry" pants in the dryer?

LaundryFilter: I recently bought some stretch cotton pants. According to the label, stretch cotton is defined as c. 97-98% cotton, with the remainder being spandex. Unfortunately, that very same label informs me that I'm supposed to line dry these pants, which is enormously inconvenient for me. Could I get away with putting these through a few minutes in a regular dryer on the low dry/delicates setting or would that destroy the pants? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Apr 7, 2010 - 17 answers

Is my brand new clothes dryer gonna bite the dust already?

Is my brand new clothes dryer already messed up? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Feb 28, 2010 - 13 answers

Putting washer and dryer criss cross from connections.

Is it okay to place a washer and dry opposite of where the connections are (The dryer is electric)? [more inside]
posted by dolemite01 on Feb 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Head is on spin-cycle when it comes to finding a new washer and dryer

Washer and dryer shopping has me completely overwhelmed. I need guidance to see through the soapsuds. [more inside]
posted by banannafish on Jan 29, 2010 - 21 answers

shaken not stirred, sort of

Whirlpool LEQ8000JQ dryer. Tumbles but won't heat up. Tried the factory web site, multiple help lines. I know it's a 240, we have fuses, not circuit breakers. Everything seems fine from the house panel down, I think it's an internal fuse. Hope me hive mind. [more inside]
posted by yesster on Jan 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Dryer Golf

Will golf balls damage clothes if I put them in the dryer? [more inside]
posted by ®@ on Dec 30, 2009 - 13 answers

How can I minimize the amount of lint on my clothes?

How can I minimize the amount of lint on my clothes? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Dec 26, 2009 - 9 answers

Maximum laundry, minimum space

What are your experiences using a combination washer/dryer? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Dec 15, 2009 - 25 answers

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