Dryer Maintenance Fun!

Here’s a quick tutorial on caring for your dryer from my favorite appliance repairman (jot down this number) Mark Wiseman Appliance Service, 206-948-1060.

We needed a dryer repair the other day (at a rental), so while he was there I quizzed him with “If you could pass along tips to your customers, what would they be?” and, ta da!, here is what Mark wants you to know:

  1. Clean your lint filter every load!
  2. Once a year go outside and make sure the exterior vent flap moves freely. Remove any built up lint. If you have a “grate/guard” over your exterior vent and it is full of lint, remove it and don’t put it back! These are notorious for collecting lint and blocking airflow which leads to repair calls to Mark…
  3. Dryer repairs and fires are primarily caused by poor venting. A good vent solution is a metal vent, flexible or straight, a short run to the exterior, and an exterior vent with a flap but no grate. A poor vent example might be a plastic vent, with low spots or kinks, or a long run to the exterior, and an exterior vent with a soon-to-be-clogged bird/animal guard.

Seems straightforward, right? So with these tips in mind I came home and examined my dryer. We’re pretty type A when it comes to cleaning our lint filter every load, but I happened to reach a little further into the dryer I discovered this – Continue reading

More salvaged door re-use

Salvaged doors are a hot item these days, and for good reason, they’re solid wood, tell the story of time – sometimes carved right into them – and were occasionally handmade on site for the home. We’ve written about them before here. We still have some favorites in our basement, waiting for the perfect inspiration...

Salvaged Doors and Ladder Action

We think old doors are fabulous – in fact in our remodel, 15 of the 20 interior doors we installed were salvaged, most of them from the original house.  Here’s how we used ours, from the easiest install to the more difficult:

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Recycle all your Styrofoam at IKEA!

Look at what we just found! IKEA has this fabulous recycling station. It’s located inside the main garage, just outside customer service (can’t miss it). It’s FREE and accepts materials from other companies.

IKEA recycling station for customers! Styrofoam packing, bulbs, cardboard etc

Bulb recycling can be tricky to decipher– IKEA makes it easy by including drawings, text, and separate bins. Note: In Seattle they do NOT recycle the long fluorescent tubes… but they DO take broken bulbs (they really do love us). Continue reading

Save The Door Jambs!

Sometimes my good ideas come with glitches. Like the time I decided to re-use my old door jambs with my new fir doors, somehow missing the obvious problem of their being covered in multiple layers of old paint. Not only would they not match, but a few of the layers very likely contained lead*. Continue reading