Fire Hazard Alert - is your Dryer ready to Ignite

Written by Donald Grummett

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So lets look at how we can determine if a venting problem is in our future.

Manufacturers generally suggest a venting length of 15 feet (and two elbows) to berepparttar maximum. Butrepparttar 100423 true venting length can be deceptive. ”So how do I know if my venting is too long”?

The true length of your venting is determined as follows: 1. Measure allrepparttar 100424 straight lengths and add them together 2. Count allrepparttar 100425 turns or elbows and multiply this number by 4 3. Add uprepparttar 100426 totals Example Since an elbow or turn is equivalent to an additional 4 feet of pipe 20 feet of venting with 4 turns would actually be: 20 feet + 4X4 feet = 36 feet Don’t be surprised byrepparttar 100427 true equivalent length of your venting. In modern homes it can be substantially longer than repparttar 100428 manufacturers suggested maximum. Ifrepparttar 100429 blockage becomes criticalrepparttar 100430 dryer will stop doing its job properly. As a homeowner watch forrepparttar 100431 following signs thatrepparttar 100432 venting may be starting to block.

·Clothes coming out wet ·Excess lint left on clothes at cycle end ·Inside of dryer feels wet ·Taking too long to dry a load ·Clothes very hot at end of cycle ·Electrical consumption greatly increased

Summing up ---------------------------------

“So who is to blame for this problem”?

I say there is no culprit in this scenario. If you want to blame anything, blame our fast paced lifestyle. Gone arerepparttar 100433 times when laundry day was a full days work. We all want instant gratification and instantaneous results - even with our laundry chores. So as a consumer what can you do to alleviate this problem?

Well you certainly can't moverepparttar 100434 laundry room. The best thing you can do is to be aware thatrepparttar 100435 problem exists. Consider taking downrepparttar 100436 venting and cleaning outrepparttar 100437 lint buildup during your annual spring cleaning. Also, regularly walk outside and checkrepparttar 100438 vent cap where it exits your house. Remove any lint buildup and make surerepparttar 100439 flap moves freely. If you see a lot of activity from birds in you backyard check it immediately. They simply love to build nests insiderepparttar 100440 vent cap. Other thanrepparttar 100441 previous suggestions a little common sense might avert a tragedy. Do not operate your dryer while asleep, out ofrepparttar 100442 house, or next door atrepparttar 100443 neighbours. And always rememberrepparttar 100444 old saying that states "better safe than sorry".

Copyright 2004 by Donald Grummett. All right reserved. Donald Grummett is an appliance service manager in Ottawa, Canada. In the trade over 30 years as both a technician, business owner, and technical trainer. For more information about appliances including FAQ, Stain guide, Recycling, and Newsletter visit

Information and facts about granite

Written by Joey Lewitin

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CHARACTERISTICS Granite is generally soft in color, although feldspar can cause it to take on darker grey or pink hues. It is a relatively light stone that has a high durability and strength.

USES Granite is widely used in flooring and counter tops. It has a very “rustic” feel and can add to a room’s décor in an understated way. Granite can also be crafted into house wares, or used as sidings. It has been a popular material inrepparttar formation of homes and buildings since ancient times, and its strength made it useful in defensive building settings.

Joey Lewitin is an author and webmaster. His website The Real Stone Drink Coaster Store offers coasters in a wide variety of colors and stones

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