Last night we were getting ready for bed and heard this weird sound. D said she just started the dryer so I thought the baskets fell off the top. I got up to look and there were no baskets in there and the dryer was not running. I tried to turn it back on and it would turn on but the drum did not turn. The dryer acted like it wanted to go but didn’t. You could hear the motor turn on and hum but not turn the drum. I told D that the belt must have broken and that was the noise we heard. We went to bed and said we would deal with it today.
My job today was to fix the dryer. I pulled out the dryer, disconnected the vent and unplugged it. I looked inside the dryer through the vent hole and could see that the belt was not broken.
I put my hand in there and moved stuff around and tried to see if I can could find out why it wasn’t working. I could not figure it out. Everything looked fine.
So I went online and tried to find an answer. All I could find was that it was probably a bad motor. The soonest I could get a new motor would be Tuesday.
So I called my brother-in-law and asked him if he thought I should just hire someone to do it or if I should get the motor and do it myself. He asked if I knew for sure if it was the motor. I said “no but the belt is not broken so what else could it be?”. He said it could be the pulley assembly. He told me to take it apart and disconnect the belt and see if the motor runs without the belt. If it does then it is not a bad motor is the pulley.
So I proceeded to take apart the dryer to get to the motor. This really is a pain in the butt. You need to take apart the entire dryer to get to the motor. Ugg. So I asked D to come help me out. I found a diagram online that helped me take it apart properly.
As we were taking it apart we noticed it smelt really bad. D had her head all up in the dryer and stuff and said “Man that motor must have burnt up. But it doesn’t smell burn. That really stinks.”
While her head was in the dryer she noticed a credit card down in the bottom of the dryer vent. I tried to get it out and took more of the dryer apart. After cleaning out the lint I found another credit card.
These are the two cards my wife has been missing for quite some time. Guess we solved that mystery.
We continued to take the dryer apart.
We removed the front panel that held the drum in place. As I pulled the panel off I saw something sticking out from the fan. I looked again and screamed and went running. D looked, screamed and went running as well. This is what we saw and it freaked the shit out of us!
No way in my wildest dreams would I have thought that there would be a snake in our dryer!!! Neither one of us would go near it. We have the dryer half taken apart in the middle of the kitchen and a big black snake hanging out of it. Thank GOD it was dead!!
I think I would have died if it was alive. Baby J starts freaking out and wanting to know what is going on. We tell her and she starts screaming. LMAO Finally we all get calmed down and we come to the conclusion that we HAVE to get it out. Well I am NOT doing it! D was not a fan of it either but no way was I doing it.
D finally decided if she has a garbage bag, her leather work gloves, and tongs that she could do it. Fine by me – go for it babe! I had to record it because by this time it was just to freakin’ hilarious. So here is my very brave wife trying to get the snake out. ****WARNING**** You might pee your pants from laughing so hard. Please go pee before you watch this video. 🙂
You can hear baby J in the background asking if we got it out yet and D yelling No. LOL She couldn’t get it out so I had to stop taping and help. We were trying to get it out without ripping it to pieces. Finally we got it out. Look how big it was! I believe it is – or should I say was – a black racer but I really dont know and nor do I want to dissect it to find out. the head was pretty much all chewed up.
I completely washed down and bleached the fan and dryer parts. We assumed this was the reason the dryer was not working and why it smelt so bad. We put it back together and turned it on and it worked. Hopefully there is no damage done to the motor from all of this.
This is the kind of repair work and snake removal you get in a lesbian house hold. LMAO I am so glad we did not wait until Tuesday to do this. Can you imagine what the smell would have been like then? Gross.
We have not been able to stop talking about it all night!