Over the past few months, however, our dryer started making some funny noises. It had sounded for awhile like there were rocks in it, tumbling around, but then it started sounding a lot more serious. Last Thursday I put a light load in there of a few clothes and a car seat cover, since Drew could NOT make it home from picking up the girls at basketball practice, as it turned out, and it really sounded bad. I stopped it, took everything out, and Bob took the poor thing apart.
The first thing he did, once he got the front and top off, was to take off the three paddle triangular paddle things inside the dryer. In one of them we found the source of the "rock" noise: $1.58. The interesting thing was seeing how coins look after being in a rock tumbler for years on end! The pennies all shrank terribly, and you can see the zinc underside very clearly. It looks like a rim around the pennies. Also, poor Abe Lincoln is pretty much worn clean off on the ones who have been in there the longest! I put a brand new 2015 penny from our change tub on the far right so you could see the size difference. The dimes and quarters aren't quite as intriguing, but all the ridges are completely worn off the edges, and you can see the copper under the nickel outer coating.
I am so happy to have it working again. I did 2 loads of laundry Friday, and I brought a huge laundry basket of wet clothes over to the L's house so we could use their dryer during Bible study! It will be nice to show up over there this Friday with just ourselves, lol.