house fire preventation reminder

house fire preventation reminder

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:45 am

Hi Gang,

A quick note to pass along a house fire prevention reminder. As many of you know I am visiting with my elderly parents this month and doing odd jobs around their house. I discovered that the dryer vent wasn't hooked up to the dryer at all; it was just laying against the dryer. Some exhaust was getting through but mostly not, there was a large build up of lint behind the machine. While I was fixing that, I decided to "blow" the rest of the length of vent pipe; my parents hadn't had it done in the 12 years they've been here and I doubt the previous owner had either. I discovered that the pipe had come apart in the crawl space so what exhaust was getting through was dumping there. The pipe after the break was completely blocked. Mom told me she noticed 3 or 4 years ago that nothing was coming out that vent. A quick trip to the HD and a bribe to my niece and nephew (a trip to DQ) to do the work under the house and the venting was all replaced.

I urge everyone to take a minute and think about the last time you checked the venting on your dryer. If it's been a while check it out and use the leaf blower to 'blow" it out. It won't take a minute but it may prevent a house fire. Have a great day, Lisa
lowfog01
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I

Re: house fire preventation reminder

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:03 am

Moved this to the Coffee House for better visibility.
A good reminder, thanks, Lisa. Here my dryer is against an outside wall, I have 2 elbows and a short piece of rigid metal vent pipe, that's it. However at my mom's there is a long run of flex from the dryer to the outside vent, I'm going to check it.
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: house fire preventation reminder

PostBy: steamup On: Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:48 am

Good point Lisa,

On a annual basis, dryer fires exceed chimney fires in some years. Failure to clean is the leading cause of dryer fires.

Here are some facts for consideration:

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steamup
 
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: HS Tarm 502 Wood/Coal/Oil
Coal Size/Type: pea, buck, rice


Re: house fire preventation reminder

PostBy: sterling40man On: Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:04 pm

Thanks for the heads up Lisa! I usually check mine every other year. I may have to do it anually fom now on. Better to be safe than sorry.
sterling40man
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: house fire preventation reminder

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:53 pm

Thanx Lisa, safety info is always appreciated :) My dryer has a 3' run of plastic/vinyl flex to the outside wall & I am constantly feeling it for build-up--I figure I made it through the Nam, I'll be damned if I'm going to let the dryer 86 me. ;)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: house fire preventation reminder

PostBy: NWBuilder On: Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:03 pm

Thanks for the reminder Lisa, one more thing on this summers to do list
NWBuilder
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Ahs 130
Coal Size/Type: Burning Pea anthracite

Re: house fire preventation reminder

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:42 am

Great tip - ESPECIALLY if you have a gas dryer. Those SOB's will burn your house down if not cleaned regularly. I've seen glowing embers coming out the back of one before! :shock:

Recently I completely dismantled & cleaned my now 8 year old Maytag dryer which was starting to get squeaky. Fixed some gaskets that had shifted out of place & were hanging inside the drum. Cleaned ALOT of stuck lint out of this thing. Also cleaned off all the safety switches in there - the overtemp ones in particular. Don't want those insulated with lint. :idea:

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SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: house fire preventation reminder

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:03 pm

SMITTY wrote:Recently I completely dismantled & cleaned my now 8 year old Maytag dryer which was starting to get squeaky.
Now I know why the Maytag repairman is so lonely, you are taking all the work away from him. :lol:
AA130FIREMAN
 
Stove/Furnace Make: axeman anderson
Stove/Furnace Model: 130 anthratube

Re: house fire preventation reminder

PostBy: nortcan On: Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:27 pm

Thanks Lisa. Very good and important point to check.
nortcan
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Stuart,Peterson/ Grander
Stove/Furnace Model: Sunnyside/ Golden Bride

Re: house fire preventation reminder

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:00 pm

nortcan wrote: Now I know why the Maytag repairman is so lonely, you are taking all the work away from him. :lol:

:mrgreen: You bet!

A little grease on those rollers & it ended up more quiet than when it was new. I can't believe it ran 8 years without a drop of grease in there. That was the source of the squeak ...squeak ... squeak with every revolution of the drum.
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: house fire preventation reminder

PostBy: samhill On: Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:14 am

Hope you used some high temp grease, the inside of those dryers gets rather warm.
samhill
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: keystoker 160
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 75 in garage
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker/hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: koker 160/ hitzer 75

Re: house fire preventation reminder

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:31 am

Not as warm as your brakes can get. I'll be ok. No singed clothes yet. :D
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: house fire preventation reminder

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Aug 06, 2011 4:58 am

Oh, great.... another thing to do this weekend. ;)

Good tip Lisa. I have a long run, about 20 feet of dryer pipe on a gas dryer. It is solid pipe but I will open it up & give 'er a check. Thanks!

Smitty... I did a maintenance on my dryer a couple of years ago. It needed nothing, but I figured after 18 years it might enjoy new rollers & a new belt. I'm hoping it's good to go for another 18. (It's a Whirlpool)
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: house fire preventation reminder

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:34 am

Only way to repair a Whirlpool appliance: :D

SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: house fire preventation reminder

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:19 pm

the "pre-vented" whirlpool!!!! :D
Poconoeagle
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Buckwalter & Co. , EFM520
Stove/Furnace Model: No. 28 Glenwood 1880, Alaska


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