My dryer has always had a consistent problem of never completely drying my laundry. It's an old dryer (probably 7 years plus), and it rattles more than a maraca. So I decided that it was time to do open it up and do so general maintenance.
It took me a while to figure out how to finally get it open, but afterwards, I wiped and vacuumed all of the dryer's nooks and crannies, especially the humidity sensor. I was curious to find out what was causing all the rattling. My guess was coins, but as I took off each wing in the drum (the part that juts out so that the clothes tumble inside the dryer), I just kept finding more and more picks.
Here is the booty from my adventure.
11¢, a handful of picks, and lint. I'm a rich man.
To show how much picks I found, here is all of my pics laid out in rows of ten.
49 picks in total.
And this penny is kind of cool.
I was not expecting to have such a fun time cleaning the dryer. Everytime I removed a wing, I was laughing like a maniac. Overall, it took 2 hours to clean out the dryer and reassemble it back together. However, knowing what I know now, if I were to do it again, I could probably clean everything in less than 30 minutes.
It's been a week since I cleaned out the dryer, and I still can't help but laugh at the situation.
To provide a bit of backstory, I just moved into this house, and so all of these picks must have been from old tenants. I am assuming the same person. I own a musician myself so I can empathize with this pick loser. I've lost track of how many times I've frustratedly muttered to myself, "What happened to all my picks?" I never answered my own question, but I definitely answered his.
The narrow gap between the wing and the drum must have been the perfect trap to collect free-roaming picks that the original owner neglectfully left in his jeans. Perhaps I will find a treasure trove of socks, chap-sticks, and hair ties when cleaning out the washing machine.