Or to put a more positive spin on it: How to Keep from Setting Your House on Fire.
This is where the exhaust pipe from my clothes dryer comes out of the house. There is a hardware cloth wire over it to keep critters from entering the pipe, crawling up it, jumping out and scaring the bejeebers out of me when I open the dryer door.
The first of every month, my dear husband takes off the screen and removes a bit of lint that has collected on the screen.
Today he walked by it and since it was almost the first of the month, decided to do that little task and have it done with.
Before he put the screen back on, something made him take out the handy-dandy little flashlight he always carries in his pocket and shine it back into the exhaust pipe.
What did he see? Lint. Lots of lint.
He made this little tool thingie by attaching a piece of metal onto the end of a 2" x 2" which he pushed into the pipe.
Then he slowly and carefully started pulling out gobs of lint.
All this was extracted from the pipe before it looked clear.
Omigosh, if he hadn't thought to look into the exhaust pipe, there's a good chance it would have become so plugged up that a fire could have started when I was using the dryer. Double omigosh.
Needless to say, we will now keep a close eye on this situation. Even though I regularly clean out the lint filter on the front of the dryer and even put that pointy tool attachment on my vacuum cleaner and reach down into the space below the lint filter, a lot of potentially dangerous lint collected in the exhaust pipe.
So just be aware that lint can and apparently does collect in your dryer exhaust pipe. You might want to check it from time to time. I'm sure glad we did.
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