I took the drum out of the clothes dryer today and set it on the concrete out back . It is surprisingly light . The internet told me to carry it out by the drive belt . But , I didn’t do that . I’m a skeptic with not enough faith in the internet . The belt is a narrow thing . If I carried the drum out by the belt , and the belt broke , I’d be cooked .
When I put it on the patio concrete it began to roll . Just a little , then just a little more . I grabbed a package of clothespins from the table and shoved it under the drum as a block . A package of clothespins just happened to be there on the table . I bought it last week after I strung up the clothesline after the dryer stopped cooperating .
I’m still investigating the innards of the tired old laundry machine . I took it apart again today. By now all of the little bolts have been replaced with Phillips- head screws . The screws are easier for me to work with . There are lots of them . Lots of them . I’ve taken the machine apart a few times now . I’ll be doing it again . Do you hear me , dryer ? Note to dryer : I’m retired . I’ve got all the time in the world to work on dryer repair .
At some point , sooner or later , the dryer will surrender , give up the struggle , start up and continue working until a load of clothes is completely dry . And then it will do it again . And again . Are you listening , dryer ?
I was thinking about clothes pins today . I don’t usually think about clothes pins . Clothes pins . I had to check a few stores before I found clothespins last week when I decided it would be a good idea to get some . The dollar store didn’t have any . Fresh and Easy didn’t have any . Rite Aid didn’t have any . I walked over to Walgrens . They had clothespins . They had plastic clothespins and wooden ones . I had to consider which to buy . They were the same price but the plastic ones had fewer in the pack . They were pretty , though , in different colors . They might last longer than the wooden ones . But , I was in this for the short term , only until the broken dryer is fixed . The wooden ones seemed more familiar , like the ones when I was a kid . There’s something to be said for tradition . So I bought the wooden ones .
Sometime in the 1770s the Shakers invented a one piece clothes peg . The wooden clothespin with the spring , much like the ones I bought last week , was invented by a guy named Davy M. Smith of Springfield, Vermont in 1853 . Between 1852 and 1887 the U.S Patent Office granted patents to 146 different clothespins . The northeast U.S. was a hot spot for clothespin production . Mass production of clothespins began in the late 1840s . Making a better clothespin was a national challenge , like making a better mousetrap .
No company produces clothespins in the U. S. today . The last Made In USA clothespin , made by the Penley Corporation in West Paris , Maine , was manufactured in 2002 . The company had been in business since 1923 . No more clothespins have been made in the U.S. since then .
We import all of our clothespins . Some from China . When China finally comes to collect the debt for all of our imports , at least we’ll have our guns to chase the Chinese off . At that point our clothes dryers better be working because we won’t be able to import Chinese clothespins to keep our clothes from blowing off the clotheslines . And at that point , I suppose , I’ll probably need a gun to protect my clothespins from marauders .
I hope I still have time to fix my machine before the day of reckoning . I’ll work on it again tomorrow .