When scrapping a dryer, if you have time do not forget to check the bottom of the dryer (on the inside under the drum). The first dryer I ever scrapped I heard something rattling around, so out of curiosity I took the back off and retrieved about $7 in loose change. Since then I have checked every one and generally get a coin or two out of every other one. I hit the motherlode in the last dryer though. Almost $19 in change and a heavy sterling silver chain. I have heard about some folks finding small gold items, but have yet to find one myself. So check the bottoms, you may find more than what you will get for scrapping the dryer itself.
Last edited by wayne1956; 12-28-2010 at 09:41 AM.
i have found a 20$ bill, a gold ring, a gold necklace, more than 1 silver ring, countless dollars in change in the past 5 years scrapping.
While working for sears about 10 years ago. I was cleaning out a dryer and found 3 - $100 bills The owner gave me one of them for being honest... Now I never let a dryer go without opening it up....
Scrapped another dryer yesterday and from the sounds of moving around I knew there were quite a few coins. Found over one hundred, and thought I found my first gold, a small hoop ear ring and pearl stud with gold post. Looked at them both and saw the letters RGF (rolled gold filled) after 14K on both. I guess technically is gold, just not the content I hoped for. Oh well, will continue the search. I have found that by removing the top and then removing the drum, it is naturally much easier to remove the electric motor, but is also easier to remove anything that is loose on the bottom.
As a tech, I wanna say if they are in good condition and work you could probably sell them on craigslist for more than the scrap value. Dryers and washers are easy to fix, and can fetch at least $75. I take them all apart and delint them ( ie. look for money) test them clean them and list them on craigslist. In fact I just sold a good looking kenmore washer for $125 and getting ready to list a Jen air washer for the same amount. I generally sell the dryers for $75 to $100 depending on age. Happy scrapping
The last washer I had looked fairly new, but I didn't want to mess with getting it to run at the time. As I tore it down I figured out the problem. The plastic coupler between motor and gearbox had broke. After a bit of research and watching a youtube video on how to replace it, I came to the conclusion that for about 14 dollars and a 1/2 hour labor I could have had a working washer. Deeming nothing else was wrong with it.
Also be sure to check every inch of tubing, the pumps in a washer, and everything else. I was fixing my own washer today and found about a dollar in change in just one pump. Split the tubes open with a box cutter and watch the money fall out.
There's nothing more fun and more effective than hitting something repeatedly with a sledgehammer
how do things like that get into the bottom of the dryer?
Rock it back and forth.
Kris Kringle, I should have more paid attention to your tag line.
Does anyone check the pump on the washers before they scrap them? My washer broke and I had to replace the motor couplings when I removed the pump I found one of my underwires for one of my bras. While I know it isn't the most spectacular thing to find , I was thinking that more stuff could become lodged in there.
Underwires are the most common thing I've found in washer pumps. One of the more common service calls on the direct drive washers.
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