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    Reminder when scrapping dryers

    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 503scrapper View Post
    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.
    Wow, 503 you're on a roll with your scrapping!

    Have you posted your services here yet?

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    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....

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    how do things like that get into the bottom of the dryer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike1 View Post
    how do things like that get into the bottom of the dryer?
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    i know that but there are no spaces for things especially dollar bills to get into the bottom theres just no way. all the holes i saw when i looked inside the place where you put ur clothes the holes arent big enough for a penny let alone a dollar.

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    lol thats funny. ok heres a question can you check for money without breaking the dryer? cause i would like to check but i wanna know if checking will break it or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike1 View Post
    i know that but there are no spaces for things especially dollar bills to get into the bottom theres just no way. all the holes i saw when i looked inside the place where you put ur clothes the holes arent big enough for a penny let alone a dollar.
    I am guessing it's either getting down between the lint trap, or between the drum and front panel. Tore down a dryer on Wednesday. Found a dollar bill, a dime, lint and a pencil.

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    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.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by freonjoe View Post
    Underwires are the most common thing I've found in washer pumps. One of the more common service calls on the direct drive washers.
    I did not know! Learn something new everyday. What about socks where do they go?lol

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