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What can you make with parts from an old dryer? Answered

My dryer's heat sensor stopped working, and instead of fixing it, my mom wants to trash it. I want to disassemble it before the city comes to pick it up. Is there anything i can build from the old parts: motor, belt, pulley, etc..

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skunkbait
skunkbait

12 years ago

Definitely keep the motor, pulleys, pump and belt. They can be used on numerous things: a superfan, a grinder, a major water-mover, a generator. The possibilities are endless. I also like Linux's wood-burner idea.

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magsalud
magsalud

Reply 12 years ago

hmm how would i make the generator?

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 12 years ago

It depends on the electric motor. Some of them put out electricity when rotated in reverse. (I'm not an authority by any means on this, but I'm sure there's a thread about it somewhere here.) You could turn the motor (in reverse), with wind power, water pressure, or a gas (or steam) engine.

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magsalud
magsalud

Reply 12 years ago

thats cool, do you think you can help me figure this out?

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 12 years ago

I'll see if I can point you in the right direction. I really wouldn't know how to wire it, but the mechanics of driving the motor/generator shouldn't be difficult.

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magsalud
magsalud

Reply 12 years ago

thank you, i'd really appreciate it

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 12 years ago

Check this: Generator.
I'd maybe ask Kiteman. I remember he made a comment on the specifics of what motors work as-is, and which motors need to be modified. Let me know what you find out (I'll keep looking too), because I've got a couple of heavy electric motors and am interested in a similar project.

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magsalud
magsalud

Reply 12 years ago

cool, thank you so much.. so should i be preparing to make a wind generator?

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 12 years ago

Wind is good if you've got the space for it. Running one off a (stationary)bicycle would be cool, but not-so-practical. It would be impractical, but one that runs off of water pressure would be awesome.

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magsalud
magsalud

Reply 12 years ago

that would be awesome.. how would that go about?

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 12 years ago

Well, the water thing, would be to put a turbine in your water line, to where your city water pressure creates power every time you run the shower or sink.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

12 years ago

I can't remember exactly who posted it, but somebody used the drum as a large decorative planting tub on their communal stairwell.

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magsalud
magsalud

Reply 12 years ago

what can i do with the motor?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

Er...

Oh!

Mount it vertically, and use it to rotate a normal yard-dryer, the kind that opens like an umbrella.

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

12 years ago

Lemonie had a hair dryer... he appears to have unposted it...

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thematthatter
thematthatter

12 years ago

One thing you got to look into is that dryers use 220 volts and they have them giant crazy plugs.
So you may be limited on how you can play with it.

You can always set it in the front yard and raise puppies in it :)

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 12 years ago

Ooh, or leave it in one peice, and make a puppy-ferris-wheel!

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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

12 years ago

Use the barrel to make an awesome wood burner. All I did was add some legs and a door. Solar dryer

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Chicken2209
Chicken2209

12 years ago

ooh I know a dryer! or a super awesome salad spinner