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 Something died in my dryer... Edit: New dryer and something else got in!!!!!
DigDug  [Life Member]
5/19/2008 12:24:12 AM
Literally something must have crawled into the dryer vent from the outside and died in the dryer because it smells like dead meat in there. My guess is a mouse got in and croaked. So how the hell do I get the little bastard out? Let it mummify and forget about it? My wife would like to get a new dryer, as the existing one is 15+ years old...

Stinks bad!!!

Edit: My wife picked out a new dryer last week and got it installed on wednesday. The place we bought it from would not put in the new vent with the screen on it, so I tapped the vent shut on thrusday night when I got home. I did some laundry this last weekend and untaped it and retaped when I was done till I could get the new vent in.

Well, this afternoon I was down in the basement putting in the new vent and I heard something in the vent pipe down by the dryer output. The vent was taped shut. It sounded big. And it was biting holes in the aluminum foil dryer tube trying to get out. I turned on the dryer and it started trying to get out. I unhooked the flexible tube and put the end of it in a 3 gallon empty cat litter bucket. I then turned on the dryer and waited.

I heard something coming down the tube. It sounded way to big to be a mouse. Way way too big. It was moving closer to the end of the tube in the bucket. The whole tube shook when it moved. What the hell is it????!!!!! Should I be armed? Am I going to have a draw down situation in my own basement with a rabid animal?

It was almost to the end. I lifted the tube up and out popped a baby bunny into the bucket. I looked really scared. I didn't get a picture of it, but brought it out into the back yard and let it go by our pine trees (no internet tough guys, I wasn't going to kill it).

So now I have a vent that won't let critters in, a new dryer and a vent tube that has holes chewed in it I have to replace....
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genesis  [Team Member]
5/19/2008 12:24:58 AM
Time for a new dryer
packinheavy  [Team Member]
5/19/2008 12:25:13 AM
Sounds like you should have used a little more quicklime in the crawl space.
DigDug  [Life Member]
5/19/2008 12:58:17 AM
Wow, it is really stinking now... I put a box of baking soda in there and also some on a paper plate, but good Lord does it stink!!! I have to go out of town tomorrow and my wife comes home. I'll call her in the morning and tell her to go pick out a new one and get it put in ASAP!!!!. Plus they need to put in a new vent on the outside of the house (it's actually in a window well).

PaDanby  [Member]
5/19/2008 4:09:57 AM
must have finally choked to death on one of the socks he was stealing. They may smell now, but you won't be missing any for a wile.
smokiexd45  [Member]
5/19/2008 4:21:38 AM
i would just turn the dryer on high heat and put something in front of the timer knob to keep it on. its gotta cook it to nothing sooner or later! then again i also took a reciprocating saw to my new lincoln ls frame to get a set of uber-cool vertical door hinges to work. I know let the stupid comments begin.....
fundummy  [Member]
5/19/2008 4:29:44 AM
Mice don't come in when it gets warm...
Just stick your arm in there and pull it out...
GSPatton  [Team Member]
5/19/2008 4:53:31 AM

Originally Posted By DigDug:
Wow, it is really stinking now... I put a box of baking soda in there and also some on a paper plate, but good Lord does it stink!!! I have to go out of town tomorrow and my wife comes home. I'll call her in the morning and tell her to go pick out a new one and get it put in ASAP!!!!. Plus they need to put in a new vent on the outside of the house (it's actually in a window well).



SHE needs to pick one out and get it put in?
THEY need to put a new vent on the outside of the house?

It sounds to me like you have some chores to do before you leave on your trip!
Your wife would thank me.
bytor94  [Team Member]
5/19/2008 7:07:25 AM
A few years ago, there was a smell of something dead in the garage. I couldn't find out where it was coming from precisely, but the smell was worse near the washer and dryer.

I pulled them out, checked all around them but couldn't find anything. Finally, I got a good whiff from the top of the washing machine. I pulled the back panel off the controls, and there was a good sized mouse.

He had made contact across the terminals for the cycle select switch and fried himself. It took a couple of days for the smell to leave.


As to ordering the dryer before the wife gets home, don't do it. Let her pick out what she wants, it'll save heartburn later.
bluezerosix  [Member]
5/19/2008 7:18:32 AM

Originally Posted By genesis:
Time for a new dryer


+1
Kharn  [Team Member]
5/19/2008 7:37:04 AM
Dehydrate it if you're lazy, pull out the dryer and remove dead thing if you want to do it right.

Kharn
genesis  [Team Member]
5/19/2008 10:17:15 AM

Originally Posted By Kharn:
Dehydrate it if you're lazy, pull out the dryer and remove dead thing if you want to do it right.

Kharn



AngeredKabar  [Team Member]
5/19/2008 10:19:41 AM
It's not a mouse.

It's one of the underpants gnomes.

1: Die in drying machine
2: ???
3: Profit!
Cheesebeast  [Member]
5/19/2008 10:24:15 AM

Originally Posted By fundummy:
Mice don't come in when it gets warm...
Just stick your arm in there and pull it out...
www.daycreek.com/DC/images/081603d.jpg


Are you saying that rattlesnakes are the ones who steal 1/2 of my socks?!
Storm6436  [Team Member]
5/19/2008 10:36:57 AM

Originally Posted By Cheesebeast:

Originally Posted By fundummy:
Mice don't come in when it gets warm...
Just stick your arm in there and pull it out...
www.daycreek.com/DC/images/081603d.jpg


Are you saying that rattlesnakes are the ones who steal 1/2 of my socks?!


Of course, why do you figure no one is in a hurry to try to get their socks back? Ever argue with a rattlesnake? I'd not recommend it, even if rattlesnake is kinda tasty
XD-GEM  [Member]
5/19/2008 1:48:37 PM
Disconnect from electricity and turn off the gas. Disconnect the vent duct from the dryer and look in both the vent and the dryer for your recently departed unwanted guest. My guess would be the critter is in the duct because if it made it into the heat chamber, you would likely have already had a fire. If you need to open up the dryer itself, go to this website and see if they have a diagram for your particular machine.

www.repairclinic.com/

Some dryers open via screws at the bottom on either the front or rear. Others require you to depress clips in the joint between the top and the sides. If you've never openned it before, the diagrams should help.


ETA: My washer and dryer are 25 years old. RepairClinic.com has been most helpful in keeping them going.
WinstonSmith  [Team Member]
5/19/2008 1:57:37 PM
I'm not of the opinion that "old" is sufficient reason to replace a large appliance.

Your opinion may differ.
0699TeufelHnd  [Team Member]
5/19/2008 2:00:25 PM

Originally Posted By genesis:

Originally Posted By Kharn:
Dehydrate it if you're lazy, pull out the dryer and remove dead thing if you want to do it right.

Kharn





Jerky??
jns4psu  [Member]
5/19/2008 2:22:45 PM

Originally Posted By XD-GEM:
Disconnect from electricity and turn off the gas. Disconnect the vent duct from the dryer and look in both the vent and the dryer for your recently departed unwanted guest. My guess would be the critter is in the duct because if it made it into the heat chamber, you would likely have already had a fire. If you need to open up the dryer itself, go to this website and see if they have a diagram for your particular machine.

www.repairclinic.com/

Some dryers open via screws at the bottom on either the front or rear. Others require you to depress clips in the joint between the top and the sides. If you've never openned it before, the diagrams should help.


ETA: My washer and dryer are 25 years old. RepairClinic.com has been most helpful in keeping them going.


+1 on this. So far this year I've had a chipmunk and a young opossum die in the dryer vent. Just remove the vent off the back of the dryer. Whatever crawled down and died will probably be laying right there.
Cheesebeast  [Member]
5/19/2008 2:28:15 PM
This thread was good reading on my lunch break.

I had a vision of the OP finding the "dead animal/permanent press" setting on the dryer controls. A few button pushes and soon the dead opossum is going kerthump, kerthump, kerthump in the dryer drum while blasting out hot waves of death stench.

The dryer is of course covered with post-it notes from the OP's wife with "Honey, please do" scrawled over them...
GMTECH9  [Member]
5/19/2008 3:45:53 PM
Take it apart and find the critter...much cheaper.

If it was in the toaster, I'd replace it


We remove alot of critters, dead and alive from vehicle HVAC systems,
underhood electrical centers and drive belts. Takes a while for the odor
to pass on some, a good anti-bacterial disinfectant spray helps.
WinstonSmith  [Team Member]
5/19/2008 6:32:42 PM

Originally Posted By GMTECH9:
Take it apart and find the critter...much cheaper.

If it was in the toaster, I'd replace it


We remove alot of critters, dead and alive from vehicle HVAC systems,
underhood electrical centers and drive belts. Takes a while for the odor
to pass on some, a good anti-bacterial disinfectant spray helps.


Try Oust. It works for colostomies.

Welcome to the site
XD-GEM  [Member]
5/19/2008 10:44:24 PM
When you're done cleaning up the mess, install one of these over the outside end of the vent.

heating.gillroys.com/Dryer_vents_and_hose/WH_DRYER_VENT_PEST_GUARD-s276170.html

You'll need to clean it off a bit from time to time to prevent lint buildup, but better than digging rotten oppossum out of the dryer again.
fxntime  [Team Member]
5/19/2008 10:47:41 PM

Originally Posted By Cheesebeast:

Originally Posted By fundummy:
Mice don't come in when it gets warm...
Just stick your arm in there and pull it out...
www.daycreek.com/DC/images/081603d.jpg


Are you saying that rattlesnakes are the ones who steal 1/2 of my socks?!


That isn't a rattlesnake.
DigDug  [Life Member]
5/20/2008 12:28:41 AM

Originally Posted By GSPatton:

Originally Posted By DigDug:
Wow, it is really stinking now... I put a box of baking soda in there and also some on a paper plate, but good Lord does it stink!!! I have to go out of town tomorrow and my wife comes home. I'll call her in the morning and tell her to go pick out a new one and get it put in ASAP!!!!. Plus they need to put in a new vent on the outside of the house (it's actually in a window well).



SHE needs to pick one out and get it put in?
THEY need to put a new vent on the outside of the house?

It sounds to me like you have some chores to do before you leave on your trip!
Your wife would thank me.


I left this morning at 8am for my business trip. When actually would I have had time to pick out a new dryer between last evening and 8am this morning?

If I am out of town, how can I put a new dryer flapper on the vent outside? I'd rather the installer do it with me out of town versus risking getting another dead critter in the new dryer this week.

My wife doesn't work and we have no kids, so asking her to go shopping is not exactly a chore.
DigDug  [Life Member]
5/20/2008 12:29:13 AM

Originally Posted By fundummy:
Mice don't come in when it gets warm...
Just stick your arm in there and pull it out...
www.daycreek.com/DC/images/081603d.jpg


No problem. We don't have such critters around here. Too cold.

DigDug  [Life Member]
5/20/2008 12:32:32 AM
Update:

You guys saying to look in the vent and in the output of the dryer have good ideas, but I had already done that. And yes I did put a glove on and reached into the back of the dryer. Nothing. The little sucker must have gotten inside real good.

So I put some anti-stink stuff in the dryer and talked with my wife today. She wanted a new larger one anyway and mentioned that the heating was going out on the old one anyway. She was thrilled to be able to spend some money and get a new one.

I haven't heard when it is going to be delivered.
DigDug  [Life Member]
5/26/2008 4:20:04 PM
Almost had a draw down in my basement!!! Update in first post.
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