28 April 2014
BUILD IT YOURSELF
By Jim Lacenski
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Shortly after our new clothes dryer arrived, I appreciated how quiet it was compared
to the old one. I also noticed that the lint trap on the dryer plugged up rapidly; the
lint trap surface area was only about a third of the previous dryer. While the dryer
has a moisture sensor, the lint trap consistently plugs up when drying a load of
towels, and the moisture sensor rarely activates. I knew it was time for a Dryer
Minder — a simple alarm that can emit a beep 20 minutes into the drying cycle as a
reminder to check the lint trap and clean it out if necessary. This enables a shorter
time to dry clothes, less energy cost, and longer dryer life.
; FIGURE 1.