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   It's Monday again and I want to play fat kid--again.  This time I did a bike run to Martinsville, then Springfrield Corners, and Waunakee.  Along the ride I passed this sculpture in front of a farm.  I appreciated it.  After the ride, Xen and I hit my favorite Indian restaurant and enjoyed some lovely food.

July 15, 2016

Happy Birthay Photoblog

   The photoblog is an other year older today.  To celebrate a group of us went out for sushi.  Ok, maybe we didn't go out to celebrate the photoblog and we just went out for sushi.  But DrQue.net's photoblog is 11-years-old.
   This is my new dryer.  I found it on Craig's List for a really good price.  Someone had inherited it and wanted gone.  Our previous dryer was on its last leg, squeaking badly from a worn felt bearing between the drum and body.  I knew it was only a matter of time before it wouldn't work at all and had started watching CL for possibilities. 
   Our house has someone doing watch every day of the week, so I wanted to stick was a gas dryer because they are more energy efficient.  When I found this dryer listed at the price it was offered I knew it was a good deal.  But I was feeling under the weather.  Too much heat and not enough sleep.  So I turned the operation over to my roommates who diligently took care of contacting the seller and arranging a pickup.  So today it was here for me.  In my haste I had neglected one important item: type of gas.  And it turns out this was an issue. 
   Elmwood Park has natural gas, but the dryer came from a house out in the country and had been converted to propane.  I knew there are conversion kits, but I didn't have one.  This would put a damped on running the new dryer.  When I looked online, all I could find were kits to convert from natural gas to propane, but not the other way around.  The conversion kit was just a net with a slightly larger orifice than the propane version.  Propane (C3H8) has more energy (93 MJ/m3) than natural gas, which is mostly methane (CH4), at 39 MJ/m3 of energy.  Thus, a smaller amount of propane is needed compared to natural gas to achieve the same amount of heating.  I needed the larger orifice, and it was proving difficult to find one to buy.  But then I had an idea.
   The old dryer was also natural gas.  It was significantly older, and a different brand.  But there was a chance it had the same nut for the burner, and since it was natural gas, it should be the correct size.  Maybe a long shot, but worth some surgery.  I tore into the old dryer, and sure enough, the nuts in the burner are almost identical.  The old dryer's nut was slightly longer, but the threading was the same.  I soon had the old part in the new dryer.  After assembling enough of the drying to test, I fired it up--literally.  The lighting element began to glow, and in a few second the gas switched on.  It flared up and everything looked just like it should.  The gas dryer had been converted back. 
   I had mostly disassembled the back of the new dryer in order to get at the parts I needed, which afforded me the opportunity to clean the inside of the dryer.  The prior owner had dogs, and I cleaned a lot of dog hair out.  It was a good idea anyway.  So while it took a bit of time to get everything setup I now have a nice newer high efficiency gas dryer to go with my high efficiency washer.  Our house will be able to continue doing laundry without interruption,  we'll save a little energy in the process, and I learned about propane/natural gas conversion.