The Wrinkle in the HEAT.

Over the past few Weeks, I’d been Engaged in a Little battle with our

Tumble Dryer.


It stopped Spinning on its own,

Thus, washing Clothes in the Apartment wasn’t viable anymore.

Having no choice in the Matter, I started looking in on what Might be the Problem.


Opening the Machine up,

I first saw the Elastic band, looking at the Discoloration from the Track it had run on over the Past few Years.

I suspected that if there’s Not enough traction, this could be an Issue.


Having never replaced it, I thought it Time to do so.

Depending on how Old or Big you are,

Looking at the Middle indent of your Thumb – that’s more or less the width of this Elastic band and I can tell you this, when Pulled taunt, you need to put in effort in Hooking it over the Electrical Motor’s plastic pulley.


Looking at the plastic Pulley while I was busy here,

I thought to make it bigger and added a Rubber Pipe I’d bought,

Cutting it and then with Glue and Cable-ties – put it in place.


Speaking to the Man I’d bought the Elastic Band from,

I was told to look at the Material bearing in front;

Which I saw wasn’t in Good condition anymore.


The Moment I did this,

I looked at the Bearing in the Back and found it needed replacing as well.

There aren’t many Components on the Machine,

Thus, I was starting to worry a bit, not sure what I could look at next!


This still didn’t do the Trick,

Needing to help the Drum along to spin.

Looking at the Little white Plastic Tube with the Electrical Motor – the Kicker.

When I replaced this, EURIKA – the drum started to spin on its Own!


After all of this, I put the Machine back together and while it was in Use,

While I wasn’t there, the Bolt in the back of the Drum became dislodged.

Giving the Rest a Massive fright as to what was going on,

To say the least, the Machine immediately stopped and there was no Movement!


I replaced the Bolt with a Longer one and now used a Lock-nut action with Two nuts tightened against each other – allowing the Bearing in the back to still Run Freely.

I had to take into account that the Heat Element shouldn’t be touched or bumped or hit by the Spinning Drum itself; not breaking the Element.


This didn’t Matter, as the Heat Element on my Machine didn’t Heat-up as I know it should do.

Again I took it apart, Looking for the Thermal switch and handed it in, to be Tested.

There wasn’t a thing wrong…


The Only thing I could look at now,

Spinning up, Not falling Apart when it did,

BUT, not Heating up the Clothes,

Was the Actual Hot/Cold switch!


Opening up Yet again,

I looked at the Switch and found it was Really stubborn,

Not willing to Come out!


Experiment 101,

I pulled the Two wires from the Switch and connected them Directly,

Insulating them and making sure the wire didn’t become Dislodged,

Wearing out on the Drum itself.


This Finally Heated the Element up to where it should be!

With this Long Story short,

No matter what we may Think we know,

Even the Smallest of things on any Machine can have an Impact on the WHOLE!


Hiems est frigus (Latin) – Winter’s Cold.

Huge Dogue De Borgeaux dressed with hat, scarf and sweater sitting on a snow attentivly looking fat into the distance

Huge 4 years old Dogue De Borgeaux dressed with pink hat and grey scarf and sweater sitting on a snow attentivly looking fat into the distance

We’re Fast approaching the Cold of Winter here in South Africa.

Some places in the World there might Still be the Cold of Winter or You might have recently Passed through it.


I KNOW from my Colleagues in the Past Three Years I’ve been working at the Second Hand Car Stand,

Most of them Believe there’s Something WRONG with me during the Winter Months.


That said,

The Day I do dress Warmly,

You can KNOW it’s Freezing Cold!


Here are a few of my Personal Tips if and when You’d like to Train Yourself at Handling the Cold a little better.

Just KNOW this isn’t to say that It’ll WORK for you.


ONE thing if You’d not known this about me, I was working at the Correctional Services for 12 years.

MOST of the time there I worked during the Night.

HENCE, most of the time at Some Point it was a little OR a Lot Chilly!


So here goes…

  1. If you CAN walk around during the Coming Colder Months for as long as you

can, Without dressing up TOO warmly – this will help your Body to some extent to Adjust to the cold and toughen up a bit more against the Cold.


  1. If you do Dress in a Jacket, Pull-over, Vest, Jersey or such; Make sure that your Arms are kept well Warm. Your hands will release the Heat from your body and IF you work a lot with your hands, this Can help with maintaining their Heat for as long as possible.


  1. You can in time Obviously dress in a Second T-Shirt of such under your Shirt or whichever you may dress in. Keeping Your Chest warm and keeping the Cold out AND off your Lungs is a very good idea.


  1. If you can get a Hold of Wool socks that’s a good thing as well. Dressing in time with Two pairs, the Second do not even need be Wool. The second will help in Insulating Your feet so heat doesn’t Dissipate that way either.


  1. One thing which is AS Important than anything I can tell you, The More Busy you keep, the More Active You are during the Day, You MIGHT burn more Energy, but this will also Generate Heat for the body as well. Making you Hungry as well, so keep up the Food or Drinks.


  1. The Pants You usually Ware, if they’re a bit Thicker in the Winter, not just Insulating Your Legs better, but with ANY wind blowing, Breaking the Wind

not allowing it to Affect Your body – that’s the key…


  1. You can Eventually wear Another set of Pants under your Top ones. Ski-pants or Long-John’s would help with Insulating. But you can also Dress in a pair of Slacks, Sweatpants. When doing this, you can pull your Socks OVER the Slacks or Sweats – this will keep them from Pulling Up. Also good to Insolate your Feet and Legs.


  1. THIS one will Not be as easy. If you wear Shoes or Boots, whichever You can Find which will work with Your Wardrobe… If they’re Water-resistant or Waterproof – it will mean that Little or No heat escapes from your feet.


There are various Places on our Bodies where Heat disappear, if you can Do All

You can to Prevent this, Your body will keep much warmer.

Your FEET is a big place where Your body Looses Heat from and thus, TWO pairs of Socks and Possibly the Boots – Shoes which will keep the Heat in.


Doing this ONLY almost will keep You much warmer than You might Imagine.

Our Heads, there’s a great deal of Heat disappearing from our Heads.

If you’re NOT able to do much here, then Concentrate on the rest of your Clothes – compensate for what You can do.


The MORE motion You’ve got in Your Arms,

This Also help with Generating Heat, it will get your Chest muscles working and

Make Your body burn more Energy.


You also need to keep Your Vitamins Intake up to date.

Even if You’re keeping Yourself warm and so,

Keeping Healthy is also a Big Must during the Winter.


Eating the Orange Fruit,

Not just getting the Juice is as Important as getting the Vitamin-C.


Then as well,

The Dryer You can keep Yourself,

The better that’ll Turn out for you.


As much as You’d like to Insolate Your Feet,

If they do get Wet or Cold,

You’d easily feel this Effect on the REST of Your Body…


When You’ve Dressed Yourself warmly and get TOO Active,

Be careful NOT to take Off too much Clothes.

If you’ve got a Jacket On, Just unzip it and Allow Your Body to Cool down on its Own.

If You change the Temperature difference Too fast,

This can lead You to become Ill – Sick.


The MOMENT You feel that MOSTLY Your Lower back become Damp,

That’s a Sign for You do slow-down and Relax some,

This is a Very Good Indication that Your TOO warm and if You now Chance something TOO fast,

Well, You know…


Any Sweating, Anywhere over Your body is a Very Good indication of Over-Heating and as I mentioned,

In most Instances this isn’t THAT good.

You will Become Irritated and Undress.

It’ll Cause You to Cool down TOO fast and You’d feel a

WET-Cold which is the Actual Beginning of Trouble for you.


Thus, You should Understand,

Regulating Your Temperature is as Important as it is for You

NOT to be TOO Cold as well.


There could be Other things which Cold work for You.

Take a Moment and Consider them.

You might come up with Better Ideas than I have.


Keep Yourself Safe, WARM and Healthy…