Our dryer broke this week. I am not a fan of Amana brand appliances. Bleh. This dryer was so horrible we actually couldn't run it unless we were going to be in our offices with the doors closed and headphones on. It was that loud.
I know what you're thinking: why not just run the dryer when you're out of the house? That would have worked, except that this dryer was so special it couldn't turn off when it was done.
I went straight to Craigslist to see if I could score a white Kenmore or Maytag dryer for a decent price (preferably $75 or less). Yes, we would some day like to have a matching washer/dryer front-loading eco-friendly uber set. But right now I'd rather have that money for closet storage systems.
Anyway, within a day I found a lady who lives in our town with a Kenmore dryer. Turns out she needs family pictures, too. So I said hey, why don't we do a trade? And can you deliver? Yes? Sweet. So we now have a QUIET, good quality, white Kenmore dryer for which I will only have to pay with an hour of photography time.
I even found a guy [also on Craigslist] who picks up scrap metal for free, so he came on the same day and picked up the old broken dryer.
I was all happy and excited. I went to plug in our new dryer. . . only to realize it was a four-prong cord instead of the 3-prong we needed. Argh. But only a temporary argh, because I learned you can buy dryer cords at the hardware store for less than $20, and it's really, really easy to change them out.
So, this is how to change a dryer cord from a 4-prong to a 3-prong.
Here is the previous cord situation. . .