The dryer was out of commission. Clothes were piling up. Life was beginning to spin wildly out of control. I had narrowed the problem to heat, or the lack thereof. Heating elements were relatively inexpensive, and after checking around, I found a way to restring the coil for only 8 dollars. Saturday would be the face-off.
When the fight began, the dryer was clearly winning. Every screw I had removed left me no closer to the prized treasure inside. I was frantically trying to find the magic way of accessing the heating element. After a short break of a few hours, I went back and was able to remove the top, followed by the front, and then out popped the drum and belt. The dryer was dismantled before I even had to time to realize I had never built a dryer before.
I was able to restring the element, and then put the pieces back together. When I plugged the machine back in, I expected sparks and fire and certain doom, but it worked instead. "It worked. I can’t believe it."
I also can’t believe that you had to completely dismantle the dryer to fix this common problem. There is no quick-fix. I guess some problems are like that…you have to break everything down and get messy before you can make any real progress.