This is a coat hanger.  It is not a wire coat hanger.  Which means all it can do is hang clothes.  A wire coat hanger could save your life.

It was a well attended Erwin Pawn Tradio Show this last weekend.  Our call volume was back up to the level we're accustomed to and it seems everyone is back from the holidays.

And that got me to thinking about Christmas.  And I've done a lot of thinking about it this seasonSpecifically I thought about all the cool stuff I got and how I've had no need to return or exchange anything for the first time in maybe ever.

The Big Question we posed was just that, "Have you returned or exchanged a gift you got for Christmas".  I expected those that did to heavily outnumber those that did not.

However folks didn't want to admit it or just didn't do it.  "No" won with 30 votes, "yes" a disappointing seven.

Now back to those wire coat hangers.

Rule #6 this week was "Keep wire coat hangers handy".  There really is very little they can't do.  That is except for hanging clothes well.  I'm kind of like Mommie Dearest when it comes to my clothes hanging on them.

In my lifetime I've used wire coat hangers to get keys out of a car, as a tie-down, a plant hanger, unclogged a drain and have been known to shape one into a "grapper" for retrieving items that have fallen behind a piece of furniture.  I'm not the only one.

And my latest wire coat hanger trick takes the cake.

My girlfriend has been complaining lately that when she drys the laundry it takes longer than it should, indicating a lint jam.

Upon inspection of the lint discharge system I discovered a clean line but a blockage where the tube ends leading outside.  It's the silly door they put on there to keep air from getting in while it lets the hot air out. It just wasn't staying open.

Using a wire coat hanger I fashioned a sort of spring and spring-loaded the door in a permament open condition.  And now the clothes dryer works perfectly.

I'm sure next week she'll ask me to fix the draft.