I fixed it!!!
I'm very proud of myself, and i think you guys are the only ones who will appreciate why... They had sweet potatoes on sale at the grocery store this week. So i decided to get some and run them through the dehydrator for the dogs. I got the potatoes sliced, everything arranged, and turned the dehydrator on. It started making this horrible noise. I don't know how to fix things, so i did what i always do, bang on it. This didn't do anything. I'm not mechanically inclined. My boyfriend can fix anything, so i've never really had to learn. If stuff breaks, i say "honey, can you fix it?", he fixes it, and it's all better. The potatoes have to run in the dehydrator for a few hours. The boyfriend is out of town this weekend. I didnt' want to wait till sunday night/monday. The potatoes are already cut, and i'm not staying up to ridiculous o'clock sunday night so i can be around to flip the potatoes over and rotate the trays. If i don't do it this weekend, its not going to happen, and i'll have to toss the potatoes. But the noise really was awful, and i was sure that if i just ran it anyway, either i'd go crazy, or the dehydrator would blow up. But, i'm a big girl. I don't usually fix things, but i'm not a total idiot. I could have sat and waited around for a big strong guy to fix it for me. I'm a domestic diva. The dehydrator is clearly kitchen related, and the kitchen is my domain. So, i went and i got a screwdriver. This is a dangerous thing for me to have. Screwdrivers are used to take things apart. I took my dehydrator apart. This is not something i can usually be trusted to do, and not break somthing. But the dehydrator was old, and new ones are cheap. I figured the worst i could do was break something that was already broken. But, i took it apart,poked at things for a minute, and realized that the fan blades were rubbing. Turns out after all the uses, and the heat, the plastic fan blades had drooped a little bit, and were rubbing (hence the awful noise). I bent them back up, put everything back (with no extra pieces left over!), didnt lose any screws, and the best part is..... When i turned it back on, nothing exploded! And now it's running nicely, purring along quietly in the kitchen like it's supposed to, and the dogs will have their treats tonight after all.