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How do I get access to the inside of a dryer?

I was changing my power cord and accidently dropped a nut down inside the dryer. How do I get access to the inside of the dryer to retireve this nut?

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Almost all current dryers have front-access service. Access varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some panels are secured by snap clips, others by screws.Shock Hazard Warning! Be sure to remove the dryer from its power source before accessing internal components.

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http://www.fixya.com/support/r3575913-installing_a_220_vac_appliance_cord

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Better? Best wishes and sorry about the pics. Hope this is better.

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