Did you read that little rant about the morning lost to getting our dryer back up? Well, everything said to check the power supply, as a dryer takes two circuits and one can still power the machine but isn't enough to heat it up... We did check the circuit breaker and found all the switches in the "on" position - nothing tripped.
When Bob plugged in the loaner dryer this morning it didn't get hot either.
He turned off every circuit in the breaker box, and it still had power.
So we went hunting for a second, previously unknown box. It was outside, on the back of the house, and a fuse was blown.
That's right, folks, we went for several days without a dryer, took dirty clothes to my parent's house to wash, and wasted a whole day trying to not be frustrated at policy because we dumb.