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Old December 26th 04, 05:24 AM
Tom Gardner
 
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Best Christmas that I can remember! My buddy found the problem with the
brakes on the Dodge Van, a rubber line had an internal ply separation and
was making the brakes funky and somewhat scary. He delivered the van on
Christmas eve so I could take the wheel-chaired parents to Church and to
diner. My sister made homemade cinnamon rolls for brunch. I had a few
hours to nap in the afternoon before a prime rib for Christmas diner and was
doing so until....A blade bracket on my ceiling fan failed and shed a blade
into a mirror. Well, THAT'S a wake-up call!!! Now, the fan being about a
pound out of balance sounds just like Santa's reindeers are all in rut on
the roof. One could have seen white all the way around my eyes!

So, the bracket's made of potmetal and I sure can't make a new one...any
ideas where to get one for a 20 yr old fan? I think it's a Hunter but I
will have to check. -or it's off to HD.



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Old December 26th 04, 11:33 AM
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On Sun, 26 Dec 2004 04:24:32 GMT, "Tom Gardner"
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Best Christmas that I can remember! My buddy found the problem with the
brakes on the Dodge Van, a rubber line had an internal ply separation and
was making the brakes funky and somewhat scary. He delivered the van on
Christmas eve so I could take the wheel-chaired parents to Church and to
diner. My sister made homemade cinnamon rolls for brunch. I had a few
hours to nap in the afternoon before a prime rib for Christmas diner and was
doing so until....A blade bracket on my ceiling fan failed and shed a blade
into a mirror. Well, THAT'S a wake-up call!!! Now, the fan being about a
pound out of balance sounds just like Santa's reindeers are all in rut on
the roof. One could have seen white all the way around my eyes!

So, the bracket's made of potmetal and I sure can't make a new one...any
ideas where to get one for a 20 yr old fan? I think it's a Hunter but I
will have to check. -or it's off to HD.

St. Vincent De Paul seens to usually have ceiling fans. I had
something similar happen a few years ago that involved a dogs toy, a
bit too ambitious a toss and a running ceiling fan. It cleared the
room...G

I found the identical fan at either SVDP or the Goodwill and simply
replaced the sheared bracket. Cost me a couple dollars

Gunner

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Old December 27th 04, 07:32 AM
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On Sun, 26 Dec 2004 04:24:32 GMT, "Tom Gardner"
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Best Christmas that I can remember! My buddy found the problem with the
brakes on the Dodge Van, a rubber line had an internal ply separation and
was making the brakes funky and somewhat scary. He delivered the van on
Christmas eve so I could take the wheel-chaired parents to Church and to
diner. My sister made homemade cinnamon rolls for brunch.


How old is that van? This is why it's a good idea to change all the
brake hoses every 10 or 15 years, or when you put on rebuilt calipers
around that timeframe...

I had a few
hours to nap in the afternoon before a prime rib for Christmas diner and was
doing so until....A blade bracket on my ceiling fan failed and shed a blade
into a mirror. Well, THAT'S a wake-up call!!! Now, the fan being about a
pound out of balance sounds just like Santa's reindeers are all in rut on
the roof. One could have seen white all the way around my eyes!


Yeah, that'll get your complete attention, all right.

So, the bracket's made of potmetal and I sure can't make a new one...any
ideas where to get one for a 20 yr old fan? I think it's a Hunter but I
will have to check. -or it's off to HD.


If you can find replacement brackets easily available, change the
whole set - or you can throw off the balance of the fan, and it
doesn't take much. The blades are matched down to a few grams.

My professional opinion: New ceiling fans are inexpensive enough
that if you can't get the parts easily it's not worth fighting with
fixing the old fan, unless you want to fix it as a personal challenge.

Even a customer who had a beautiful (and at one time rather
expensive) Casablanca fan with their first-generation one-wire
electronic controller. The control board lost it's "Magic Smoke", and
the circuit board was built inside the motor housing - parts are no
longer available, get a new one.

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