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Old 07-02-2015, 11:12 PM   #1
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Now why didn't I ever think of this?

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Lol. Did the HO say that was for balance?

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So now I can use those to keep my potato chip bag closed AND balance a fan?
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That's my kind of resourcefulness. Good homeowner fix.
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I appreciate the resourcefulness. Good homeowner fix.

My electrician says 5 blade fans are easier to balance than 4 blade (as far as swapping blade positions to get it balanced). Have you folks found that to be the case?

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I appreciate the resourcefulness. Good homeowner fix.

My electrician says 5 blade fans are easier to balance than 4 blade (as far as swapping blade positions to get it balanced). Have you folks found that to be the case?
I don't swap. I just put the blades in order from heaviest to lightest, and install opposite or follow the pattern for torquing lug nets if it's a 5 blade.
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I don't swap. I just put the blades in order from heaviest to lightest, and install opposite or follow the pattern for torquing lug nets if it's a 5 blade.
I don't follow. You're weighing each blade (that weigh the same in theory)?
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I don't follow. You're weighing each blade (that weigh the same in theory)?
Usually I'll just make a balance and use that. A board, 3 nails and some string. I have a scale somewhere,..
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Usually I'll just make a balance and use that. A board, 3 nails and some string. I have a scale somewhere,..
First I ever heard of weighing them. Interesting.
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Theoretically, the more blades the fan has, the better you can balance it without weight. 2 and 3 bladed fans you get what you get. 4 bladed fans, you can shuffle things around some to improve the balance. The more blades you have, the more flexibility you have to get better balance.
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First I ever heard of weighing them. Interesting.
Faster than shuffling positions and testing it out. It isn't perfect, but you'd need a calculator to do better figuring out which one goes where up front.
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Silly me. I just use the balancing kit that comes with the fan.
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So now I can use those to keep my potato chip bag closed AND balance a fan?
Strategically dust the fan blades.
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Great thread. Thanks, because it reminded me I have to find/locate/shop new blades for my 1973 Simplicity lawn tractor.


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So now I can use those to keep my potato chip bag closed AND balance a fan?
Also to keep the knot tied with the thick shoelaces that workboots come with.

How little wobble @ max speed is good enough?
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Cheap bastad... They do sell 'em in white...


Betcha' if he used white, you wouldn't have noticed...
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Cheap bastad... They do sell 'em in white...


Betcha' if he used white, you wouldn't have noticed...
Dem look like light baby blue to me.
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I just tape pennies to the blades till it's balanced then i hot glue them in place.
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Dem look like light baby blue to me.
Which is here somewhere
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