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 Posted: Sun Mar 20th, 2011 01:55 pm
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Steve Shay
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Hey Everyone,

I have an old Westinghouse 2-speed table fan, which had some shady looking cloth wiring we wanted repaired. So, we found a guy on Craigslist (big mistake) who came over and tried to replace the wires with newer wiring but ended up not knowing how to rewire it back together.  So, I've attached photos of the fan and have a couple of questions:

Can you identify this fan and if so, is there a wiring diagram/manual out there for it?

Is there a rotating switch that we can use to replace the one that was in it?  I can't seem to find one.

Does anyone know what the square box thing is with the 3 wires coming out? The guy that came over didn't know but thought it controls the fan's speed and the rotation of the fan. The wires coming out confused him since there is only one wire underneath the cloth.  

Sorry for all the questions. if there is anyone in the Chicago area/suburbs that might know how to fix a fan like this, please PM me!  I pay well and don't want to replace this beauty since it worked fine before the Craigslist guy got a hold of it. Here are the photos:









The controller thingy that was in the base, opposite of the switch:

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 Posted: Sun Mar 20th, 2011 05:35 pm
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Lewis Fitzgerald-Holland
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is the switch broken? i see it's on the fan.

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 Posted: Sun Mar 20th, 2011 08:15 pm
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Michael Rathberger
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I don't think that's the right base for that fan, it looks like a base from a different fan.

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 Posted: Sun Mar 20th, 2011 08:45 pm
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Lewis Fitzgerald-Holland
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no that is the right base, the early second generation power-airs looked like that, the ones that came right after the darth vaders.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 22nd, 2011 12:37 am
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I could be all wrong here, but I'll give it a shot...

If the speed coil is correct for the fan, 3 wires from the speed coil would give 3 speeds.  High, Medium, Low. 
The speed coil has the highest resistance between high and medium, the next resistance is less between medium and low.

The switch should have 4 positions, (if it is correct with the fan & speed coil)  Off, High, Medium, Low.

Here is a generic wiring diagram that should work for you...

http://home.comcast.net/~jmccomas2/wiring/Generic_3_Speed.gif.html

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