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 Posted: Sat Nov 10th, 2018 11:27 pm
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Teresa Burnap
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I have this fan - Westinghouse Cat. No. 12 LA 3 - and would like to know how to find someone that can clean and/or restore the fan for me. It's working quite well actually; it runs in both high and low speeds and is pretty smooth and quiet.  I can see that the oscilliation mechanism is trying to work but it is not quite moving.   It is dirty/dusty and the cage is rusted.    I love this fan, and I want to use it!  Also, the wiring is old an bare in the area that goes from the fan motor to the base.    The paint on the blades is flaking off in places.    I am not a mechanic and have no experience, so I am wondering how I would locate someone who could do the work for me?   I live in the WV/MD/VA area, outside of Harper's Ferry, WV.  I've attached pictures of my fan:













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 Posted: Sun Nov 11th, 2018 12:40 am
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Lane Shirey
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Hi Teresa, welcome to the forum.  Your fan is a fairly common fan and it’s fully restored value is under $100 in my opinion. That should be a consideration when paying someone to restore it. It likely will cost far more than its value to have someone restore it. 

If it has sentimental value then none of that matters of course. But you might be wiser trying to find a member nearby that’s willing to take a look before you spend the money on a restoration. 


Best of success in getting it working again!,

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 Posted: Sun Nov 11th, 2018 04:24 am
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Those are not the easiest fans to tear down for a complete restore. In fact, it can be downright challenging the first few times. Just to take the cage off you have to open the motor housing. Nice fans, but as Lane said even restored the price it would demand isn’t that much. But, then again, it isn’t always about return on investment. Here’s a video of a tear down and restoration I did for a friend (not that I’m all that good) to show you the process involved. https://youtu.be/G0yEhHUC3P0

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 Posted: Fri Nov 16th, 2018 04:46 am
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Larry White
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You should join us .  This is a great group of humans who will help at the drip of a hat.  The fan body itself looks like the paint is fairly good.  You can compound it and then wax it and it should shine like new.  Don't be afraid to take it apart. I take pictures of every fan I break down as I do it so I can get the darn things back together again.  Thank the Lord for smart phones.  If you know how to solder, replacing the wires is fairly straightforward, just take your time.  Make a sketch of the wires and where they go before removing them.  Replacement wire and plugs are available in a number of places including Vintage Wire.   The blade can be removed from the shaft making sanding and painting much easier.  The same for the cage.   Using this method you CAN do it yourself for under 20 bucks..   

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