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 Posted: Wed Feb 10th, 2021 08:50 pm
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Vic Valencheck
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I just got back this blade that I had chrome plated. I rigged it up to my Du Bro balancer. I need to add 3oz.  to counter balance it. I marked an X in the pic where I need it. I was thinking of a magnet, Bondo? Anyone have any suggestions on how to do it?




  

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Luke Skelnik
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What about a sticky wheel weight?

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Most of those are out of clock when that is the case & the two heaviest blades will be the ones too close together. I balanced one of those this past summer using two pry bars to spread the blades. The old 2x2 doesn’t do anything to those blades. Ran smooth as could be when done.

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I think I would use some lead solder and a wire. I would wrap the wire around the center hub holding the lead at the right position. Then use tape to keep it from moving. This way you can slowly adjust it until you get it right. After that I would use some glue to secure it better. It is just an idea but it might work?

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Stan Adams wrote: Most of those are out of clock when that is the case & the two heaviest blades will be the ones too close together. I balanced one of those this past summer using two pry bars to spread the blades. The old 2x2 doesn’t do anything to those blades. Ran smooth as could be when done.Stan, when I had the blade on the motor I used a strobe and it looked pretty good. I'll check the blade separation tomorrow. Thanks 

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Vic Valencheck
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Don Tener wrote: I think I would use some lead solder and a wire. I would wrap the wire around the center hub holding the lead at the right position. Then use tape to keep it from moving. This way you can slowly adjust it until you get it right. After that I would use some glue to secure it better. It is just an idea but it might work?
Not a bad idea Don but 3oz of solder is quite a bit. Thanks 

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Vic Valencheck wrote: Don Tener wrote: I think I would use some lead solder and a wire. I would wrap the wire around the center hub holding the lead at the right position. Then use tape to keep it from moving. This way you can slowly adjust it until you get it right. After that I would use some glue to secure it better. It is just an idea but it might work?
Not a bad idea Don but 3oz of solder is quite a bit. Thanks
Fishing weight?

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Vic Valencheck
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Don Tener wrote: Vic Valencheck wrote: Don Tener wrote: I think I would use some lead solder and a wire. I would wrap the wire around the center hub holding the lead at the right position. Then use tape to keep it from moving. This way you can slowly adjust it until you get it right. After that I would use some glue to secure it better. It is just an idea but it might work?
Not a bad idea Don but 3oz of solder is quite a bit. Thanks
Fishing weight?
Hmmm I might be be going to Walmart and buying some sinkers. Thanks Don   :up:

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Vic you can buy magwheel weights at many auto parts. They stick to the inside of the wheel, so should work in the hub. 3oz is a lot though.

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Vic Valencheck
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Stan Adams wrote: Vic you can buy magwheel weights at many auto parts. They stick to the inside of the wheel, so should work in the hub. 3oz is a lot though.That's a good idea also. I think there made of lead also. Thanks 

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Vic Valencheck wrote: Stan Adams wrote: Vic you can buy magwheel weights at many auto parts. They stick to the inside of the wheel, so should work in the hub. 3oz is a lot though.That's a good idea also. I think there made of lead also. Thanks yes they are lead. I used many as a mechanic. You can tape them in place and slowly move them as well. Then fix them permanently when you find the "Sweet" spot.

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It looks to me that the blade at 7 o clock in that photo is out of clock. I'd look into that before adding weight to it.

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Well I didn't want to do it but I flattened out 4- 1oz sinkers with some JB Weld to balance this blade. It doesn't look pretty but it actually runs smooth with a little vibration on the cage. I'll post the completed fan in a new topic.




  

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ANYBODY that plans on chrome plating a blade needs to get with the plater about agitating the bath or blade.
Plate with face up or face down because it will plate heavier on the bottom of the tank and unbalance.
Jim Lindsey plated a 12" FASCO blade and we determined plating threw it way out of balance. :shock: :shock: :shock:

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That's pretty clever, Vic. You spared shaving on your flash, and got the dirty job done.  :D



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Years ago I had the blade plated and ended up with significant vibration. I pow wowed over the phone with the great and almighty Newcity.  He gave me a thumbs up to ship it to him and with painstaking careful TLC he used a fine grit belt sander(I think I have that right) he managed to drop the wing weight without noticeable loss to the luster. Fact Jack!   Never underestimate the Newcity.  :clap: :D




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