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 Posted: Tue May 9th, 2017 06:55 pm
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Hello all, new to the forum here, I recently acquired a Baldor 2-speed window fan with a broken toggle switch.The motor still works on both speeds nicely and I would like to repair the switch if possible as the wiring is above my skill set (7 wires,jumpers and  capacitor).I will post a picture of the switch,the nipple is broken off of the toggle and is actually removable

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 Posted: Wed May 10th, 2017 12:51 pm
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I've never seen a switch like that. I doubt its repairable however. Usually when those older Bakelite switches break, they're done. The only way I could think to replace it would be to diagram and mark every wire, take lots of pics, then use an ohmmeter to determine how the old switch works and the terminals that are enabled in each position.

You'll them have to find the right modern toggle switch and do the same with it. My guess is a 3 pole, Double throw, likely an On-Off-On configuration.  I'm sure you can find a switch that will work, but it won't be an easy task in the conversion. 

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Yeah investigating multiple avenues as I'm not thrilled about the old dried up cloth wiring either,even though its in a metal junction box the fan is made of wood and concerns me as a fire hazard.If the fan wasn't so unique and in such good shape I probably wouldn't mess with it.I got the nipple or "throw" out and one of my buddies who works in a machine shop is really confident he can make me a new one for a couple bucks

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One by one, take the wiring off and sleeve each one with heat shrink tubing.  It's 600v rated and the wiring will once again be totally safe.  Just remember to mark your wires in some way, as you'll no longer be able to see the insulation color after sleeving them. 

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Yeah I've done the heat shrink bit on other old electrical items.But I did solve my switch problem buy getting creative with another switch for parts, I only wished I thought to take pictures to show others what I did step by step.I basically knocked the threaded portion with the toggle out of the switch face and was able to cut one out of a donor switch and press it into the old plate.......worked perfect the fan is alive! I may heat shrink it if I decide to keep it

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Nice work.

Congratulations!

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 Posted: Tue May 16th, 2017 02:42 pm
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Thank you

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