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 Posted: Sun Dec 31st, 2017 01:31 pm
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Kiel Horrigan
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Hello all! I just started getting into vintage fans... I acquired this dominion desk fan from my father and it has been sitting in my garage for about a year. I finally decided to do something with it, so I did my best to bring it back to life... I’m not sure of the year, well to be completely honest I don’t know too much about it at all... I will attach some before and after pics.... any input would be greatly appreciated as this is my first attempt at doing this.... any tips on where to get spare parts or anything would help out. I do plan on doing more in the future... the hardest thing I think I found was matching the paint, as you can see from the picture it is different. But I tried my best.... anyway thanks for checking it out and like I said any input would be great! Thanks again.








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 Posted: Mon Jan 1st, 2018 02:43 am
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Jamie Williams
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Kiel,

Welcome. I'm glad you found our club. I think there is a ton of knowledge here to help, but please be specific and detailed in your questions and yo will probably find the help you need.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 1st, 2018 02:47 am
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Jamie Williams
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I posted my reply before your pics. Let me know if you need something, I have one of these I can send you parts from.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 1st, 2018 06:58 pm
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Kiel Horrigan
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Do you by any chance have any more info on the fan? 

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 Posted: Mon Jan 1st, 2018 09:52 pm
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Austin Ko
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Kiel Horrigan wrote: Do you by any chance have any more info on the fan? There isnt much more info about it. Its a 8" Dominion from the 1950's or late 40's at the oldest. Was made as an economical fan to sell at five and dimes or drugstores. Nice job you did.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 1st, 2018 11:42 pm
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Kiel Horrigan
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Thanks I appreciate it.... I’m kinda new at this I did that first one now I’m hooked! Gonna start another soon, ill post some pics of it....

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 Posted: Tue Jan 2nd, 2018 10:08 am
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Lane Shirey
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Looks very nice! They're good fans to practice restoration on and refine your skills before tackling a valuable fan. It's better to make a mistake on an inexpensive one. 

Of the "budget" or "dime store" fans, Dominion actually made some good runners. 


My wife has a weakness for 8" dime store fans. They're fun to restore! 


Welcome to the forum! Time to tackle another one!

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 Posted: Tue Jan 2nd, 2018 12:45 pm
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it came out great you have done a very nice job! 

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 Posted: Thu Jan 11th, 2018 01:16 pm
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Welcome, and really nice job, Kiel!

Yeah, that Dominion color is different - somewhere between moss green and green/teal depending on the model.  Here's a hint I've learned regarding trying to match colors using the internet - Home Depot's images for the assorted Rust-Oleum spray paint products are tops - extremely close to the actual sprayed product.  Use Google Images and type in your Rust-Oleum color name - you'll see 'em.

I like the brown fabric cord.  I do the same thing with similar fans, even though the factory original was regular brown lamp cord.

My tip of the day - one I've learned the hard way.  :hammer:  Fans are easy, right?  Man, I tell ya, every single fan I've ever worked on was a challenge is some form.  Pay VERY close attention to everything you remove during tear-down.  Pay attention to the smallest details, like exactly how many washers are used on the rotor shafts, the material that each washer is made of, and the exact order of how to put them back on the shafts.  Beware that when you pull the rotor out, VERY often one or more washers will stick to the bearings.  If you don't realize it they could get lost in any sort of ways.  Also eye-ball each washer closely as you take them off the shafts - so often two or more will be stuck together and you'd swear it was just one washer.  My latest fan on the bench has seven total washers on the rotor shafts - three on one side and four on the other.  Three are bronze, one is steel, and three are fiber.

Take a lot of good quality pictures, and write diagrams with notes attached - I guarantee you'll be glad you did.

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