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 Posted: Fri Sep 6th, 2019 03:14 am
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Richard Smith
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I am working on restoring my third fan - a Dominion but I don't know the model because the decals are gone, so this could be the wrong forum.
I can see how this can get to be habit forming!
This is what I started with:



This is how far I have gotten. The blades are back to the original grey and the cage is as good as I can make it. I put a thin rubber cord on it.



Some things I have learned so far:
1- There is very little information on the internet about specific brands of fans. This forum seems to be the main source of information. I have never seen a fan like this, so I don't know if something is missing or not. I must rely on more experienced folks like you to share their knowledge.
2- Be sure the mechanics work before making it pretty if you have never worked on a particular brand. I have two people wanting to buy it and I don't know if I can get it to oscillate correctly.:hammer:
3- E-bay users have decent prices but excessive shipping charges. :down:

Now to my questions. I know this is not an expensive fan, but it had some problems that I thought would be good practice for me. So, if anyone has experience with this fan, I would appreciate the help.
1- How much front to back play should the rotor have in it? This one has about an eighth of an inch. How do I determine which end of the shaft to add washers to - front or back?
2- On to the oscillator:

In the first photo, there is still about 1/16" of play in the main oscillator gear. When the fan runs, the gear is pushed to the right side of the oscillator case, so it may not matter. I think someone else may have disassembled the oscillator, so I am not sure of the order of the parts. Does what I have look right? The original felt washer was pretty much eaten up, so I don't know how thick it should be.




3- Oscillator shaft question: This (bottom photo) is all I have. The bottom screw that holds the oscillator arm is missing. Any idea where I can get something that might work? Any washers go here also?
1- Should there be something in the groove to help seal the grease? I am guessing another felt and washer so the grease can flow down and keep the shaft lubricated?
2- Should the threads at the top of the shaft above the hex nuts be smooth like it is or has something been stripped off? The order (when I disassembled it) was hex nut, star washer, hex nut, star washer, gear. Is that correct?
4- If anyone has this fan, I would appreciate a photo of any decals it had.



If anyone made it this far, I appreciate any help anyone might offer.

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 Posted: Fri Sep 6th, 2019 10:15 am
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Lane Shirey
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What color paint did you use?  It’s a nearly perfect match!

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 Posted: Fri Sep 6th, 2019 03:07 pm
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Lane, it's Rustoleum Seaside. The original seemed to have a little bit more blue in it but that was as close as I could get without custom mixing and using a spray gun. That is next up on my wish list!

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 Posted: Mon Sep 9th, 2019 06:04 pm
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Hi Richard, the badge on the grill is the only marking on your model that needs attention.  As it came from the manufacturer, the other three are not worth the effort and expense to replicate.  Two of them are mostly hidden, and the third is simply a guarantee sticker placed on top of the motor housing.  As to that tiny screw you mentioned to connect the oscillator arm to the output shaft, if I recall correctly, it is reverse threaded, has one thin washer, and a length so as not to prevent the free movement needed when tightened.  It never hurts to have other Dominions of similar model just for those parts you can’t simply purchase from the local hardware store.  I’m quite impressed with that color you found, downright striking !!!!!  As to rotor endplay, 1/16 of an inch is the general rule with the rotor being centered within the stator.  

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 Posted: Tue Sep 10th, 2019 03:09 am
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Thank you Robert. Yes, that screw has a left-handed thread.
I have just been bitten by this bug, so that is why I do not have any spare parts. Up until now, I have been a woodworker and I have a large inventory of scrap wood, so I am sure my fan parts will grow over time.
The only reason I asked about the decals is I wanted to see some specs (like amps and watts).
This is the first Dominion I have ever seen, let alone worked on. I just bought this one's little sister - a non-oscillating one with 8" blades which stands 10 1/2 inches tall. Looks like it had a small Dominion label on the front of the base.
It is in much better shape than the bigger one I am trying to finish.
Thanks for taking time to answer my questions.
Am I correct in thinking these were inexpensive fans which is why there is so little information about them?
I think the next thing I need to learn is how to make decals!
Thanks again for replying. Each new detail I learn helps a lot.

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The motor specs for your 2012C,     110-120 VAC
     60 Cycles
     50 Watts
    .63 Amps

     Yes, the slightly earlier models had a decal on the base, silver lettering on a red background with a silver border.
For example the model 2012B, the model just prior to your 2012C has that decal on the base.  Then also that casting of the 2012B base has a flat area breaking the scalloped surround to apply it.  Perhaps the smaller one you mentioned has a stamped base, again the same decal.  I’ve been considering a vinyl appliqué rather than a decal.
     Also, yes, Dominion produced small home appliances that were less expensive than some of the competition.  They do have their weaknesses due to producing a product that cost less to manufacture to be able to offer the consumer some savings.  Personally I think they produced a fine product and I modestly will add, I own more than one……………  

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 Posted: Tue Sep 10th, 2019 08:11 pm
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     In reference to the output shaft, my 2012B is identical to your’s Richard, nothing missing.   Now the layout of my worm assembly is a bit different.  Mine still retains a metal worm.  So, from the left, felt washer, metal washer, 2 shim washers, the worm, and 1 small shim washer.  Some play in this layout I would consider normal.  I’m assuming that is just the way it was assembled at the factory like mine.  Unless one finds the remains of a shim washer, o-ring, or felt washer nothing is amiss.   I just took note that my output shaft does not have that lube groove near the end of it.  It is interesting to see the differences between our two consecutive models………… 

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Last edited on Wed Sep 11th, 2019 08:05 pm by Robert Bollinger

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 Posted: Wed Sep 11th, 2019 08:23 pm
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My output shaft has only one star washer, I think yours has two for added security to further prevent that gear from becoming dislodged.  Those threads that appear to be stripped is simply part of the machining process.  That end would have also been chucked unto a lathe to machine the opposite end.I reinstalled the assembly including that felt washer, which in mine is in good condition.  There is very little endplay in this assembly, I would need a feeler gauge to measure it.  You mentioned the felt washer in yours being excessively worn, yours I imagine needs to be replaced. 

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 Posted: Fri Sep 13th, 2019 04:14 pm
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Thanks for checking on that for me. Those horizontal grooves in the oscillator shaft connect to a one inch vertical groove in the shaft as well. An interesting way to lubricate that shaft, since it uses grease instead of oil.

According to Apollo, my rescued kitten who has just cleared the vet tests to go to the big house, my new acquisition is a model 2003 8" blade non-oscillator.



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