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 Posted: Mon Dec 23rd, 2019 11:49 pm
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Chris Pennington
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Anybody got any tips on straightening out bent fan cages? I bought a fan on Fleabay and the seller described it as being "bent at the top".

When I unboxed it...the entire cage was almost smashed flat. Several broken welds etc...

Do I just trash it and try to find a replacement cage or does anyone have any kind of methodology for fixing them?





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 Posted: Tue Dec 24th, 2019 05:05 pm
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Alex Rushing
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Careful persuasion with a mallet can get the general shape back, and using a strong hook attached to a solid object can help pull the wire back out. As far as the broken wires. Got someone you know that is good at welding?
I just got my 1st welder and realized cage wire doesn't like being welded. LOL.

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 Posted: Tue Dec 24th, 2019 06:17 pm
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Chris Pennington
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All of the joints appear to be hard solder. So I'll probably just break it all down and reform everything on my cone mandrel. I was really hoping to avoid doing a complete tear down on a fan that isn't worth that much.

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Lane Shirey
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If you’re local, or want to ship the cage both ways to PA, I’ll spot weld the welds.  I’ll let you do the straightening.  The areas to be welded will have to be bead blasted, which will destroy the paint in those areas.  Please PM me if I can assist.  


If not, best of success in getting it back to order.  

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 Posted: Thu Dec 26th, 2019 12:16 pm
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You're the BEST, Lane!

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 Posted: Thu Dec 26th, 2019 12:43 pm
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I have a spot welder and a MIG setup. Since I'm going to have to break this entire cage down, I had planned on sandblasting the wire and then MIG welding it back together once I've heated and reformed the shapes. Do you think spot welding the pieces back together would be a better choice?

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 Posted: Thu Dec 26th, 2019 01:27 pm
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Also, thank you very much for the offer. Very kind.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 30th, 2019 02:43 am
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I’d pick the the spot welder, but eyeball the joint and stop the weld just when the steel just starts to meld together.  Otherwise you’ll risk burning through the wire. 

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Alex.
what kind of welder do have?

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