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 Posted: Sun Oct 29th, 2017 05:37 pm
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Joshua Fitzgerald
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Since this is my first post I'll introduce myself. My name is Josh and I live in the town of Port Barre, Louisiana. I'm not a fan "collector" as I have found collecting to be way too addictive.  I do love having and using good quality, durable, serviceable, stylish made in the USA products such as fans, tube radios and tv sets, typewriters, adding machines, rotary phones etc...  I am on a mission to rid myself of the cheaply made, high priced, throw away products made in China, Mexico, Southeast Asia and countries whose names end in "stan".  At present I only have a couple of older model fans - an old Sears and Roebuck window fan and a Diehl 3 speed oscillating desk fan. The window fan was removed from an old house being torn down a few years ago and the Diehl was picked up from the curb on trash day many years ago. I plan on putting both fans back into service once I clean, inspect, rewire, lube and repaint them. I am currently working on the Diehl and have it mostly disassembled but have decided to stop until I can get some advice on how to proceed. I am not really sure how to remove the rotor from the front bearing so that both components may be cleaned and inspected. I would like any advice I can get on removing the field coils from the rear housing for cleaning, inspection and head wire replacement.  Here a few pictures though I have no idea why they are upside down here and have been unable to figure out how to correct that.  

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 Posted: Sun Oct 29th, 2017 11:50 pm
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I haven't worked on one of these, but I congratulate you on your quest for quality old American products!  So easy now a days to buy into the planned obsolescence lifestyle. 
Just from looking at the pics...  your rotor should just slide out of the front motor cover. Sometimes there's a burr that can hold them in

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 Posted: Mon Oct 30th, 2017 02:17 pm
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welcome Josh! 

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 Posted: Mon Oct 30th, 2017 02:48 pm
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Thanks for welcomes. Any idea on how to get my pics to post right side up? I've tried everything including rotating my pictures 90 degrees - upside down- and saving them to a folder that way and yet when posted here they are still upside down. I have never had this problem before and even with help I can't get these pictures to come out right. 
On another note I'm already starting to regret signing up here. I was digging around through older posts here and came across the box fan thread. I was having a good time seeing all of the cool (no pun intended) box and window fans, seeing some that I hadn't seen since I was a little kid 30 something years ago. I came across some Mathes coolers which I like though I have only seen pictures of. But then it happened, I saw something I never knew existed, wood Philco window fans. I wish I hadn't seen that, now I want one. 

Getting back to my Diehl, does anybody know about what year(s) these were made? 


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 Posted: Mon Oct 30th, 2017 04:24 pm
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If you post pics taken with a smart phone, if they were taken in portrait mode , try editing them ever so slightly then post that edited pic.  you can just crop the pic slightly and that'll fix it.  Use the original pic you took to edit, not the one you rotated 90 degrees. 

Pics taken in landscape appear properly.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 30th, 2017 04:34 pm
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Thanks for the help with the photos. I'll play around with my photos and try posting them right side up later. Right now I need to get more work done on the fan. 

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 Posted: Mon Oct 30th, 2017 10:51 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Your Diehl Fan was made in either the 1940s or 1950s, as the badge on your fan is a later Diehl Badge.

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 Posted: Tue Oct 31st, 2017 02:27 pm
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Levi Mevis wrote: Your Diehl Fan was made in either the 1940s or 1950s, as the badge on your fan is a later Diehl Badge.
I was trying to pinpoint the year simply because I did not want to post in the wrong area. I've seen some pre 50s Diehls and those did not seem to have the bullet shaped cover on the rear of the motor so I made the assumption that it was made after 1950. So far I am really enjoying working on this fan and look forward to learning more about it and other fans. 

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 Posted: Tue Oct 31st, 2017 06:10 pm
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You're OK posting here.  The main reason for the separation is that some members only have interest in older fans, and others, only later fans.  Saves from wading through posts you have no interest in if you only collect earlier or later fans.  Posting in the right area only helps the poster to get the attention of experts that monitor that area. 


Most of us look at all areas however.

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 Posted: Wed Nov 1st, 2017 03:27 am
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Also another way to date your fan would be to look at the data tag on the base of the fan, if the tag says "Diehl, a Singer Company" or something to that effect then your fan was made after 1918, and if the fan says Elizabethtown, New Jersey on the fan it was made pre-1941, and post-1941 if it says Finderne, New Jersey. So take a look at your fan's data tage and tell us what it says including the Address given for Diehl on the tag, better yet a picture of the tag would be even better. That will definitely help in dating your fan down to an exact decade of manufacture.

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 Posted: Sat Nov 4th, 2017 05:02 pm
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Unfortunately there is no data tag on the base of the fan. Also upon cleaning most of the petrified grease from the oscillator gear box I have discovered some unfortunate damage. The brass worm gear is stripped out which really sucks. That may have been one reason that the fan was discarded in the first place. Here's a picture of the unfortunate damage.

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