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 Posted: Fri Dec 22nd, 2017 04:18 pm
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Betsy Croslin
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I'm having a problem with the fan sliding down to adjust the height. I've tried to lift the top off from the bottom legs but it doesn't want to release. When I loosen the knobs that keep the height locked, fan will move about 3 inches and stops. Any ideas on how to fix this or what the problem might be?

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 Posted: Fri Dec 22nd, 2017 05:04 pm
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Richard Daugird
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This would be better posted in the Vintage or Antique section.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 22nd, 2017 05:29 pm
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Tom Zapf
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this is in the right spot this is a post ww2 fan.. 1948-1972...anyway the 3 wing models are mid 50s with the hex shaped motor, 60s if they have a round box fan motor. The 50s stands have two inset screws in the side that you can see if you extend the fan as high as it goes. NOW... IF you undo those screws it releases a cable/tether inside the stand tube and you will not be able to re connect it again. .... ever......at that point you can take the fan top off the top and have the lower half of the leg stand left. Ok if you cant get the fan to go down low with the top of the stand tubes almost down to the curve of the bottom, you might have a buildup of something. If the fan was painted, what can happen is the upper tube sliding over the lower tube can push enough paint down to build up a "Stop" farther down the lower tube and the upper stand tube will not slide further. I have had this happen.... good luck! 

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 Posted: Fri Dec 22nd, 2017 05:47 pm
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Betsy Croslin
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I guess I should sand the bottom section down to bare metal see if it slides smoothly and paint again. Thanks for your help.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 22nd, 2017 06:37 pm
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Update.... I've sanded the bottom extensions almost 1/2 way to the where the curve is on the bottom. it's still hanging up at appx the same spot before sanding. Should I untether and see if theres an obstruction in the top section. I'm assuming this model should drop almost to the curve. Should I be looking for something on the silver height adjustment ring? 

Your input and expertise is greatly appreciated.

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 Posted: Tue Dec 26th, 2017 02:08 pm
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Tom Zapf
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IF YOU UNDO THE INNER CABLE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET IT BACK TOGETHER AS FAR AS I KNOW. THE TOP SECTION SHOULD SLIDE ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE CURVE OF THE LEG FOR TE BASE 

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