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 Posted: Sun Mar 11th, 2018 01:29 pm
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Larry Bradbury
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i am restoring a Emerson 6250. My question is about the wick replacement on it. What is the proper procedure for this. How do you know how long each piece needs to be. What is the first initial oiling procedure for a new wick. And what oil is recommended. Thanks for any help. 

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 Posted: Sun Mar 11th, 2018 03:07 pm
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I don’t have that particular fan but normally replace wicks first thing in getting a fan - almost guaranteed they’re hardened and need it.  Depending on the condition, I’m told you can soak them and rehab but I’ve never bothered and just replaced. Make sure you get the right diameter wicking material. As far as length goes, just line the new wicking material up against the old one and cut with a razor so it’s clean. You want it just long enough to touch the bearing but not press against it if you know what I mean. Many use the 3in1 in the blue can. Others swear by zoom spout. Just a nice light detergent free oil. Put the wick in the cup or whatever (depending on what the fan is set up with) and soak the wick good. Then extra, if it’s a cup, maybe 2/3 full. I like to “pre-soak” the bearing in advance and if possible. I’m sure others will have more experienced advice but that’s my two cents. 

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 Posted: Sun Mar 11th, 2018 03:20 pm
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Here’s a link to a prior discussion in oiling this fan. http://www.afcaforum.com/view_topic.php?id=27173&forum_id=1&highlight=Emerson+6250+wick+oil

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 Posted: Mon Mar 12th, 2018 01:56 am
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I bought a restore kit from http://www.vintagewireandsupply.com and it comes with three different size wicks to choose from but the wicks are only 2" long and don't look like it's enough to FULL up all four cavities. That's why I was curious if it was only suppose to be little short pieces. The old wick came out in pieces and I can't use it for measurement purposes. 

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