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 Posted: Thu Mar 22nd, 2018 12:54 am
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Harry Franke
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 I successfully took a small chip off the knob while trying to pry it off. There is no set screw. I'm wondering if there is a hidden screw under that white center. If anyone has had experience with these please let me know.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 22nd, 2018 01:03 am
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Lawrence Smith
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Yes the white disc pops off, screw underneath 

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 Posted: Thu Mar 22nd, 2018 01:09 am
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WoW! That was fast and THANK YOU! I was getting a little frustrated because I initially pulled the back off of the "Big Windy" so I could oil the rear shaft. In doing so, I broke two wires off of the switch. I can't solder them unless the switch is removed.
 Thanks for the fast reply. I can sleep tonight!!!!:clap::sleeping: 

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 Posted: Thu Mar 22nd, 2018 03:55 am
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Levi Mevis
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to remove the white cap you have to use either a sewing needle or a small jewelers screwdriver of the standard blade variety and actually when you do remove it it will damage it slightly so if you want to reuse that cap you'll have to be careful when removing that cap not to damage it too badly. I have several fans with that style of switch on it and I've not had luck removing that cap without severely damaging it.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 22nd, 2018 09:17 am
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Just wondered if anyone has ever tried to hot glue or superglue a chopstick or equivalent to the white plug to remove it? If it worked, you could use a razor blade to trim off the glue/chopstick, and if there's still residue, I think the plug could be flipped over and reinstalled???    That's partly how they do paintless dent repair on cars. 

I've tried to remove them as above and they're usually not useable when I'm done. 

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 Posted: Thu Mar 22nd, 2018 11:50 am
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John McComas
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Lane Shirey wrote: Just wondered if anyone has ever tried to hot glue or superglue a chopstick or equivalent to the white plug to remove it? If it worked, you could use a razor blade to trim off the glue/chopstick, and if there's still residue, I think the plug could be flipped over and reinstalled???    That's partly how they do paintless dent repair on cars. 

I've tried to remove them as above and they're usually not useable when I'm done. 
Lane, that's an idea that has worked several times in the past for me...
I use the hot melt glue on the end of a dowel to remove the Bakelite plug on the center of the Ribbonaire hubs.
I have also squirted a tiny bit of WD-40 in the crack surrounding the plug, the use compressed air in a small nozzle
to shoot air so plug pops out.  ...Be sure to do this where you can capture & find the plug when it pops out.
Happy Fanning!

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 Posted: Thu Mar 22nd, 2018 02:09 pm
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Michael Rathberger
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John McComas wrote: Be sure to do this where you can capture & find the plug when it pops out.
Happy Fanning!


Whenever I attempt anything like this it usually ends up in my eye...

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 Posted: Thu Mar 22nd, 2018 02:35 pm
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 Thanks Levi. I did get it off with a razor blade. It's nicked a bit but it looks like I can flip it and still have a good side.

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