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 Posted: Wed Sep 12th, 2018 08:09 pm
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Tad Britton
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Hello again.
What is the safest way of preventing a power cord from pulling out from the connection -OTHER THAN tying a knot in the cord? I have a knot in the cord, now, but it is very crowded against the switch assembly. There isn't much wiggle-room between the hole and the switch assembly. IF the OTR had two stiff insulated wires, then I'd replicate what the way the original wire was tied off....but the OTR wire has soft rubber inner core insulation and doesn't offer much resistance to being pulled.

So, I'm coming here to ask if there is a special "thing" that I can use to clamp onto the cord on the interior so that it can't be pulled out or jerked out through the grommet hole if there is an accident. I don't really want to use anything metal for fear that it might vibrate loose one day and short out the switch.

Any ideas for me?

Thanks!

Tad

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 Posted: Wed Sep 12th, 2018 08:21 pm
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Steve Stephens
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Try a suitable sized zip tie around the cord inside the base.  You can also buy strain relief things that clamp on the cord.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 12th, 2018 08:33 pm
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George Durbin
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U can also make a simple overhand knot loosely behind the cover on many fans...
Geo...

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 Posted: Thu Sep 13th, 2018 01:59 am
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Thanks, Steve. A zip tie is a great idea!
George, I tried the knot idea but it's so tight inside the base, the knot is only able to butt up against the corner of the switch assembly and that's kinda bugging me so I needed a better idea. I think Steve's zip tie idea will work perfectly.


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 Posted: Thu Sep 13th, 2018 02:13 am
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George Durbin
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Tad Britton wrote: Thanks, Steve. A zip tie is a great idea!
George, I tried the knot idea but it's so tight inside the base, the knot is only able to butt up against the corner of the switch assembly and that's kinda bugging me so I needed a better idea. I think Steve's zip tie idea will work perfectly.



I deleted my post after rereadings yours that you tried it... but here it still posted...

Geo...

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 Posted: Fri Sep 14th, 2018 02:21 am
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There are strain reliefs that work well for flat PVC cord and round rubber cord. 







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 Posted: Fri Sep 14th, 2018 02:26 pm
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I've used cable ties before, but only when the hole the cord goes through is smooth with no sharp edges.

Emerson usually has a "screw-in" strain relief bushing that protects cord from abrasion...

As much as I hate these little suckers, (putting them in, and taking them out)  they do the job.

Search eBay for "Strain Relief Bushing"
There is a plethora of different sizes and they are made for flat or round cord.

Maybe someone offers an assortment of different sizes???.....

Happy Fanning!

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 Posted: Fri Sep 14th, 2018 05:08 pm
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Tad Britton
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Thanks, John and David.

Yes, I have looked at those, but they are designed for the flexible, rubber/plastic wire and I have the Old Time Radio wire that has the woven, cloth covering.

Also, my fan still has the original grommets so I want to take advantage its original-condition aspects.

I have decided to try and re-do the power cord, again, but this time, I am going to use the original Bakelite plug and a bit longer length of cord -to match the length of the original cord, as well. I know these things are small details but I am OCD! ;)

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 Posted: Fri Sep 14th, 2018 06:18 pm
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Tom Newcity wrote: Image #4 is the head wires and the stator wires secured together and out of the way of causing a clearance problem.  Lacing cord has been wrapped to keep it from slipping through the grommet. 

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Russ Huber
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Common whipping knot.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ib2tF-M0sg

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Last edited on Fri Sep 14th, 2018 06:21 pm by Russ Huber

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 Posted: Fri Sep 14th, 2018 06:53 pm
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Ohhhh! That's even cooler! I think I might try this! Thanks!!

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 Posted: Fri Sep 14th, 2018 07:17 pm
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That's how Emerson did it at the factory.  :D Just for a little added insurance if I use braided black 30 lb.+ catfish line I take the tip of my finger over the glue stick and smear it into the knot.  :clap: :D 


The Newcity uses absolutely correct lacing.  :clap: :D

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