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 Posted: Sun May 19th, 2019 10:11 pm
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Hi Everyone, 
I picked up an antique GE ceiling fan (Type AH52, Pat Feb 6, 1906) and I spent some time cleaning it up today and removed a bunch of dust. The wires look pretty good and it spins freely, so I'm planning to do minimal work before I hang it/start it. I want to make sure it's properly lubricated, but I don't see an obvious place for oil. Can anyone send me a link that illustrates the process? I searched the forum and didn't find any threads describing it. 
Thanks in advance, 
Mike 





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 Posted: Sun May 19th, 2019 10:46 pm
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Great fan Mike! If you raise up that canopy on top of the motor, it will have a choke coil under it. Under that choke coil, you will see a depressed area with a hole in the bottom of it. That is where you add the oil. Home Depot & Lowe’s usually have tubes of Hunter original oil in the ceiling fan section. That is just about the right amount of oil for your fan. Don’t fill it until you hang it though.

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 Posted: Sun May 19th, 2019 10:59 pm
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Awesome, thanks! Is this the correct spot?




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 Posted: Sun May 19th, 2019 11:03 pm
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Also, do you think the correct hook for hanging will be an easy Home Depot/Lowes find as well? 
And should I wrap the existing wheel with something (like rubber) so theres a buffer between the hook and wheel for vibration dampening? 





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 Posted: Mon May 20th, 2019 12:45 am
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Yes that is the oil port.Finding a hook can be challenging. Most of the big box store’s hooks are not big enough. I have modified them to work. That spool was wrapped in a layer of felt to minimize the motor hum going into the ceiling.
Btw these use an oil pan, so not like piling a fan. They take much more.

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 Posted: Mon May 20th, 2019 01:00 am
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Okay, thank you very much Stan. Maybe I can order one online. Appreciate the help. -Mike

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 Posted: Mon May 20th, 2019 11:22 am
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Luckily, these are available:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Ceiling-Fan-J-Mounting-Hook-Made-In-USA-for-Oil-Bath-Cast-Iron-VTG-Fans/202444849564?hash=item2f22a7419c:g:amQAAOSwNqtZnzal

They are a good deal larger than J hooks used for '70s-'80s Originals and a good match for the original hardware on these antique ceiling fans.

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 Posted: Mon May 20th, 2019 06:48 pm
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Thanks. Yeah, I saw those hooks last night as well. I figure most of the original style were screw in like that, but since the fan is going over a marble island and is as heavy as it is, I was thinking going all the way through a beam with a bolt might be even better. I found one that seems to be a good fit at Home Depot, sold as a "laundry line hook" with a 150lb workload rating. I'll attach a couple of pics. What do you guys think would be best? Thanks again, Mike



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 Posted: Mon May 20th, 2019 07:30 pm
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That should work fine!

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 Posted: Mon May 20th, 2019 10:26 pm
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:up: Thanks guys. Appreciate the guidance. I'll post a pic when all done!

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Not sure why every picture I post turns sideways... but anyway, successful hang today! Used the Home Depot clothes line hook, a little rubber backed indoor/outdoor carpet to dampen the vibration and a tube of the Hunter oil. Is it possible it needs more than a whole tube? I think it was bone dry (I checked with the pipe cleaner that came with the oil). Thanks again! -Mike


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Looks good, you should probably need the whole tube of oil. Hold your phone sideways & the pictures will be right side up.

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Hi all, I have a new sound that developed that I'm hoping you can help me with. It is only when it is powered and stops right after the switch is turned off. 

Any ideas? 

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It sounds to me like you have a cracked or loose blade.

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I made sure everything was tight, and checked for cracks. Of note, it's also not consistent. The noise is only present sometimes.

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Mike, the sound & the symptoms you describe all lead to a blade to blade holder issue. Make sure the screws holding the blade to the blade holder are really tight. I worked on one of mine last night which was making an inconsistent "clacking" noise. By moving the blades up & down, I found the offender.

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Thank you. I did find one that was a little loose at first, but I tightened it down nice and snug and the noise was still present. I also switched two adjacent blades to see if it was a balance issue. I'll check all the blades again in the morning to be sure.   

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