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Steven P Dempsey
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Here is a line up of R&M Iron & Brass. When I plugged in the center fan,it hummed. Then I gave the rotor a spin & got a nice shock. I had inspected the switch & head wire and saw no obvious issues. Any help would be appreciated. It is a LIST 1153 (Gear Back Oscillator) The blade spins freely. A shorted winding in the stator?








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However, this nice 1404 is running great!!


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You may not have any real problems. I wrote an article a while back about the need to polarize the plug on fans. Induction can also give a jolt. Many fans leak, especially on start up due to induction. Were you on a steel table or were you grounded? Connect an ohm meter to the prongs of the plug & see if you have continuity on the cage or motor case. If yes you have a problem. If no, it may be an induced current.

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Thanks Stan - - the issue of polarity has always been fuzzy to me. The table top is metal, but I put a rubber mat under the fan whenever I test.

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Steven P Dempsey wrote: Thanks Stan - - the issue of polarity has always been fuzzy to me. The table top is metal, but I put a rubber mat under the fan whenever I test.
If outdoors, it would be a question of what kind of shoes you were wearing, how conductive is the surface that you are standing on, and were you touching anything else. If you could somehow float above the ground or stand on a non-conductive surface, then you would break the earth/ground path and not get shocked. This would hold true even if you have a direct short to the fan frame. Bird on a wire thing.

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Henry Carrera wrote: Steven P Dempsey wrote: Thanks Stan - - the issue of polarity has always been fuzzy to me. The table top is metal, but I put a rubber mat under the fan whenever I test.

If outdoors, it would be a question of what kind of shoes you were wearing, how conductive is the surface that you are standing on, and were you touching anything else. If you could somehow float above the ground or stand on a non-conductive surface, then you would break the earth/ground path and not get shocked. This would hold true even if you have a direct short to the fan frame. Bird on a wire thing.


This is very true. While wearing boots (with rubber soles) I bought a cold drink from a defective Coca-Cola cooler. I noticed nothing wrong. A few minutes later, a person in pool shoes walked up and got the poopoo shocked out of them.

The Coke machine was defective and had a short to ground and no ground connection.

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I was wearing tennis shoes standing on dry gravel


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