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 Posted: Sat Oct 12th, 2019 10:49 pm
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Andy Maxey
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I’ve just brought home a 28C1. After replacing the disintegrated wiring I was happy to see that it worked on all 3 speeds if you fiddled with the switch enough. I removed the switch to clean it and now I only have 2 switch positions instead of 4! Hmmm. After looking at how it works I’m assuming that I either knocked 1 of the little balls out of place or lost it entirely. It looks like I have 2 balls remaining. How many balls should I have for 3 speeds plus off?

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 Posted: Sun Oct 13th, 2019 12:02 am
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Levi Mevis
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It appears to be a Cutler-Hammer switch, I have a couple of those I could send you if you need one.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 13th, 2019 12:25 am
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Levi Mevis wrote: It appears to be a Cutler-Hammer switch, I have a couple of those I could send you if you need one.
Levi,

That’s very kind of you to offer. Before we go there though, could I ask you to look at one of yours to see how many balls it has? I’ve measured the balls and found that they’re right at 1/8”. I have a machinist friend that has a collection of stainless balls about that size. With that, I may be able to resurrect the one I have.

Thanks for the reply and offer to help!

Andy

P.S. - Thanks for helping me with “CH” acronym also.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 13th, 2019 12:53 am
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My switches which are fully functioning 3 speed switches like yours have only 2 balls in them. Are you sure you wired it up right?

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 Posted: Sun Oct 13th, 2019 02:09 am
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Levi Mevis wrote: My switches which are fully functioning 3 speed switches like yours have only 2 balls in them. Are you sure you wired it up right?
Other than it seemed like it needed to be cleaned it was functioning correctly. It was changing speeds and it had a detent for each speed plus the stop position. What made me realize there was something wrong is after removing it from the fan I only have 2 detents now. I guess I’ll need to get out my multimeter out to figure out what’s going on with it. Thanks for taking the time to look at your switch for me. That little bit of information helps a lot. I’ll report back after I get a chance to prod it with my meter. 

Andy

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 Posted: Sat Oct 19th, 2019 03:35 am
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Try as I may, the contact cleaner wasn’t cutting it so I resorted to taking the switch apart to clean it. It’s clean now, but getting it back together is going to be a challenge. Wish me luck cuz I’m going to need it 😄
Andy

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 Posted: Sat Oct 19th, 2019 07:40 am
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Andy Maxey wrote: Try as I may, the contact cleaner wasn’t cutting it so I resorted to taking the switch apart to clean it. It’s clean now, but getting it back together is going to be a challenge. Wish me luck cuz I’m going to need it 😄
Andy

Ok, well let me know if you can't get your switch working and I will send you one of my switches, just make sure you keep the switch's knob/lever and screw as the one i have no longer has those parts to it, as I had used those parts on another fan I had that needed those to get it working. 
The fan the switch came out of, the motor in it had suddenly developed a short out of the blue when I was trying to rewire it with a new headwire and cord, and the switch was still good so I salvaged the switch out of the fan. 

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 Posted: Sat Oct 19th, 2019 03:13 pm
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Will do. Thank you for your offer to help.
Andy

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 Posted: Thu Oct 24th, 2019 11:34 am
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Success! It’s back together and working. Thanks for your time, Levi.
Andy

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 Posted: Thu Oct 24th, 2019 02:35 pm
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That's good! 

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