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 Posted: Wed May 12th, 2021 07:54 pm
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Serena Smith
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Hello! I've been having trouble removing the oscillator knob on my first vintage fan, a Panasonic f-1209. I've tried pulling it and heating it, but nothing seems to work. What can I do? A picture is attached.

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 Posted: Wed May 12th, 2021 07:57 pm
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Noah Britt
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It may unscrew.

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 Posted: Wed May 12th, 2021 08:03 pm
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Serena Smith
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There is no screw in the top, just a round bit of plastic...

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 Posted: Wed May 12th, 2021 11:26 pm
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Rob Duffy
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Support the motor around the oscillator knob and YANK.

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 Posted: Thu May 13th, 2021 12:46 am
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What I meant was that the knob might BE a screw itself. I have come across oscillator knobs like that before. However, I know nothing, and Rob seems to know the real solution.

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 Posted: Thu May 13th, 2021 12:29 pm
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THE KNOB MIGHT SCREW ON AS NOAH SAID, BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE BASE OF THE KNOB IS THERE A VERTICAL SPLIT? YOU CAN TRY SPREADING THE SPLIT CAREFULLY WITH A SMALL SCREWDRIVER. SOME HAVE A METAL RING AROUND THE BOTTOM NEAR THE POST FROM THE OSCILLATOR BOX, BUT I CANT SEE THAT HERE....

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 Posted: Thu May 13th, 2021 04:38 pm
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Ah, I've tried turning the knob itself but it really doesn't seem to do anything. As far as a vertical split or tabs of any kind, there do not really seem to be any... I'm honestly quite confused lol!

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 Posted: Thu May 13th, 2021 06:17 pm
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Serena Smith wrote: Ah, I've tried turning the knob itself but it really doesn't seem to do anything. As far as a vertical split or tabs of any kind, there do not really seem to be any... I'm honestly quite confused lol!Your fan is actually made by Lasko/Galaxy, rebranded for Panasonic. I can tell by the motor cover vents on the back side. These knobs are press fit and you just have to yank up on them. There's no real science to getting them off other than just pulling. (If you don't see a screw head in the center of the shaft, then there likely is no screw, no hidden threads, just press fit on. These usually require some substantial force to pull off and almost feels like you're going to break it.

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 Posted: Thu May 13th, 2021 06:37 pm
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Rob is very knowledgeable on these things and I've followed his advice on other fan repairs more than once with good results.

HOWEVER, I will still caution you that although Rob's method may be the only way to remove the knob, you are still dealing with a 40+/- year old piece of plastic, so there is always a chance it could crack/break even if you "do it correctly." I think it's important to add that disclaimer. Anyone who's tinkered with old fans often enough has had some sort of disaster happen, even when following the best protocol.

Sometimes those fans are considered "too new" by many in our club, but I think both Galaxy/Lasko and the true Panasonic fans are really cool. When I was a kid in the mid-1970's I can remember the 12-inch size being sold at our local five and dime store for $29.95. At that time, blue was my favorite color and I thought the blue translucent blades were the coolest thing ever! A few times I had saved enough money to buy one, but I knew my parents would kill me if I spent "all" my money on a fan. Fast forward many years and I found one of the Panasonic fans in pristine condition for $5 at flea market......and of course I had to buy it (and still have it) because of the childhood memories.

Good luck with your fan!

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 Posted: Thu May 13th, 2021 09:17 pm
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Okay, thank you all! I will let you know how it goes!

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