Author Topic: Re-purposing a broken ceiling fan?  (Read 1499 times)


  • Stubble
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Re-purposing a broken ceiling fan?
« on: June 18, 2013, 06:26:16 PM »
OK, the jackasses gentle souls that owned my house before me can't install a ceiling fan properly so now I have a broken ceiling fan on my hands.  (The lower part--which is supposed to stay still--started spinning around, thus winding up all the wiring in the canopy and shorting out the motor before I could switch it off.)  The motor case seems to be impenetrable, and a good chunk of the shorted wires are trapped inside.  I tried to unravel them and feed heat-shrink insulation down each wire in the hopes of salvaging the motor but to no avail.  No luck on finding a replacement motor either, and I suspect it would be more expensive than a new fan. 

Since there are about a billion nifty parts in a modern ceiling fan (seriously, could they make a simple device any more complicated if they tried?) it seems like a ridiculous waste to just dispose of this thing.  I can save screws, bits of wire, electrical connectors, etc. as spare parts, but beyond that, what else can I do?  Maybe an artist can use the parts for something? 


  • Bristles
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Re: Re-purposing a broken ceiling fan?
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2013, 09:20:27 PM »
You could take that submarine ride to Tokyo you were always thinking about...


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Re: Re-purposing a broken ceiling fan?
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2013, 03:54:22 PM »
well since you are going to dispose of it; maybe break into the motor casing just to see what was going on there just for fun