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Old 10-06-2012, 02:07 AM   #1
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Ever had "just one of those days..."?

A while back, I took it upon myself to clean the vent in the bathroom of my rig. Even though it has one of those domed "Maxx-whatever" doohickeys over it, leaves and assorted debris, still find their way in. Whenever I'd turn on the fan, it sounded like I'd thrown a handful of sticks into a garbage disposal... not to mention all the little, itsy-bitsy, shard o' busted junk that's rain down, through the screen...

But, I digress... all was going well, the operative word being "WAS", right up until I decided to "test" the fan.

You see, in my zeal to clean everything to a dazzling state of perfection, after removing the screen, I'd pulled the fan blade off. I went so far as to fill up the sink with nice, warm, soapy water and scrubbed it 'til it absolutely sparkled... it was better than new.

The problem was, I hadn't paid attention to the blades orientation... so I had no way of knowing what it was gonna do, exhaust the "stale" air out of the bathroom or, pull fresh outside, air in and force the "stale" bathroom air throughout the coach!

Hmmm, what to do... I decided to put the blade on and "test" it before re-installing the screen. Well, it sounded like a good idea at the time, and it probably would have been, if I'd pushed the blade onto the motor shaft far enough.

Apparently, I didn't and as soon as I flicked the switch, that little fan blade got to whirrin' and within, oh a nanosecond or two, came flyin' off the shaft, straight at my FACE.

Between me duckin', weavin' and dancin' around, all the while hollerin' like a madman, trying to avoid being filleted by a crazed vent fan... and the fan blade ricocheting off all four walls, the ceiling and counter top, it must have sounded like I was fightin' off a family of badgers.

Anyway, I avoided the ultimate humiliation of being vanquished by a stupid, 2 ounce, fan blade... however, my coach wasn't so lucky. Seems that during its wild melee, said fan blade found itself wrapped up in the wires, leading to it's motor. Unbelievably, it severed the wires and as if that weren't bad enough, it looks as though they were pulled away from the connection in the ceiling... so now, there's no power to the fan motor.

Now, I've been married for a little over 35 years... to the same woman!... and I've always found she's been a font of sound advice. When I told her what I was planning to do, she said, "Just leave it be..."

I shoulda listened... Anybody have any idea, what its gonna cost to have new wiresfished through the ceiling and reattached?

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Old 10-06-2012, 03:44 AM   #2
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Sorry i shouldn't laugh but I am....
I do stuff like that on a fairly regular basis....
It's called experience if you live to tell about it; and a horrible accident if you're injured.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:04 AM   #3
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Just so you know,, If you put the fan blades on backwards it will still exhaust,, There are two different types of fan blades,, The exhaust/intake (Reversable) kind are flat, it don't matter how you put 'em on.

The "Exhaust only" (one way) blades are curved, the steeper curve is the "Output" side of the fan (Up in the case of a celiling fan) Makes it easy.

I think the bathroom fans are the flat blade type even though they are one way.
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