This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Ceiling Fan Pt. 2

So there I am in this building that's about to be demo'd when I see this ceiling fan that looks kinda old and kinda beat up and my first thought is - hey, that might look good in Buzzy's.  I fetch a ladder and climb up to check out the fan to find that it weighs a ton.  My second thought is - hey this must be a good fan because it weighs so much. 
Hunter Division - Robbins &Myers Inc.
I see this label (above) on it and after consulting the cell phone internet, find that this is a Hunter Original Fan and that it retails for $500 today.  My third thought is - I'm latching onto this bad boy.

I remove the fan's canopy to find that it is secured via a drop hook screwed up into a ceiling joist.  To remove the fan all I have to do is hoist it up a little and slip it out of the retaining hook.

As I do this however, the fan becomes free of the hook and I now find that I am trying to hold and balance it while straddling the ladder. I almost fall off the ladder doing so prompting my fourth thought that maybe this wasn't such a good idea.  (I learned later that fan weighs approximately 50 pounds.)

But now that I have the fan free of its mounting and its electric wires, I lug it back to my workshop where I begin trying to get it to spin.  It won't do so freely even after I squirt copious amounts of WD-40 into it.  I'm about to chuck it when I decide to hit the old You Tube and see what it would take to get this fella back in the swing of things.

I found just what I needed to know here in this video.  The narrator did such a good job explaining what all had to be done to get the fan running properly again that even a mechanically challenged dummy like me could follow it successfully.

I won't tell you how much time I spent on this effort to get the fan up and running again, but remember that it was during the lockdown at home and I had time to spare.  Tomorrow I will conclude my ceiling fan series here and tell you how it came to be installed in Buzzy's Country Store.
Photos by Jennifer Odell

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