Tricky Fix a Broken Fan (the Poor Way)




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Hello everybody, here's how I fixed a broken fan I got in such a tricky but efficient way!
I hope you'll appreciate, and, if so, vote me in some contest!
Thank you!

Step 1: The Initial Situation

Here how the fan was before completed this guide.
It's useless because it can't be used being pending, and it risks to be broken suddenly.
Let's see how to solve this problem!

Step 2: Ingredients

This is the poor way to make a fan working great again.
What we need is what is shown in the photo:

  • an empty plastic bottle (I used a juice one): it has to be as cut as shown in the picture;
  • some polystyrene;
  • a pair of scissors;
  • some paper scotch tape;
  • other plastic scotch tape.

Here we go! ;-)

Step 3: Let's Repair!

Give stability to our broken fan body, fixing it with paper and plastic scotch tape.

Insert the cut plastic bottle like shown in the photo.

At this point, start to fill the space between the body of the fan and the cut plastic bottle with polystyrene.

Step 4: Let's Complete Our Masterpiece!

When the bottle is full of polystyrene, let's close the space between bottle and the fan body by fixing them with paper and plastic scotch, all around the bottle.

Step 5: Let's Refresh!

Et voilà, the fan is fixed: as you can see in the video, the fan body turns correctly and the fan can be finally used for what it was invented.
If I refreshed your day, vote me for contests, thank you!
Have a nice day! :-)



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    5 Discussions


    1 year ago

    I have 6cats dog and hamster use to have frog till let him go monday so fur/hair always first think check thank you oh but oh check for string expecially fishing line that stuff is fun almost as much as ducktape.. said almost lol...


    1 year ago

    I literally got a huge industrial fan out of someones trash took it home screen busted up fan blades bent... 2 catches out of 3 holding fan screen were busted but after i took fan blade off took screen off tried motor and not shocked at all motor worked so project began i unbent the fan blades took old cookie screen pile of wire cut hole in middle attached it to back unbent rest of screen so blades could turn and put it together now fan blows like store bought but yes i macgyvered crap outta it like all junk i grab at clean up mind you wont sell my macgyver crap as if anyone gets hurt would not be good... but as tip could have taped or shrink wrapped pieces together put bottle cover over put another layer over bottom took spray foam filled bottom and/or apoxie but need quite abit of apoxie why i would use spray foam and usually safer as not really flammable well some arent.. a lot of my fixes i do in rush so not sure if explained as slower for me to type then do...

    1 reply

    Reply 1 year ago

    There's a lot to find in home appliances that seem broken ;-)

    Maker Saga

    1 year ago

    That's so resourceful! Another thing to check if a fan won't spin is to open the cage, remove the blade, pull out any hair stuck around the motor shaft, then re-assemble the fan.

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    destone28Maker Saga

    Reply 1 year ago

    Of course, but in this case the fan spun, but the body that holds the blades that was broken: thank you for your advice ;-)