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Old 12-22-2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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After working on an old ceiling fan to save a few dollars, replacing blades, as it was wobbling, replacing mount realized as it's been there for (20) years it time to get a new one. Which I did and within a couple of hours was perfect again.

Wonder about others and their time wasted trying to fix rather than realizing it's got to be replaced? I have done this quite a bit in the past year as I am getting the home ready to sell!

How much time have other's wasted as there as got to be some good stories out there!

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Too much time - way, too much time!
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Cheap old fan, time for the dump.
Buy a Hunter, should last a life time.
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It's actually a good question....for me, when the cost of repair approaches 50% of replacement or the time to repair is more than the cost of the item (assume your paying yourself an hourly wage).....I start giving replacement some serious consideration.
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20 years old? Was it run by a belt?
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I'm a replacer---I have a pile of tools and compressors that really should be fixed,but I needed one right now---so they sit waiting to be fixed---in the mean time I have bought new ones---
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Cheap old fan, time for the dump.
Buy a Hunter, should last a life time.
That's the exact one I have purchased! They are nice, smooth, easy installation and I am hoping this one goes for another 20+ years! Yes these are the original ceiling fans in the house. This particular one does not get used that much and it's actually the last one in the home!
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If I can fix it and make it run properly with reasonable dollars, it will get fixed.I have 30year old lawn mower and a 40 year old snow blower still functioning.
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Depends if I'm doing it for someone and charging them and it's cost efficient then I just change it. If it's for me and their is no labor cost involved I will probably putz around with it.
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It's actually a good question....for me, when the cost of repair approaches 50% of replacement

I agree. The trouble is you don't always know it's going to add up to that until you are there.....then what? I''ll factor cost of shipping and fuel costs if I have to pick up parts. But then again if it's something I really like, I go into "restore mode" and the cost becomes a non-issue.
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The lab tech in our QC lab has to run a hose inside occasionally, and it leaks in about 3-4 places. Instead of either replacing the hose or putting a junction in there, he just rests it on 5 gallon buckets. I asked him why he didn't just fix it (there were already some repair kits in the desk drawer), he just said the place needed a water feature.

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