Stalled/seemingly broken space heater, or slow-spinning desk/standing/box fan? Here’s a solution!

Don’t just toss it out/recycle it yet, try these simple steps instead! Chances are it just needs some tender loving care (TLC). If the blades spin really slowly, or the motor is making a loud buzz or humming, that is a definite sign that it needs maintenance in order for it to provide you with a very long service life, both in the sweltering hot summer, and freezing cold winter.

You will need the following tools and supplies:

  • Screwdrivers (most common being a Phillips. Flat/slot for the tabs)
  • Lubricant (3-in-1*, transformer or mineral/baby oil)
  • Eyedropper or syringe (a long-nose will be easiest, if the rear is behind plastic)
  • Patience

Steps (space heater):

  1. Turn off and unplug the unit.
  2. Remove all of the screws holding the enclosure together.
  3. Use the eyedropper or syringe to pickup some lubricant. (SKIP to 4 if using 3-in-1 oil)
  4. Put some lubricant on the ring just behind the blades. You will need 10-20 drops.
  5. Now give them a quick spin by hand to the right and left, including a gentle wiggle back and forth. This will free up the rotor spine if stiff. They should now spin easily without stopping.
  6. Now add 10-20 drops (or a stream) of lubricant to the rear of the motor. If it’s behind the plastic, the long-nose syringe or eyedropper will come in handy, or the stem of the 3-in-1 oil canister.
  7. Give it yet another quick spin in both directions (to the right and left).
  8. Now re-assemble the enclosure by putting the screws back in.
  9. Plug in and power it on using the FAN ONLY setting. If it spins/whirs up to speed, you are good to go.

Steps (standing/desk fan):

  1. Turn off and unplug the fan.
  2. Remove the front cage, most have slide-locks.
  3. Loosen the center fastener (left to loosen, right to tighten, or left if reverse-threaded) and remove the blades. You may have to tug them loose.
  4. Remove the rear spacer by turning it left (if reverse-threaded, turn it right)
  5. If there are screws holding the rear cage to the base, unscrew them. If not SKIP this step.
  6. Remove the rear cage.
  7. Carefully unscrew and remove the button for the oscillation switch.
  8. Remove the power/speed adjuster switch. SKIP this if it’s a desk fan.
  9. Remove the screws to the enclosure. If it has tabs holding it closed, carefully use a flat-heat screwdriver to release them.
  10. Remove the enclosure. It should come off easily.
  11. Use the eyedropper or syringe to pickup some lubricant. (SKIP to if using 3-in-1 oil)
  12. Add 10-20 drops, or a stream, of lubricant to the front and rear parts of the motor, then re-attach the blades and give them a spin in both directions by hand. They should spin freely. Now remove the blades.
  13. Begin to re-assemble the enclosure, snapping any tabs in place, and replacing any screws.
  14. Replace the oscillation switch and screw it back on.
  15. If it’s a standing model, reattach the power/speed adjusting switch.
  16. Reattach the rear cage (and screws if applicable), and screw on the rear spacer.
  17. Attach the blades back on the spine, and tighten the fastener.
  18. Plug it in, power it on using low, medium and high settings. If the blades spin at the proper speed, turn it off and replace the front cage, latching it on.

Steps (box fan):

  1. Turn off and unplug the fan.
  2. Remove the screws holding the rear cage on, then remove the cage.
  3. Add 10-20 drops of lubricant to the rear of the motor, and to the front spine/ring just behind the blades.
  4. Spin the blades right and left, giggle them forwards and backwards. This frees up anything that might be jamming them, pushing the lubricant further inside.
  5. Replace the rear cage, then replace the screws.
  6. Plug in and turn on the fan, set it to HIGH, then medium/low. If the blades spin/whir up normally, it’s good to go.

I hope this saved you from discarding an otherwise functioning standing/desk fan or space heater. If it still didn’t work even after lubricating it, then it’s best to bring it to your local electronics recycling agency. DO NOT toss it into the trash, as it is irresponsible and harmful to the environment.

Feel free to share this blog post with anyone. It could save them allot of money, including keeping otherwise working electronics out of the landfill.


So this is my sub recipe for the ultimate sub taste by Amanda “Mewen/Mew/Mewie” Brown

A dear friend from the united states wanted me to share this good recipe for subs, so I thought I’d post it here for the world to see and read, most certainly enjoy too:

So this is my sub recipe for the ultimate sub taste.

Bread (Best kind poppy seeds and sesame seeds), Toasted.
Jalopenio kettle cooked chips, for crunch and flavor (Put on top).
Pepperoni Slices
Olive Oil (Lots on the bread before filling it up)
Roast beef (As a base meat, then add the pepperoni)
(hot pepper slices (optional) )

And thats the best kinda in my opinion.

-Mewen Brown

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These tags can help with your video blogs – take my advice, or leave it.

The following tags, which I have found to be quite useful in most video blogs, or random videos, basically these are the same for what youtube uses for mobile uploads, webcam captures and all the like. Either you can use them, or avoid them, but whatever.

So here are the tags in no particular order (the zero’s are actually dates which videos are sometimes/mostly named on mobile devices, others use VID_0000000):

mobile video upload phone videos vid new capture recording recorded post posting entry webcam web cam cap avi mp4 “webcam video” “webcam recording” “webcam video on” “webcam video from” “recorded video” “recorded webcam” “video recording” “recorded video” blog blogging blogs blogger bloggity vlog vlogs vlogging vlogger vloggity vloggie vlogy vlogity vloggy vlogy “webcam blog” vids vidyo “video blog” “video blogging” “video blogs” “video bloggity” “video bloggie” “video bloggy” “video blogy” “video blogity” blogu blogo bloggie “random video” random randomness youtube you tube direct phone HD HQ VGA 3gp mkv

Okay, that’s all the tags. Anything with 000000, 0000000 and 00000000 are date formats. You could also date it in the title, which is more important. Thanks for taking this advice, if you so wish to use it. This won’t work on all your videos, so be relevant and don’t act spammy!