INSTALLATION, AND MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS.
In the placement of the fans one should first take into consideration the ceiling height. The antique catalogs recommend the fan blades be 7 ft. from the floor. Next, the distance between fans should be no more than 15 ft. for round leather belts. Slightly longer distances can be achieved with flat belts. Transmission of power over greater distances will require horizontal line shafting or idler pulleys. Vertical pulleys on the lineshaft can easily power the horizontal fan pulleys as long as the center of the pulleys are in line. Vertical lineshafts are used to transmit power to various floors or ceiling heights. Architectural obstacles can be overcome by idlers or short line shafts.
The belts must run on a level and unobstructed path between the fans. If the belts must run between rooms careful measurements must be taken in determining the hole placement in the walls so the belts don't rub. If the belts need to travel around corners, idler pulleys or line shafts will be necessary.
layouts are very simple and straightforward. Any concerns will be gladly
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Fans need to be secured to a solid, wide joist or solid framing in the ceiling that provides adequate support. The fans may be bolted to a solid beam or attached to a disk that is mounted to a solid support. For example, with a post and beam ceiling the fans may be mounted directly to the beam without a disk. The disks are recommended when mounting fans to a plaster or tin ceiling. The disks are sent without pre-drilled holes so you may determine the mounting method.
Your two main mounting options are (1) to use the fan screws to go through the casting, disk and into the joist; and (2) to use a 5/8" lag screw up through the center of the fan (if applicable), the disk and into the joist with shorter screws securing the fan to the disk. The single lag screw is used when the joist is not wide enough for the fan screw method or when it's evident you'll need the ability to rotate the fan for belt alignment. It is recommended to use the single lag method with the Peacock fan. All hardware for the method of mounting that you indicated when ordering is included in designated envelopes. Be sure to drill the holes slightly smaller than the screws.
When mounting the fans be sure the belting will not rub on the fan frames. The Peacock fan requires that the belt be in a figure 8 configuration in order to avoid the frame. Once the fan is hung, the blades can be attached.
are illustrations showing two methods for mounting your fan to the ceiling.
motor may be installed in the same room as the fan, in an adjoining
room or closet, or above in a room or attic space. Below is a diagram
showing how to mount the motor in an adjoining room or closet. The motor
can be mounted on either wall however care must be taken that the opening
in the wall is large enough and lined up properly so that the belt does
Instructions for hooking the motor up electrically come with the motor. A standard light switch may be used for turning the fan off and on.
is a diagram of how to install the motor in an attic or unused room
above the fan. You will need to have access to the motor and it should
not be enclosed. It will be necessary to have measurements to order
the extra shaft from the motor to the driver pulley. An additional fan
body will also be needed to house the driver pulley. 0731
K-2 Parallel Shaft or 5473
30R-D Series Bodine Motors.
Decide in which direction you want each fan to run. When the belts run
in a figure 8 pattern the fans will run in opposite directions. If you
wish to run them in the same direction, simply run the belts parallel.
The advantage of running the belts in a figure 8 pattern is that there
is more belt to pulley contact and therefore better drive. On the Peacock
fan the belting must be run in a figure 8 pattern so it won't rub on
the frame. If you are using the small pulley on the motor, then it is
best to run the belt in a figure 8 to the first fan. See the following
diagrams for possible configurations.
Starting with the end fan, run the correct amount of belting to the
bottom pulley of the next fan. The belting should be snug with no droop
or slack. Connect the belting by drilling a small hole in the two ends
of the belt (unless you are using the alligator clip). The hole should
be about a quarter of an inch from the end and large enough for the
clip to hook in. Pull the belt tight and hook the connector. The round
belting will connect using a clip that butts the two ends of the belt
together. The flat belting can be connected with a pop rivet where the
belting overlaps (holes line up to put rivet through) or with an alligator
clip (instructions provided with it). DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN.
In time the belts will stretch. Tighten them by unhooking the clip,
cutting an inch or more off the belt, and drilling new holes to rehook.
Over time the belts will stretch less. Flat belts should have less of
a stretch problem.
The hangers may be mounted on a wall or the ceiling and must be attached with 4 screws to a solid surface, post or joist. The bearings are slid on the shaft into the hanger followed by a shaft collar. It is recommended that the lineshaft be assembled before installation to be sure the shaft turns easily. If it doesn't then shims will be necessary when mounting the hangers.
The pulleys are mounted on the lineshaft vertically. A vertical pulley can drive a horizontal fan pulley as long as they are at least 2 feet apart. The center of the pulleys need to be on a level line with each other.
idler pulley is made up of one hanger and a very short shaft with a
pulley. This can be mounted vertically or horizontally on a wall or
ceiling depending on the obstacle which must be circumvented.
Fans at Various Levels.
The belts will need to be tightened occasionally (see Installing the Belts section). This is especially true with the round leather belting. The flat neoprene belts have less of a stretching problem. Temperature changes will cause this more than use. Leather belts should be treated occasionally with a leather treatment oil such as Neatsfoot oil or Emu oil. As the leather ages, stretching will become less of an issue.
All fans employ sealed bearings so oiling is not an issue. Any maintenance required by the motor is described in the instructions enclosed from the motor manufacturer. The fan bodies just require a periodic dusting and the wood blades and disk can be cleaned with furniture polish. This will keep the wood from drying out.
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