Fan Reassembly Part 4
Two more mini assembly lines were what it took to finish up the fans. Here is what I did in each of them.
If you remember, the fans came with a little black plastic clip which kept the (non-sleeved) wiring in place on the frame. Well, after the electrical tape, and sleeving...I just can't make it fit flat enough inside the fan frame groove for this clip to go back on. But there needs to be something keeping the sleeved wire next to the frame. Thought about several options, but decided on super glue. That should hold it good, and also look the cleanest because it won't show anywhere. These are more self shot timer tripod shots, so the auto focus didn't always catch the right spot, but you'll get the idea. This is me putting down a thin strip of super glue inside the fan frame groove:
Then I would press the sleeve down into the fan frame groove and hold it nice and tight for about 60 seconds. I kept some tunes playing in the background to help pass the time.
Rinse and repeat 42 times.
Next assembly line was the last one. It's time to put the blades back on the fan, stickers on the frame, and test these puppies.
These Noiseblocker Multiframe fans comes with a little grease on the fan blade spindle, that you can see when you take them apart. After being disassembled for so long, and going through the taping, painting, etc.....I want to lube them back up before putting them back together. This is what I'm using for these fans. White lithium grease:
I cut the tip of the tube so that its big enough for the fan blade spindle to slide right in:
If I squeeze the tube a little bit while the spindle is inside the tube, it puts a nice little layer of grease on the spindle:
Then just press/click the fan blade back onto the frame. No clips or rings to mess with.
Then I plugged the fan back into my "Ghetto PSU" I made previously out of the 9-volt battery to test it. And by the way....I can't tell you how handy this little battery PSU has been to test fans. My guess is it would even power up a pump for loop fills. I may play with a cleaner design and make a few for sale. Very handy. Anyway, the fans needed to be tested, because after all, I had cut off all the original connectors, recrimped pins and put on new connectors. It would be fairly easy to make a bad crimp or put the wires back in the wrong connector spot. But I'm happy to report that all 42 fans spun back up and were as quiet as ever.
Flip the frame over and slap on one of the custom vinyl stickers we previously made:
Sit back and admire your work:
Rinse and repeat 42 times.
That does it for the 120mm fans. I've updated the thread index in the opening post with links to all the major sections of the thread so far. After the fan painting there are 4 reassembly posts, and in each one I'm doing one or more "assembly lines" with tasks. It definitely doesn't have to be done that way. Some people might choose to start with one fan and walk it all the way through the process from beginning to end, before moving on to the next fan. For me,...I found this approach easier for the volume of fans I was doing. I mean, with this many fans, even a fairly simple task that is about 3 minutes....will take 2 hours to finish for all 42 fans. And the more tasks you try and squeeze into your assembly line process, the more you are switching tools....etc. I like small bite-sized processes that I can quickly run down for all of them. But I may have done it differently if I was only doing a handful of fans. Just food for thought.
I still have to customize the four 140mm fans, and the 4 cute little baby fans. Look for some posts on that in the upcoming week.
I'm going to take all the finished fans up into the "faux studio" and get some artsy pictures of all of them. Look for those later today. And remember to check out the thread index in the opening post. I think I've covered all of the major picture updates with a link, so this gives readers an easy way to find that section or picture that you are remembering, without having to wade back through all of the comments.
Enjoy the weekend OCN!