I've got some rental houses that cater mostly to less-well-to-do folks.
They tend to be rather hard in the wear-n-tear department. They are
positively murder on ceiling fans.
What I think would work would be a "ducted" 52 in ceiling fan. Perhaps
"ducted" is not the right term. What I envision is the blades enclosed
in a 6 inch steel band around the sides -- along with a metal blade guard
on the bottom. The idea is to keep items from contacting the blades.
I've seen a very small version of this in Lowes, but I've had no luck in
finding something bigger. Does anyone make something like this??
On Thu, 09 Jul 2015 11:01:57 -0700, Uncle Monster wrote:
I had some 56" industrial fans just like those in my coin laundry.
Seriously sweet machines. They did work great but people were not
getting in contact with the blades.
In the rentals, people are coming in contact with the blades (all too
often) and they can't be rebalanced afterward. That's why I really need
some blade guards...
Perhaps yer buying crappy ceiling fans. My ex-landlord --actually, a
great landlord!-- always bought the cheapest components from HD. Wall
heaters, garbage disposals, etc. I asked him once why he never bought
better quality stuff for his rental props. He said it's cheaper in
the long run to buy the cheapest stuff and replace it. (shrug)
On Thu, 09 Jul 2015 16:06:12 -0700, Uncle Monster wrote:
I can sure get behind that.
In general, product quality has fallen so far in the last 30 years that
making comparisons is difficult. I can buy "economy" products today that
will not perform their intended function right out the box. Products of
"luxury" class today are equal to what was ordinary quality 30 years ago.
Dealing with section 8 types, you never quite know what they are up to.
I don't know how they are contacting the blades but it has to be a pretty
good impact judging from the damage.
The very poor people are frequently extremely destructive to everything
in their environment. Paint, miniblinds, doors, sheetrock .... you name
On Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:46:48 -0700, Uncle Monster wrote:
I would never, under any circumstances, rental a furnished house. Way
wrong class of people.
Another problem with the section 8 class folks is that they will not turn
on the gas to the heaters (requires a deposit with the city) and they
will simply leave the kitchen stove running and keep the stove door
open. Needless to say, the typical household grade stove completely self-
destructs really fast.
On Thu, 09 Jul 2015 11:28:54 -0700, Uncle Monster wrote:
I can certainly relate to that.
You know you're dealing with the bottom 2% when they steal the plumbing,
the wiring and put camouflaged holes in the walls to hide their stash.
I have one white couple in a rental, early twenties, and the wife's teeth
are all rotten. Most of them are merely stumps. One of the most bizarre
things I've ever seen.
What has happened to humanity? Sheesh.
On Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:09:06 -0400, Don Wiss wrote:
Wow. Thanks Don!
$475 is not expensive if it really works and is durable. I'm going to
see if I can find reviews this afternoon.
I spend several hours yesterday seeking solutions. I ended up thinking I
was going to buy some large, floor-model drum fans (3 or 4 feet diameter)
and mount them on the ceiling. But this bladeless model looks like a
real solution if it pans out.
On Sat, 11 Jul 2015 01:03:13 -0700, Uncle Monster wrote:
Y'know .... I've had really poor people walk up to a new screen door and
poke holes in the fiberglass screen with a glowing cigarette. Lol, I can
just imagine in my mind what you are saying.
I might just try mounting a large drum fan on the ceiling (modified,
painted and trimmed) and use a fan controller for speed control.
Everything from a quiet woosh to hurricane Katrina in your living room.
What about just not having any ceiling fans? The tenants can buy
their own small table fans like this
if that want one.
Web based forums are like subscribing to 10 different newspapers
and having to visit 10 different news stands to pickup each one.
Excellent idea. A lot of people have followed that path.
I dunno tho ..... I try to provide live-able places. I would not rent
anything I would not live in. I'm just "bent" over the poor quality of
products that can't take abuse ..... it's not like manufacturers don't
know what's happening.....
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