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Old 06-09-2015, 09:35 AM
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I have a deck, part of it is covered, only about 10 x 15 ft.
Thinking of installing a ceiling fan, not a high speed blower fan, just a typical slow moving ceiling fan.
I doubt it will get water on it ,but the humidity is so high seems fan bearings would rust in one year.
whats makes an "outdoor fan an outdoor fan??
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Old 06-09-2015, 09:38 AM
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I just used an off the shelf one and bought plastic blades for it (the MDF ones started sagging after a year). Three years later the fans on my porch still work just fine.
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I think it is just the blades...

I've had a cheap "outdoor" fan on our screened in porch for a year and have had no sagging/no issues. Only on brackish water, though...not salt.
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I have three. All have lasted for years. They all came from lowes and have the pvc blades. I am on freshwater though. They seem pretty tough. I know one gets a little wet occasionally when it is really coming down and windy. The way it is made channels the water off of it.
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I got mine at Dans Fans, no issues since 2008.
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Old 06-09-2015, 06:30 PM
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Great for using outdoors. As stated by others just be sure you pick one with PVC blades. Wood will sag and delaminate. Good luck!!
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by edwardh1 View Post
I have a deck, part of it is covered, only about 10 x 15 ft.
Thinking of installing a ceiling fan, not a high speed blower fan, just a typical slow moving ceiling fan.
I doubt it will get water on it ,but the humidity is so high seems fan bearings would rust in one year.
whats makes an "outdoor fan an outdoor fan??
My guess; best would be Hunter Original as they have an oil resavor. Oil is circulated as she spins.
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Old 06-09-2015, 08:46 PM
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I have 3 hunter outdoor fans on my porch. 5 years no probs,no squeaks
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Old 06-10-2015, 08:59 AM
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I believe the bearings are sealed in an outdoor rated fan, possibly the motor vents are bottom only to prevent water intrusion.

I picked up a couple of Ellington WOD52GVS fans for my porch, they're galvanized housings with black wood-patterened vinyl blades. Nice outdoorsy man/look to them.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:12 PM
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I have a $100 Home Depot fan that Has over 5 years in a salt environment.
It has some corrosion and the pvc blades droop, but it works fine.
One tip is to Locktite the blade screws, as they kept coming out until I did this.
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