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Fan removal Hi I need to get my fan down tp replace a circuit board. It has a pastic sleave around where the set screws should be and I can not get the sleave off. Please advise..........

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Re: fan removal

First- remove the fan blades, next around the canopy there are three screws. remove these and the canopy will drop down. the fan will be hanging on a semi round ball in the mounting bracket. the circuit board should be accessible above the bracket.

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