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Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 09:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 153
Posted By Desert Rat
Not a dumb question at all. But maybe I wasn't...

Not a dumb question at all. But maybe I wasn't clear with what I'm asking: I'm only just match drilling all that and haven't final sized the pilot holes yet. But, even before trimming for that...
Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 01:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 153
Posted By Desert Rat
wing root fairing fastener size?

Has anybody ever used #6 screws here instead of the #8's that the plans call out? There's not a lot of edge distance on that fairing strip for a number 8 dimple and I'm wondering about...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-29-2022, 02:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By Desert Rat
discussed with vans this morning and Eric at Tech...

discussed with vans this morning and Eric at Tech Support told me that either pattern was acceptable. No insight on why the discrepancy.

Honestly, I figured as much, but now we've got it saved on...
Forum: RV-10 09-29-2022, 06:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 518
Posted By Desert Rat
I don't know which one vans ships with the FWF...

I don't know which one vans ships with the FWF kit for the 10, but typically the Barry mounts are solid hockey puck style and run about $150 a pop. Lord brand was considered top of the line for many...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2022, 06:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 311
Posted By Desert Rat
Jim, I see from your signature that you've been...

Jim, I see from your signature that you've been flying since 2009. Has it always done this?

I don't know anything about the RV6 specifically, but I've got to think that flap asymmetry in any...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-29-2022, 06:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 558
Posted By Desert Rat
his problem is an intermittent fault with two...

his problem is an intermittent fault with two events 3 weeks apart. Those are always the hardest to find because the darn thing won't break and stay broken!
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-29-2022, 05:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By Desert Rat
If I decide to go every 3rd, I agree that it's...

If I decide to go every 3rd, I agree that it's not a big deal from the standpoint of the actual task, but I would be another cycle of pulling the wings off and then putting them back on and I won't...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-28-2022, 07:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 558
Posted By Desert Rat
So since you said you're not a mechanic, perhaps...

So since you said you're not a mechanic, perhaps a brief overview of what the heck a fuse actually does might help you in troubleshooting?

Basically, the fuse is there to protect the wiring. if you...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-28-2022, 04:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By Desert Rat
how many nutplates on W-704 wing bottom skin to F-776 center section bottom skin?

When you build the wings, drawing 12 shows leaving every other rivet hole open in this area for nutplates/screws. That's what I've got.

When you get to the point after the initial wing mate where...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-27-2022, 08:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,146
Posted By Desert Rat
It's a vans part, not something you crank out in...

It's a vans part, not something you crank out in the garage. it's 4130 steel 0.063 thick. The gap between the tank end rib and the side of the fuselage is quite large on the 7. The long leg of the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-27-2022, 05:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,146
Posted By Desert Rat
Likewise. I 100% agree that especially on the...

Likewise. I 100% agree that especially on the inter web sometimes the intent of a comment and how it's taken don't always mesh.

I also have concerns when I see someone tinkering around with...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-27-2022, 02:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,146
Posted By Desert Rat
pump the brakes there for a minute. I get your...

pump the brakes there for a minute. I get your frustration at seeing what you describe, but this is not that.

1st of all, the Van's tech support guys are great at what they do, but it's not like...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-27-2022, 01:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,146
Posted By Desert Rat
Hey guys- After sleeping on it, I've decided...

Hey guys-

After sleeping on it, I've decided to go with van's suggestion. Builder support confirmed with me this morning that an additional small (around .25" ) lever arm of extending the ears...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-27-2022, 09:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,146
Posted By Desert Rat
Larry- No need to disregard anything. I welcome...

Larry- No need to disregard anything. I welcome opinions. I just needed to talk through it.
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-27-2022, 08:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 333
Posted By Desert Rat
I just went through all this with the design of...

I just went through all this with the design of my all Garmin all glass panel.

Levi Self who owns Midwest Avionics in Lees Summit Missouri designed everything and fabricated the avionics wire...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-26-2022, 05:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,146
Posted By Desert Rat
Just to clarify, if we're talking about extending...

Just to clarify, if we're talking about extending the ears, it's not angle stock. It's a bent piece of 4130 steel.

I guess my reservation about that solution is that the bolt imparts a vertical...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-26-2022, 02:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,146
Posted By Desert Rat
Fuel tank fwd support- one of life's little challenges :(

Well darn.

I bought a second hand almost completed wing kit to start my build journey. Fast forward a couple of years and I did the first temporary install of the wings on my fuselage.

Wings fit...
Forum: Rocket 09-26-2022, 01:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 590
Posted By Desert Rat
In past (non airplane) projects, I've made a mold...

In past (non airplane) projects, I've made a mold out of pink insulating foam board and then just dissolved it with acetone.

Water would sure be cheaper and have fewer health concerns than acetone,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-25-2022, 06:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 709
Posted By Desert Rat
I see a dimensional callout of 1 23/32 where are...

I see a dimensional callout of 1 23/32 where are you coming up with 7/8" ?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2022, 09:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,687
Posted By Desert Rat
big wing stuff

big wing stuff
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2022, 03:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,079
Posted By Desert Rat
FlyLED had several solutions that might work for...

FlyLED had several solutions that might work for you. not 100% drop in replacement, but pretty darn close, and Paul is a top notch guy to work with.
Forum: Primers 09-22-2022, 04:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,732
Posted By Desert Rat
evidently not

evidently not
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-21-2022, 07:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 321
Posted By Desert Rat
rig pins vs. hardware bolts for wing rigging?

This afternoon, my brother in law came over and we installed the wings for the first time. They are currently on the plane with three rig pins in each wing made from 7/16" hardware store bolts with...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-18-2022, 07:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 666
Posted By Desert Rat
Thats good info- thanks for sharing. The...

Thats good info- thanks for sharing. The stackup called out already has 3 washers incorporated, 1 under the head and two under the nut. I started with the left side and I have it snugged down but...
Forum: Safety 09-18-2022, 05:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,490
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks for that, but to be 100% clear, I've got...

Thanks for that, but to be 100% clear, I've got no beef at all with the KC controllers. I've interacted will those guys a bunch over the years and they are always top notch.

Thursday evening...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-18-2022, 07:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 666
Posted By Desert Rat
Yes, that's what they are. But you only need one...

Yes, that's what they are. But you only need one per axle.

My question is why did I get two with the fuselage kit and two more with the finish kit. What are the two that were in bag 1968-1 from...
Forum: RV-10 09-18-2022, 06:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 643
Posted By Desert Rat
Sure, The one I used is just the triangle one...

Sure, The one I used is just the triangle one from Spruce.

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/eppages/heaterbypass2.php?clickkey=89272

It seems to have a couple of drawbacks compared to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2022, 09:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 391
Posted By Desert Rat
Ive got one- it's a jewelers rat tail file. ...

Ive got one- it's a jewelers rat tail file. Works good for inside corners on rib flanges and other similar nooks and crannies. similar concept as a chainsaw file, but it's much smaller, say about...
Forum: Safety 09-17-2022, 06:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,490
Posted By Desert Rat
Be safe out there!

So, this is in no way meant to imply that controllers are anything but professionals trying to do a job to the best of their ability, but it's pretty undeniable that they are trying to do more with...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-17-2022, 05:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 666
Posted By Desert Rat
can somebody solve this parts inventory mystery?

Way back when I was inventorying the Fuselage kit, I got to bag 1968-1, which has a couple of allen head smooth shank specialty bolts.

"Those look like brake parts" says I.
"Weird that they came...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2022, 04:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,322
Posted By Desert Rat
You're obviously correct. I will shuffle back to...

You're obviously correct. I will shuffle back to RV7 land now...
Forum: RV-10 09-17-2022, 04:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 643
Posted By Desert Rat
I've got one on the shelf I'm not going to use. ...

I've got one on the shelf I'm not going to use. I'll take $125 for it and include snail mail shipping conus if you want it.

Full disclosure, The reason I'm not using it is that I didn't like the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2022, 08:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 548
Posted By Desert Rat
Ray- you're right, I transposed the numbers in my...

Ray- you're right, I transposed the numbers in my original post.

I've looked at that spec as well, but it's unclear as to the material callout. common sense would seem to indicate that you should...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2022, 07:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,322
Posted By Desert Rat
Finish kit and avionics stuff seems like a big...

Finish kit and avionics stuff seems like a big question mark. Avionics is generally not worth much after a few years, and a big part of the finish kit is the canopy, gear & engine mount. Gear and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2022, 08:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 548
Posted By Desert Rat
Torque value for -6 fuel line jamb nut in stainless steel?

For the main fuel line firewall passthrough I'm replacing the aluminum fitting with stainless.

Does anybody know the torque value to be used on a AN833-6j jamb nut on a AN942-6j elbow?

I can find...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-11-2022, 12:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,460
Posted By Desert Rat
I agree that a baggage light isn't exactly a...

I agree that a baggage light isn't exactly a necessity. In fact I would call it completely unnecessary, if for no other reason than I always have a flashlight at night.

However, like so many other...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2022, 08:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 379
Posted By Desert Rat
Mine's hanging under the upper fwd ribs above the...

Mine's hanging under the upper fwd ribs above the rudder cross tubes. One end is mounted with nutplates to a lower rib flange and the other side is mounted with nutplates into a piece of angle...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2022, 05:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 885
Posted By Desert Rat
I think I see a basic misunderstanding...

I think I see a basic misunderstanding here.

You're not measuring the delta between the two plates. Each plate measures the delta between the plate and the rib it's mounted on. The reason there's...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-09-2022, 09:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,460
Posted By Desert Rat
Ray- I only mentioned the almost a 14 mod in the...

Ray- I only mentioned the almost a 14 mod in the original post because I didnt do it and I'm unsure how well this location would work for a light strip on that smaller crossbar for the guys that...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-07-2022, 11:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,460
Posted By Desert Rat
Baggage compartment light

With the G3x and optional rotary potentiometers from Stein, I've got the built in capability to control 3 different cabin light circuits.

I debated how and where to install lights and elected to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2022, 06:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,688
Posted By Desert Rat
Whatever. As long as I can reach everything, I...

Whatever. As long as I can reach everything, I don't particularly care, but I've got many, many hours flying from the right seat.

I vaguely remember how awkward it felt for the first couple of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-31-2022, 04:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 641
Posted By Desert Rat
Hey Ray- I've got the engine mount temporarily...

Hey Ray-

I've got the engine mount temporarily installed but not tightened down. I should have all firewall aft wiring and most other under-the-panel tasks wrapped up in the next couple of weeks...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-31-2022, 01:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 641
Posted By Desert Rat
Great question- I'm putting a IO390 with a...

Great question- I'm putting a IO390 with a firewall mounted oil cooler on the port side. I'm just copying what others have done before with the RV10 setup and plan to feed it via a 4" scat tube...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-30-2022, 08:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 641
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks! Is there's also one that has a swivel...

Thanks!

Is there's also one that has a swivel built into it so that you can clock the sender in different directions. Anybody?
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-30-2022, 08:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 641
Posted By Desert Rat
Engine sensor mounting options?

Hey guys-

The standard Vans way of mounting the senders is with the VA-168 manifold bolted to the upper port side of the firewall.

I've seen installations where instead of the manifold, guys have...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-30-2022, 08:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,176
Posted By Desert Rat
start with checking the easy stuff. Check for...

start with checking the easy stuff.

Check for a loose wire to the S terminal on the start relay, terminal on the back of the switch, etc. Could be a simple as a loose nut on a stud. Could also...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-30-2022, 08:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 587
Posted By Desert Rat
Yes on the 1/8" set. For the length, if they...

Yes on the 1/8" set.

For the length, if they are too short, you can take up some of the space with washers under the stem on the set. If they are too long, not much you can do other than change...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-26-2022, 06:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,641
Posted By Desert Rat
Just in case you don't already know, A garmin...

Just in case you don't already know, A garmin GA-35 teardrop style antenna will fit on the tailcone aft of the canopy skirt. At least on the RV7 slider The canopy will clear it with about 1/2" to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2022, 04:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 546
Posted By Desert Rat
When I need a partner (maybe 5%?) My wife...

When I need a partner (maybe 5%?) My wife usually shoots and I buck.

Some appropriate callouts;

"Hit it"
"again"
"love tap"
"good"
"circle it"
Forum: Safety 08-26-2022, 01:52 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,908
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks for correcting me- a little counting on...

Thanks for correcting me- a little counting on my fingers tells me it's been somewhere around 28 years since I've been in king air so my memory is a little fuzzy on the details.

Anyway, point...
Forum: Safety 08-26-2022, 05:39 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,908
Posted By Desert Rat
When something like a 172 has it's Vne marked in...

When something like a 172 has it's Vne marked in indicated airspeed, that number will keep you out of trouble at any corresponding TAS, i.e. the limiting corresponding TAS is incapable of being...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-25-2022, 03:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,804
Posted By Desert Rat
I've grounded it locally. The only other local...

I've grounded it locally.

The only other local grounds on the airplane are the pitot heat, LED landing/taxi lights, FlyLED controller, and the buzzer at the Artex ELT. Everything else runs to the...
Forum: Safety 08-25-2022, 11:21 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,908
Posted By Desert Rat
After watching this thread grow to 16 pages with...

After watching this thread grow to 16 pages with great interest, I've decided to chime in with a few thoughts, in no particular order;

if you beef up one area, you are frequently just transferring...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-24-2022, 05:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,804
Posted By Desert Rat
hey guys- yes, an RV7. But it's fuel injected,...

hey guys- yes, an RV7. But it's fuel injected, so the pump is in the tunnel near the selector. My FoT is up high on the firewall, so it's about 3' of 16g wire to get back to it vs. about 6" to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-24-2022, 04:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,804
Posted By Desert Rat
local ground or forest of tabs for fuel pump ground?

I have an EFII boost pump, not that the brand matters I suppose.

What are the odds I'd hear radio interference if I take the easy way out and ground it locally rather than running a fat 16g ground...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-23-2022, 01:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks guys- Ryan and Ralph- I've seen both...

Thanks guys-

Ryan and Ralph- I've seen both of your solutions on build logs, but I also asked builder support and was told that it would be fine to just poke another separate hole in the fuel...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-23-2022, 01:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 751
Posted By Desert Rat
I understand what you're saying, but at least on...

I understand what you're saying, but at least on the RV7, the bushing isn't perpendicular to the stick. Fwd/aft on the stick can definitely make it the weldment side back and forth on the bushing if...
Forum: RV-14 08-23-2022, 01:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,226
Posted By Desert Rat
I built two EAA tables with nothing bolted to...

I built two EAA tables with nothing bolted to them, and have been happy to have the flat surfaces for the bigger skins and flight controls.

I've got a small table with a 24" square top built to bar...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2022, 01:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 900
Posted By Desert Rat
I tend to stay away from stuff with silicone in...

I tend to stay away from stuff with silicone in it wherever possible. I seem to remember learning about 100 years ago that some versions of may be corrosive to aluminum, but don't quote me on...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-23-2022, 09:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By Desert Rat
fuel sender wire routing?

I searched and only found one thread on this, so I'm looking for options.

How did you guys route the wire from the fuel senders into the fuselage? Poke another hole near the fuel line grommet?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-23-2022, 08:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 751
Posted By Desert Rat
I has this happen. I thought that I had the...

I has this happen. I thought that I had the brass bushings the exact perfect length, but when I got the elevator linkage all hooked up, I had a perceptible bit of play in the stick.

People say...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-20-2022, 12:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,637
Posted By Desert Rat
In addition to the crack, when I zoom in on the...

In addition to the crack, when I zoom in on the picture it looks like the hole is knife edged. No way that's going to be up to snuff with respect to structural integrity unless it's upsized...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-13-2022, 09:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 384
Posted By Desert Rat
K81 and stearman in Benton have both Been...

K81 and stearman in Benton have both Been mentioned and I think they are probably the best choices within 1 hour.

If you want to venture just a little further there’s a fun place on the field in...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-08-2022, 05:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,423
Posted By Desert Rat
I went with a full up Garmin dual screen G3x...

I went with a full up Garmin dual screen G3x system, ADSB in/out, IFR NAV/COM/GPS navigator, second com, panel mount audio and autopilot controller, and a G5 backup. The cost of the equipment was...
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