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Forum: Electrical Systems 05-26-2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 891
Posted By rapid_ascent
Most Weller irons have tips that are available in...

Most Weller irons have tips that are available in different temperatures. You may be able to find a lower temp tip that will work for you. I find the flattened (shovel) tips work the best. You should...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-25-2022, 08:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 801
Posted By rapid_ascent
It seems you have a few different things going...

It seems you have a few different things going on. Are you sure you have the CAN bus terminated correctly? At a minimum it looks like your GEA24 and the GAD29 are having trouble communicating, but it...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-17-2022, 08:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 333
Posted By rapid_ascent
Look on the Vans site there are some listed RV-12...

Look on the Vans site there are some listed RV-12 training folks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2022, 07:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 512
Posted By rapid_ascent
Its probably the Otto. The Infinity grip is...

Its probably the Otto. The Infinity grip is different. I would guess 20 years ago they may not have been engraving the bottom. Lot's of designs evolve over time.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-29-2022, 09:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,941
Posted By rapid_ascent
I made my spacing 2.6". What I did was to take a...

I made my spacing 2.6". What I did was to take a piece of scrap and drill the holes on the spacing I was thinking about and then give it a try. I have a fixed pitch prop so I only have the two...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-29-2022, 09:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 909
Posted By rapid_ascent
Terry, I just completed this step over the past...

Terry,

I just completed this step over the past weekend. I had the same concerns as you and wanted to install the firewall side hinges before installing my engine mount.

What I did was clamp a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-10-2022, 12:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,520
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have 2 momentary switches that are used for...

I have 2 momentary switches that are used for testing the PMAGS that normally apply power and remove power when held in the test position. Some use breakers for this function, but breakers have a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-03-2022, 11:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,074
Posted By rapid_ascent
Terry, I think that might have even come from...

Terry,

I think that might have even come from my excess parts pile. If so it was a B&C.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-02-2022, 04:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,245
Posted By rapid_ascent
Sensenich 3 Blade Composite Prop. Cleaning

I just received my new 3 blade composite prop from Sensenich. I'm curious what people use to clean it. I would hate to mess it up.
Forum: Primers 02-26-2022, 09:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,284
Posted By rapid_ascent
You said you rinsed well. I'm not sure what that...

You said you rinsed well. I'm not sure what that means. If you meant with water then that is not enough. I wipe with lacquer thinner as part of the prep process. Some use acetone instead, but the key...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2022, 09:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,678
Posted By rapid_ascent
I realize at this point you may be in the mode of...

I realize at this point you may be in the mode of not spending any more money than necessary until you decide if this is the thing for you. However, if you proceed you will want the right tool for...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-15-2022, 08:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 574
Posted By rapid_ascent
Bruce, I think I would move the G5 and the...

Bruce,

I think I would move the G5 and the GPS175 up to the top of the stack. It sounds like you use the knob module a lot so you could keep that on the side toward the pilot. Then I would put the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-14-2022, 03:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,602
Posted By rapid_ascent
I've been using the Click Bond cable tie mounts...

I've been using the Click Bond cable tie mounts with good success. I've used the Click Bond adhesive in the little packets and it has worked fine up until now. It seems there is now a supply chain...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-13-2022, 04:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 741
Posted By rapid_ascent
Larry, Battery Capacity is usually spec'd at a...

Larry,

Battery Capacity is usually spec'd at a specified current. If you want to test a battery against its rated specs you need to create a load equal to that current. Then you can measure the time...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-01-2022, 10:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,070
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm not sure about the differences between your...

I'm not sure about the differences between your engine and mine but I can share my experience with my engine.

My Titan engine came with a 90 degree adapter and a spacer from the factory. When I went...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-29-2022, 06:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 821
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm with Bruce, don't worry about it. On the...

I'm with Bruce, don't worry about it.

On the other hand I guess it depends on how quickly you could redo it. If you are like me then every time you look at it or even think about it you will wish...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-29-2022, 06:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,570
Posted By rapid_ascent
I would think you would want to adjust that in...

I would think you would want to adjust that in some way. You could certainly work around it, but to me it would seem like an annoyance. Someone more knowledgeable than me in this area will probably...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-07-2022, 11:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,578
Posted By rapid_ascent
I bought one of the hydraulic crimpers from...

I bought one of the hydraulic crimpers from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZA2P3XM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It seems to work pretty well. I used it for some of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-07-2022, 11:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,602
Posted By rapid_ascent
Look on Ebay for the Clickbond fasteners. I...

Look on Ebay for the Clickbond fasteners. I managed to get a entire tray of them for not too much money. I'm using them to route wire in the aft fuselage.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2021, 02:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,990
Posted By rapid_ascent
Greg, You will need some sort of relay block or...

Greg,

You will need some sort of relay block or equivalent. For the flaps for example you need to reverse the voltage on the motor to change the direction. For folks with the Garmin G3X system you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2021, 02:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,286
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have Xplane 11 and it seems to work pretty...

I have Xplane 11 and it seems to work pretty well. I'm getting through my private and getting close to finishing up. I think... Anyway I really haven't used the simulator very much. It just doesn't...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-24-2021, 02:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,348
Posted By rapid_ascent
I bought one for changing the oil in my cars. I...

I bought one for changing the oil in my cars. I used to have a very low to the ground 2 seater and it required a little work to get it jacked up. Now I use it for a couple of different cars. It makes...
Forum: RV-14 12-22-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,585
Posted By rapid_ascent
Sometimes its the order that you put things...

Sometimes its the order that you put things together that is important. In your example maybe those rivets should have gone in first and then the blind rivets. I'm not looking at the instructions so...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-18-2021, 08:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,111
Posted By rapid_ascent
I bought the Lord mounts. Vans seemed to have the...

I bought the Lord mounts. Vans seemed to have the best deal I found.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-16-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,291
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm just decided to use the SS fittings. I'm not...

I'm just decided to use the SS fittings. I'm not sure about a real problem created by the steel fittings, but I figured they would rust/oxidize to some extent at some point in the future. The SS...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-14-2021, 04:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 832
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think you have answered your own question. Each...

I think you have answered your own question. Each wire has to be sized for the current it is carrying and the length it needs to travel. For my strobes for example I have a common terminal strip...
Forum: California 12-14-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 804
Posted By rapid_ascent
Not sure about Hayward, but quite a few RVs out...

Not sure about Hayward, but quite a few RVs out at LVK.
Forum: RV-14 12-13-2021, 06:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,005
Posted By rapid_ascent
Just a couple of additional comments. First,...

Just a couple of additional comments.

First, make a pattern for your cutting. I used some old roofing paper because it was around, but you could use poster board. Fit the pattern onto the firewall...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-12-2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 978
Posted By rapid_ascent
Hi Gordon, I decided to do something similar...

Hi Gordon,

I decided to do something similar with a terminal strip under the seat area.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-09-2021, 07:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 978
Posted By rapid_ascent
Gordon, Thanks for your comments. I still don't...

Gordon, Thanks for your comments.

I still don't understand what Van's is trying to show in their OP-56 drawing, but I'm just going to follow the AeroLEDs instructions. They seem clear enough.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-09-2021, 05:12 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 11,422
Posted By rapid_ascent
Mike, At least in my area of CA the waiting lists...

Mike, At least in my area of CA the waiting lists for hangars are often a couple of year or at least they are quoted as such. My suggestion is to get on the lists. While they may be many people ahead...
Forum: California 12-09-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,141
Posted By rapid_ascent
Jaron, I used to live in that general area. I...

Jaron,

I used to live in that general area. I don't have any confirmed info, but I was thinking that Fallbrook is close to Oceanside. I did a quick check and...

http://www.l18airpark.com/

Good...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-09-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,863
Posted By rapid_ascent
I would say an ammeter isn't required, but I...

I would say an ammeter isn't required, but I would say it is needed. Many folks I hear on this site have said an ammeter isn't needed and that a voltmeter is sufficient. I wouldn't agree, but...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-08-2021, 01:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,672
Posted By rapid_ascent
Bruce, I think I would go the Molex site and...

Bruce,

I think I would go the Molex site and make sure you have the correct tool for the terminals that you have. That would seem to me to be a strange oversight on Molex's part if it is the correct...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-08-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,863
Posted By rapid_ascent
Tim, Just curious. Did you back it up when you...

Tim,

Just curious. Did you back it up when you did the install then?

This got me thinking because I'm not sure I would have done that before reading this thread. I do always use a torque wrench so...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-08-2021, 12:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 978
Posted By rapid_ascent
OP-56 Wiring Clarification

I'm looking at OP-56 and trying to understand the wiring connections. I've reviewed the Aeroleds Suntail installation instructions and I'm trying to match up what Van's is showing. It looks like...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-08-2021, 11:48 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,863
Posted By rapid_ascent
Dan has a good point. If you look at the lower...

Dan has a good point. If you look at the lower edge of the sense element the two sides are not aligned. I'm not sure how accurately the terminal blocks would be aligned in the mfg process, but the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-07-2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,863
Posted By rapid_ascent
A loose connection on a high current path might...

A loose connection on a high current path might do it. It does look like there is a little discoloration on the lower part of the right hand screw terminal. Hard to tell if that is partially a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-07-2021, 03:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,159
Posted By rapid_ascent
The "In series" is an electrical term but yes...

The "In series" is an electrical term but yes that would mean the output of one running to the input of the second.

I believe you should be fine with this configuration. You should reach out to...
Forum: Propellers 12-07-2021, 02:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,536
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think this can fall into the same camp as...

I think this can fall into the same camp as trying to sell old school gauges. While still usable many folks have moved on to newer technology. I think you probably need to make it a deal to someone....
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-07-2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,762
Posted By rapid_ascent
What is the Clear/Delete function? It looks like...

What is the Clear/Delete function? It looks like both Terry and Michael have one. Did I miss something?
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-06-2021, 09:13 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,762
Posted By rapid_ascent
Terry, You could combine the battery alt into...

Terry,

You could combine the battery alt into one 3 position switch. Also I have a stick start switch which Iím assuming you do too. Someone here suggested to use the batt position for enabling the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-05-2021, 08:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,606
Posted By rapid_ascent
Allen, There are certainly a bunch of little...

Allen,

There are certainly a bunch of little boxes with the G3X system and figuring out where to put them is a challenge. For a slider you can't build a forward shelf like on a tip up. I'm happy to...
Forum: Primers 12-04-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,392
Posted By rapid_ascent
The thing I didn't know in the beginning is the...

The thing I didn't know in the beginning is the air pressure quoted in the paint specs is with the trigger pulled. If you haven't looked up the air pressure the MFG says to use you should do that.
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-04-2021, 07:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,516
Posted By rapid_ascent
Jerry, If you go to Digi-Key or Mouser and...

Jerry,

If you go to Digi-Key or Mouser and search for Schottky diode. There will be a million that come up, but you can filter based upon Vf or the forward voltage drop. Look for the parts that meet...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-04-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 714
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ok. I think maybe my desire wasn't clear. I'm...

Ok. I think maybe my desire wasn't clear. I'm trying to do what Walt is referring to, but while using the GAD27 dimmers. I'm not running the NAV lights through the GAD27 at all. I have a DPDT switch...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-04-2021, 12:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 714
Posted By rapid_ascent
G3X (GAD27) Lighting Control Question

I was planning to turn on my instrument and panel lighting when I turn on my navigation lights. I'm not sure the right way to do this with the GAD27. I didn't see anything in the installation manual...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-03-2021, 09:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 850
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have flown with the Aspen and also with a pair...

I have flown with the Aspen and also with a pair of G5s in C172s. I personally preferred the G5s. As a matter of fact after flying with the G5 I decided to remove the Mini-X that I was planning for...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-02-2021, 07:57 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 22,190
Posted By rapid_ascent
I didn't know that was what was meant by trickle...

I didn't know that was what was meant by trickle charge.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-01-2021, 06:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,026
Posted By rapid_ascent
I've used a Dewalt 90 degree adapter in my...

I've used a Dewalt 90 degree adapter in my cordless drill with a step bit. I just did a few of these for my seat ribs. It's a little difficult to control so in general I prefer using my angle drill...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-30-2021, 02:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,408
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'v used fluke meters for most of my measurement...

I'v used fluke meters for most of my measurement taking life. I had one that lasted 25 years. Eventually the LCD starting going south, but the unit still worked. The newer Fluke meters are shock...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-29-2021, 09:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,757
Posted By rapid_ascent
I just added the information into the schematic...

I just added the information into the schematic as notes. Not exactly what you were talking about, but it accomplishes the same thing in a more basic fashion. You could be more specific if you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,001
Posted By rapid_ascent
This is all good info to circulate. I had to take...

This is all good info to circulate. I had to take a look to make sure I had all these items on my panel.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-28-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,413
Posted By rapid_ascent
Just an observer on this thread, but a lot of...

Just an observer on this thread, but a lot of great info for us engine novice.
Forum: RV-14 11-28-2021, 09:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,684
Posted By rapid_ascent
I wouldn't over do the solution. Washers might be...

I wouldn't over do the solution. Washers might be a pain depending on how many have to be stacked. McMaster has spacers that are available in lots of sizes. That seems like a simple solution. The 3D...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-27-2021, 12:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,355
Posted By rapid_ascent
A lot of us have made that mistake in the...

A lot of us have made that mistake in the beginning. Use one hand to hold the skin down to the work surface and whack it with the other hand. Then move the skin and repeat. I have a couple of spots...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-26-2021, 09:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 19,393
Posted By rapid_ascent
I recently went through the process of adding 2...

I recently went through the process of adding 2 inboard holes. This operation would be much easier before you have to sit in the plane to drill the holes. I used a dewalt 90 degree adapter and a step...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-25-2021, 12:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,840
Posted By rapid_ascent
Abe, Sorry I was traveling yesterday. I should...

Abe,

Sorry I was traveling yesterday.

I should have taken a little more time to understand the information that you posted from the install manual. It's not totally obvious from the way that it is...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-22-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,840
Posted By rapid_ascent
Abe, Refer to Figure 30-2.2 in the install...

Abe,

Refer to Figure 30-2.2 in the install manual. It shows a 5K resistor as the pullup for active low signals. 5K isn't a standard value. You can use a 4.7K, 5%, 1/4 Watt resistor or a 4.99K, 1%,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-22-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,840
Posted By rapid_ascent
Abe, Derek is sort of right. The voltage of a...

Abe,

Derek is sort of right. The voltage of a forward biased LED is more like 2V - 3V giving a wide berth for various types but the concept is essentially correct.

Lets talk about the G3x input...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-20-2021, 07:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,191
Posted By rapid_ascent
Well... This sounds like an interesting problem....

Well... This sounds like an interesting problem. I think you are going to need a schematic to figure things out. If you can't get one from the original builder then you may need to get your meter out...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-18-2021, 04:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,722
Posted By rapid_ascent
I've used scotchtape. You can sometimes use it on...

I've used scotchtape. You can sometimes use it on the washer while not covering up the hole. Leave enough so once the bolt is through you pull off the tape.

Special tools might work better, but I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-17-2021, 01:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,600
Posted By rapid_ascent
Maybe put a drop of loctite on it, then tighten.

Maybe put a drop of loctite on it, then tighten.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-15-2021, 05:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,882
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have two normally on momentary switches for my...

I have two normally on momentary switches for my PMAG test functions. Its really not more complicated. They are normally on if I want to test then I turn them off. It does take some panel space, but...
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