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Forum: RV-14 10-22-2021, 06:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 680
Posted By tyconnell
I have the aforementioned hand dimpling pliers. ...

I have the aforementioned hand dimpling pliers. I have used it occasionally, it works, is nice to have, but I would not consider it necessary.

A tool that might fit the same need is the 3/32 CLOSE...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2021, 06:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,343
Posted By tyconnell
Excellent, now do X-Plane.

Excellent, now do X-Plane.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-09-2021, 01:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 221
Posted By tyconnell
You can also try VHB tape which is one...

You can also try VHB tape which is one recommended way of temporarily securing trailing edges, at least in the empennage kits.
Forum: Primers 10-09-2021, 07:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 723
Posted By tyconnell
This is good info, as the EcoEtch, red...

This is good info, as the EcoEtch, red Scotchbrite prep then EcoPrime is essentially the method I'm now using.
Forum: RV-14 10-09-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Posted By tyconnell
Sent you a text.

Sent you a text.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-08-2021, 09:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,502
Posted By tyconnell
with an adapter, countersink bit in a drill press...

with an adapter, countersink bit in a drill press (no cage). the drill press has it’s own depth stop mechanism. a little fiddling with depth using scrap, but worked well for me.
Forum: Tools 10-04-2021, 06:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,211
Posted By tyconnell
Also, search band saw site:vansairforce.net with...

Also, search
band saw site:vansairforce.net
with Google
Forum: Tools 09-24-2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 869
Posted By tyconnell
I've riveted off the side of the back rivet plate...

I've riveted off the side of the back rivet plate 2x, ruining parts, so don't use the plate unless the job is small enough I can see all the edges of the plate.

I use the 12" Back Rivet Set...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2021, 09:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 922
Posted By tyconnell
I have also used both types, and would mostly...

I have also used both types, and would mostly second this opinion. The setup process is a PITA, but once done is definitely a step up in the experience. It is both smaller and lighter. Foot pedal...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2021, 08:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 616
Posted By tyconnell
If you have to drill out a rivet, you may need to...

If you have to drill out a rivet, you may need to "fatten" the next length rivet up a little, and a hand squeezer is nice for this job.

When you can't run the compressor @ 5:00 in the morning and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2021, 05:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,945
Posted By tyconnell
Elevators, done.

Elevators, done.
Forum: RV-14 09-19-2021, 09:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,958
Posted By tyconnell
See attached. If there are any ideas in here...

See attached. If there are any ideas in here that seem like they are "genius", I probably stole it from someone else.

Some observances:

Use vertical space as much as possible.
I haven't seen...
Forum: RV-14 09-18-2021, 11:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,958
Posted By tyconnell
I知 currently building in 1/2 of a 2 car garage....

I知 currently building in 1/2 of a 2 car garage. I致e looked ahead in the plans and believe I can build everything in that space. Storage is a different matter, as others have said.

Be prepared for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2021, 06:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 649
Posted By tyconnell
This. You can order "trim kits" (?) from Van's...

This.

You can order "trim kits" (?) from Van's which is the scrap metal left from cutting larger sheets. Make a practice kit by drilling many holes into some scrap and drive some rivets. The more,...
Forum: RV-14 09-08-2021, 05:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 559
Posted By tyconnell
Thanks for the inputs! I'll see what that cable...

Thanks for the inputs! I'll see what that cable is figure it out.
Forum: RV-14 09-08-2021, 12:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 559
Posted By tyconnell
10-05 17/64" System hole

I don't have a 17/64" drill bit (HomeDepot up the road has one), but I've never needed one, and I'm very curious why the -14 seems to have this different, weird hole size.

I've match drilled the...
Forum: RV-14 09-07-2021, 11:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 569
Posted By tyconnell
Is that top or bottom skin? The bottom skin...

Is that top or bottom skin? The bottom skin tab/fold nests inside the top skin tab/fold, so if it's the bottom skin, you may be able to get away with it as is. If it's the top skin, you'll kinda...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-17-2021, 04:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 985
Posted By tyconnell
In the category of "over engineered for this...

In the category of "over engineered for this application, but very cool", this EAA video (https://www.eaa.org/Videos/Hints-for-Homebuilders/Sheet-Metal/2847732484001) shows a custom bucking bar that...
Forum: RV-14 08-04-2021, 04:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,589
Posted By tyconnell
Another idea here.

Another idea here.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-13-2021, 06:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,890
Posted By tyconnell
They made it stupid easy. I partially set the...

They made it stupid easy.

I partially set the rivets, starting from the center, and alternating out towards the ends. An old Avery hand squeezer was great for this. Then I went back over them with...
Forum: RV-14 06-27-2021, 09:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 819
Posted By tyconnell
I set mine up in the cradle and did it from...

I set mine up in the cradle and did it from there. I have a set of saw horses that are height adjustable - these are in the low setting. It was very easy to reach into the assembly and rivet this...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-07-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,848
Posted By tyconnell
Arriving to the party a little late

I use a Cleveland back rivet modification to an Avery C-Frame. This is mostly put together with some scrap wood I had laying around.

I'm building in a 1/2 of a 2 car garage, and space is tight. ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-15-2021, 12:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,784
Posted By tyconnell
Practice is key, and you can make your own "rivet...

Practice is key, and you can make your own "rivet practice kit".

For the purpose of practicing, the aluminum doesn't have to be aviation grade, though I think it's actually cheaper to pick up the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-03-2021, 11:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,684
Posted By tyconnell
Using a set of transfer punches and eyeballing...

Using a set of transfer punches and eyeballing the hole, a 5/32" punch does not look like it covers the hole, so I doubt a #8 screw is going to do the trick once drilled. A 3/16" punch looks like it...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-02-2021, 11:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,684
Posted By tyconnell
I should have mentioned this - the tab on that...

I should have mentioned this - the tab on that rib flange is the only thing oversized / out of round. The underlying pieces are in good condition still.

Thanks for all the input so far. I知 still...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-02-2021, 07:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,684
Posted By tyconnell
These might have been helpful.

These might have been helpful.
Forum: RV-14 01-02-2021, 07:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,697
Posted By tyconnell
I'm pretty sure the answer is no, and if you have...

I'm pretty sure the answer is no, and if you have the time, this (https://www.eaa.org/Videos/Webinars/Aircraft-Building/6207071245001) video over at EAA is worth the watch. I think what you're...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-01-2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,684
Posted By tyconnell
Replacing rivet with 8-32 screw

Greetings,

Having sought a solution from the mothership for my plight, the recommendation came down to use an 8-32 screw instead of another attempt with a rivet.

Not sure what specific screw to use...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-23-2020, 09:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,530
Posted By tyconnell
Thread necro: video moved

For those who come back to this, the video Sid mentions in his post has moved to : https://www.eaa.org/videos/60653678001
Forum: RV-14 11-08-2020, 03:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,866
Posted By tyconnell
You should go through the Cleveland RV-14...

You should go through the Cleveland RV-14 (https://www.cleavelandtool.com/collections/kit-of-tools-for-the-rv-14) kit and see what you might be lacking. I used the rudder flat squeezer set from that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2020, 06:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 977
Posted By tyconnell
Also, Clevevland Tool has a pretty complete list...

Also, Clevevland Tool has a pretty complete list for all the kits, so you should look over those, also.
Forum: RV-10 10-26-2020, 06:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,726
Posted By tyconnell
I was thinking of bending only after the rivets...

I was thinking of bending only after the rivets are set. Not sure how hard that is to do over the double offset, given the pain and gnashing of teeth that has elicited in other posts.
Forum: RV-10 10-26-2020, 07:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,726
Posted By tyconnell
Is it possible to bend the flanges on the rib to...

Is it possible to bend the flanges on the rib to the appropriate angle after the rivets have been set? Are the skins riveted in place yet?

Be careful when "flexing the nose rib a little out of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2020, 12:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,667
Posted By tyconnell
Just out today

Might need a Kitplanes login, but this came out in today's weekly from them:

Light Sport Repairman柚aintenance
...
Forum: Tools 10-20-2020, 09:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,170
Posted By tyconnell
Multimeter features - which did you find useful?

Greetings,

I have a really old A.W. Sperry SP-152A Analog Multimeter - it measures basic things like Volts, Ohms, Amps (I think) - I've really never used it for much more than making sure an...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-20-2020, 08:36 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,769
Posted By tyconnell
Prompted by this thread, I've also recently...

Prompted by this thread, I've also recently subscribed to a couple of mailing lists on the matronics (http://forums.matronics.com/) site - Bob Nuckolls posts over there frequently it would...
Forum: Tools 10-19-2020, 09:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,070
Posted By tyconnell
I too bled mine with numerous syringes, and then...

I too bled mine with numerous syringes, and then tried to use it with no joy on the 1/8" rivets. A second bleeding of the unit was required. Maybe using it "stirs it up" a little, and you are able...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-19-2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,849
Posted By tyconnell
Can't tell from the pic, but did you by chance...

Can't tell from the pic, but did you by chance use an edge rolling type tool to form a downward bend on the leading edge as described in Section 5.10 - Lap Joints?

From that section, last line:


I...
Forum: Tools 10-07-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,045
Posted By tyconnell
Not sure if that one will work, but I've attached...

Not sure if that one will work, but I've attached my setup. Also, I'm using this gauge with the NUMATX and another place. It has worked fine so far.

Bostitch BTFP72326 Regulator and Gauge Kit
...
Forum: Texas (North) 10-06-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,165
Posted By tyconnell
Probably a good idea (for me at least) for us to...

Probably a good idea (for me at least) for us to get acquainted. I'll contact you offline.
Forum: Texas (North) 10-06-2020, 02:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,165
Posted By tyconnell
Not sure - these are for the rudder on a -14...

Not sure - these are for the rudder on a -14 build.
Forum: RV-14 10-05-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,911
Posted By tyconnell
That's my interpretation also. If you attach an...

That's my interpretation also.

If you attach an angle piece to the TE, it has to be removed before riveting. The pro-seal / VHB / whatever is there so the TE doesn't move while riveting. Once the...
Forum: Texas (North) 10-05-2020, 10:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,165
Posted By tyconnell
Local aviation supply

I'm looking for a local supply of AD-41-ABS rivets - only need about 20 of them. Is there a supplier of these local'ish to Roanoake / Hicks / Keller TX area?

I know I can order them from Van's or...
Forum: RV-10 10-05-2020, 10:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,384
Posted By tyconnell
Replacement parts I've had to order have been...

Replacement parts I've had to order have been relatively small, and arrived in 3-5 days via US priority mail.
Forum: RV-10 10-05-2020, 10:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,384
Posted By tyconnell
Obviously, all of this is my opinion... DRDT-2 -...

Obviously, all of this is my opinion...

DRDT-2 - I've used it, it's awesome. It's also bulky, heavy and mostly single function. I'm in a limited space shop and decided to stick with my C-Frame...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2020, 12:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,037
Posted By tyconnell
Not sure. I知 pretty new to TX, having come from...

Not sure. I知 pretty new to TX, having come from Atlanta about a year ago. I think Synergy air has something in GA now, as well as in the north west? Someone else will probably chime in in a few...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2020, 11:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,037
Posted By tyconnell
I would also recommend a a builders class. It...

I would also recommend a a builders class. It will cost you a few dollars, but you can try all of the tools (tools are highly preference based), and get some training/experience in the process....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2020, 08:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,037
Posted By tyconnell
The RV-14 empennage kit has an 11x16 "instruction...

The RV-14 empennage kit has an 11x16 "instruction manual". Each section of the manual covers a major piece - Vertical Stab (chapter 6), Rudder (Chapter 7), etc. There is not a large engineering...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-30-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 12,131
Posted By tyconnell
Question 1 - this is what I used

I fabricated a jig/tool/? to guide my drill at the appropriate angle, and used a reamer vs. a drill bit. This is a -14 rudder, but I believe the AEX wedge is universal. I'm positive this wasn't my...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-20-2020, 09:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 12,131
Posted By tyconnell
My guess would be AN470AD4-4's

This is from a -14 Vertical Stab, which uses the same parts.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-19-2020, 11:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,052
Posted By tyconnell
I just back riveted both rudder skins using this...

I just back riveted both rudder skins using this setup. Very happy with the results.

https://n997tl.com/posts/empennage/07_rudder/000083_wednesday_september_09_2020/images/IMG_2126_25.jpg
Forum: RV-14 09-18-2020, 06:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,742
Posted By tyconnell
What others have said - I just recently had this...

What others have said - I just recently had this discussion over email with another -14 builder; this is what I sent him:

"I think the rivet holes are different sizes. The holes for the R-903 Top...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-17-2020, 08:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,099
Posted By tyconnell
If you can find the stuff...

If you can find the stuff...
Forum: Tools 09-12-2020, 07:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 12,335
Posted By tyconnell
Clamps get no love

I've found that clamps are a huge aid to the build process, especially when solo ( read: all the time ). I'm surprised they are not talked about more - maybe they are just so ubiquitous / obvious. ...
Forum: RV-14 09-11-2020, 07:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,704
Posted By tyconnell
I was able to set mine with a longeron yoke...

I was able to set mine with a longeron yoke ("https://www.cleavelandtool.com/products/25-flange-nose-pneu-yoke), and a NUMATX. Once upon a time, I was working on a different kit with a pneumatic,...
Forum: RV-14 09-02-2020, 05:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,701
Posted By tyconnell
Thanks for reaching out - always good to have...

Thanks for reaching out - always good to have feedback from someone who's actually done it.



I had thought the same - the "9" being in the part number meant it was from a 9. Maybe it is and it's...
Forum: RV-14 09-01-2020, 08:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,701
Posted By tyconnell
07-07 Rudder Skin / Frame Assembly drilling

Following steps 2 - 4 and clecoing up the skins and rudder assembly components mentioned in those steps, I only see callouts to drill:
- The holes common to the skins and trailing edge
- The holes...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-04-2020, 08:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,649
Posted By tyconnell
You can also use: Dremel 516 Abrasive...

You can also use:
Dremel 516 Abrasive Point
Dremel 500 Abrasive Wheel

I used both tonight to clean up a rudder horn brace.
Forum: RV-14 08-02-2020, 03:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,195
Posted By tyconnell
See if this is any...

See if this is any help:

https://n997tl.com/posts/empennage/06_vertical_stabilizer/000009_saturday_june_27_2020/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,933
Posted By tyconnell
Took advantage of the not-as-oppressive summer...

Took advantage of the not-as-oppressive summer weekend here in northern Texas to finish the vertical stabilizer:

https://n997tl.com/images/IMG_1934_50.jpg
Forum: Tools 07-17-2020, 08:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,221
Posted By tyconnell
That's good to know - I'm assuming, then, you can...

That's good to know - I'm assuming, then, you can shorten those lines if need be. I may just put a loop or two in the lines to shorten them up.

I purchased from flyboy accessories, and went with...
Forum: Tools 07-14-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,221
Posted By tyconnell
NUMATX setup

So I took the plunge and have this puppy in hand. I've bled the system, and it's working well, but I have another question not covered in setup.

I'm starting to like the foot pedal actuation, but...
Forum: Tools 06-12-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,495
Posted By tyconnell
NUMATX Squeezer upgraded hose

Other threads have convinced me that if you're going to spend the money on a squeezer, the marginal extra dollars spent on the NUMATX are worth it.

And for the additional sum of ONLY $100...
Forum: Tools 06-11-2020, 01:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,203
Posted By tyconnell
Cheapest? Find someone who already has the tools...

Cheapest? Find someone who already has the tools and skills and see if they'll show you, or Find an EAA chapter near you (https://www.eaa.org/eaa/eaa-chapters/find-an-eaa-chapter).
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