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Forum: Safety 11-13-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 15,129
Posted By PJSeipel
I have a vertical tank with a valve on the...

I have a vertical tank with a valve on the bottom. I replaced the valve with a brass elbow and a length of nylon tubing (rated to 250 psi) and another valve at the end of the tubing. That way, any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 12,059
Posted By PJSeipel
It hurts when you drill your finger. It hurts...

It hurts when you drill your finger. It hurts worse when you drill your wife's finger...

PJ Seipel
RV-10 #40032
Forum: Texas (North) 07-22-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,227
Posted By PJSeipel
I've moved my RV-10 five times. Yuma, AZ to...

I've moved my RV-10 five times. Yuma, AZ to Norfolk, VA to Quantico, VA to Jacksonville, NC to Monterey, CA to Albany, GA. I'm hoping to fly it out of GA instead of trailering it yet again, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,918
Posted By PJSeipel
My vote is for picking up at the dock. I did...

My vote is for picking up at the dock. I did that several times. There are a number of advantages: 1) they will use a forklift to put it on whatever you have at no charge, 2) if there is damage,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,364
Posted By PJSeipel
Well, I've had my PPL for a while, but does...

Well, I've had my PPL for a while, but does starting my RV-10 without every riding in an RV count? I'm almost done with my instrument ticket with hopes that it will help me get insurance for the -10...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,772
Posted By PJSeipel
You might try a different headset. It could also...

You might try a different headset. It could also be that with the headset on, he can no longer hear what's going on around him and he's focusing on the lack of sensory perception. They change a lot...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,311
Posted By PJSeipel
No kidding. I'll never plan a route through...

No kidding. I'll never plan a route through Oklahoma again. There were times I looked in the rearview at my RV-10 on the trailer and swore it was taking off the trailer was bouncing so bad.


One...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2014, 11:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,311
Posted By PJSeipel
I'm military, so my RV-10 has moved across the...

I'm military, so my RV-10 has moved across the country several times. I moved my RV-10 in a 26 foot Penske truck once, Norfolk to Quantico (sorry, no pictures). I chose the Penske because it has a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-05-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 64,100
Posted By PJSeipel
Regardless of the rivet size I always start with...

Regardless of the rivet size I always start with a really small drill bit, like 1/16 or smaller. A bit that small will stay centered in the little divot on top of the rivet pretty easily (and if the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,090
Posted By PJSeipel
I've done it a few times. Just like doing it...

I've done it a few times. Just like doing it from the manufactured head, but you better be darned sure your hole is in the center of the shop head or you'll make a mess. And if your shop heads are...
Forum: Safety 01-22-2014, 07:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,812
Posted By PJSeipel
As a guy who's primary occupation is aviation...

As a guy who's primary occupation is aviation logistics, including the financial accounting for several type/model/series of Marine Corps aircraft, I'll throw out another point to consider: These...
Forum: RV-10 01-05-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,814
Posted By PJSeipel
I went to all the work to take the plastic off...

I went to all the work to take the plastic off over the rivet lines throughout the whole tailcone. By the time I was on the fuse, I noted that the rest of the plastic was peeling around the edges...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2013, 09:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,683
Posted By PJSeipel
I've got RV-10 kit # 40032, so that should give...

I've got RV-10 kit # 40032, so that should give you an idea of when I started. Three 7 month deployments to some of the nicest parts of the world, one kid, plus moving across the country 4 times...
Forum: Safety 06-05-2013, 05:00 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 23,610
Posted By PJSeipel
It's not in civil airspace, it's in a restricted...

It's not in civil airspace, it's in a restricted area! The whole point of a restricted area is that there are things in there hazardous to aviation and you are required to stay out unless you want...
Forum: Safety 06-04-2013, 12:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,522
Posted By PJSeipel
As I read your post I could absolutely see that...

As I read your post I could absolutely see that happening to me and it probably would have crushed my motivation....

Being as I'm active duty USMC, my RV-10 has more miles on the ground than most...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2013, 09:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,071
Posted By PJSeipel
I think you should definitely pursue it. As a...

I think you should definitely pursue it. As a Marine Corps Aviation Supply Officer I'm the guy who coordinates payments to civilian FBOs for the services our aircraft use, and for any damage they...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2013, 07:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 991
Posted By PJSeipel
I made my own out of scraps of .032 and etched...

I made my own out of scraps of .032 and etched numbers into them. I've been using the same set for about 10 years now with no problems. Heck, half of mine have Akzo primer on them as well since I...
Forum: RV-10 07-11-2011, 04:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,439
Posted By PJSeipel
Yeah, and that sucks for guys like me who paid a...

Yeah, and that sucks for guys like me who paid a bunch of money for a cowl/plenum, but aren't flying yet, so don't have a clue what I need to do to fix the likely problem.

Hopefully they figure out...
Forum: RV-10 06-04-2011, 07:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,155
Posted By PJSeipel
Go for it!

I'm USMC and have moved with my RV-10 three times, getting ready for a fourth next summer. Hopefully that'll be the last time I have to move it before it flies. Two of the moves were a couple...
Forum: Tools 05-29-2011, 10:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,359
Posted By PJSeipel
Mine's been bolted to the wooden pallet it came...

Mine's been bolted to the wooden pallet it came on for the last 8 years. Never moved an inch while running. Of course, being in the military I move every 3 years, so bolting it to the floor isn't a...
Forum: Safety 05-09-2011, 11:40 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,291
Posted By PJSeipel
Gee, all the bulkhead fittings Van's sent for my...

Gee, all the bulkhead fittings Van's sent for my firewall were aluminum. I guess I better replace them and somebody better tell Van's to put out a SB.

PJ Seipel
RV-10 #40032
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-14-2011, 06:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,489
Posted By PJSeipel
I can't speak to the RV-12 specifically, but if...

I can't speak to the RV-12 specifically, but if you order individual parts vs a kit, you will spend more. Unless Vans has changed their philosophy in the last couple years, you do not get 100%...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-28-2010, 11:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,079
Posted By PJSeipel
I agree completely and my intent wasn't to scare...

I agree completely and my intent wasn't to scare anyone off at all. You're right that it isn't hard, although time might be somewhat dependent on how complicated your layout is. Practice helps a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-24-2010, 06:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,079
Posted By PJSeipel
Here's what the experience taught me: When you...

Here's what the experience taught me: When you pay the $200-$400 that it costs to get your panel professionally cut either by CNC or waterjet, it is money well spent. I don't believe any of the guys...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-22-2010, 09:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,079
Posted By PJSeipel
www.buildyourcnc.com $2000, 3 months of work,...

www.buildyourcnc.com

$2000, 3 months of work, learning software, test cutting, etc. but now I can cut a million copies of my panel no problem.

Learning a new skill....priceless. (oh, and it cuts...
Forum: COMM 10-06-2010, 04:53 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 15,927
Posted By PJSeipel
Garmin, My frustration with this whole process...

Garmin,

My frustration with this whole process is that the nearest Garmin aviation dealer to me is, per your website, over 100 miles away. Fortunately SteinAir provides such great support to the...
Forum: COMM 09-30-2010, 04:48 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 15,927
Posted By PJSeipel
I finally received a reply to an email I sent to...

I finally received a reply to an email I sent to Garmin a few days ago. It appears all of the activity has caused them to extend the deadline to 29 Oct. They still will not accept an SL30 without...
Forum: COMM 09-29-2010, 02:51 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 15,927
Posted By PJSeipel
My SL30 appeared to be affected by reading the SB...

My SL30 appeared to be affected by reading the SB because I have mod AC without AE, but the good folks at Steinair were nice enough to get Garmin to run my serial number to help me get an RMA and the...
Forum: COMM 09-28-2010, 07:30 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 15,927
Posted By PJSeipel
Yeah, I got Frank. Unfortunately my nearest...

Yeah, I got Frank. Unfortunately my nearest avionics dealer is over 100 miles away and my plane isn't flying yet. I'm not driving 100 miles just to get an RMA. Frank's excuse that too many of us...
Forum: COMM 09-27-2010, 04:16 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 15,927
Posted By PJSeipel
Rev C of the SB says it was extended through...

Rev C of the SB says it was extended through 9/30/2010.

PJ Seipel

RV-10 #40032
Forum: COMM 09-27-2010, 02:43 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 15,927
Posted By PJSeipel
The one you posted in the cubcrafters link is the...

The one you posted in the cubcrafters link is the correct one; SB 921.

Anyone else have the experience of calling Garmin and being told that yes the SB applies to your radio, but that they will not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2010, 10:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,976
Posted By PJSeipel
David, I'm an active duty Marine building an...

David,

I'm an active duty Marine building an RV-10 that I started in 2003. My kit number is 40032 which should give you an idea of how long I've been at it. I'm about 2 years from flying; that's 2...
Forum: RV-10 05-25-2010, 04:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,230
Posted By PJSeipel
You won't get it back out through your opening...

You won't get it back out through your opening with the gear on. I don't have the exact width between the wheels, but my -10 barely fits on my 8.5' wide trailer. I think the height will also be...
Forum: RV-10 04-07-2010, 04:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,341
Posted By PJSeipel
Don't feel bad. I did the exact same thing. And...

Don't feel bad. I did the exact same thing. And didn't notice it for weeks. It wasn't too bad to get everything back apart and put together correctly.

PJ Seipel
RV-10 #40032
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2009, 02:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,313
Posted By PJSeipel
Buy white/clear nylon ones. Boil a little bit of...

Buy white/clear nylon ones. Boil a little bit of water in a pot and add black fabric dye. Boil the washers for a minute or two. They'll be black.

PJ Seipel
RV-10 #40032
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2009, 03:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,874
Posted By PJSeipel
I was a student pilot doing some early morning...

I was a student pilot doing some early morning flying over Yuma, AZ. Tower didn't usually open until 0800; they opened early that morning, told me the airspace was closed and asked me to land. ...
Forum: RV-10 03-19-2009, 04:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,667
Posted By PJSeipel
Or you can cut the trim tab along the trailing...

Or you can cut the trim tab along the trailing edge bend, back rivet the skin to the spar, and then finish it up with the AEX wedge like the rest of the elevator trailing edge. Granted, Van's...
Forum: Safety 03-08-2009, 07:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,332
Posted By PJSeipel
The doors in a Cessna should be opened before you...

The doors in a Cessna should be opened before you crash land on any surface because if the door frames deform with the doors still in them and latched, there's a good possibility you won't be able to...
Forum: RV-10 02-17-2009, 06:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,777
Posted By PJSeipel
I asked Van's about this a few years ago since...

I asked Van's about this a few years ago since patterns were mentioned in the plans:
Forum: RV-10 02-17-2009, 05:51 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,997
Posted By PJSeipel
Okay, so now you've got me worried. How do I...

Okay, so now you've got me worried. How do I know if I have the right mounts vs the wrong ones? I'm not keen on taking the engine back off again. I installed the mounts that Van's sent me.

PJ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2009, 06:25 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,733
Posted By PJSeipel
Charlie, Do you have a part number or a better...

Charlie,

Do you have a part number or a better idea of what these are called? I'm interested in something like this, but I've searched all over McMaster and MSC's websites and I can't find them. ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-10-2009, 06:43 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,520
Posted By PJSeipel
With the situation on E-AB rules where they...

With the situation on E-AB rules where they currently stand, can you blame them?

Let's say they sell a bunch to folks who assume they will be okay under E-AB, the new rule comes out, and those...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-09-2009, 12:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,934
Posted By PJSeipel
I used the 4-way $31 model as well. If you were...

I used the 4-way $31 model as well. If you were doing an entire panel with lots of glass and hundreds of pins, then the Daniels tool might be worth it. For a handfull of pins the $31 tool did me...
Forum: RV-10 02-09-2009, 04:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,339
Posted By PJSeipel
Rod, Do you have any pictures you can post? I'm...

Rod,

Do you have any pictures you can post? I'm using a James Cowl that was built for the Barrett cold air induction and I'm using a FM-200 fuel controller. If you have a system that works without...
Forum: RV-10 02-08-2009, 09:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,339
Posted By PJSeipel
I am in the process of installing the James cowl...

I am in the process of installing the James cowl on my RV-10. I have a Barrett engine with cold air induction, so there's a little difference in the cowl from the normal James RV-10 cowl from what I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2009, 05:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,948
Posted By PJSeipel
You might give John Forsling at Forsling Aviation...

You might give John Forsling at Forsling Aviation a call. He ceramic coats his exhaust inside and out. I haven't flown with it yet, so I can't give you any real feedback, but he probably can. His...
Forum: RV-10 01-02-2009, 06:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,209
Posted By PJSeipel
I initially wanted to go 24V. From a technical...

I initially wanted to go 24V. From a technical perspective it's got a lot of advantages. Practically, however, I ended up where I would have been unable to do it without either a 12V bus or several...
Forum: Primers 12-14-2008, 07:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 10,057
Posted By PJSeipel
For the folks who are new to the powder....please...

For the folks who are new to the powder....please read the MSDS before you use the stuff. Chromic acid in concentrated form and packaged as a powder can do quite a number on your lungs if you use it...
Forum: RV-10 11-28-2008, 05:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,925
Posted By PJSeipel
Yeah, not too impressed with the grinding. You'd...

Yeah, not too impressed with the grinding. You'd think for the cost they could have taken care of that for you. That said, I fixed mine with some UHMW tape on the arms. No more grinding.

PJ...
Forum: Tools 11-24-2008, 07:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,201
Posted By PJSeipel
If you're anywhere near the coast, your cleco's...

If you're anywhere near the coast, your cleco's are going to rust. Mine are rusty as heck. They still hold the parts together though and aside from getting your hands a little dirty as you handle...
Forum: COMM 11-19-2008, 06:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,168
Posted By PJSeipel
My recommendation would be to contact one of the...

My recommendation would be to contact one of the avionics suppliers who works with homebuilders. It can't hurt to give Stark or Stein a call and ask if they can email you a copy. I've had good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2008, 06:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,615
Posted By PJSeipel
First thing I do is punch out the stem. Then...

First thing I do is punch out the stem. Then I've found that with a sharp drill bit, minimal pressure, and a high drill speed, the bit usually doesn't catch and cause the rivet to spin.

I've...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2008, 12:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,344
Posted By PJSeipel
Walmart, Autozone, NAPA, Lowes. Almost all of...

Walmart, Autozone, NAPA, Lowes. Almost all of them should have it. It'll be with the glues/sealants/caulk.

PJ Seipel
RV-10 #40032
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2008, 04:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,677
Posted By PJSeipel
As long as he was an amateur, then 51% of it is...

As long as he was an amateur, then 51% of it is amateur built. You shouldn't have any trouble getting an airworthiness certificate. The repairmans certificate might be a challenge, however.

PJ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2008, 03:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,362
Posted By PJSeipel
If you've got access to one of those FoodSaver...

If you've got access to one of those FoodSaver vacuum bag devices, buy a roll of the bagging material, seal one end, and you've got a nice long bag you can put long parts in. Pour in the alodine,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2008, 05:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,084
Posted By PJSeipel
Yep, the rod in the back just slides in there and...

Yep, the rod in the back just slides in there and helps keep the tire on the dolly. Basically to get the plane onto the thing, you remove the rod, place the open end of the dolly on the ground at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2008, 04:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,084
Posted By PJSeipel
I bought a set so that I could get my RV-10...

I bought a set so that I could get my RV-10 (still under construction, but on the gear and with engine hung) into a 2 car garage that only had single size doors. This meant that it had to go in at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2008, 04:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,773
Posted By PJSeipel
Building a plans built RV-10 is going to be...

Building a plans built RV-10 is going to be almost impossible because the plans don't include dimensions on most of the parts because Van's assumes you bought them. If you go with the RV-10 and try...
Forum: RV-10 08-12-2008, 06:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 913
Posted By PJSeipel
You'll have to get the pins short enough that...

You'll have to get the pins short enough that when they're in the retracted position the door shuts without them hitting on the blocks. It'll probably be a little shorter than just the diagonal.

PJ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2008, 06:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,876
Posted By PJSeipel
What kind of rivet set are you using? PJ...

What kind of rivet set are you using?

PJ Seipel
RV-10 #40032
Forum: RV-10 07-26-2008, 06:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 20,737
Posted By PJSeipel
I don't have a picture handy, but I left my rods...

I don't have a picture handy, but I left my rods longer. I basically just cut off the angled portion plus enough so that the pins don't hit the blocks when you shut the door. I left them long...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-23-2008, 02:08 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 23,619
Posted By PJSeipel
If it's any help, I sent in a list of comments...

If it's any help, I sent in a list of comments very similar to your list, and including a few others, after I had read all of the documents. I recommend that you and others do the same. We've only...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-16-2008, 03:14 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 23,619
Posted By PJSeipel
Sure, check out: ...

Sure, check out: http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/draft_docs/media/Amateur-BuiltAssemblyChecklist.pdf

and then read the notes at the bottom. Here's part of it, sorry I don't know how to make it...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-16-2008, 02:30 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 23,619
Posted By PJSeipel
Fabrication

Flame me if you will, but how many people actually took the time to sit down and read the draft FAA documents, and how many are commenting solely based on the EAA press release?

The fabrication...
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