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Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 08:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 127
Posted By wirejock
Hanging engine

I figure about 50-80 lbs to make sure it can't tip. I know it took at least 50 to pull the tail down on my 7A to get the nose gear up.
I suggest making a weight for future use.
Mix a bag of cement....
Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 07:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 92
Posted By wirejock
Nutplate holes

Yep. That works pretty good.
I have drilled many a nutplate hole with a tiny bit then crept up on full size in increments. Works fine in soft materials like fiberglass.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-06-2022, 01:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 174
Posted By wirejock
Hand squeezer

Cleveland was already mentioned.
Not mentioned and surprisingly useful are a big pair of Knipex smooth jaw pliers. They will squeeze #3 rivets very well. Great for tight spots.
Forum: RV-10 12-06-2022, 09:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,120
Posted By wirejock
Edge break tool

Agree. The vice grip edge break tool works great with some practice. Personally, I guide and move it by rolling the roller with my thumb. I ruined one skin by just pulling it along. It went crooked.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-05-2022, 09:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,260
Posted By wirejock
Jig

A home built jig really makes it easy.
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Forum: RV-7/7A 12-05-2022, 08:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 236
Posted By wirejock
2" yoke

2" is more useful. I always use the shallowest one possible.
Longeron yoke seems to squeeze better and has far more uses.
However, I prefer gun & bar so rarely use a pneumatic for #4 rivets.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-05-2022, 05:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,260
Posted By wirejock
Pants and fairings

Easy peasy. Shoot me an e-mail (below). I wrote an article for Kitplanes. I can send the draft.
The short answer is the aft end can be measured. Forward end is easy. Lay a piece of sandpaper on the...
Forum: Tools 12-05-2022, 02:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,154
Posted By wirejock
Brake fingers

Does anyone know where to get a flat chunk of maybe 2"X24x1/2 with a different radius on each edge?
Nothing fancy. Just a chunk of cold rolled steel with a uniform radius on each edge. 1/16, 1/8,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-05-2022, 01:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,080
Posted By wirejock
Rivet fan

I have one and have used it but find it incredibly annoying that I can measure and layout a set of holes far more accurately. I lay the fan on my markings and the holes are off by enough to make my...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-05-2022, 09:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By wirejock
Bottom skin

I don't recall any gap on mine. I did brake the edge as you have done. Since I was alone, I had to get creative.
100% clekos
Floor jack with a home made block for the handheld back rivet bar. One...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-05-2022, 09:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 417
Posted By wirejock
Dimmers

I bought two of tthese
Dimmers (https://www.steinair.com/product/led-light-dimmer/) from SteinAir along with two LED strips. White & Red. I figure it's worth a little peace of mind knowing they...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2022, 07:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 557
Posted By wirejock
Recharge

Hmmm. Sounds like a cheapo thrift store toaster oven may be on my Christmas List.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2022, 05:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 557
Posted By wirejock
Wacky ideas

Thx. Appreciate the support.
I'm building the dehydrator now. Pump is done. I had to disassemble the pump and install a 1/4" fitting where it sucks air then sealed it with RTV. Even with a fitting...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-04-2022, 04:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 211
Posted By wirejock
MK-319-BS

Very common.
MK-319-BS
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2022, 01:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 557
Posted By wirejock
Heat

I can get the heat using any of the cool ideas on VAF. Sump heater, cyl heater, forced air, heating blanket, etc. Cellular switch. All great solutions.

This excercise is just a game. I like tools...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2022, 12:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 557
Posted By wirejock
Warm air

Tiny 20A circuit in the rental T hangar.
Actually not concerned about the electricity.
Just seemed like a way to kill two birds.

Maybe heat the air coming out of the overflow and insulate the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2022, 12:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 557
Posted By wirejock
Dehydrator

I'm assembling an engine dehydrator and a thought occurred. Yea, I know, pretty scary but it happens! :D
If I understand the system, air is sucked from the crankcase vent into the canister then out...
Forum: Midwest 12-03-2022, 09:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 409
Posted By wirejock
Vans Rocky Mountain RVs

That's us.
Cole, shoot me an e-mail (see below). I'll send an invite to the forum.
First & Last Name
City
Cell #
Model
40+ and all will enjoy sharing. My Lucy, 7A, isn't finished but you are welcome...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-03-2022, 06:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 382
Posted By wirejock
Breakers

The only reason for the circuit protection in our case is to protect the wires from switch to P-mag. Mine is like yours.
One fuse would be adequate, but what if only one wire was shorted? It would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2022, 06:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 698
Posted By wirejock
Rivet removal

Just in case...
1. Center punch the factory head
2. Using a bit 10 smaller than the hole, drill. Drift toward center as needed. No need to drill all the way through but past the parts helps relieve...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-02-2022, 09:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By wirejock
Cherry

I understand.
I used two of them from my kit Vans sent me in the Elastomer Nose Gear Kit, exactly where the plans said to use them. Vans called for four holding the nutplates for the nose gear...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2022, 09:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,910
Posted By wirejock
Build

Don't let anyone make up your mind for you.
Yes, building takes a person who is of that mindset.
Not to blow my own horn but the descriptions of some of the pre-build inspections makes me think my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2022, 09:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,910
Posted By wirejock
New builder

Wow. 9 years between first and second post!
Me thinks you don't need advise anymore.
Build on!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-01-2022, 07:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By wirejock
Cherry

My mistake. I only used two of the ones Vans sent in the nutplates for the nose pant. I assumed they were Cherrymax.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-01-2022, 07:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By wirejock
Cherrymax

Vans sells them
ccr-264ss-3-3 (https://store.vansaircraft.com/ccr-264ss-3-3-cherrymax-rivet-rivet-ccr-264ss-3-3.html)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2022, 06:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 872
Posted By wirejock
Muster

That is funny. Yep. Spell checker corrected it and I didn't catch it.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-01-2022, 05:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 338
Posted By wirejock
Upside down

I stand corrected. I looked thorough my blog. Upside down. Sawhorses at 704, 706 or 707 and 711. Maybe I got lucky but I don't recall it was ever unstable to the point I was worried.
The more stable...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-01-2022, 05:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 338
Posted By wirejock
Canoe

I didn't flip mine till the aft deck was riveted. Side skins went on and off several times.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2022, 09:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 872
Posted By wirejock
Known problem areas

First things I would look at.
1. Random shop heads 1/8" & 3/32". You'll know pretty quick if the rest of the airplane should be inspected.
2. HS Mounting holes. Not sure if it's the same on an 8....
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-01-2022, 09:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 895
Posted By wirejock
Adapters

Do yourself a favor and buy a full adapter kit. Sure comes in handy.
Forum: Tools 11-30-2022, 11:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,154
Posted By wirejock
HF brake

I have the 30" HF brake. It works just fine. I never needed much more than 12" of it.
I was always disappointed there is no bending part with a radius. I may check on those printed ones. Thx
Forum: Fiberglass 11-30-2022, 09:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 861
Posted By wirejock
Kitplanes article

I wrote a Kitplanes article on Wheel Pants and Gear Leg Fairings. It hasn't published, but if you want to read the draft, send me an e-mail (below).

The short answer is I didn't worry about the seam...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2022, 07:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 818
Posted By wirejock
Sfiffeners

Pretty common to add stiffeners top and bottom fore/aft.
All sorts of methods. I used dowels. Epoxy them by holding them in place with a few strips of waxed lashing string. Remove the strings and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-28-2022, 01:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 369
Posted By wirejock
Bowden cable passthrough

Need to? Probably not. Whatever path works.
I used these.
Bowden Cable Firewall Pass Through (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=192794&highlight=Bowden)

Standard Vans Bowden cables...
Forum: Primers 11-27-2022, 08:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 548
Posted By wirejock
Guns

Which primer? Kinda matters.
The gun make a difference, but the painter is what really matters. Kinda like golf clubs.
I've used the cheapo Harbor Fright, DeVilbis FLG4 and now the Black Widow. I'll...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2022, 08:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 291
Posted By wirejock
Top cowl

Mine comes off pretty quick. Plenum underneath. No baffles.
There's quite a bit of custom modification. I got comfortable with fiberglass. We be mates now! :D
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Forum: RV-7/7A 11-27-2022, 08:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 714
Posted By wirejock
1/8" set

Yep. I tried the next size up once. Major smileys.
Stick a piece of black gorilla tape over the factory head. It will protect from marks.

By the way. I see your in Denver. If you want to join the...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-27-2022, 05:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,642
Posted By wirejock
Moondog

Our deepest condolences. We have been through that loss more than once. Eventually, you will be ready and the next "MoonDog" will adopt you.

Amelia (Mia) is our baby.
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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-27-2022, 03:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 197
Posted By wirejock
Wheel

Check Vans then look around.
This wheel (https://store.vansaircraft.com/scotch-brite-wheel-tool-sbw.html) is most commonly used
I recommend a soft polishing wheel on the opposite side. One hit on a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-26-2022, 06:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 927
Posted By wirejock
Full length flap hinge pin

I tried installing and removing a full length pin before going with the split. It wasn't easy with the wing on a cradle and someone holding the flap. No way I could do it solo. I can R&R the flaps...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-26-2022, 03:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 927
Posted By wirejock
Center removal

This works very well. Pins are pulle from the center.
I have since cut the keepers down to one eyelet each.

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2022, 12:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 869
Posted By wirejock
KAI

What's a KAI?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2022, 08:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,118
Posted By wirejock
Interesting. I wonder how many gas cans are in...

Interesting. I wonder how many gas cans are in hangars. Nice to know. I will check before the fuel testing.



Thanks. I learn something every day on VAF.
All those years we hauled fuel to the track,...
Forum: Tools 11-23-2022, 06:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,450
Posted By wirejock
Rhino 5200

I have the Dymo Rhino 5200. Expensive but the kit comes with the AC adapter and a bunch of tape. I purchased the generic heat shrink tube on Amazon and tested them. They work fine.
Forum: RV-14 11-23-2022, 05:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 457
Posted By wirejock
Off set

Couple more tips.
Once you determine where the offf set should be positioned, tape it to the gun so it can't rotate.
Turn up the pressure a little.
Use a small square of Gorilla Tape over the factory...
Forum: RV-14 11-23-2022, 05:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 623
Posted By wirejock
Mini belt

I forgot that tool. Very handy. Great for fiberglass work too.
Forum: Primers 11-23-2022, 04:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 289
Posted By wirejock
Respirator

Ideally, a positive pressure respirator like a Hobby Air, full Tyvek suit, gloves, etc. Kinda depends on where you paint.
If you spray a lot in a confined space, you need more protection.
I sprayed...
Forum: RV-14 11-23-2022, 03:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 623
Posted By wirejock
Tool

Random is ok for sanding out tooling marks but I wouldn't use it to remove that much. The tool is too easy to loose control. Make a new cut outside the line.
My preferred tool was a Saw Max.
An angle...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-23-2022, 03:48 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 17,928
Posted By wirejock
Congratulations

Awesome. Congratulations
Forum: RV-4 11-23-2022, 03:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 473
Posted By wirejock
Tip tips

Funny you ask. Check the latest issue of Kitplanes.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Dma3yDxpw98gMrOrEM-ULn2MW_EMM8I3/view?usp=share_link
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2022, 03:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 724
Posted By wirejock
Drag torque

I use a torque screwdriver to measure the drag. It measures pretty low.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2022, 03:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,118
Posted By wirejock
Gas cans

Racing fuel cans. Most racers use 100 octane racing fuel.
Many farm supply stores sell them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2022, 09:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,360
Posted By wirejock
Dock delivery

Save some money. Ask for Dock Delivery. Specify the warehouse. Rent a truck if you don't have one.
You are in control. If the shipment looks questionable, no one can say anything because you never...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2022, 05:11 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,556
Posted By wirejock
Serial #

That's the answer. Remove the Empennage since that's where the serial number was assigned.
Buy and build the rest using the aforementioned serial number. Same airplane. Just a joke. I'm sure Vans...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2022, 04:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 400
Posted By wirejock
TS Flightlines

Another Rave for Tom. He has a really nice restrictor fitting.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-22-2022, 11:48 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 8,427
Posted By wirejock
Kitplanes

Kitplanes would prefer subscribers, but I do post links on my blog (below) after they publish. They send me pre-production artwork. It's not the beautiful high resolution magazine artwork. Photos are...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-22-2022, 09:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 295
Posted By wirejock
TS Flightlines

Contact TS Flightlines. Tom sells a kit for it. Braided lines, fittings and a slecial MP cyl head fitting.. Vey nice.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-21-2022, 10:25 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 8,427
Posted By wirejock
Spacers

Personally, I'm not a fan of forcing the canopy to conform to a defined spacer gap. I'm not an Engineer, but clamping it in localized areas seems like permenant stress points waiting to crack. I used...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-21-2022, 04:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,056
Posted By wirejock
Trim & Flaps

Jusy curious.
Are the trim and flaps controlled by the EFIS or wired direct to switches?
If the EFIS were to fail how do the motors get signal?
Just curious.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2022, 10:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,935
Posted By wirejock
Controls

I can't help with panel labels but do have a few more sets of these. Shoot me an e-mail (below) for my address. Send a self addressed stamped envalope. I'll send a set.
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Forum: RV-10 11-21-2022, 08:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,065
Posted By wirejock
Pop rivet

Agree. Insert a MK-319-BS. Tiny adjustment in hole dimension.
If you want to hide it, mix a small dab of epoxy or JB Weld.
Smush it the hole. Just before it cures, slice it clean to the head with a...
Forum: Primers 11-20-2022, 05:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 580
Posted By wirejock
Exhaust

I live at 7500 in the Colorado mountains. Cold. I've sprayed P60G2 down to 32 degrees many times. The trick is a warm (60 degrees) shop.
Release the shop garage door. Prep everything. Open. Run parts...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-20-2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,308
Posted By wirejock
Telephone Hitch

Try the Telephone Hitch posted on SteinAir.
I'm a little biased because I was a telephone guy.
The knot is really fast to tie.
Lay the string accross thumb and first finger. Move both fingers around...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-18-2022, 10:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 630
Posted By wirejock
Jig

There may be a photo in my blog but I didn't trust it. No matter how it was installed, the aileron could move. O fabricated a long aignment bar from 1-1/2 x .125 with the tooling holes and a...
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