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Forum: Tools 11-17-2022, 10:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,115
Posted By tyconnell
Contrarian view: none of the above

I have one of the 3m wheels, and for me, it’s very easy to damage parts with it. The 1” and 2” wheels that go in a die grinder are much easier to control, work in more situations, and are just more...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-07-2022, 04:41 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,773
Posted By tyconnell
Interested and lurking - the need for this is a...

Interested and lurking - the need for this is a ways off, but looks really amazing. Great work!
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-05-2022, 12:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,874
Posted By tyconnell
I built a -7 tailkit about 15 years ago, life...

I built a -7 tailkit about 15 years ago, life happened and I sold it to a good home. The -14 is orders of magnitude easier to follow plans wise.

Just think about those scratch builders who put...
Forum: Primers 10-05-2022, 08:27 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,042
Posted By tyconnell
+1 to all of that. All that is needed is an...

+1 to all of that. All that is needed is an okay’ish mask to keep overspray out of your nose, and a decent spray gun. I also use a $50 spray tent so I can spray outside. There are no fumes to worry...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-05-2022, 08:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,874
Posted By tyconnell
Lurking, good info here. About to do this on my...

Lurking, good info here. About to do this on my -14 spars, so this is synchronicity at its finest.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2022, 09:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,672
Posted By tyconnell
I did the same to one of mine - factory advised...

I did the same to one of mine - factory advised replacement.

If you have a Dremel, I would highly advise the purchase of a Dremel 500 wheel (https://www.dremel.com/us/en/p/500-2615000500). It's one...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-20-2022, 02:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,807
Posted By tyconnell
Larry, I'm assuming that red cylindrical...

Larry,

I'm assuming that red cylindrical do-jobby below the regulator is a filter of some sort. I've never seen that one - where can you get it?
Forum: Painting your RV 09-17-2022, 12:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,672
Posted By tyconnell
i did exactly this. also using stewart systems...

i did exactly this. also using stewart systems etch cleaner and single part primer, with the 3m accuspray system. i live in high density housing (large homes, small lots), so have to be careful of...
Forum: Tools 07-18-2022, 11:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 382
Posted By tyconnell
Excellent, thank you!

Excellent, thank you!
Forum: Tools 07-18-2022, 11:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 382
Posted By tyconnell
Source for Wedgelock sheet holder clecos?

Not sure I'll need any as I'm doing the wings one at a time, but would prefer to stick with Wedgelock if I need more. Reviews from owners of Wedgelock who supplemented with not-Wedgelock are not...
Forum: Tools 06-27-2022, 07:06 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,213
Posted By tyconnell
That's a really nice setup you got there.

That's a really nice setup you got there.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-25-2022, 08:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,964
Posted By tyconnell
Seconded. I would add to that: If you are...

Seconded. I would add to that:

If you are "twisting" a rivet out, I have found it is sometimes necessary to relieve the tension / friction on the shank of the rivet by drilling a hole all the way...
Forum: Painting your RV 05-16-2022, 10:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,063
Posted By tyconnell
I spent $50 and went with an outdoor spray tent. ...

I spent $50 and went with an outdoor spray tent. Zero overspray in the garage. It's just for priming, and worked well the one time it's been used.
Forum: Job Board 04-27-2022, 12:56 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 433
Posted By tyconnell
Looking for a Structures DER

My company is currently helping one of our clients in a search for the following:

Looking for a Structures DER that can provide consulting on a 737 program in the field of Durability and Damage...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-20-2022, 12:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 489
Posted By tyconnell
Is it that a flush head (per Section 5, pg. 33...

Is it that a flush head (per Section 5, pg. 33 descriptions) ? Looks kinda like an MK-319-BS, minus the ringed mandrel. Maybe they come with those also?
Forum: RV-14 03-21-2022, 07:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,336
Posted By tyconnell
I use a Dremel with a 500 Aluminum Oxide Abrasive...

I use a Dremel with a 500 Aluminum Oxide Abrasive Wheel 1" Diameter.

They are unfortunately getting kinda spendy to procure.
Forum: RV-14 03-10-2022, 12:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,543
Posted By tyconnell
Watch the latest vid on the front page - I...

Watch the latest vid on the front page - I *think* what happened was they had a bunch of quickbuild raw parts ready to go to Brazil/PI for assembly, but could not find anyone to ship any of it for 6+...
Forum: RV-14 03-07-2022, 07:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,266
Posted By tyconnell
I can't think of a reason why it would matter. ...

I can't think of a reason why it would matter. Again, thinking back, I think I adhered it in place on the right side with the 3M tape, and then adhered the tape to the left side skin, but left the...
Forum: RV-14 03-06-2022, 07:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,266
Posted By tyconnell
IIRC, I didn't roll the skins back at all. It...

IIRC, I didn't roll the skins back at all. It was tight, but I seem to recall being able to fit a rivet puller in between the skins and pulling the rivets with everything in place.

You could do a...
Forum: RV-14 03-02-2022, 12:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,018
Posted By tyconnell
There is a difference. They are mostly the same,...

There is a difference. They are mostly the same, but the tail dragger will obviously have hardware for a tailwheel where the tri-gear has hardware for a tie down hook. Also, the aft bottom skin is...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-02-2022, 10:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,062
Posted By tyconnell
Looks amazing!

Looks amazing!
Forum: RV-14 02-28-2022, 09:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,018
Posted By tyconnell
I don't know if this is because I've purchased...

I don't know if this is because I've purchased the digital plans, or if it's because I have purchased 14 kits, but the digital plans are available under my store account at Van's.

You'll have to go...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-29-2022, 02:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,603
Posted By tyconnell
Extra rivets, did this also.

Extra rivets, did this also.
Forum: Fiberglass 01-22-2022, 05:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,217
Posted By tyconnell
Larry - you always have great stuff!

Larry - you always have great stuff!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-21-2022, 06:19 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,631
Posted By tyconnell
What Larry said.

What Larry said.
Forum: RV-10 12-21-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,314
Posted By tyconnell
For all of the whiners complaining about Van's...

For all of the whiners complaining about Van's service lately, I'll just leave this here...
Forum: RV-14 12-21-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,596
Posted By tyconnell
Chapter 11, "VS-01402 VERTICAL STABILIZER...

Chapter 11, "VS-01402 VERTICAL STABILIZER BRACKET"

Edit: the PDF plans from Van's are highly worth the ~$10 - this bracket popped pretty quickly on a search.
Forum: RV-14 12-12-2021, 03:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,473
Posted By tyconnell
You might look at Cleveland for the RV-14 tool...

You might look at Cleveland for the RV-14 tool kit also - I understand you likely have tools already, but didn't know if, for example, the special squeezer sets for control surface trailing edges...
Forum: Texas (North) 11-08-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 713
Posted By tyconnell
Forum: RV-14 10-22-2021, 07:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,288
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, 07:23 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,847
Posted By tyconnell
Excellent, now do X-Plane.

Excellent, now do X-Plane.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-09-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 720
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, 08:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,216
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, 08:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,323
Posted By tyconnell
Sent you a text.

Sent you a text.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-08-2021, 10:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,823
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, 07:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,527
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, 02:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,432
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, 10:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,226
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, 09:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,663
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, 06:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,147
Posted By tyconnell
Elevators, done.

Elevators, done.
Forum: RV-14 09-19-2021, 10:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,783
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, 12:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,783
Posted By tyconnell
I’m currently building in 1/2 of a 2 car garage....

I’m currently building in 1/2 of a 2 car garage. I’ve 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, 07:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,576
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, 06:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,353
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, 01:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,353
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, 12:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,403
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, 05:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,881
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, 05:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,666
Posted By tyconnell
Another idea here.

Another idea here.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-13-2021, 07:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,857
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, 10:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,567
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, 10:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,847
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, 01:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,439
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, 12:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,164
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, 12:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,164
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’m still...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-02-2021, 08:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,164
Posted By tyconnell
These might have been helpful.

These might have been helpful.
Forum: RV-14 01-02-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,479
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, 02:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,164
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, 10:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,245
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, 04:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,958
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, 07:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,302
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, 07:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,137
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, 08:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,137
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, 01:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,585
Posted By tyconnell
Just out today

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

Light Sport Repairman—Maintenance
...
Forum: Tools 10-20-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,639
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...
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