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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2021, 11:41 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,396
Posted By John Tierney
Unit Heater

I tried space heaters in my garage during my 7A slow build in southeast WI, but ended up having a Reznor unit heater (propane) installed near the ceiling, vented thru the roof. Several other quality...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-18-2021, 08:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By John Tierney
Here's how I routed my pitot and AOA lines. ...

Here's how I routed my pitot and AOA lines. Wires were in the Van's recommended wing rib location, near the aft end of the access panels, not under the bell crank.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-14-2021, 02:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,276
Posted By John Tierney
Larry, The A models need a longer slot than you...

Larry,

The A models need a longer slot than you think. The bottom cowl needs to drop down to clear the prop and front baffle ramps before you can move the bottom cowl forward.
Don't fix that slot...
Forum: Tools 10-14-2021, 08:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By John Tierney
If you want the older style,...

If you want the older style, try:
https://www.aircraft-tool.com/shop/detail.aspx?id=AE10DDS (May be...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-14-2021, 07:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,276
Posted By John Tierney
Make sure the slot for your nose wheel is long...

Make sure the slot for your nose wheel is long enough and not keeping the bottom cowl from coming up to meet the bottom of the fuselage.
Forum: Tools 10-07-2021, 05:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 780
Posted By John Tierney
Also watch the Stein videos for the various...

Also watch the Stein videos for the various fasteners/plug types.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2021, 11:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 417
Posted By John Tierney
It is a tight area, but there is no "top" to the...

It is a tight area, but there is no "top" to the PMAG, it can be rotated to provided clearance. I had a hard time getting that oil fitting tight, and ended up with a replacement braided hose with a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-01-2021, 11:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,052
Posted By John Tierney
I attended a Bob Knuckles seminar many moons ago,...

I attended a Bob Knuckles seminar many moons ago, and he talked about "gas tight crimp".
I am not endorsing the product, but this web page has a pretty good explanation of "gas tight". ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-21-2021, 11:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,359
Posted By John Tierney
I wouldn't add extra weight to the tail. The -7...

I wouldn't add extra weight to the tail. The -7 elevator cracks noted in SB 14-02-05 were found at the rod end hinge points, not the horns.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-20-2021, 08:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,505
Posted By John Tierney
Check for accessory brackets like your fire...

Check for accessory brackets like your fire extinguisher holder.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-19-2021, 07:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 734
Posted By John Tierney
The -7 plans do not have the doubler overhang the...

The -7 plans do not have the doubler overhang the rear spar. The doubler connects to the top flange of the rear spar, but not the front spar on the -7.
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 09-17-2021, 04:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,467
Posted By John Tierney
I had to relocate an ELT antenna to fit the...

I had to relocate an ELT antenna to fit the canopy track extension on the top/back of the fuselage, which added extra work, including new doubler for the the relocated antenna, and time laying on my...
Forum: Tools 09-17-2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,197
Posted By John Tierney
Airventure Sheetmetal 101

This past Airventure we updated the Tools and Expendables lists for the Sheet Metal 101 workshops we put on twice a day.
The attachment includes the tools needed for 3/32 rivets, universal head...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-14-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,025
Posted By John Tierney
Cotter Pins, for wheels, etc. AN900-xx Crush...

Cotter Pins, for wheels, etc.
AN900-xx Crush Washer for Oil Sump Strainer
K&N Air Filter Recharge Kit
ELT Batteries including remote (if applicable)
If P-Mag equipped, spare magneto gasket in case...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-13-2021, 08:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 727
Posted By John Tierney
If you don't have a dedicated ground to a...

If you don't have a dedicated ground to a bolt/screw on the tank you could try a temporary ground wire and see if that helps. I put one under a screw at the sender access plate.
Forum: Autopilots 09-13-2021, 05:43 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 207
Posted By John Tierney
xCruze Lower Mounting Holes from ADI Pilot II

I'm upgrading from a TruTrak ADI Pilot II to the new Bendix King xCruze 110 (a.k.a. TT Gemini). The ADI Pilot II has two knobs on the bottom where there are normally two instrument mounting screws,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2021, 12:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 692
Posted By John Tierney
My wife has the same problem. She found the...

My wife has the same problem. She found the Zulu's with the extra tall head pad cushion to be acceptable.
https://www.lightspeedaviation.com/product/zulu-series-pfx-head-pad-tall/
Forum: Primers 09-09-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 556
Posted By John Tierney
You probably won't find much info on UV...

You probably won't find much info on UV resistance to primers since it is not intended as a top coat.
Like you I flew for over a year with bare metal and fiberglass primed. I used PPG Omni line...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2021, 06:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 462
Posted By John Tierney
I got my plane painted at Boss Aircraft...

I got my plane painted at Boss Aircraft Refinishers in Salisbury, NC (KRUQ). They did a good/average job. I wasn't looking for an award winner. I did have to disassemble and reassemble the plane...
Forum: Southeast 09-06-2021, 07:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,081
Posted By John Tierney
I'm at Athens (KMMI), but someone stole my...

I'm at Athens (KMMI), but someone stole my Facebook ID in July and I can't get it back. Another group would be better.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-03-2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 752
Posted By John Tierney
I think I just kept wrapping electrical tape...

I think I just kept wrapping electrical tape around a #40 drill bit until it fit snug in the elevator bearing. But it's been a long time.
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-01-2021, 04:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,128
Posted By John Tierney
Here's a photo of mine. Knife splices for wires...

Here's a photo of mine. Knife splices for wires to the controller, male/female splices for wires from the controller to the Pitot.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-20-2021, 08:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,283
Posted By John Tierney
Bakerseal

Years ago I was advised to use Bakerseal for brake lines, and it has worked, but I don't hear much about it on VAF.
Forum: COMM 08-19-2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 418
Posted By John Tierney
The 480 has a built in diplexer. I have one coax...

The 480 has a built in diplexer. I have one coax between my VOR/ILS Archer antenna and the 480, and the 480 picks up the glideslope from the line without another antenna line.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-13-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,955
Posted By John Tierney
Oil Drips on the Starter

Well I'm chasing the dreaded oil leak, and have read Paul's article. On an -A model it is embarrassing to taxi up to the fuel pump or a friends hangar and have the nose pants drip. Leaks run right...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-05-2021, 01:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,021
Posted By John Tierney
I just coiled up the unused wires behind the...

I just coiled up the unused wires behind the panel with zip ties.
I did have one problem where a wire end was touching structure, grounding a circuit, so wrap the ends of the unused wires with...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-05-2021, 08:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 413
Posted By John Tierney
There are plenty of RVers in the Twin Cities. ...

There are plenty of RVers in the Twin Cities. Have a Tech Counselor or other local RV builder stop by and take a look at your situation. Check the VAF white pages for contacts.
There are lots of...
Forum: GPS 08-03-2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 591
Posted By John Tierney
The GNS 480 is part of the Garmin AT group, and...

The GNS 480 is part of the Garmin AT group, and database updates come from Jeppessen. I suggest you join the GNS 480 Groups IO for more detailed explanations:
https://gns480-users.groups.io/g/main
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-12-2021, 02:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,171
Posted By John Tierney
Files First

Star deburring by knocking off the big chunks and sharp overhanging edges with a mill file. Use small, round or half-round jewelers files on curved inside corners.

At the Airventure Sheetmetal...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-12-2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,477
Posted By John Tierney
And if you can make it to Airventure we teach...

And if you can make it to Airventure we teach this twice a day, every day, Monday to Sunday, at the Sheetmetal 101 workshop. Forums Plaza Bldg 12. Free with the price of admission.

While I'm on...
Forum: Fiberglass 07-09-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,696
Posted By John Tierney
The Texas heat may help. I'd suggest cobbling...

The Texas heat may help. I'd suggest cobbling together some materials to hold the tips upright, like the hull of a boat. Some Styrofoam temporary ribs wedged inside might help to encourage a return...
Forum: Reviews 07-08-2021, 02:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 893
Posted By John Tierney
Fuel Injected

I recently installed the FI version in my -7A and can confirm that it fits well and works as advertised.
I will have to remove the bar in order to do condition inspections/service on the FI pump...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-03-2021, 08:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 505
Posted By John Tierney
You'll find lots of discussion by searching the...

You'll find lots of discussion by searching the forum history. The space frame for the slider canopy will distort and warp in all kind of ways when pushed and pulled on.

Once I was happy with the...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-30-2021, 05:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,916
Posted By John Tierney
In addition to JVL in southern WI, Watertown...

In addition to JVL in southern WI, Watertown (KRYV) is a nice stop short of the FISK arrival. The FBO is really friendly, and it is a short walk to several food options.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2021, 01:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,087
Posted By John Tierney
I don't think the Titan manual will work, as the...

I don't think the Titan manual will work, as the OP says and photo shows a Superior cold air sump. The boss on the Superior sump is not NPT.

I'm not able to track down documentation from home, but...
Forum: RV-14 06-29-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,069
Posted By John Tierney
I would add that after the rough cut, with a...

I would add that after the rough cut, with a cut-off wheel on an angle grinder or Dremel, use a vixen file to shave off aluminum, like a wood plane, to get to your final shape.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2021, 03:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,035
Posted By John Tierney
Looks like it is intended as a low point drain in...

Looks like it is intended as a low point drain in picture #9 on the website, under the fuel selector for side-by-side planes.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-28-2021, 02:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,810
Posted By John Tierney
This is a great after-market product. I...

This is a great after-market product. I installed it on my -7A after the canopy was fitted but before first flight. The side rail installation was straight forward, and the company provided a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2021, 01:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,087
Posted By John Tierney
I think I used a couple of these for brackets on...

I think I used a couple of these for brackets on my sump. I don't recall the size. Coarse thread. Safety wired...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-25-2021, 03:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 950
Posted By John Tierney
I found the smallest rubber grommet I could and...

I found the smallest rubber grommet I could and drilled a hole in the side of the fuselage near where the vent line leaves the fuse and ran the wire up along the vent line inside, to the panel.
Forum: RV-10 06-24-2021, 01:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 941
Posted By John Tierney
I got a pneumatic angle drill from a surplus tool...

I got a pneumatic angle drill from a surplus tool supplier years ago for a reasonable cost. I think it was Yardstore, Faber Surplus or something like that.

I don't use it often, but mostly in...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-23-2021, 02:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,440
Posted By John Tierney
I have and IO engine and Van's early high...

I have and IO engine and Van's early high pressure boost pump/filter on the floor in front of the spar, but used a gascolator and the Van's doubler. This put my fuel line penetration to the right...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-19-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 147,193
Posted By John Tierney
Here's how I shielded my throttle cable from...

Here's how I shielded my throttle cable from exhaust. Works OK through 90-hours. I have a Superior cold air sump. so I had to fabricate an additional plate to use the Superior boss with the Van's...
Forum: Tools 06-17-2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,223
Posted By John Tierney
I'm guessing somebody used that in a drill press...

I'm guessing somebody used that in a drill press and pressed way too hard.
Forum: Fiberglass 06-08-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,736
Posted By John Tierney
I have used this one with success, just very slow...

I have used this one with success, just very slow rotation:
https://www.permagrit.com/large-countersink-100-degree-no-nipple/
Forum: RV-14 06-08-2021, 08:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,774
Posted By John Tierney
Ryan, Since you are in Michigan, get to Oshkosh...

Ryan,

Since you are in Michigan, get to Oshkosh for Airventure in July and attend one of the Sheetmetal 101 workshops to get familiar with the tools and terminology (twice daily, every day, unless...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-05-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 751
Posted By John Tierney
You will likely need some on the belly also,...

You will likely need some on the belly also, depending on the aircraft type.
I had my -7A tied down outside for a few months waiting on hangar space. I found I needed drain holes behind the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 650
Posted By John Tierney
Don't know about your interior, but there are...

Don't know about your interior, but there are historical discussions on rudder cable covers. I used the split plastic tubes from sail supply shop, but don't recall which...
Forum: RV-14 06-01-2021, 09:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,211
Posted By John Tierney
I'm old school and use the key switch, split...

I'm old school and use the key switch, split master and two switch-breakers for my dual P-mags.
For the Before Takeoff Checklist, I run the engine up to 1700, turn the P-mag switch-breakers off, do...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-01-2021, 08:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,045
Posted By John Tierney
Do check them for threads before you rivet them...

Do check them for threads before you rivet them on, as from time to time a nutplate sneaks by the threading machine at the factory.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-30-2021, 07:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,046
Posted By John Tierney
Terminology

The term "hammer" is probably not appropriate. If you are using an air hammer instead of an aircraft rivet gun, you will get unsatisfactory result.
Your best bet is to have another RV builder or...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-20-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 493
Posted By John Tierney
Early on in my build I attended an EAA Sportair...

Early on in my build I attended an EAA Sportair workshop for RV Assembly. Ken Scott from Van's was one of the instructors. When it came to using the 2x8 bending brake, he demonstrated by slamming...
Forum: Tools 05-16-2021, 02:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,036
Posted By John Tierney
The small belt was great for a quick debur of...

The small belt was great for a quick debur of small parts. A touch on the belt, then a touch on the scotchbrite wheel and done. Also used the belt to square up all those tiny spacers we need to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2021, 10:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,107
Posted By John Tierney
You may also want to check out Lycoming Service...

You may also want to check out Lycoming Service Instruction No. 1098Q. It has info on prop flange sizes and the bushings.
https://www.lycoming.com/service-instruction-no-1098q
Forum: Autopilots 05-12-2021, 06:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,886
Posted By John Tierney
It needs a GPS source, it does not have one of...

It needs a GPS source, it does not have one of its own. A RS-322 serial input should have been wired to Pin 17 (I think - page 11 of the manual that I have).
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-11-2021, 04:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,106
Posted By John Tierney
+1 on Permatex #2. My EZ Turn applied fuel...

+1 on Permatex #2. My EZ Turn applied fuel fitting leaked.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,336
Posted By John Tierney
White Pages

You can also try the VAF White Pages
https://vansairforce.net/rvwp.htm
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-30-2021, 02:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,744
Posted By John Tierney
Vixen

A Vixen file is a lot more aggressive than an astard-B. Think wood saw vs. hack saw. The Vixen will shave aluminum down to size/shape in no time.
But I have gotten cut just picking them up. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 09:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 809
Posted By John Tierney
C-606

Van's sells a similar, flat metal link. https://shop.vansaircraft.com/cgi-bin/shop.cgi?ident=1619795090-488-726&action=search
You could twist it up in a vice for your purpose.

But the last time I...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-27-2021, 08:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 630
Posted By John Tierney
https://vansairforce.net/poh.htm

https://vansairforce.net/poh.htm
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-21-2021, 10:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 571
Posted By John Tierney
Oil Change Checklist

Does anyone have a checklist of "other" items that they check every time they do an oil change?
Like, while the cowls are off, lubricate the exhaust slip and ball joints with mouse milk. Or spark...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-21-2021, 10:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 883
Posted By John Tierney
Might also help to look at it by system or wire...

Might also help to look at it by system or wire use. Like power wires, signal wires and antenna wires. Antenna wires need larger holes and larger bend radii when planning routing, they also have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2021, 09:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,922
Posted By John Tierney
OSH Workshop

Plan on attending Airventure and attend one of the Sheetmetal 101 workshops. In past years they were offered twice a day, with a familiarization lecture then hands-on practice session to build...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2021, 06:00 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 424
Posted By John Tierney
My painter used a narrow band of pro-seal at the...

My painter used a narrow band of pro-seal at the paint/windscreen transition.
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