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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Today, 09:52 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 153,386
Posted By Bill Boyd
I was wet sanding for awhile with the 1000 grit...

I was wet sanding for awhile with the 1000 grit purple film disks from 3m/Amazon, before I discovered they're meant for dry use only. :eek: Didn't seem to make any difference in the level of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 03:48 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 153,386
Posted By Bill Boyd
You may be right, Stoo. I wet-wipe everything...

You may be right, Stoo. I wet-wipe everything down with a sopping towel and then dry off with microfiber before commencing the next step. Until the polish stage starts to bring up the shine, the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 07:32 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 153,386
Posted By Bill Boyd
I'm mostly satisfied with results of my initial...

I'm mostly satisfied with results of my initial cut and buff on the upper surfaces of both wings. What I'm learning from a detailed inspection of my work to date is that I probably tend to rush the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-04-2022, 02:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,398
Posted By Bill Boyd
Pro tip: find where the end of the pin passively...

Pro tip: find where the end of the pin passively wants to go when it's fully engaged, and drill the hole right there. You're working blind when you insert it, so might as well make it easy as you...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-04-2022, 12:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,398
Posted By Bill Boyd
Oil door locking pin safety

Here's mine. An easy reach through the air scoop - but very hot in there! Positive retention is assured.

Hole for the pin is drilled in the inlet ramp.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2022, 07:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,733
Posted By Bill Boyd
Sanded and polished the snot out of it. Actually...

Sanded and polished the snot out of it.

Actually just the upper surface of one wing.

"Longest journey" and all that... feels like the waiter has wheeled in another entire elephant to eat, one bite...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-02-2022, 01:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 426
Posted By Bill Boyd
If only CraigC121 had one for sale today in the...

If only CraigC121 had one for sale today in the classifieds. :p
Forum: RV-15 07-31-2022, 10:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,874
Posted By Bill Boyd
I get that your question might be facetious, but...

I get that your question might be facetious, but I believe the answer is, "Because actuarial insurance calculations are kinda like 'settled science'?"

In the purest sense (not the sense in which...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2022, 09:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,488
Posted By Bill Boyd
I'm getting used to the AoA functionality that...

I'm getting used to the AoA functionality that came built into my AFS avionics suite. The calibration process was challenging for me: my own inability to follow directions well, combined with some...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-28-2022, 03:24 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 10,422
Posted By Bill Boyd
I bet Alan would be interested in seeing that...

I bet Alan would be interested in seeing that piece firsthand for a failure analysis. You'd probably get a free repair out of it, too, knowing how he can be. They stand behind their stuff and put a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-26-2022, 09:05 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 153,386
Posted By Bill Boyd
Sounds like you have a routine worked out, and...

Sounds like you have a routine worked out, and some valuable experience here.

How much do you charge for a complete cut and buff, Mike? I might opt to sit back and watch you do it for me!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-26-2022, 07:06 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 153,386
Posted By Bill Boyd
Arm shields

Thanks for the tip. Done. They will arrive Thursday if the supply chain holds.

Wonder what, if anything, I should use to keep the stuff off my belly & tee-shirts. Maybe a trash bag poncho with...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-25-2022, 07:36 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 153,386
Posted By Bill Boyd
Well, I took the evening off from wet sanding...

Well, I took the evening off from wet sanding tonight as I'm out of 1/4" masking tape to put over the rivet lines and it's not for sale anywhere in this town, so... Amazon delivers Wednesday. In the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-25-2022, 01:30 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 153,386
Posted By Bill Boyd
Cured paint allergy, anyone?

Since I started the cut and buff process in earnest, I have ruined many tee shirts and shorts with the paint slurry that gets slung out of the random orbital sanding pad - you would think that the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-25-2022, 07:45 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 153,386
Posted By Bill Boyd
Reviving a ghost thread since I'm at the cut and...

Reviving a ghost thread since I'm at the cut and buff stage now with a very orange-peely base paint job (single stage 2-part Stewart waterborne). We ventured to try what they said might not work too...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2022, 12:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 860
Posted By Bill Boyd
here's some weirdness

Wheel pant axle extension screw appears to have backed out and disappeared in flight and allowed the flox around the end of the extension to shear off and the pant to grab the tire tread and lose a...
Forum: RV-10 07-12-2022, 11:03 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,613
Posted By Bill Boyd
If you need 26# of lead in the extreme aft tail...

If you need 26# of lead in the extreme aft tail cone, that probably equates to about 75# of ballast in the baggage compartment, maybe more. That's a lot of water.

I can imagine myself concocting...
Forum: RV-10 07-12-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,613
Posted By Bill Boyd
I too need aft ballast for CG when solo - but...

I too need aft ballast for CG when solo - but opted to use a 5 gallon collapsible water jug, which with the tool kit I now carry is even more weight than necessary. Easily disposed of if passengers...
Forum: RV-10 07-11-2022, 11:51 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,613
Posted By Bill Boyd
Did I read that right?

26 pounds of lead in the tail? That's like buying an EarthX and an Odyssey and installing both, to negate the weight savings of one and the cost savings of the other.

I suspect there will be some...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-06-2022, 03:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,962
Posted By Bill Boyd
I'll jump in here and endorse Allan's excellent...

I'll jump in here and endorse Allan's excellent product which I just bought for my 10 and have used twice now. It's an elegantly engineered solution - not the only one, but one I'm very happy with...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-05-2022, 01:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 785
Posted By Bill Boyd
User name checks out. :p Sorry, couldn't...

User name checks out. :p

Sorry, couldn't resist. Hope you get it solved. There are tricks for tracing oil leaks - powder, UV: see the archives.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-04-2022, 07:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,876
Posted By Bill Boyd
My Kavlico has started reading oil pressures of...

My Kavlico has started reading oil pressures of over 100 psi at idle on start up (80F oil temp) and held a reading of 40 for over a minute after shut-down when I tried rebooting the EFIS.

In...
Forum: RV-10 07-04-2022, 06:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,384
Posted By Bill Boyd
I just did it with a longtime friend whose weight...

I just did it with a longtime friend whose weight varies between 230 and 330 depending on the year. This past year was a 330-pound one for him, with a COVID hospitalization and a failed knee implant...
Forum: Reviews 06-23-2022, 05:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,292
Posted By Bill Boyd
As someone in the middle of painting his RV-10 at...

As someone in the middle of painting his RV-10 at home, I can attest to what a big milestone this is, particularly if you are happy with the job done.

She looks great! Enjoy many safe hours to...
Forum: RV-10 06-14-2022, 07:12 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,598
Posted By Bill Boyd
Congrats, Kyle! nice looking bird. I've had...

Congrats, Kyle! nice looking bird. I've had mine flying almost 2 years but this weekend to KCRE was the first flight in paint.

I miss the light touch of the 6A controls a bit, except when I don't....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2022, 09:48 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,174
Posted By Bill Boyd
Floors of the basement shop (where we did the...

Floors of the basement shop (where we did the removable parts) and the hangar are both permanent-pink from the burgundy overspray. Saving the cleanup job for you, Vlad.

I think a pressure washing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2022, 01:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,174
Posted By Bill Boyd
As promised, an update

How much does an RV-10 bargain-basement special paint job weigh?

About 19 pounds.

This is a twenty foot job that needs ample cut and buff and probably will have some color changes added as well...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2022, 09:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,174
Posted By Bill Boyd
Took it apart and started painting it!

It's been a LONG two weekends. Mid-80's inside the hangar. LOTS of unexpected pinholes despite the DanH neat epoxy skim coat(s) and nothing showing through the primer or tack coats. Flood the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2022, 09:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,585
Posted By Bill Boyd
I've had success winching mine backwards into the...

I've had success winching mine backwards into the hangar using a HF 12V winch with a wireless remote, retired Odyssey battery for power, and a tow rope yoke with loops that slip over the steps right...
Forum: RV-14 05-25-2022, 10:20 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,882
Posted By Bill Boyd
Will they double as jack points?

Something to consider.

I have the tall HF bottle jack thingie with a scooped-out ram end, and use acorn nuts on threaded shafts as jack points - these look like they might do double-duty.

I just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2022, 11:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,696
Posted By Bill Boyd
Resurrecting old thread

because of having seen a "poor man's cold air induction" offered by an advertiser here, basically a blanket wrap for intake tubes that's also available from Summit Racing.

Now I see that Stewart...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2022, 07:43 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,519
Posted By Bill Boyd
This.

If you play the "Where's Waldo" game to its conclusion, tracking down all the different bags that a particular, specific piece of hardware is found in and corralling each species in its own...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-09-2022, 08:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,533
Posted By Bill Boyd
Agree here. I got a freshly overhauled case...

Agree here.

I got a freshly overhauled case from DIVCO as part of the engine core I purchased. The crank passed inspection and we started the build with a box of yellow-tagged parts, a new cam and...
Forum: Safety 05-04-2022, 08:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,864
Posted By Bill Boyd
Oh, how well I know. After my total loss house...

Oh, how well I know. After my total loss house fire in '15, I learned that none of the tools and none of the work product represented by my new replacement all-glass panel for the RV would be...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-04-2022, 04:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,045
Posted By Bill Boyd
I'll toss my guess in the hat before the...

I'll toss my guess in the hat before the authorities return to give us the answer: it has something to do with mechanical breakdown of the oil film in the bearings that the crank and con rods ride on...
Forum: RV-10 05-04-2022, 10:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
I decided to leave the louvers off and fly with...

I decided to leave the louvers off and fly with just a single AntiSplat cowl flap in the side of the cowl, planning to add the louvers later if needed. They aren't, in my installation.

The cowl...
Forum: Safety 05-04-2022, 10:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,864
Posted By Bill Boyd
How about homeowner's insurance? :eek: We had a...

How about homeowner's insurance? :eek:

We had a little red cell pass over last night. That storm door on the screen porch is not gonna buff out. The hangar, scarcely 100 yards away but 50 feet...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-04-2022, 10:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,442
Posted By Bill Boyd
"It reminded me of a Heathkit from back in the...

"It reminded me of a Heathkit from back in the day. Excellent product!"

Man, you just brought back some **fond** high school and college memories of Dynaco hi fi gear and HeathKit ham radio stuff! ...
Forum: RV-10 05-03-2022, 06:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
I've heard it said...

that the heat of evaporation of gasoline (its enthalpy) is not sufficient to account for the cylinder head cooling effect observed in a full-rich climb.

The alternative explanation is that...
Forum: RV-10 04-26-2022, 05:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,150
Posted By Bill Boyd
This can be done another way

Male layup over the door pockets... requires a good deal of finishing but it seals well. (RH image is first in sequence).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2022, 07:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,762
Posted By Bill Boyd
Why the perceived need for valve stem caps? I...

Why the perceived need for valve stem caps?

I simply leave them off and air the tires through a hole in the pant with a straight-on air chuck. The pants come off for every condition inspection but...
Forum: RV-10 04-19-2022, 10:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,989
Posted By Bill Boyd
I wouldn't. After the first ten or twelve seat...

I wouldn't. After the first ten or twelve seat removals for assembly and maintenance, I simply didn't put the stop back in, so the seat can be slid back as far as desired. My seats don't exactly...
Forum: RV-10 04-05-2022, 04:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 984
Posted By Bill Boyd
90 degree stem tubes worth it

You'll love being able to check and air your tires without removing the wheel pants.

Buy once, cry once.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-04-2022, 04:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,027
Posted By Bill Boyd
Larry, do people often stand around at your...

Larry, do people often stand around at your airport with lamp shades on their heads? Just curious.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2022, 07:17 AM
Replies: 471
Views: 151,749
Posted By Bill Boyd
Just returned from reading the last few pages of...

Just returned from reading the last few pages of this thread and a side-trip down Amazon's listing of Richard Bach's literary anthology, returned from that rabbit-hole to the Unread Threads index and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-02-2022, 06:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,281
Posted By Bill Boyd
I used a fair number of these boots in my build,...

I used a fair number of these boots in my build, but I don't honestly think they add much safety aside from use on alway-hot exposed conductors such as you have here. They're pretty but not cheap. ...
Forum: RV-10 03-31-2022, 10:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 879
Posted By Bill Boyd
I know I started it, but -

This could get interesting. I'll grab some popcorn...
Forum: RV-10 03-30-2022, 06:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 879
Posted By Bill Boyd
Maybe just enough, if you're lucky, to compensate...

Maybe just enough, if you're lucky, to compensate for the swirling prop wash that helps define the slipstream on the belly of a tractor airplane. :D

It has always bugged me that we don't allow for...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-30-2022, 05:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 767
Posted By Bill Boyd
I'm not sure there's any RV that's not a chore to...

I'm not sure there's any RV that's not a chore to decowl, but don't let that dissuade you from doing the appropriate maintenance on your plane!

Had you built it, you would be an expert by now in...
Forum: APRS Tracking 03-30-2022, 05:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 931
Posted By Bill Boyd
I have a phone number for Glenn that may be still...

I have a phone number for Glenn that may be still active. Will PM.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-29-2022, 05:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 951
Posted By Bill Boyd
I had a 2m mobile rig in my 6A for awhile. I...

I had a 2m mobile rig in my 6A for awhile. I used it twice - once to talk to a random guy in a deer stand on .52 simplex, and once to coordinate with my wife in the car doing a search and rescue for...
Forum: GPS 03-28-2022, 12:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,396
Posted By Bill Boyd
This is relevant to my interests. My antennas...

This is relevant to my interests. My antennas are mostly concealed under the roof of the 10.

I was in love with Mazda "soul red" 46V until I found out its beautiful depth comes from aluminum base...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2022, 12:18 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 13,364
Posted By Bill Boyd
Between this and John Andre's s post above, I'm...

Between this and John Andre's s post above, I'm not sure there's much more to say on my behalf. :p. I'm considering taking a little liberty with allowable spacing between the 1 and the 3 when we go...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2022, 06:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,635
Posted By Bill Boyd
What the Cookie Monster says is all true. But it...

What the Cookie Monster says is all true. But it does get easier with experience. I'll confess that after three homebuilts and two RV'S, I'm still getting schooled in the sourcing and shipping...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-24-2022, 11:22 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,039
Posted By Bill Boyd
Curious about this. My pro car painter who...

Curious about this. My pro car painter who clear-coated my carbon fiber instrument panel was not happy that I'd prep sanded it with 400 wet. Said those scratches would show through the clear and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-23-2022, 04:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 746
Posted By Bill Boyd
A thought:

Bev, reach out to Jack Phillips at Bedford Landings in Moneta. CFII, RV pilot, taildragger experience.

www.bedfordlandings.com
Forum: Fiberglass 03-21-2022, 07:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,586
Posted By Bill Boyd
Thanks, Larry. On advice of my painter, I hit...

Thanks, Larry.

On advice of my painter, I hit the area twice with blue Dawn and water on a soft towel followed by a thorough rinse and dry. I plan to lightly sand the fairing and apply a test...
Forum: Fiberglass 03-20-2022, 07:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,586
Posted By Bill Boyd
Damaged areas were hollowed out down to and...

Damaged areas were hollowed out down to and slightly into the corners of the plexi with an oscillating multi-tool sander and filled with three layers of cloth and a micro slurry overcoat, then sanded...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2022, 08:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,676
Posted By Bill Boyd
Right now I'm reading Unspoken Sermons by George...

Right now I'm reading Unspoken Sermons by George MacDonald, but on the aviation front, I'd recommend anything by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry, particularly Wind, Sand and Stars, and Night Flight. They...
Forum: RV-10 03-18-2022, 02:31 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 22,275
Posted By Bill Boyd
I have 1/8" of Fibrefrax sandwich on the firewall...

I have 1/8" of Fibrefrax sandwich on the firewall with SS foil covering that and a SS heat box (singular) on top of the sandwich. Tunnel is reasonably cool at all times. Just flew with a buddy...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-15-2022, 03:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,396
Posted By Bill Boyd
Another data point: mine were sourced by my panel...

Another data point: mine were sourced by my panel builder, Advanced Flight.
Forum: RV-10 03-14-2022, 12:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,559
Posted By Bill Boyd
After months of searching image files

I may have just been handed my layout inspiration: N14EW !

Not the colors but the stripe profiles. This one's going to be deep red and medium gray with black/gold pinstripe, I think.

If Stewart...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-12-2022, 01:27 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,531
Posted By Bill Boyd
Well, I learned something today: the meaning of...

Well, I learned something today: the meaning of roll and tip.

But after watching a video from Epifanes paint company showing how it's done, I'm going to pass. Sanding the entire airplane 4 times...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-10-2022, 08:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,148
Posted By Bill Boyd
I knew that figure might catch an eye or two...

My engine mechanic paints planes on the side, and was willing to come to my house in 2020 to help me rebuild the Lycoming, selling me part at his cost and charging a flat labor fee of $2400 for the...
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