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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 09:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,214
Posted By AlexPeterson
The threads on the adapters do erode over time. ...

The threads on the adapters do erode over time. The innermost threads on mine were getting very pitted after maybe 12 years and 800 hours, so I replaced them with the LSE ones. For 14 years, I have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 05:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,529
Posted By AlexPeterson
Wow Doug!!! Way to do it in style, with...

Wow Doug!!! Way to do it in style, with grandkids and the RV!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2021, 04:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,529
Posted By AlexPeterson
Took a sunset flight which was delightful! Of...

Took a sunset flight which was delightful! Of course the pictures never do it justice.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-11-2021, 09:00 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,330
Posted By AlexPeterson
I did this, and it was configured "disabled". ...

I did this, and it was configured "disabled". Somehow the software update changed that. The elevator trim position indicator is back on the display again.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-08-2021, 08:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,330
Posted By AlexPeterson
Thanks, will try it!

Thanks, will try it!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-08-2021, 03:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,330
Posted By AlexPeterson
I did the update this week, all ok except the...

I did the update this week, all ok except the elevator trim display disappeared. It has previously persistently been displayed on the main PFD display, approximately below the airspeed tape. It now...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2021, 07:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,594
Posted By AlexPeterson
Pulled the prop 3 weeks ago for an overhaul. ...

Pulled the prop 3 weeks ago for an overhaul. Started the annual condition inspection today and the prop should be back this week, so I hope to be back in the air by the end of the week.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-18-2021, 07:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 475
Posted By AlexPeterson
This is exactly what I believe the problem was in...

This is exactly what I believe the problem was in my case with identical symptoms. I believe there is a beat frequency between the data sampling rate and the cyclic pulses physically present in the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-16-2021, 06:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,384
Posted By AlexPeterson
FYI: 2024 not weldable in any reasonable sense.

FYI: 2024 not weldable in any reasonable sense.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-14-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,899
Posted By AlexPeterson
What is your fuel flow and RPM during the climb...

What is your fuel flow and RPM during the climb where you see the high cht's? Carb/injected? Mixture plays a dominant role in CHT's. Also please report the OAT, since CHT will track that.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-04-2021, 06:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,139
Posted By AlexPeterson
Back to the OP: Ten years ago I did an oil...

Back to the OP:

Ten years ago I did an oil change after coming home from a long cross country of about 22 hours.

Upon inspecting the oil filter at that change, I caught the huge problem shown in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 09:11 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,005
Posted By AlexPeterson
I've heard a teaspoon in the pan makes for...

I've heard a teaspoon in the pan makes for cooking really good popcorn.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 07:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,499
Posted By AlexPeterson
RV's slip well - just practice at altitude. The...

RV's slip well - just practice at altitude. The deck angle (and angle of descent near the ground in a full flaps descent) could be alarming to someone who hasn't experienced it. It will take a bit...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-17-2021, 02:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,226
Posted By AlexPeterson
I stop drilled 3 cracks in 6A rudder at about 200...

I stop drilled 3 cracks in 6A rudder at about 200 hours. Haven't done anything further for the next 1540 hours.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-14-2021, 09:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,971
Posted By AlexPeterson
Vlad, I wouldn't think anyone is close to you for...

Vlad, I wouldn't think anyone is close to you for TT on a 9/9A! Only a couple RV's of any type have more than that.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-11-2021, 08:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 450
Posted By AlexPeterson
There are several things that can cause shimmy,...

There are several things that can cause shimmy, and a couple different "shimmy" modes. A slightly loose fitting nose gear attachment bolt has been reported to cause problems.

You mentioned the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2021, 05:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,089
Posted By AlexPeterson
OP said it is dripping out of the airbox, not the...

OP said it is dripping out of the airbox, not the weep hole of the pump.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-06-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 722
Posted By AlexPeterson
Have you had another RV pilot try it in your...

Have you had another RV pilot try it in your plane for comparison, or vice-versa? And, are you sure that your feet aren't mainly pushing on the rudder cross bars, instead of tilting the brake pedals...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,993
Posted By AlexPeterson
Wow, interesting surface. Must make quite a...

Wow, interesting surface. Must make quite a rumble in the plane!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2021, 08:34 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 16,649
Posted By AlexPeterson
I like this idea. I have a small white led light...

I like this idea. I have a small white led light (might be for cargo beds, not sure) that I plan to hook to mine as a "I'm on" indicator. I like the timer idea better. A simple latching timer relay...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2021, 08:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,962
Posted By AlexPeterson
The high temps here have been below zero F for...

The high temps here have been below zero F for two weeks... This weekend's temps ranged from -30 to a high of -10, so, to answer the threads question - nothing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2021, 06:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,048
Posted By AlexPeterson
I recall in 2001, if I'd chose Crystal (instead...

I recall in 2001, if I'd chose Crystal (instead of Anoka Cty.), I'd have had a narrow corridor leading north for one flight out, with no return until phase 1 done. They obviously have relented on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2021, 06:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,048
Posted By AlexPeterson
Bob - it is the FSDO's rule, anyway, right? Not...

Bob - it is the FSDO's rule, anyway, right? Not the airport?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2021, 07:21 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 16,649
Posted By AlexPeterson
That might work if you get get a big enough bite....

That might work if you get get a big enough bite. It would depend on how likely a main is to hit resistance such as a small step in the concrete, a chunk of ice, etc. When pushing a trike...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2021, 05:53 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 16,649
Posted By AlexPeterson
Mickey - steal away. Your point about the...

Mickey - steal away. Your point about the nosewheel needing to be securely attached using the tow bar points if important. The nosewheel can't simply be lifted, even if it were chocked on the lift...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2021, 05:36 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 16,649
Posted By AlexPeterson
The nosewheel weight on my plane is around...

The nosewheel weight on my plane is around 320lbs, maybe 30-40lbs higher with full fuel and no pilot. The tug I made might put an additional 40 lbs on the drive wheels. So, Keith, if you could put...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2021, 06:58 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 16,649
Posted By AlexPeterson
Keith - the most elegant engineering is the...

Keith - the most elegant engineering is the simplest! I tip my hat to your solution. I also like the idea of the operator being the ballast, both for practical traction purposes and for sport. Do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 16,649
Posted By AlexPeterson
Doug - thanks, but don't give me too much credit...

Doug - thanks, but don't give me too much credit - Mark Erickson has built several, each more sophisticated than mine! I freely swiped ideas from him and others!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 16,649
Posted By AlexPeterson
Thanks Dan, for the kind words. Regarding the...

Thanks Dan, for the kind words.

Regarding the PWM and twist grip controller... The twist grip came without any documentation of any sort (can't complain - $20 to my door for it and the other...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2021, 06:18 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 16,649
Posted By AlexPeterson
Nose Wheel Version

Dan and I have been in loose formation in building our respective tugs. I just gave mine its first test in pulling the airplane on Sunday, and am very happy that I won't have to deal with pulling...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-04-2021, 06:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,494
Posted By AlexPeterson
I put these PAR36 bulbs in a few years...

I put these PAR36 bulbs in a few years ago:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NAB4RTV/

They have spot and flood. I had to very slightly modify the bezel ring as they are more bulged or...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-29-2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 943
Posted By AlexPeterson
Regarding the actual drilling, that can be tricky...

Regarding the actual drilling, that can be tricky also. Use a small bit, slow rpm, oil, lots of pressure. Enlarge it to size with a Unibit. Stuff makes razor sharp chips - be careful!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-25-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,351
Posted By AlexPeterson
Little tears or rips in the sidewall of the tube...

Little tears or rips in the sidewall of the tube will happen if a lot of talc/baby powder is not used when assembling the tube and tire. Much written about this topic on these forums. My theory is...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-22-2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,086
Posted By AlexPeterson
As others have said, change out that nosewheel...

As others have said, change out that nosewheel bearing setup asap. Please see and read this thread (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=121430)carefully, particularly the parts...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2021, 04:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,486
Posted By AlexPeterson
I get a similar scam for renewing an LLC,...

I get a similar scam for renewing an LLC, something like $85 for what, in MN, is free at the state's SOS website.

I also got that scam a/c registration letter.
Forum: RV-14 01-09-2021, 10:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,447
Posted By AlexPeterson
You can figure it out, assuming you have an EFIS...

You can figure it out, assuming you have an EFIS that records the pitch angle. See this post (https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=1460570&postcount=9).

The 6A has shorter main gear...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-09-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,391
Posted By AlexPeterson
It will be worth your while to simply get a good...

It will be worth your while to simply get a good collection of terminals/connectors from Stein or other aviation supplier. Almost all Amazon or similar snack-packs of terminals out there are junk. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-08-2021, 10:17 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,817
Posted By AlexPeterson
See my earlier post... the can itself doesn't...

See my earlier post... the can itself doesn't have to deform, the plate does (filter end cap or whatever it's called), allowing leakage and removing contact pressure/torque holding. The plate...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-08-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,817
Posted By AlexPeterson
??? What o-ring?

??? What o-ring?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-08-2021, 06:09 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,817
Posted By AlexPeterson
The "loose on removal" reminded me of a problem I...

The "loose on removal" reminded me of a problem I worked through quite a few decades ago. I had just changed oil on a car, but for whatever reason, the car sat overnight in a cold shed before I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-07-2021, 06:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,304
Posted By AlexPeterson
Welding cable often used for this, as the cable...

Welding cable often used for this, as the cable is much more flexible. I used that and soldered the terminals onto each end.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-06-2021, 11:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,572
Posted By AlexPeterson
Don't use EZ-Turn if you plan on being in any...

Don't use EZ-Turn if you plan on being in any cold weather. You'll cuss trying to get the cap off, and then you'll cuss even more when you try to remove all the sticky muck from the o-rings. It is...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-03-2021, 12:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,546
Posted By AlexPeterson
This is not true. You would still be awake to...

This is not true. You would still be awake to see the wings break. The airplane does not care how short the duration of the g-event is, while your body does. The sticks in all RV's are very...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-01-2021, 06:57 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,817
Posted By AlexPeterson
Assuming the maintenance DID include a new...

Assuming the maintenance DID include a new filter, is it possible that the old gasket remained on the adaptor such that there are now two gaskets?

As Dan said, we need to know if the maintenance...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 12-31-2020, 05:42 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,793
Posted By AlexPeterson
Aircraft Spruce sells both LSE and Emag supplied...

Aircraft Spruce sells both LSE and Emag supplied adapters. I have begun replacing the adapters (LSE) at around 1000 hours, as they erode somewhat. Specifically, it is difficult to get the adapter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2020, 08:36 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,075
Posted By AlexPeterson
I can't speak to the 7's. In my 6A, 180/CS, full...

I can't speak to the 7's. In my 6A, 180/CS, full fuel, solo, no baggage, it will take full aft trim on final w/partial or full flaps. On go around (or T&G), if one retracts the flaps it will take...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2020, 06:41 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,075
Posted By AlexPeterson
Consider a touch and go. You'll come down final...

Consider a touch and go. You'll come down final with full flaps, and most likely nearly full aft trim (depending on your plane/w&b situation). You touch down, and very quickly you'll want to raise...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-23-2020, 04:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,784
Posted By AlexPeterson
If the conduit is unbroken end to end, you might...

If the conduit is unbroken end to end, you might be able to use a vacuum cleaner on the outboard end, and feed a string in the other end. Pretty impressive how well that works, at least inside long...
Forum: RV-14 12-23-2020, 05:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,193
Posted By AlexPeterson
It depends on the angle the u-joint is subjected...

It depends on the angle the u-joint is subjected to and how "friction-free" the joint is supported. A picture of the setup would be helpful. I know of no rules of thumb for this, but my gut sense...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2020, 06:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,707
Posted By AlexPeterson
I use this method except I use a 4" zip tie...

I use this method except I use a 4" zip tie instead. Sometimes one doesn't need to clip the zip tie, as it doesn't always interfere, and can be left on (for future disassembly when another is...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-18-2020, 07:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,048
Posted By AlexPeterson
Been using baby powder for 19+ years. Use a lot...

Been using baby powder for 19+ years. Use a lot of it - many flat tires are caused by the tube gradually stretching w/r to the tire. This phenomenon is a bit mysterious, but seems to happen. Many...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-14-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,445
Posted By AlexPeterson
EZ-Turn. Stick 'em where you need them, including...

EZ-Turn. Stick 'em where you need them, including on your finger. I got this trick from an old airplane mechanic.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-13-2020, 05:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,885
Posted By AlexPeterson
From the Royco 782 Data Sheet: "ROYCO 782 is a...

From the Royco 782 Data Sheet:

"ROYCO 782 is a red - colored synthetic hydraulic fluid developed to meet the severe duty demands of today's
military and industrial equipment. Modern additive...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-12-2020, 08:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 760
Posted By AlexPeterson
My guess is that the leg needs grease on the...

My guess is that the leg needs grease on the cylindrical contact areas. Pull the leg and use whatever grease Van's recommends, I recall it being some sort of heavy/thick grease.
Forum: RV-10 12-11-2020, 12:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,500
Posted By AlexPeterson
A word of caution on MAP snubbers. I split the...

A word of caution on MAP snubbers. I split the MAP line and use two - one which provides MAP pressure to the electronic ignitions (I happen to have LSE), and another which provides pressure to the...
Forum: RV-10 12-11-2020, 10:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,500
Posted By AlexPeterson
The restrictors do also serve to stabilize...

The restrictors do also serve to stabilize readings, owing to the analog to digital conversions going on to display pressure. After installing a new panel (G3X Touch) I had oscillating manifold...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-08-2020, 06:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,183
Posted By AlexPeterson
Some thoughts: 1. Steel will not rust without...

Some thoughts:

1. Steel will not rust without the presence of water or some other electrolyte. (water vapor alone isn't enough, it has to condense). Any corrosion that might occur without water...
Forum: Safety 12-05-2020, 05:25 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 15,073
Posted By AlexPeterson
Steve, in my case, I simply put a few big zip...

Steve, in my case, I simply put a few big zip ties appropriately on the service loops. They are easy to get at once the efis is out. I'd worry a lot more about vibration, especially something that...
Forum: Safety 12-05-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 15,073
Posted By AlexPeterson
How true! However, if you use a flush cutting...

How true! However, if you use a flush cutting side, they will be cut flush and will not attack your hands. Example here (https://www.amazon.com/Cutter-Lightweight-Klein-Tools-D275-5/dp/B000GTMZHG).
Forum: Safety 12-04-2020, 09:10 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 15,073
Posted By AlexPeterson
My first wiring behind the panel started out...

My first wiring behind the panel started out reasonable, but evolved into a rat's nest after 15 years, although not as bad as the OP's picture. After 15 years, I redid the entire electrical system,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-29-2020, 06:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,004
Posted By AlexPeterson
The valve is in the oil cooler line. The...

The valve is in the oil cooler line. The vernatherm is disassembled, with the guts taken out, and the housing tightened back in to plug that hole. The oil cooler bypass spring and plunger are put...
Forum: RV-14 11-24-2020, 07:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,785
Posted By AlexPeterson
Great idea, use a small artist's brush for...

Great idea, use a small artist's brush for applying it, and you won't have much mess. Soap bubble are about the most sensitive test you can get, provided all the fuel is blown out first.
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-23-2020, 04:55 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,185
Posted By AlexPeterson
Two things are worth repeating. 1. Remove the...

Two things are worth repeating.

1. Remove the tank, which is a 30 minute job unless the screws are really painted over. How the fuel line (and vent line) are treated inboard of the fuselage side...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-22-2020, 10:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,807
Posted By AlexPeterson
I had a screw on the aft side of #3 baffle into...

I had a screw on the aft side of #3 baffle into the cylinder fall out a couple times. Yes, with new star washers each time. I put a drilled head bolt in there and wired the dang thing down.
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