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Forum: Primers 11-20-2022, 06:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 539
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Burt, one very smart thing my friend did was...

Burt, one very smart thing my friend did was build a 2x4 frame inside the booth. That way he did not have to run the fan 24/7 or worry about power outages collapsing the both onto his freshly painted...
Forum: Primers 11-20-2022, 05:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 539
Posted By Steve Crewdog
I'm not sure if this is the model you are using...

I'm not sure if this is the model you are using but you could check out a few pages about my adventures in an inflatable paint loaned to me by an RV...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-20-2022, 02:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,245
Posted By Steve Crewdog
The nice thing about lacing instead of tie wraps...

The nice thing about lacing instead of tie wraps is that you don't have to worry as much about nicking the wires if you have to redo some wiring. Cut at one spot, and unlace a length of cord instead...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2022, 01:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,703
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Until the blade is stopped and it is unplugged,...

Until the blade is stopped and it is unplugged, any power saw is not your friend. Always assume it is plugged in.

After the second yawn, you're done for the night.

Walking away from a problem and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2022, 12:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,358
Posted By Steve Crewdog
If you REALLY want to Shuttle Geek out, check out...

If you REALLY want to Shuttle Geek out, check out Fred Haise's website. He put a lot of his personal notes from the early Shuttle development days on there, really cool look behind the scenes for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2022, 05:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,358
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Sounds great! I'll be in touch. One of the...

Sounds great! I'll be in touch.

One of the things that's always been my pet bugaboo was that joystick grips are centered, facing forward, which is not ergonomic if the throttle is on whatever side....
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-09-2022, 01:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,156
Posted By Steve Crewdog
One of many reasons I love my American Express...

One of many reasons I love my American Express card. They're the 900# gorilla, if there's a problem with a merchant they take care of it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2022, 04:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,358
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Hey Dave, you read my mind about doing 3D...

Hey Dave, you read my mind about doing 3D printing on a grip. If I send you a plaster mold would you be able to make a custom one? I've got a bit of arthritis in my right hand from carpal...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-07-2022, 01:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,060
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Great group of people across the airport from...

Great group of people across the airport from me

http://www.fiberglasssupply.com/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2022, 11:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,847
Posted By Steve Crewdog
What font does the NASA logo use? Helvetica®...

What font does the NASA logo use?
Helvetica® typeface
The Helvetica® typeface has been used by NASA extensively for decades, from the space shuttle to signage and printouts. It is one of the most...
Forum: RV-15 10-30-2022, 08:52 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,963
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Someone once asked George Burns why he didn't act...

Someone once asked George Burns why he didn't act his age and he replied "Nursing homes are full of people acting their age."


I'm 61. My knees are in their 70s on a bad day, my shoulders are the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2022, 07:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,847
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Ah, yeah, that's what I'm having trouble figuring...

Ah, yeah, that's what I'm having trouble figuring out, how to lay it all out like that. Now that I understand what I have to do and reread their email, the $385 fee is for them to lay it all out, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2022, 06:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,847
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Angry Hey Ryan, do you mind if I ask how you ordered...

Hey Ryan, do you mind if I ask how you ordered your graphics, I found their website confusing and not user-friendly. I contacted Repro Graphx directly and they want almost $400 to do about 40 labels...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2022, 11:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 888
Posted By Steve Crewdog
+1! It's part of the build for SeaReys, and is a...

+1! It's part of the build for SeaReys, and is a sticky, messy job. https://seareybuild.blogspot.com/2010/08/oiling-it-old-school.html


Also, there was a trend for a while to heat it up before...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2022, 04:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,671
Posted By Steve Crewdog
The first time they tried to deliver my engine...

The first time they tried to deliver my engine they sent a truck without a liftgate, despite my instructions.

Driver: "It says it's only 180#, you and I could probably muscle it. What's in the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-27-2022, 04:33 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,300
Posted By Steve Crewdog
I was hoping this would come out better, but I'm...

I was hoping this would come out better, but I'm not disappointed with the results. My local trophy and engraving shop has a laser engraver, I stopped by a few weeks ago and talked about what I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2022, 06:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,671
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Damage discovered after delivery

After reading this gents thread https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?p=1642706#post1642706 I thought my hard earned lesson should be put in a separate thread so others can learn from...
Forum: Propellers 10-26-2022, 06:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,236
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Started a separate thread about some delivery...

Started a separate thread about some delivery cautions. https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?p=1642707#post1642707



Hope your prop is Ok.
Forum: Tools 10-26-2022, 04:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,502
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Thanks for the recc, bought the new version...

Thanks for the recc, bought the new version (NTS500B) a couple weeks ago and it has already gotten a permanent spot on my bench. Maybe it's Shiny New Tool Syndrome, but I find myself reaching for it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2022, 08:09 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 19,501
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Terrainy Studios has announced the Vans RV-8 for...

Terrainy Studios has announced the Vans RV-8 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

https://www.key.aero/article/vans-rv-8-microsoft-flight-simulator
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2022, 07:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,847
Posted By Steve Crewdog
What a way to fall down the rabbit hole... The...

What a way to fall down the rabbit hole...

The font that landed on the moon
https://blog.epicpxls.com/the-font-that-landed-on-the-moon-abf9ab58f0b4


Sometimes, I miss simplicity: ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2022, 04:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,847
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Thanks. I'll be putting them on my veneer panel...

Thanks. I'll be putting them on my veneer panel and will be laying a couple coats of clear varnish over them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2022, 10:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,847
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Excellent, looking forward to it! Many thanks...

Excellent, looking forward to it!


Many thanks for all the help gang, I felt kinda funny asking, glad to know others are going through some of the same things.





Ryan, I didn't see anything on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2022, 02:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,847
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Panel label font?

Ok, this is really getting into the trivial pursuit, but what else am I going to do when it's 0300 local but my body is screaming that it's noon and I should be home working on my plane?


Anyone...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-02-2022, 07:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,114
Posted By Steve Crewdog
https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=...

https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=1604337&postcount=30

https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=1637461&postcount=37

https://epoxycraft.com/epoxy-basics/amine-blush-what-you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2022, 05:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,689
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Same here, I have this: ...

Same here, I have this: https://www.aircraftspruce.com/pages/el/ledlighting_beacon/aveoredbaronmini.php
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-02-2022, 01:05 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,300
Posted By Steve Crewdog
There's still another couple things to do on the...

There's still another couple things to do on the panel before it's done but they will have to wait until the poly dries, I leave on a trip tomorrow so that will give it a good week. Than add labels...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-02-2022, 12:49 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,300
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Wife is at a sewing event all day, it's a good...

Wife is at a sewing event all day, it's a good day to get the Traeger out and finish the panel. I decided to use a spray on poly because my past experience with varnishing has been hit or miss and I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-01-2022, 10:15 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,167
Posted By Steve Crewdog
I could not find it either, Mel, got it from the...

I could not find it either, Mel, got it from the post below which I now realize refers to a Canadian reg. Apologies.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-01-2022, 02:29 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,167
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Still safer than driving on I-5 in Seattle rush...

Still safer than driving on I-5 in Seattle rush hour traffic.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-01-2022, 01:47 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,167
Posted By Steve Crewdog
min 3/8" size, this wording still current? Per...

min 3/8" size, this wording still current? Per 8130.2J, 12 Oct 2017 ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-01-2022, 01:35 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,300
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Sand with 220 grit, then tape over the front with...

Sand with 220 grit, then tape over the front with 3M to keep the wood from splintering when you cut out the instrument openings. I used a very nice step drill to open up the switch and CB holes, then...
Forum: The RV Grin 09-28-2022, 07:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,370
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Cheaper than a divorce when the wife tells you to...

Cheaper than a divorce when the wife tells you to pick her or the airplane. ("My first wife didn't like airplanes." -Gordon Baxter)



I took Giuliana to the airport on our second date, the wings...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-28-2022, 07:42 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,300
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Thought about that, but my panel has "wings" on...

Thought about that, but my panel has "wings" on each side, so the veneer was easier.



Plan was to prep yesterday and bag it today, picked up a trip on short notice and did it all in one day....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2022, 07:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,361
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Excellent thread about making the jump: ...

Excellent thread about making the jump: https://www.airlinepilotforums.com/career-questions/113528-40-year-old-career-changer-wall-street.html
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2022, 11:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,361
Posted By Steve Crewdog
That's awesome, Tim, you could not have picked a...

That's awesome, Tim, you could not have picked a better time to chase the dream. Get your resumes out to Skywest, etc., all they can do is say No. But they also might say "Call us when you have XYZ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-27-2022, 11:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,448
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Thanks, just ordered one. The further I've...

Thanks, just ordered one.

The further I've gotten into my project the more I wish I had discovered Stein earlier. Yeah, you can get stuff cheaper from ACS or eBay, but for a first time builder like...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-26-2022, 07:06 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,300
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Nothing like a nice piece of hickory. Ironically,...

Nothing like a nice piece of hickory. Ironically, it was only a couple bucks more for the 4x8 sheet than the smaller piece I needed, so I've got a bit to practice on.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2022, 12:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,199
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Some excellent points already made here, I'll try...

Some excellent points already made here, I'll try to come up with something new.

I'm 13 years into a 2 year SeaRey build, and it's almost tripled over what I budgeted for. I love my seagull...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2022, 03:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,784
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Is there anything special about the vinyl for an...

Is there anything special about the vinyl for an aircraft? There are a couple sign shops in our area but they're a bit reluctant to do an aircraft wrap, they're not sure what kind of material to use,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2022, 01:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,361
Posted By Steve Crewdog
My company just announced a Vacancy Bid this...

My company just announced a Vacancy Bid this morning. Great time to be a FNG if you're thinking about a career change. I was just at our training center for recurrent, we're running 70/week, ramping...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2022, 01:02 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 378
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Moody Aerographics: Reviews?

Anyone used them? Working with Scheme Designers and getting ready to finalize the vinyl for the bottom of the wing/stab, but wanted to check first.

Mahalo,
Steve
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2022, 10:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,361
Posted By Steve Crewdog
United's FNG class this week: Oldest 55, retired...

United's FNG class this week:
Oldest 55, retired FBI agent
Youngest: 23
Class size: 65.
Next week's class: 70.

New hires are going directly into the 787.
Ramping up for 100/week soon.

Anyone up...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2022, 05:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,361
Posted By Steve Crewdog
3 most common things said at SkyWest when a crew...

3 most common things said at SkyWest when a crew meets:
-What's your name?
-Do you want the first leg?
-When's your class date? (at a major airline)


Go ahead and contact Skywest right now, tell...
Forum: Job Board 07-30-2022, 07:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,365
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Apologies, Mods, but I hate to see people going...

Apologies, Mods, but I hate to see people going "If only..." when there is an incredible hiring boom going on at all levels.



Apply and see. United hired a 59 year old pilot from SWA who wanted to...
Forum: Midwest 07-25-2022, 07:17 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 36,188
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Don't tell my Chief Pilot. I swear there was a...

Don't tell my Chief Pilot. I swear there was a cloud on our route that required us to deviate just a little west of course and happened to take us near OSH.




Yep, but it's Ok, Sun n' Fun is more...
Forum: Midwest 07-24-2022, 02:50 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 36,188
Posted By Steve Crewdog
"787 overhead the lake, request long rollout,...

"787 overhead the lake, request long rollout, please."

Closest I'll get this year, sigh...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-22-2022, 08:33 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 559
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Smoke stayed in

Very basic power up after rewiring about 1/3 of the electrical system for clarity, my anal retentiveness, to make it field repairable, and to learn what I did not by contracting it out. The gent that...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-20-2022, 12:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,413
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Thank you sir, I also rib-stitched the wings,...

Thank you sir, I also rib-stitched the wings, instead of riveting as called for in the plans.

Almost ready for initial power-up, just waiting on a battery. Later on I will do final trimming and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-19-2022, 05:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 511
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Got it. Thank you, sir. Nothing on it will be...

Got it. Thank you, sir. Nothing on it will be running at max load at the same time, but just readded all the devices grounded, most of them are low amperage LED warning lights and total is only 9amp,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-19-2022, 03:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 511
Posted By Steve Crewdog
What size for a ground wire from a terminal strip?

Got a bunch of ground wires from various avionics pieces running to a terminal strip, all individually under 7 amp draw, then to a larger ground stud between the engine -> battery negative. (SeaRey...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2022, 02:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,363
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Or with a pair of 12" knitting needles. Long...

Or with a pair of 12" knitting needles.

Long time ago a TSA agent was hassling me, I made the mistake of mentioning something about there was a crash axe in the cockpit. Carpet dance in front of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2022, 04:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,363
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Traveling with pre-purchase inspection tools?

Friend of mine is coming out on Alaska Airlines from Orlando-Seattle to do a pre-purchase inspection on a SeaRey, he'll be carrying a torque wrench, compression tester, and jumper wire for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2022, 01:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,170
Posted By Steve Crewdog
I feel your pain. All I had to do was install...

I feel your pain. All I had to do was install nutplates for the avionics tray mounting bolts. Went bad, called it a night, came back the next day and the tray had gotten a good night's sleep and was...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-10-2022, 01:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,413
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Oooo... I like the Mouser stuff. Much gras!

Oooo... I like the Mouser stuff. Much gras!
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-10-2022, 12:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,413
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Thanks Steve, ironically there's not enough room...

Thanks Steve, ironically there's not enough room for that without the outside bundle rubbing on the inside of the hull.

Craig: Sounds good, I'm assuming you don't mean Plumbers teflon tape. Won't...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-10-2022, 01:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,413
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Securing crossing wire bundles?

FAA Job Aid Aircraft EWIS Best Practices says that crossing wire bundles should be secured to prevent chafing, AC 43.13-1B doesn't really address it. I've got 2 bundles that cross at 90deg, any...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-28-2022, 04:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,240
Posted By Steve Crewdog
A-f-men. I know that Better is the enemy of Best,...

A-f-men. I know that Better is the enemy of Best, but the more I work on the wiring the more I learn, and the more I learn the more often I see another way I can do something. It used to be 3/4 of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-27-2022, 12:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,566
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Aircraft vs non-aircraft parts: when is it ok?

We all joke about getting supplies from the National Aircraft Parts Association (NAPA auto parts store), but while working on my avionics lately I've been using a mix of Adel clamps from Home Depot...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-25-2022, 04:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,310
Posted By Steve Crewdog
This is a practice crimp I made using the tool I...

This is a practice crimp I made using the tool I mention above. When i initially got the tool and did a couple practice ones I thought "Oh no, I've crushed the wire!" but a phone call to Steinair...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-24-2022, 02:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,310
Posted By Steve Crewdog
https://www.steinair.com/product/non-insulated-ter...

https://www.steinair.com/product/non-insulated-terminal-crimper/

My retired USN CPO avionics tech seadaddy gave them a solid thumbs up.

Maybe I'm drinking the Kool-Aid but Steinair is my first...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2022, 03:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,567
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Necessity: a good internet connection. We...

Necessity: a good internet connection. We switched cell phones to T-Mobile in April and I added their 5G Wi-Fi Gateway service for $50/month. Unlimited service, occasionally spotty in thunderstorms,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-21-2022, 03:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,488
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Stole and modified that idea. I bought a HFA...

Stole and modified that idea.

I bought a HFA cart, screwed 2 scrap cedar fence slats to the sides, drilled holes and ran a dowel through it. Wire supplied on a roll goes through it, loose wire goes...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-17-2022, 05:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 483
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Pre-initial powerup tests?

Almost done with the rewiring, trying to give the best odds of keeping the smoke in before the initial power-up. I'm using the Aircraft Components 2075B power buss, and I can do the initial powerup...
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