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Forum: RV-14 09-30-2021, 10:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 966
Posted By asw20c
You will find that some (small) percentage of the...

You will find that some (small) percentage of the clecos you buy won't clamp properly even when brand new. When you start working with fuel tank sealant it takes meticulous cleaning to keep your...
Forum: RV-14 07-22-2021, 04:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,446
Posted By asw20c
Just sent you a pm

Just sent you a pm
Forum: RV-14 07-15-2021, 09:46 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 60,681
Posted By asw20c
Yes, I did finish the wings, and the second time...

Yes, I did finish the wings, and the second time building the flaps went more quickly and easily too. I'm just about to finish the fuselage kit (would have been done by now if the roll bar parts...
Forum: RV-14 07-15-2021, 09:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,446
Posted By asw20c
I just wanted to add a follow-up to this post. ...

I just wanted to add a follow-up to this post. Van's handled this issue professionally and quickly. After I sent photos and measurements there were no questions asked except for me to verify the...
Forum: RV-14 07-09-2021, 02:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,446
Posted By asw20c
Beware your Roll Bar Parts

I discovered today, after completing the assembly of my roll bar that the F-01431A parts are defective. When I couldn't get the rivet holes of the assembly to line up on the right side of the roll...
Forum: RV-14 05-20-2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,253
Posted By asw20c
I kept my fuselage kit mostly stock as well. I...

I kept my fuselage kit mostly stock as well. I did upgrade the brake and fuel lines using TS Flightline's cabin hose kit, and I also installed a parking brake (optional from Van's). TS Flightlines...
Forum: RV-14 03-03-2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 961
Posted By asw20c
I recall having that same question and called...

I recall having that same question and called Van's to ask about it. I think they said that either they don't have those available to order, or that that they aren't made and that you are expected...
Forum: RV-14 02-08-2021, 06:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,510
Posted By asw20c
Optional Canopy

Can anyone offer details on what the difference is between the standard canopy and the optional one for the RV14? The parts and accessories page on Van's website is not very detailed. All it says...
Forum: RV-14 02-01-2021, 07:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,145
Posted By asw20c
Parking Brake

I want to install a parking brake in my RV14A. I have one in my C180, and although I don't use it much, when I need it, I'm glad to have it. I'm probably only a few weeks away from starting the...
Forum: RV-14 01-18-2021, 02:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,809
Posted By asw20c
Uh huh. For those with any more smart ***...

Uh huh. For those with any more smart *** comments, it is impossible to know which way this fitting should be pointed unless you are familiar with the firewall forward kit already. Most of us...
Forum: RV-14 01-18-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,809
Posted By asw20c
Another Gotcha

I just confirmed with Vans another error in the plans. On page 31-05 figure 1 shows the AN833-6D (the elbow fuel fitting that penetrates the firewall) clocked up 25 degrees from horizontal. On page...
Forum: RV-14 01-10-2021, 05:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,117
Posted By asw20c
Hi Scott, I JUST finished that step myself this...

Hi Scott,
I JUST finished that step myself this weekend. I had thought about some sort of temporary flooring for riveting too, but the real answer turned out to be simply building a rotisserie. If...
Forum: RV-14 12-07-2020, 10:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,087
Posted By asw20c
Rotisserie

Again I apologize for asking, but I can't get the search engine to work for me. I'm at the stage now where a rotisserie is necessary. I've been mining through some of my old EAA magazines and found...
Forum: RV-14 12-07-2020, 10:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,253
Posted By asw20c
Where did you put these things?

I'll start by apologizing for asking these questions, but I can't seem to figure out how to get the search engine on this site to work for me. I'll be installing the baggage floors pretty soon and...
Forum: RV-14 10-13-2020, 10:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,764
Posted By asw20c
Regarding your AeroLED question, they are a...

Regarding your AeroLED question, they are a quality light, and more importantly, the kit is designed to easily accept them. I've been working on my slow-build kit for 4 years now (emp and wings...
Forum: RV-14 10-05-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,323
Posted By asw20c
Section 29, Mid Fuse Side Structure

Hi All,
I'm going to add this to the 'Gotcha' spreadsheet but thought I would post here first. On pages 27-04 and 05 there are notes on the figures that specifically tell you NOT to dimple the...
Forum: RV-14 10-04-2020, 06:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 23,845
Posted By asw20c
First time builder, and I do all the work myself...

First time builder, and I do all the work myself except for the riveting that requires 2 people. I'm just short of 1400 hours into a slow-build and am about 2/3 the way through the fuselage kit...
Forum: RV-14 08-22-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,235
Posted By asw20c
That's awesome! I'll probably do something...

That's awesome! I'll probably do something similar.
Forum: RV-14 08-19-2020, 01:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,330
Posted By asw20c
Canopy Lock

I'm getting close to the step where I will be installing the canopy latch. The JD Air latch looks great and I'm probably going to buy it, but I can't help but note that there is no locking option. ...
Forum: RV-14 07-23-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 47,308
Posted By asw20c
No data on the new EXP119 yet, but I spoke with...

No data on the new EXP119 yet, but I spoke with Lycoming yesterday and their backlog has come down significantly. Earlier I saw a post saying that backlogs for Thunderbolts had crept up to 11...
Forum: RV-14 07-22-2020, 07:14 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 47,308
Posted By asw20c
What's the preferred propeller for this new...

What's the preferred propeller for this new engine?
Forum: RV-14 07-22-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,104
Posted By asw20c
Engine Options and Modifications

I'm ordering my engine this week to take advantage of Van's discounts. I spoke briefly with Jeff Schans of Lycoming to try and get a better understanding of the options and implications of my...
Forum: Reviews 07-21-2020, 10:59 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,197
Posted By asw20c
Cleaveland Tool

For those of you just starting your build (I've been at it for almost 4 years now) you will find that despite ordering an "RV14 Tool Kit" from whatever supplier, you will find that you still don't...
Forum: RV-14 07-14-2020, 11:45 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 168,726
Posted By asw20c
Section 29 Gotcha

My latest practice is to identify all the parts for a particular plans' section, then do all the prep work (deburring, drilling, cutting, priming, etc.) for all the parts before assembly. I find...
Forum: RV-14 05-26-2020, 08:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,602
Posted By asw20c
Error on Page 28-07

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up of a mistake I found (and confirmed with Van's) on page 28-07 rev 3. Step 3 and Figure 2 tell you to machine countersink the #40 holes on the bottom of the...
Forum: RV-14 05-17-2020, 08:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,453
Posted By asw20c
External Connection for Battery Charging/Jump Starting

I'm wondering if any of you guys have a clever idea for how to charge the battery without removing the cowling? I have an external socket on my Cessna 180 that has a special (massive) set of jumper...
Forum: RV-14 04-24-2020, 06:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,809
Posted By asw20c
This was a first...

Today I was on page 26-11, the step where two small doubler plates are to be riveted to the left and right forward corners of the fuselage bottom skin. I had previously dimpled for AN426AD4-4.5...
Forum: RV-14 04-21-2020, 10:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,522
Posted By asw20c
I love this forum! This is exactly what I needed...

I love this forum! This is exactly what I needed so now I can build on!!
Thanks James!
Forum: RV-14 04-20-2020, 07:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,522
Posted By asw20c
Page 26-11

Hi All,
I know these kinds of questions are hard to answer but I didn't get any satisfaction from my call to tech support this morning. Perhaps one of you guys that have built past this point can...
Forum: RV-14 04-15-2020, 08:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,628
Posted By asw20c
Yup. I'm building the 14A.

Yup. I'm building the 14A.
Forum: RV-14 04-15-2020, 08:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,628
Posted By asw20c
Oxygen Bottle Mounting

Hi All,
For the past 3 years I have simply been building. Building, building, building. Now that I've finished the wings and have started on the fuselage kit I' having to start thinking about those...
Forum: RV-14 04-13-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,954
Posted By asw20c
Timing the Thunderbolt Purchase

There was a thread here not long ago that said Thunderbolt lead times were creeping up to 11 months and I'd be willing to bet that the pandemic is going to drive that number even higher. I just...
Forum: RV-14 03-20-2020, 07:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,579
Posted By asw20c
Damage

I've ranted about this before, and here goes again-
Every single kit delivery I've had has been damaged in transit. Every one! Today I received my fuselage kit, and sure enough there were two places...
Forum: RV-14 02-18-2020, 07:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,615
Posted By asw20c
Work Sequencing

My fuselage kit is expected to arrive in March, which should be just about right since I expect to finish the wings in a few more weeks.
I've been reading about lead times for engines, especially the...
Forum: RV-14 02-15-2020, 04:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,951
Posted By asw20c
I didn't have any issues with the top skins, but...

I didn't have any issues with the top skins, but there was some minor oil-canning on one bottom skin while riveting; that disappeared when all the riveting was completed. My point is that with very...
Forum: RV-14 02-15-2020, 04:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,802
Posted By asw20c
Another Bob Archer VOR Antenna Question

The installation instructions make it fairly clear that for the antenna to function as intended it must be well grounded to the wing. To do this, the instructions say you should sandwich the...
Forum: RV-14 02-13-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,765
Posted By asw20c
Fair question. Due to the demanding nature of my...

Fair question. Due to the demanding nature of my job I only build on weekends, and even then I split my time between flying my Cessna 180 and building the RV. I typically get about 4-8 hours of...
Forum: RV-14 02-13-2020, 08:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,765
Posted By asw20c
Time to Build

I figure it's time to re-calibrate my expectations again. I'm building an RV14A slow-build, and currently have over 1100 hours expended, and I'm only just now getting close to finishing the wings. ...
Forum: RV-14 02-13-2020, 07:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,550
Posted By asw20c
I knew someone here could explain it. Thanks...

I knew someone here could explain it. Thanks guys!
Forum: RV-14 02-12-2020, 07:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,550
Posted By asw20c
Antenna Question

I figure there are folks on this forum that understand antenna voodoo and can explain something that makes no sense to me. When I started on my slow-build wings, I knew that I wanted ground-based...
Forum: RV-14 02-03-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,514
Posted By asw20c
Wingtips

I was getting ready to install the VOR/ILS antenna in my right wingtip this weekend when I realized that my left and right tips are not the same. Looking at the cutout for the strobe/Nav lights, I...
Forum: RV-14 02-03-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,503
Posted By asw20c
Huh. Why didn't I think of that? Brilliant.

Huh. Why didn't I think of that? Brilliant.
Forum: RV-14 02-03-2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,503
Posted By asw20c
Aileron Trim Motor Assembly

I'm finally getting close to finishing my slow-build wings, and thought that of the tasks that remain that I would go ahead and install the aileron trim motor assembly even though the plans are...
Forum: RV-14 01-20-2020, 08:50 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,333
Posted By asw20c
Torque Tube Dimension

On page 23-07, rev 0, the last paragraph in step 1 says that the aft torque tube subassembly gets clocked using a block 1-1/64" placed under the bolt in the arm of the subassembly, however when...
Forum: RV-14 01-15-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,906
Posted By asw20c
That brings up an issue that has been nagging at...

That brings up an issue that has been nagging at me since I started my build. My home field is at 6200 feet, with density altitudes much higher than that in the summer, sometimes up to nine or ten...
Forum: RV-14 12-10-2019, 07:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,897
Posted By asw20c
Your line of thinking is sound regarding...

Your line of thinking is sound regarding replacement parts if something gets damaged, however the holes in the wedges need to be drilled 90 degrees to the plane that bisects the angle (at least they...
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2019, 06:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,809
Posted By asw20c
Huh. I don't get it. My drill bits are quality...

Huh. I don't get it. My drill bits are quality cobalt steel. What RPM are you using? Maybe I'm turning too fast?
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2019, 03:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,809
Posted By asw20c
My counterweights did not have any holes...

My counterweights did not have any holes predrilled.
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,809
Posted By asw20c
Drilling Aileron Counterweight

Today I was at the step where the aileron counterweight must be match drilled with the supporting nose ribs, and nose skin. I found it to be very difficult and ended up smoking 4 brand new, aviation...
Forum: RV-14 12-03-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,633
Posted By asw20c
Well, that explains it then. My cleaning...

Well, that explains it then. My cleaning procedure was in accordance with 3M's surface prep instructions, but it was way too cold in my shop; certainly below freezing overnight, and only up into the...
Forum: RV-14 12-02-2019, 02:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,633
Posted By asw20c
3M Tape

Over the Thanksgiving weekend I finally finished my (second set of) flaps. The first time I built them I used a technique used by Synergy Air when installing the trailing edge wedges; i.e. I used...
Forum: RV-14 11-26-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,731
Posted By asw20c
1000-1300 hours to complete? Are you kidding...

1000-1300 hours to complete? Are you kidding me??? Hah!! I'm at about 1000 hours now and haven't even finished the wings (although I admit I'm having to build the flaps twice). I've been at it...
Forum: RV-14 10-21-2019, 07:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,329
Posted By asw20c
I kept my Garmin heated pitot in the left wing,...

I kept my Garmin heated pitot in the left wing, used twisted pair in flex conduit as far away from the GMU as I could route it, and then wrapped mu-metal around the conduit to help shield the GMU...
Forum: RV-14 08-19-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 60,681
Posted By asw20c
Thanks everyone for their own stories of woe and...

Thanks everyone for their own stories of woe and words of encouragement. I thought you might like to see my expensive wall...
Forum: RV-14 08-18-2019, 04:38 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 60,681
Posted By asw20c
About to Throw in the Towel

I have been working on my slow-build wings for almost 2 1/2 years. About 8 months of that time I was making little to no progress because of two back to back problems I encountered (with my pitot...
Forum: RV-14 07-10-2019, 07:09 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,372
Posted By asw20c
Back in the Saddle Again

It's been a while since I've posted anything; in fact it's even been a while since I've visited this site. Last year I ran into two successive problems (pitot system and bottom skins) with my wings...
Forum: RV-14 04-30-2019, 02:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,330
Posted By asw20c
I too am doing exactly as what is in the plans,...

I too am doing exactly as what is in the plans, i.e. magnetometer mount in left wing, heated but unregulated pitot with twisted wiring, etc. The only difference is that I wrapped all cabling and...
Forum: RV-14 04-30-2019, 07:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,296
Posted By asw20c
I did the exact same thing. I think the reasons...

I did the exact same thing. I think the reasons I chose that bay is because that was the same location as Van's simple pitot, and also because I didn't realize at the time that this location would...
Forum: RV-14 04-25-2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,296
Posted By asw20c
I don't know what the chord-length difference is...

I don't know what the chord-length difference is between a -14 wing and an -8, but for those rivets at or close to the rear spar I think you would be hard-pressed to rivet them by yourself with any...
Forum: RV-14 04-23-2019, 02:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,296
Posted By asw20c
Here are a few things that turned out to be...

Here are a few things that turned out to be helpful: First, don't try to rivet the skins while the wings are in their wing-stands. It is far easier to lay them on a table, or between tables with...
Forum: RV-14 04-23-2019, 01:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,296
Posted By asw20c
Wing Bottom Skins

After 6 months of scratching my head and agonizing over how to get the bottom skins riveted I finally threw in the towel and called Synergy Air and asked them to send out one of their experienced...
Forum: RV-14 02-06-2019, 07:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,841
Posted By asw20c
My project came to a screeching halt when I got...

My project came to a screeching halt when I got to the step where you begin riveting the lower wing skins (slow build wings). Up to that point it had taken me about a year to build the wings working...
Forum: RV-14 11-04-2018, 07:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,060
Posted By asw20c
Bottom Skins

This past weekend I started on the dreaded bottom skins; the inboard left wing bottom skin to be specific. It was as difficult and miserable as I feared, made worse by some of the additional conduit...
Forum: RV-14 11-01-2018, 07:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,311
Posted By asw20c
Hi Malte, You may get other opinions here...

Hi Malte,
You may get other opinions here (deburring is one those topics like priming), but the point of deburring is to remove burs. If there are no burs then there is nothing to remove so in my...
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