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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 08:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 120
Posted By wirejock
Stainless screen

Not a cover but most builders put a stainless steel screen over the inside 2" duct then slip the Scat hose over and clamp it.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-12-2021, 05:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,153
Posted By wirejock
Mike Busch

Check Mike Bisch videos. I remember watching one about prepping a stored engine for first start. Seems like he said to fog it with an 8oz can of Kroil in a garden sprayer.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 709
Posted By wirejock
Call

I would call to clarify the second e-mail. Nothing wrong with calling.
I'm sure Vans will get past this bump and return to normal soon.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-11-2021, 05:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 796
Posted By wirejock
Starter hole

There's also a pin hole on the starter. Stick a probe in there and the flyweel is dead on TDC.
Or is that mark and hole for something else?
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-11-2021, 04:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 549
Posted By wirejock
Wheel chocks

I have HF Rubber Wheel Chocks and Sweetie made me two bags for shot. No problem holding parts down or spreading them open.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-11-2021, 04:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 503
Posted By wirejock
Locktite 567

I concur. Expensive but good stuff.
Forum: Safety 05-10-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,223
Posted By wirejock
I agree. The resposes should encourage the...

I agree. The resposes should encourage the builder to continue to ask. I know a few builders who prefer to ask personally rather than risk getting beat up.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,161
Posted By wirejock
Forum

Colorado builders have a forum. It looks very much like this one.
Kinda funny how it evolved. It started with my Mentor and a few others E-mailing each other. That quickly became unmanageable. When...
Forum: Painting your RV 05-08-2021, 07:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,023
Posted By wirejock
Kirker

No expert, but I've sprayed a bit of Kirker EnduroPrime and UltraGlo. I like the products.
Several pages on my blog may be useful. Look under "Your Favorite Links" for these.
Paint
Cut&Buff
Epoxy &...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-08-2021, 06:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,317
Posted By wirejock
Platenut jig

What he ^ said. I don't do it exactly the same but the technique works and the screw or bolt in the center, insures the assembly is matched to the platenut. Or is it Nutplate? :D
Forum: Tools 05-08-2021, 04:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,450
Posted By wirejock
Duburing party

Deburr Party is sort of a joke. Difficult to control a bunch of folks. However, I did have a dear friend who enjoyed helping. He actually came back!
Sadly he moved away. I miss my building buddy.
We...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-07-2021, 07:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 757
Posted By wirejock
Sacrificial layer

They are beautiful.
Mine get pretty beat up and greasy between airplane and fixing old 4x4s. When they get rough, I smear spackling into the blemishes and a thin layer all over the top. Then I run a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-07-2021, 06:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 757
Posted By wirejock
EAA Benches

I built two standard EAA benches and one 3x4 with the leftover plywood. Same frame. I just adjusted dimensions to the size. Big one has all the bench tools.
I never missed the clamp overhang. I...
Forum: RV-10 05-07-2021, 10:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 989
Posted By wirejock
Drill bits

I have Harbor Fright bit set. Mostly use numerical but occasionally grab the alpha buts when drilling something that dulls bits.
I always finish with a reamer.
Common sizes
40, 30, 19, 12, 3/16,...
Forum: Primers 05-07-2021, 08:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 542
Posted By wirejock
NAPA 7220

Add NAPA 7220 to the test.
Try combining steps.
Scuff and clean in one step using maroon scotchbrite and Bon Ami cleanser.
Forum: RV-14 05-07-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 356
Posted By wirejock
Paint

Mine is a 7A but data points may help.
I used two quarts of Jet Flex SB. Two colors. I still have some left. One a little more than the other. One color solves that problem. I have a Epoxy/Paint...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-06-2021, 08:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,765
Posted By wirejock
P60G2

Probably no help but I have learned to keep Alumiprep far away from SW P60G2. Peels the stuff off like paint remover. Not sure why but I think it's some sort of chemical reaction.
Just an idea if it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-06-2021, 10:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 986
Posted By wirejock
AFP

Why not call AFP and ask?
I thought Carb Cleaner had Toluene in it. Probably wrong.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-05-2021, 07:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,005
Posted By wirejock
What he ^ said. It works.

What he ^ said. It works.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-04-2021, 04:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 245
Posted By wirejock
Vans way

Thanks Brian. Exactly the explaination I wanted.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-04-2021, 04:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 434
Posted By wirejock
Longerons

Nothing I remember that long after longerons. Seats ate up quite a bit of angle.
I remember buying more but shorter for shipping.
There are some stiffeners in the front made from 125 but they are...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-04-2021, 01:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 245
Posted By wirejock
Sky-tec Starter wiring

Vans recommends one way. Sky-tec another.
Which is best and did you add an indicator off the contactor "I" terminal?
Vans
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Sky-Tec
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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2021, 01:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 633
Posted By wirejock
FWF

You're correct. It becomes non linear.
I elected to finish canopy which led to fiberglass work. Since the shop was in fiberglass mode, I finished wingtips and empennage tips. Note, in my case this...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-03-2021, 03:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,475
Posted By wirejock
Proper Installation

I took it all apart.
Perhaps a photo of a "proper installation" would be helpful. I can't find a combination that clears the new "A" model motor mount when the fitting is clocked correctly at 180....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-03-2021, 08:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,475
Posted By wirejock
Fuel lines

I just assembled the fuel lines. This thread got me worried so here's my install.
Vans fittings except the pressure fitting is a 90. Vans provides a 45.
No Adel clamps yet.
It bothers me that Vans...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-02-2021, 04:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 449
Posted By wirejock
Match drilled parts

Same here. I botched the HS SB and replaced the spar. Other than the new inboard ribs, I just drilled the spar full size and everything fit perfect.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 699
Posted By wirejock
Mentor

You can see from responses, tools are personal. Every builder has a preference. You will too. The trick is how do you learn, what you don't know? Find a mentor. EAA Chapter is a good place to start....
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-30-2021, 04:43 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,710
Posted By wirejock
P-mags

That's pretty close to what AFS recommends. Basically a fused or breaker circut from the Master Contactor inside to the switches then back out to the P-Mags.
Now if it were IFR that would be a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-29-2021, 08:22 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,710
Posted By wirejock
Aircraft Buss

Agreed but my problem is the ACM is the aircraft buss and it has no provision to power the P-Mags. I have to have some sort of auxiliary buss. Battery buss makes sense but I like KISS. The simplest...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-29-2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,710
Posted By wirejock
Cable protection

Seems like there should be some sort of breaker, fuse, current limiter or something on the cable between the battery and entering the cabin.
What's the best way to protect the cable for a low amp...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-29-2021, 03:59 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,104
Posted By wirejock
Buss bar

Thanks
I suppose the question still stands.
Will one bar .138" suffice or is there some electronic reason for two .063" bars?
If Vans wanted a certain bar, I wish they would have included it in my...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-29-2021, 01:43 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,710
Posted By wirejock
E-bus

Reviving an old thread cuz I don't understand something.
I'm using the Aircraft Flight Systems ACM. It specifically forbids powering the P-Mags.
That means I need another BUSS. Makes sense to have...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-29-2021, 12:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,104
Posted By wirejock
Buss bar

Thanks everyone for the info. The pictured and drawings help a lot. I will switch to a case ground.
As long we are, sort of, on the subject.
The plans call for two copper bars between the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-29-2021, 10:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,104
Posted By wirejock
Starte

Yes. I know. Carl mentioned a ground lug. I've swapped a lot of starters on autos and it got me wondering if somehow airplane starter was different.

Still waiting for.an answer to my question on...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-29-2021, 09:14 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,104
Posted By wirejock
Ground

Thanks Carl. That's what I would like to install. #2 battery to starter.
Which is ground? One is labeled for power so that one is obvious.
Where on the starter did you tie the ground?
I also plan a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-29-2021, 08:29 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,104
Posted By wirejock
Starter ground

I know some builders run a dedicated ground to the starter.
Is the case grounded?
Which bolt did you use?
Is this one avaiable?
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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2021, 07:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,709
Posted By wirejock
Piper plug

Where is the best place to tie the plug into the system?
Battery?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2021, 05:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 273
Posted By wirejock
Raw

Thanks. That works. I may shoot some P60G2 next time I have parts to spray.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2021, 03:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 273
Posted By wirejock
Nose gear fork

A Model Builders...
Did you apply anything to your nose gear fork? What? Primer, Alodine, Powder Coat, something else?
It's in a pretty harsh environment. I assume it's 6061 T6
I'm thinking P60G2,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-26-2021, 05:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 494
Posted By wirejock
Conduit

I ran the Vans conduit. No problem installing the servo. Later. Wire is easy. Snake a piece of Cat-5. Tie the wire on and pull. Easy.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2021, 05:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,914
Posted By wirejock
JD Air

JD Air makes a nice vent with a screen built in.
Might even make the bird faster.
https://www.jdair.com/fuel-vents-fuel-drain-fairings-combo-save-over-10/
Forum: Painting your RV 04-26-2021, 04:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 409
Posted By wirejock
Surface prep

Sounds more like a surface prep problem. Maybe an issue with Prekote. Try a same with no Prekote.
Scuff with scotchbrite and a cleanser like Bon Ami. Comet or Ajax will also work but rinse very well....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2021, 09:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,805
Posted By wirejock
Bad run

I've had those kind of days. Wife and I had a day we just couldn't get a decent rivet. We were back riveting. I switched the technique over to wife gun and me bad. Everything went smooth. Never...
Forum: Fiberglass 04-25-2021, 08:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,499
Posted By wirejock
Scarf

I'm no expert either. The easiest and strongest repair is a scarf joint. Cut away the damaged area. Circle is easist to me. Sand from the cut away about an inch or so. You want thin to full...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-25-2021, 07:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,312
Posted By wirejock
7 vs 14

Not challenging. The 14 is just more complete. Prepunched holes are final size. There is less fabrication. However, it costs a little more.
For comparison. I've helped two builders get started. One...
Forum: Fiberglass 04-25-2021, 05:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,499
Posted By wirejock
PVA

Poly Vinyl Alcohol. Release agent. Couple of coats dried in between. The fiberglass pops right off. Washes off.
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/cmpages/moldpva.php
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2021, 10:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 309
Posted By wirejock
Rigging

I'm no where near that point but what about the control surfaces?
Do they allow the stick to go that far?
Just curious.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-23-2021, 08:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,714
Posted By wirejock
Convertible

Ouch. That was my favorite way to drive to work on freezing cold days. Heater on full blast.
That was a Honda S2000. Now I have two Zuks. I pull the doors off. :D
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-23-2021, 07:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,813
Posted By wirejock
FOT

I'm following. Not crazy about daisy chain solder sleeves. As mentioned, cutting one out creates a bunch of work. How about a Forest of Tabs?
Forum: RV-14 04-23-2021, 10:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 285
Posted By wirejock
Dan the man

Look at the Dan Horton Sticky. Great reference.
https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=22931
I compiled basically the same list on my blog. It's not a 14 but I bet the quantites are...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-21-2021, 05:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 912
Posted By wirejock
Panel layout

Start with pictures off the manufacturer's website. Print them exact dimension. Laminate. Apply double sided tape. Start playing.
Then make carboard blocks the exact dimension of the boxes including...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2021, 04:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 848
Posted By wirejock
Build or fly

I know one who built before PPL. He is happily flying his airplane now. It can be done.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-21-2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 132,304
Posted By wirejock
Scratches

Doesn't bother me. That's for the builders that always comment about stuff that doesn't matter just to point out the mistake. Figured I would save them the effort. :D
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-21-2021, 04:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,906
Posted By wirejock
Facebook

Is this the same list from the Facebook posting?
I never heard back on items I wanted.
10. Manometer
28. Sheet Clamps
30. Compression test kit
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-21-2021, 04:03 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 132,304
Posted By wirejock
Mixture bellcrank

Here's another small Gotcha. Photo=1,000 words
The C-670 Bushing is pressed into VA-165 Mixture Bellcrank.
When the bellcrank is bolted to VA-164 Mixture Bracket, it doesn't freely rotate unless the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-21-2021, 10:27 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 132,304
Posted By wirejock
Copper

I never get anything right the first time except mistakes.
I fabricated a scrap aluminum bar and ordered two 12" pieces! :D
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-21-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 542
Posted By wirejock
Drawings

I've seen those. Excellent resource.
I have quite a few drawings from builders. Problem is uniformity. They are different file types.
I was dreaming of a library of files and symbols in a common...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2021, 08:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 946
Posted By wirejock
Prepunched vs full size

7,8,9 are prepunched but not final size. You assemble with clekos and ream to final size then disassemble, debur, yada, yada.
14 holes are punched final size. Still have to dimple.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-20-2021, 06:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 542
Posted By wirejock
Electrical drawings

Do we have a library of drawings on VAF?
I found a few under the "Downloads" link.
I found a few 12 &14 with mixtures of Dynon and Garmin.
It sure would be nice. Grab a section. Copy & Paste.
Move a...
Forum: RV-14 04-20-2021, 06:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,464
Posted By wirejock
ACM

I'm working with them on a panel-less panel using the ACM. My panel is already fit. I just need to cut the holes. Their solution should save me a ton of time.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2021, 11:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 946
Posted By wirejock
Mentor

I agree with Dave's points. The one above is important. Read.
This website is like an encyclopedia of Vans airplane building. Study all the "Stickys".

Next, find a Mentor. Dave taught me. I learned...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-20-2021, 10:11 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 132,304
Posted By wirejock
Copper

Copper. Sorry. I knew. Just typed the wrong metal.
Very neat!
Exactly what I planned. Thanks for the confirmation.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-20-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 132,304
Posted By wirejock
Brass bar

Vans plns show a brass bar between the two contactors. I can't find it on my inventory or parts.
Is it a local hardware store item?

Is it permissible to use a bar to connect to the ANL and or Shunt?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-19-2021, 12:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 73,303
Posted By wirejock
Reamer

Try it on scrap.
I prefer to drill with bits in steps up to about .010-.015 smaller than the reamer.
I use a smaller hole for some of the others.
AN3=#12
#8=19
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