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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2019, 07:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 999
Posted By dsmithlib
Thanks

Ryan,
Thanks for taking the time for those pics. My airplane is finished so I may choose the Gretz to avoid getting my bucking bars out !!

Thanks,
Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 999
Posted By dsmithlib
Looking for blue aluminum pitot mast install pics

I am planning to install Garmin GAP26 heated pitot.
Then I saw the blue aluminum mast with spar offset.
I would appreciate any pics of this mast properly installed.
Thanks,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2016, 08:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,895
Posted By dsmithlib
Alaska bucket list trip

....just completing my fourth annual inspection and getting ready for another season in my RV7.

I am giving some thought to an excursion from Wisconsin to Alaska this summer. I would only make...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-17-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,886
Posted By dsmithlib
BOM for Jack Stands

I posted my bill of materials as a jpeg in the photo library.

Plus the following.....
For the base material, let Speedy send you the correct sized pieces. Order 2x24 and 4x9.5

Add some angle tab...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-15-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,886
Posted By dsmithlib
DIY Jack Stands

Well, it was supposed to be so easy!
Jack Stand Photos.......
https://plus.google.com/photos/103453237458744117565/albums/6081938896336413537

After my last RV7 Condition Inspection I vowed to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2013, 08:49 PM
Replies: 308
Views: 130,645
Posted By dsmithlib
LED Lights

Mike, Good to hear from you, great write-up.
I have the 75W shooting out through the Creativ LED nav lights and have often thought about cutting in the DW housing. However, since I am painted, that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2013, 06:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,184
Posted By dsmithlib
Flap motor intermittent failure - grounding?

I have an RV7 with 170hrs. On two or three occasions, I have reached for the flaps and get nothing. I have never been stuck with flaps down needing to lift off so I am grateful for that.

On the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2013, 07:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,212
Posted By dsmithlib
Best fire ext mount for RV-7?

I searched for previous threads and did not come up with good pics. Would like to see recommendations to mount 1.3# small halon extonguisher in an accessible spot on a 6/7.
thanks....
Forum: RV-10 02-26-2013, 04:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,590
Posted By dsmithlib
Creative fire extinguisher mounting for RV6 or RV7?

I have a 1.3# halon extingusiher. Now I need to figure out where to put it. I'm looking for some creative mounting methods that keep it in reach.
Thanks,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2012, 10:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 991
Posted By dsmithlib
What test would determine if it is the ground issue or feedback?

I have tested the airplane pretty near the 50' you specified but, still had the problem.

For example, is there a similar signal I could generate and see similar impact on instruments. (confirming...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2012, 08:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 991
Posted By dsmithlib
430 transmit causing erratic instrument readings?

I have a 430 wired with RG4 via one bulkhead connector and then on to an Archer wigtip antenna. Upon transmit, all of my resistive circuit instruments go crazy including CHT, EGT, flap indicator,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2011, 09:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,958
Posted By dsmithlib
How should I tie down RV-7 for engine run in?

The good news: it's finally time to run the engine for the first engine run.

The bad news: My rebuilt O360 has new ECI Titan cylinders that have never been 'run in'. So, I need to fire it up and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2011, 09:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,255
Posted By dsmithlib
Supersized elevator horn holes-what to do?

It was all going so well. Horiz stab, elevators. Then the time came to drill the holes in the elevator horns. After lining up the trailing edges, I got out the long #40 bit and drilled those holes...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-03-2011, 07:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,425
Posted By dsmithlib
How to retain service loops at both ends of wings?

I am finishing up the wing wiring and encountered a challenge at both ends of the wing. There will necessarily be service loops of wire at both ends of the wing to facilitate putting on the wing and...
Forum: Painting your RV 04-28-2011, 09:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,689
Posted By dsmithlib
Paint over the screws? especially stainless?

I have turned the corner and getting ready to paint. My plan is to use the PPG Desothane system.

Over time, I have heard that there is poor adhesion or other issues painting over stainless. So,...
Forum: Fiberglass 03-06-2011, 09:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,160
Posted By dsmithlib
Timely Updates

Thank you for your posts on this subject. I trimmed all my fairings and have been avoiding the finishing work - I can wait no longer!!

I have the West and micro so will give it a try.

What...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-30-2010, 08:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,354
Posted By dsmithlib
Wingtip to Aileron Alignment: Will this work?

I am at the point of drilling the tips to the wings. Like so many others, I have found the small misalignment issue (1/8 - 1/4) at the trailing edge between the aileron and the tip.

I am using...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-07-2010, 02:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,624
Posted By dsmithlib
What does success look like with Van's intersection fairings?

I have searched the site pretty thoroughly about the intersection fairings for my RV7. I bought the Vans intersection fairings for a starting point and I really don't mind the fiberglass work.

But,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2010, 08:19 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,128
Posted By dsmithlib
What does success look like? Vans intersection fairings

I have searched the site pretty thoroughly about the intersection fairings for my RV7. I bought the Vans intersection fairings for a starting point and I really don't mind the fiberglass work.

But,...
Forum: Painting your RV 09-29-2010, 08:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 13,149
Posted By dsmithlib
Top ten recommendations for do-it-yourself painting?

I have come to the end of my project and really want to paint my RV7. I have read the Ron Alexander book and attended the Osh sessions. I have talked to the vedors. But, the most valuable input...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2010, 09:43 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 872
Posted By dsmithlib
Looking to participate in painting process-north IL or south WI

I have an RV7 nearly ready for final assembly. I plan to paint the airplane in parts before assembly.

I am looking for someone in Chicagoland or southern Wisconsin that is painting their project...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2010, 08:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,055
Posted By dsmithlib
Looking for good chronicle of painting an RV

I am near certain I will be painting my RV7 with no experience. I do have a nearby auto painter who will guide me through some key aspects. I have also read Ron Alexanders book a few times.

But I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2010, 06:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,804
Posted By dsmithlib
How can you secure the plastic snap bushings?

I am finishing the wire routes from panel to baggage area and of course there are several plastic snap bushings along the way.

They are installed properly yet never give me the feel that they are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2010, 07:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,104
Posted By dsmithlib
How can you search for an aviation community ?

We plan to move from our snowy midwest home in the next few years and have begun shopping. I am RV7 homebuilder and as such have a couple of priorities. My strategy is locate one or two areas and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2009, 09:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 994
Posted By dsmithlib
Need recommendation for RV-7 throttle & mixture through heat box?

I've tried hard to find the answer so not to waste anyones time. I have an RV7 with O360, Precision carb and Van's bracket. Long ago, I drilled some holes in the firewall for these cable routes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2009, 10:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,067
Posted By dsmithlib
Yes, similar problem.....

I read all the posts and did my best yet had a very similar problem. I did work from the front but, I was never able to completely eliminate the alignment issues you have.

Your current photos...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2009, 01:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,379
Posted By dsmithlib
Looking for aviation ringtones

Yes, I should get back to building......but, I am looking for a ringtone for my BlackBerry Bold phone.......

I am thinking an RV, P51 or other distinctive fly by ringtone.

Does anyone know where...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2009, 09:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,267
Posted By dsmithlib
Cowl Madness: How do you stretch a cowl ?

I have been blazing through the my RV7 cowl project with Skybolts and thought I had it pretty well under control. I fitted the attach strips and then thought I should pull the cowl up to the spinner...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2009, 06:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 958
Posted By dsmithlib
Rotisserie or Sling?

Now that I have mounted my engine, it has dawned on me that it might be most convenient to begin painting before going further.

I see a number of threads about the rotisserie on the firewall. But,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2009, 07:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,133
Posted By dsmithlib
Looking for TruTrak EFIS / EMS references

I am heading to Sun n Fun and was shopping for a combo EFIS / EMS like a Dynon D180 or GRT Sport. I had ruled out Trutrak due to lack of engine monitoring. Now, I have discovered they in fact make...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2009, 08:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,055
Posted By dsmithlib
What's the link to the weight and balance collection?

I have been to a site that had a compilation of many weight and balance postings. Now that I need it, I cannot find it.

I am trying to determine the value of placing my Creativ strobe power supply...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2009, 09:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,383
Posted By dsmithlib
Need RV-7 wire routing alternative for forward fuse area

I have ample routes to bring all the wiring into the forward fuse area. Once there, it seems there are three vertical routes. Left, right and under the center floor cover.

In Van's OP-10...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2009, 09:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,704
Posted By dsmithlib
Please comment on this panel layout photo

After a six month layoff, I am ready to return to building. I am posting a photo of my panel mock up hoping to get some feedback. Please click away to get a larger view of it via...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2008, 10:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 954
Posted By dsmithlib
Need recommendation for switch row below stock panel

My RV7 tipup panel is filling fast. I originally thought I could fit a row of swithes in along the bottom of my stock panel but, no joy. I need to fabricate something for switches beneath my stock...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-04-2008, 07:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 974
Posted By dsmithlib
Looking for Power Consumption Estimates

I am beginning to plan my electrical system and making decisions between the main bus and endurance bus per Bob Nuckolls recommendations.
I am looking for estimated power usage that someone has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2008, 08:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,442
Posted By dsmithlib
Here's what I did....and how it turned out...

First, thank you all for your feedback.
Attaching to the glass seemed to make the bottoms of the rails spread out.
To correct the excess spread on both sides.....

I removed the glass and I removed a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2008, 10:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,442
Posted By dsmithlib
My 7 tipup was perfect, then I attached the glass and it kicked out 3/16??

I have labored for nearly a year on my RV7 tipup. All was well. The glass was fine, the frame was fine. I had the side skins on multiple times with clecos. I had pulled the glass down a couple of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-27-2008, 10:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,279
Posted By dsmithlib
Nut Plates !! Great Idea....Thank you all, see...

Nut Plates !! Great Idea....Thank you all, see you at Osh at Vans' BBQ
Thanks again....
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-27-2008, 03:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,279
Posted By dsmithlib
How can you access the nut in this drawing?

I am trying to attach my C728 Ball Stud Aft Mount to the Aft Canopy Deck with #8 screws as depicted in the attached drawing snipet from my RV7...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2008, 08:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,477
Posted By dsmithlib
How do you recover from a canopy cut too short?

When marking my RV7 tipup, I forgot to clamp down the 725 side rails. The rails were sitting up about 1/4" higher than they should have been(in addition to the 1/4" the rails are up for the seals). ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2008, 09:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,267
Posted By dsmithlib
Did I just Crack my Canopy or am I paranoid?

I have just finished the 'big cut' on my RV7 tipup. I thought all went well and then I began lifting the tape.

On the front canopy.....about 1/2" in from the big cut is what I first thought was a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-16-2008, 10:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,181
Posted By dsmithlib
Hank, I think if you get the 320 engine mount,...

Hank,
I think if you get the 320 engine mount, you would need to get a different (extended cowl as well. I also have a 360 finishing kit and still contemplating a O320. However, I am thinking about...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-16-2008, 09:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 17,765
Posted By dsmithlib
Jim, How do you think Sika would work in a tipup...

Jim,
How do you think Sika would work in a tipup configuration? I am getting to the attaching point of the tipup. Do you know anyone who did it? Yours looks great !
Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2007, 07:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,017
Posted By dsmithlib
Can you share your RV-7 CG outcome ?

I have read a couple of times about managing the CG. There seems to be concern about getting it too far aft. I have the 360 finishing kit for vert induction but, have not purchased the engine. ...
Forum: Web Site Development 09-15-2007, 07:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,168
Posted By dsmithlib
Recommendation for Web Builders Log?

I have seen so many well done sites. I am wondering if there is a common tool or template that you are using so I can minimize computer work (I started out to build a plane, not a web site!)

My...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-05-2007, 09:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,388
Posted By dsmithlib
I have just purchased an RV7 project at the...

I have just purchased an RV7 project at the finishing kit stage. While most of the sheet metal work is done, I don't want to mess up a thing. I just ordered the Avery kit to get started and would...
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