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Forum: Tools Today, 11:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 444
Posted By wirejock
HF brake

I have the 30" HF brake. It works just fine. I never needed much more than 12" of it.
I was always disappointed there is no bending part with a radius. I may check on those printed ones. Thx
Forum: Fiberglass Today, 09:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 340
Posted By wirejock
Kitplanes article

I wrote a Kitplanes article on Wheel Pants and Gear Leg Fairings. It hasn't published, but if you want to read the draft, send me an e-mail (below).

The short answer is I didn't worry about the seam...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 07:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 669
Posted By wirejock
Sfiffeners

Pretty common to add stiffeners top and bottom fore/aft.
All sorts of methods. I used dowels. Epoxy them by holding them in place with a few strips of waxed lashing string. Remove the strings and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-28-2022, 01:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 323
Posted By wirejock
Bowden cable passthrough

Need to? Probably not. Whatever path works.
I used these.
Bowden Cable Firewall Pass Through (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=192794&highlight=Bowden)

Standard Vans Bowden cables...
Forum: Primers 11-27-2022, 08:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 474
Posted By wirejock
Guns

Which primer? Kinda matters.
The gun make a difference, but the painter is what really matters. Kinda like golf clubs.
I've used the cheapo Harbor Fright, DeVilbis FLG4 and now the Black Widow. I'll...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2022, 08:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 211
Posted By wirejock
Top cowl

Mine comes off pretty quick. Plenum underneath. No baffles.
There's quite a bit of custom modification. I got comfortable with fiberglass. We be mates now! :D
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Forum: RV-7/7A 11-27-2022, 08:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 495
Posted By wirejock
1/8" set

Yep. I tried the next size up once. Major smileys.
Stick a piece of black gorilla tape over the factory head. It will protect from marks.

By the way. I see your in Denver. If you want to join the...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-27-2022, 05:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,267
Posted By wirejock
Moondog

Our deepest condolences. We have been through that loss more than once. Eventually, you will be ready and the next "MoonDog" will adopt you.

Amelia (Mia) is our baby.
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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-27-2022, 03:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 145
Posted By wirejock
Wheel

Check Vans then look around.
This wheel (https://store.vansaircraft.com/scotch-brite-wheel-tool-sbw.html) is most commonly used
I recommend a soft polishing wheel on the opposite side. One hit on a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-26-2022, 06:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 793
Posted By wirejock
Full length flap hinge pin

I tried installing and removing a full length pin before going with the split. It wasn't easy with the wing on a cradle and someone holding the flap. No way I could do it solo. I can R&R the flaps...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-26-2022, 03:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 793
Posted By wirejock
Center removal

This works very well. Pins are pulle from the center.
I have since cut the keepers down to one eyelet each.

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2022, 12:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 780
Posted By wirejock
KAI

What's a KAI?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2022, 08:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,026
Posted By wirejock
Interesting. I wonder how many gas cans are in...

Interesting. I wonder how many gas cans are in hangars. Nice to know. I will check before the fuel testing.



Thanks. I learn something every day on VAF.
All those years we hauled fuel to the track,...
Forum: Tools 11-23-2022, 06:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,384
Posted By wirejock
Rhino 5200

I have the Dymo Rhino 5200. Expensive but the kit comes with the AC adapter and a bunch of tape. I purchased the generic heat shrink tube on Amazon and tested them. They work fine.
Forum: RV-14 11-23-2022, 05:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 405
Posted By wirejock
Off set

Couple more tips.
Once you determine where the offf set should be positioned, tape it to the gun so it can't rotate.
Turn up the pressure a little.
Use a small square of Gorilla Tape over the factory...
Forum: RV-14 11-23-2022, 05:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 534
Posted By wirejock
Mini belt

I forgot that tool. Very handy. Great for fiberglass work too.
Forum: Primers 11-23-2022, 04:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 229
Posted By wirejock
Respirator

Ideally, a positive pressure respirator like a Hobby Air, full Tyvek suit, gloves, etc. Kinda depends on where you paint.
If you spray a lot in a confined space, you need more protection.
I sprayed...
Forum: RV-14 11-23-2022, 03:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 534
Posted By wirejock
Tool

Random is ok for sanding out tooling marks but I wouldn't use it to remove that much. The tool is too easy to loose control. Make a new cut outside the line.
My preferred tool was a Saw Max.
An angle...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-23-2022, 03:48 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 17,806
Posted By wirejock
Congratulations

Awesome. Congratulations
Forum: RV-4 11-23-2022, 03:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 412
Posted By wirejock
Tip tips

Funny you ask. Check the latest issue of Kitplanes.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Dma3yDxpw98gMrOrEM-ULn2MW_EMM8I3/view?usp=share_link
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2022, 03:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 643
Posted By wirejock
Drag torque

I use a torque screwdriver to measure the drag. It measures pretty low.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2022, 03:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,026
Posted By wirejock
Gas cans

Racing fuel cans. Most racers use 100 octane racing fuel.
Many farm supply stores sell them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2022, 09:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,248
Posted By wirejock
Dock delivery

Save some money. Ask for Dock Delivery. Specify the warehouse. Rent a truck if you don't have one.
You are in control. If the shipment looks questionable, no one can say anything because you never...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2022, 05:11 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,376
Posted By wirejock
Serial #

That's the answer. Remove the Empennage since that's where the serial number was assigned.
Buy and build the rest using the aforementioned serial number. Same airplane. Just a joke. I'm sure Vans...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2022, 04:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 351
Posted By wirejock
TS Flightlines

Another Rave for Tom. He has a really nice restrictor fitting.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-22-2022, 11:48 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,139
Posted By wirejock
Kitplanes

Kitplanes would prefer subscribers, but I do post links on my blog (below) after they publish. They send me pre-production artwork. It's not the beautiful high resolution magazine artwork. Photos are...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-22-2022, 09:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 260
Posted By wirejock
TS Flightlines

Contact TS Flightlines. Tom sells a kit for it. Braided lines, fittings and a slecial MP cyl head fitting.. Vey nice.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-21-2022, 10:25 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,139
Posted By wirejock
Spacers

Personally, I'm not a fan of forcing the canopy to conform to a defined spacer gap. I'm not an Engineer, but clamping it in localized areas seems like permenant stress points waiting to crack. I used...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-21-2022, 04:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,785
Posted By wirejock
Trim & Flaps

Jusy curious.
Are the trim and flaps controlled by the EFIS or wired direct to switches?
If the EFIS were to fail how do the motors get signal?
Just curious.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2022, 10:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,859
Posted By wirejock
Controls

I can't help with panel labels but do have a few more sets of these. Shoot me an e-mail (below) for my address. Send a self addressed stamped envalope. I'll send a set.
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Forum: RV-10 11-21-2022, 08:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,948
Posted By wirejock
Pop rivet

Agree. Insert a MK-319-BS. Tiny adjustment in hole dimension.
If you want to hide it, mix a small dab of epoxy or JB Weld.
Smush it the hole. Just before it cures, slice it clean to the head with a...
Forum: Primers 11-20-2022, 05:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 542
Posted By wirejock
Exhaust

I live at 7500 in the Colorado mountains. Cold. I've sprayed P60G2 down to 32 degrees many times. The trick is a warm (60 degrees) shop.
Release the shop garage door. Prep everything. Open. Run parts...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-20-2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,253
Posted By wirejock
Telephone Hitch

Try the Telephone Hitch posted on SteinAir.
I'm a little biased because I was a telephone guy.
The knot is really fast to tie.
Lay the string accross thumb and first finger. Move both fingers around...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-18-2022, 10:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 578
Posted By wirejock
Jig

There may be a photo in my blog but I didn't trust it. No matter how it was installed, the aileron could move. O fabricated a long aignment bar from 1-1/2 x .125 with the tooling holes and a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-17-2022, 06:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,442
Posted By wirejock
Yep. They didn't give you extruded. Bummer. I...

Yep. They didn't give you extruded.
Bummer. I always go in person and look at what Im buying.
Sometimes it's damaged too.
Hope you find the correct stuff
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-17-2022, 05:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,143
Posted By wirejock
Colorado RVs

John
Not to grab Scott's thread, but it looks like you're in Colorado.
I manage a forum of Colorado RV builders and owners.
If you would like to join, shoot me an e-mail (see below)
Name
Cell
City
RV...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-17-2022, 02:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,253
Posted By wirejock
Waxed lacing cord

Me three. You really want "Waxed Lacing Cord".
The wax keeps knots from slipping. Look up some videos. Knots need to be tied correctly. Be careful. You can easily cut wires with the stuff.
I've got a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-17-2022, 01:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 298
Posted By wirejock
Hinge alignment

Always try to leave both halves of the hinge together with the pin in place.
A few small C-clamps and some small 1/2 strips of 1/4" plywood work well to hold the hinge nice and tight till clekos are...
Forum: RV-14 11-16-2022, 06:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 802
Posted By wirejock
Missed dimple

First, I've never made such a mistake. :D
Well maybe once, or twice.
Once, C-frame, skin hole, Vans said flatten and add a hole either side.
Another time, pneumatic, rib hole, they said add a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-16-2022, 03:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 792
Posted By wirejock
Oversize rivets

Short answer is yes. Check Spruce for 1097 rivets.
Longer answer is it matters where. Post a photo.
Lots of very skilled builers on VAF can help.
Officially, Vans is the authoritative source.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-16-2022, 03:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 459
Posted By wirejock
Nutplates

The nutplates are pretty solid, but a strip would certainly help. It's easy to install a thin strip bonded with G-Flex.
I found it works for me to bond reinforcement strips before drilling for...
Forum: 3D Printed Parts 11-16-2022, 09:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 892
Posted By wirejock
Question Software

Try LibreCad.
LibreCAD is very similar to AutoCAD. I found quite a few tutorials on line as well.

Libre has a full suite of freeware (Libre Office), open source software. They all are pretty...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-16-2022, 09:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,716
Posted By wirejock
Habits

I also do most of the habits posted.
Cut outside the line
Drill the first hole #41
Disconnect air from tools

I always test the countersink cage on scrap. I have three and no matter how many perfect...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-15-2022, 04:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,325
Posted By wirejock
Masking

As everyone seems to agree, you don't want to effect the areas where sealant will not be applied.
I'm OCD. I didn't quite go this far but close.
Install ribs with a few clekos. Top or bottom. Mark...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-15-2022, 09:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,242
Posted By wirejock
Angle

The angle is only clekoed in place till the material cures. Its just a straight edge. In fact, the holes in the angle need not be perfect. They could be drilled slightly oversize. As long as the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-15-2022, 08:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,563
Posted By wirejock
Spacing

I'm not that smart. I just slipped them in place to find a happy place. Then adjusted position to allow for the tape.
I doubt my custom clamps are dimensionallly perfect either.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-14-2022, 08:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,563
Posted By wirejock
Stiffeners

I'll call them "Gear Leg Thingamajig" from now on! :D
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-14-2022, 07:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,242
Posted By wirejock
Proseal

I used proseal with a 2x2x6 angle. Allowed the proseal to fully cure then riveted in random order.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-14-2022, 06:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,563
Posted By wirejock
Dampener hardware

After some persuasion, the DAMPENERS are installed. I had to switch hardware to...
AN525-10R7
MS21042-3
AN960-1032L
There was not enough room for traditional hardware.
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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-14-2022, 10:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,325
Posted By wirejock
Fay surfaces

The only areas needing cleanliness are fay surfaces. They should be scuffed and wiped with a solvent. Only place I used MEK.
The other areas can be wiped at the same time if you want.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-14-2022, 09:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,132
Posted By wirejock
Caps

That is funny. Never occurred to me to check Amazon. Doh!
Thx
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-13-2022, 11:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,359
Posted By wirejock
Seal

That's a great idea. Ultra Black impregnated fiberglass cloth.
How is it secured? Maybe doesn't need to be secured.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2022, 06:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 404
Posted By wirejock
Brake lines

I see those with hard line brake lines make a loop at the wheel. Is that strain relief? Service loop?
Mine are Beringer braided lines. I planned and have enough extra for a nice service loop.
How do...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-12-2022, 09:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,563
Posted By wirejock
Dampener

Officially, Vans plans show Wood Damping Strips.
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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-11-2022, 08:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,132
Posted By wirejock
PCV

I assumed the builders who use a PCV are trying to allow air in while keeping fluid from leaking out. PCV valves operate the other way. Air and fluids are allowed out of the crankcase.
Hence my...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-11-2022, 07:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,563
Posted By wirejock
Silicone tape

Silicone tape really hangs on under the pressure. If it moves during my Phase 1 before the pants and fairings get installed, I will replace with Gorilla tape. I just hate trying to get that stuff...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-11-2022, 02:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,563
Posted By wirejock
Winging it

It's that last 90% that kicks your booty. :)
Actually, stiffeners are optional. Vans calls for wooden pieces bonded somewhere. This is easier, more functional and cleaner.

Looks like I'll be...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-11-2022, 09:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,563
Posted By wirejock
Article

Mike
I just finished an article on that very subject. Very cool jig that will save you a fortune in swear donations.
Shoot me an e-mail (below). I'll send the draft.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-11-2022, 09:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,563
Posted By wirejock
Stiffeners

I have two pieces of 2024 T3 1-1/2X24X.125
They will have to be tapered a little at the bottom. I determined the taper with tokens made from scrap.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-10-2022, 08:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 646
Posted By wirejock
G-flex

G-flex is very tenacious stuff. It is mixed one to one by volume but if you mix by weight, the activator is heavier. 1 to .84. Probably wouldn't make any difference though.
Give you an idea how...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-10-2022, 05:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,563
Posted By wirejock
Gear leg stiffener clamps

My Mentor Dave Paule came up with the idea. All I did was change the concept on the clamps. The traditional Adel clamps put the stiffener off center and the leg fairings wouldn't fit. I know Adels...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-10-2022, 02:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,132
Posted By wirejock
Reservoir

Thanks Scott. I'll let you know.

The PCV valve option has me flummoxed.
I turn a lot of wrenches on cars.
PCV valves are designed to vent crankcase pressure out. That's backwards for a reservoir...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-10-2022, 09:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,132
Posted By wirejock
Vent

No worries Scott. I ordered a couple feom Vans. I just hope the threads are clean. I may have to replace the reservoir. The threads are borderline. If the new vent doesn't work, I may switch to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-09-2022, 10:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 803
Posted By wirejock
Lens

On my 7, the lens was one piece. Cuts easy with a cut off wheel on a Dremel. It's not like canopy plexi.
I managed to fog a spot on one of mine with a chemical and buffed it right out with compound...
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