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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 11:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 91
Posted By skelrad
I just went with the wall approach. I hung a...

I just went with the wall approach. I hung a shelf to put the manual on, then put a board on French cleats above it and clip the plans to it. I rarely move the plans, but depending on what Iím...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-22-2021, 09:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 429
Posted By skelrad
Hi Ted - sent PM

Hi Ted - sent PM
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-22-2021, 09:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 524
Posted By skelrad
Great! Thank you both for the info.

Great! Thank you both for the info.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-22-2021, 06:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 524
Posted By skelrad
Safety Wire

I need to order safety wire, but I'm not quite sure what to order. Aircraft Spruce has 5 different sizes available. What size do I need (and how much) for a 9A? I tried to find some reference to it...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-22-2021, 01:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 429
Posted By skelrad
Stall Warning Kit

I have a stall warning kit I wonít be using (just going with AOA). It came with a wing kit I bought second hand and doesnít look like itís ever been opened. $85 and Iíll cover the shipping.
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-17-2021, 10:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 877
Posted By skelrad
Is this one on the left also a hole?

Is this one on the left also a hole?
Forum: Tools 11-15-2021, 12:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,346
Posted By skelrad
I think tool organization is in large part...

I think tool organization is in large part dictated by your shop setup. I prefer to have my frequently used tools in the open vs having to dig for them in a drawer. That being said, I hate clutter,...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-11-2021, 07:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By skelrad
I decided to order a new trim tab spar and take a...

I decided to order a new trim tab spar and take a second attempt at this. I was expecting to get a note from Van's that it would likely be a while before the part would be available, but 4 days...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-07-2021, 04:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By skelrad
I did have the countersink set to .007" deep of...

I did have the countersink set to .007" deep of flush, but after doing some more experimenting, it looks like I did let the countersink bit wander more than I thought it did initially. I'm pretty...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-06-2021, 08:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By skelrad
Trim Tab Spar

I just countersunk the top holes of the left elevator trim tab spar, and it has me wondering if I need to take a second attempt. While the holes turned out relatively round without a lot of the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-24-2021, 11:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,293
Posted By skelrad
I didn't. I remember reading about that in the...

I didn't. I remember reading about that in the build intro, but mentally connected it with actual overlapping skins and didn't think about it for the rudder until I had already dimpled and it was too...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-24-2021, 02:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,293
Posted By skelrad
Rudder Trailing Edge

I used the VHB tape that is now recommended in the manual for trailing edges. I don't love how it turned out. I have no idea what I did wrong. The trailing edge is pretty straight, but the tape...
Forum: Primers 10-23-2021, 12:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,234
Posted By skelrad
Not knowing anything about this process when I...

Not knowing anything about this process when I started, I bought both the EkoClean as well as the EkoEtch. After talking with Stewart, I learned that EkoEtch actually has detergents in it, so if you...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-19-2021, 11:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 469
Posted By skelrad
Solid or Pop Rivets - 9A Elevator Spar

Working on the right elevator (9A) and the instructions say that the underside of the spar/skin can use pop rivets vs solid rivets. But they do mention that many (but not all) of the rivets can be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2021, 01:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,133
Posted By skelrad
You are of course correct. This airplane is...

You are of course correct. This airplane is going to do wonders for my life long issue with perfectionism! :D This was more a moment of disbelief of how I forgot something that was written down for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2021, 10:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,133
Posted By skelrad
Great suggestion. I will give that a shot.

Great suggestion. I will give that a shot.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2021, 08:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,133
Posted By skelrad
Thanks for thinking this through with me George. ...

Thanks for thinking this through with me George. These are blind rivets per the plans. There are three blind rivets that connect the middle main rib to the front spar (the rib that has a nose rib...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2021, 07:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,133
Posted By skelrad
I just dug out an inspection mirror and took...

I just dug out an inspection mirror and took another look at it through one of the small lightening holes in the rear spar. I'm a perfectionist, but after looking at it again, you're probably right....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2021, 07:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,133
Posted By skelrad
Bad blind rivet - forgotten

Half way through riveting on the rear spar of my horizontal stabilizer, it hit me. I had forgotten to drill out and replace one of the blind rivets for the middle main rib and front spar connection. ...
Forum: Tools 10-13-2021, 08:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 668
Posted By skelrad
I haven't had any problems with any of my...

I haven't had any problems with any of my Cleaveland dies. My dies from them have the o-ring, and the sets have the metal clip.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2021, 12:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 784
Posted By skelrad
Thank you for all of the replies. I know just...

Thank you for all of the replies. I know just about every question that can be asked, has been. The absolute volume of information on VAF can sometimes make it harder to find answers, so I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2021, 09:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 784
Posted By skelrad
I did test it against a dimpled skin and could...

I did test it against a dimpled skin and could have sworn in nested perfectly, but obviously it was not so. Welcome to the education of homebuilding I guess. I will try .007" below flush next time...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2021, 06:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 784
Posted By skelrad
Dimple / Countersink Sandwich

I am finishing up my horizontal stabilizer and riveting on the rear spar. When I countersunk the spar I basically did it to the depth of a rivet head. I checked a few times with a dimpled piece of...
Forum: Primers 10-09-2021, 01:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,234
Posted By skelrad
Stewart Systems EkoPrime Test

If anyone's curious, I wanted to see how EkoPrime would stand up to abuse on an acid etch only surface vs an acid etch plus Scotch Brite scuffed surface. I primed parts a week ago and primed a scrap...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-07-2021, 02:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 461
Posted By skelrad
Riveting Inboard Rib/Spar in Horizontal Stab

Any tricks to riveting the inboard rib to the front spar in the horizontal stab of a RV9? I made quite a mess of the area trying to figure out the best way to rivet the main rib to the shim, spar,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-06-2021, 10:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 717
Posted By skelrad
I can't believe I didn't think about backing up...

I can't believe I didn't think about backing up the hole with a washer of some sort! Great idea. I know I didn't get the "good" clecos, but when I ordered my tools there was no choice due to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-06-2021, 12:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 717
Posted By skelrad
Clecos in dimpled holes

Tonight was the first night of riveting for my build! All in all it went well, minus the middle nose ribs of the horizontal stabilizer. How anyone has small enough hands to hold a bucking bar in...
Forum: Tools 10-03-2021, 11:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,672
Posted By skelrad
Virtually any bandsaw made for wood will work if...

Virtually any bandsaw made for wood will work if you pair it with a good blade. Aluminum is very easy to cut, especially given how thin the aluminum in kits tends to be. There’s no reason to get a...
Forum: Primers 10-03-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 497
Posted By skelrad
Thanks. That sounds a little more tolerable than...

Thanks. That sounds a little more tolerable than the finger grater of dimples! I did find info from Stewart Systems in their Ekoetch documentation that says to try to prime within 12 hours of...
Forum: Primers 10-02-2021, 10:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 497
Posted By skelrad
Speed to Prime After Etch?

2nd priming post in two days...two guesses what I've been up to lately!

I'm curious, how quickly after etching do you need to lay down primer? Is it hours, days, weeks, etc? The reason I ask is...
Forum: Primers 10-02-2021, 10:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 698
Posted By skelrad
Solution

Thanks for the ideas everyone. I found a couple of issues with my gun, which when fixed, made a huge difference in how the primer went down. It's hard to say what the smoking gun was, so to speak,...
Forum: Primers 10-02-2021, 11:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 698
Posted By skelrad
Thanks, I'll give that a try. I think I just...

Thanks, I'll give that a try. I think I just need to play around with the combination of settings a bit more to nail down what works well. I looked at the parts after drying overnight and they...
Forum: Primers 10-02-2021, 11:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 698
Posted By skelrad
Using 1/2" hose with high flow fittings.

Using 1/2" hose with high flow fittings.
Forum: Primers 10-01-2021, 08:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 698
Posted By skelrad
Spray setup help

I’m a complete painting novice, so have a few questions following my first priming session today. I'm using Stewart Systems EkoPrime. I had some trouble getting the gun (Devilbiss Finishline) set up...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-27-2021, 11:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 786
Posted By skelrad
Deburring After Reaming

While I have been deburring every hole I match drill (using a deburring bit), I have to admit, part of me wonders why I’m doing it half the time. When I use a reamer to match drill, the hole is so...
Forum: RV-14 09-27-2021, 11:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,927
Posted By skelrad
I have an 8Ē grinder, but thatís just because I...

I have an 8Ē grinder, but thatís just because I use it for other things. The 6Ē will work fine. The issue I had with my 8Ē was that the motor housing is nearly as big as a 6Ē scotch brite wheel (hard...
Forum: Reviews 09-03-2021, 10:20 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,118
Posted By skelrad
Is there a reason people go with the nickel vs...

Is there a reason people go with the nickel vs just get the leading edge tape? Catto says the tape provides the same protection in rain with no need to drop RPM.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2021, 10:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 965
Posted By skelrad
For those of you who wait and paint the interior...

For those of you who wait and paint the interior after assembly, assuming the primer has been on for quite a while, are you respraying or scuffing the primer to promote adhesion, or just spraying...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2021, 05:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 767
Posted By skelrad
"Confident" is a strong term for my riveting...

"Confident" is a strong term for my riveting skills at this point! :D Passable, yes. I like the previous ideas of starting to do some of the part fabrication, so maybe I'll sift through the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2021, 12:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 767
Posted By skelrad
Kit Build Order

Like many people, I've been patiently (?) waiting on kits to ship from Van's. This is my first build. When I ordered the tail kit, it looked like August was realistic to expect for delivery. Now...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2021, 12:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 711
Posted By skelrad
My crate date on the tail kit was supposed to be...

My crate date on the tail kit was supposed to be 8/16. I just got contacted by Van's to complete the payment, and they said it would be about 6 weeks until it was ready for shipping. So about 2...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-11-2021, 03:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,275
Posted By skelrad
Don't be afraid to go used

Just about any bandsaw made for wood will work fine when coupled with the right blade. Just for reference, I use an older version of the bigger Harbor Freight model and it cuts through aluminum with...
Forum: Primers 08-10-2021, 08:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,773
Posted By skelrad
I've decided to use Stewart Systems. I wanted to...

I've decided to use Stewart Systems. I wanted to get their recommendation, so emailed them about how to use the products:

We recommend etching the aluminum by spraying it lightly with EkoEtch mixed...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-04-2021, 11:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,350
Posted By skelrad
I like the idea. Not having a 3D printer, Iíll be...

I like the idea. Not having a 3D printer, Iíll be taking the block of wood from the bin approach.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-12-2021, 06:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,302
Posted By skelrad
Agree on the bigger wheel. On the 1" wheel, I...

Agree on the bigger wheel. On the 1" wheel, I actually find that once a groove forms, the deburring is far easier. It's easily controlled and hits both sides with just a small tilt back and forth....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-12-2021, 04:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,302
Posted By skelrad
I can see how files make sense for parts with a...

I can see how files make sense for parts with a greater thickness, but are they a necessary step for the sheet metal that is in the toolbox kit?

On thinner formed parts (working my way through some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2021, 09:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,623
Posted By skelrad
Wingtip vs Leading Edge Lighting

Maybe my search skills are weak, but most threads I've found talking about leading edge vs wingtip lighting are a decade old and many of the decisions were driven by the lighting types available at...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-11-2021, 11:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,948
Posted By skelrad
For something like stiffeners I kind of figure...

For something like stiffeners I kind of figure itís no big deal either way, but I like to push the envelope of ďthere are no stupid questions.Ē :D
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-11-2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,948
Posted By skelrad
Trimming Stiffeners

Just working on my practice kit, but figured I'd ask the dumb question before getting to the empennage...

The plans say to trim the stiffeners by cutting to the middle of the holes punched in the...
Forum: Tools 06-01-2021, 11:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 791
Posted By skelrad
Rivet Gauge

What’s the right way to use a rivet gauge? I’m working on my practice kit, and I’ve heard that the shop head should not fit into the little gauge hole at all, and also been told the rivet should fit...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-01-2021, 03:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 583
Posted By skelrad
I've always thought I'd build a tip-up simply...

I've always thought I'd build a tip-up simply because I love the view. All of this talk of leaks I've heard has me second guessing that though. I live in the Pacific Northwest. I take it there...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-30-2021, 12:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,009
Posted By skelrad
Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like there’s no...

Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like there’s no real reason to make anything all that permanent, so I’ll just leave the benches alone for now. This pondering is from the problem of having too much...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-29-2021, 11:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,009
Posted By skelrad
Space For Back Riveting

Before I modify the wrong work bench for a back rivet plate and kick myself later: I have no idea of the size of parts that can be back riveted and how much room is necessary. I have one permanent...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-28-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,120
Posted By skelrad
This rings a bell from an EAA video I recently...

This rings a bell from an EAA video I recently saw: https://www.eaa.org/Videos/Hints-for-Homebuilders/Sheet-Metal/2847732484001
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2021, 12:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,175
Posted By skelrad
Are you saying they did or didn't have primer on...

Are you saying they did or didn't have primer on the surfaces?
Forum: Northwest 05-24-2021, 03:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,178
Posted By skelrad
Snohomish

If you're looking for something a bit out of the city, try Harvey Field - maybe a 45 min drive to downtown Seattle. I believe it's $5/night.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-24-2021, 01:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,275
Posted By skelrad
I'm new to the game and just working on the...

I'm new to the game and just working on the practice kit. Of course I'm trying every riveting/dimpling method just to learn, but it took me 1 rivet with the Cleaveland pneumatic squeezer to decide...
Forum: Northwest 05-23-2021, 01:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,119
Posted By skelrad
Inspections - When?

Maybe a dumb question, but at what point throughout construction do you typically have someone come look over your work? After/during every different kit?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-18-2021, 10:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,783
Posted By skelrad
Is a leaky tip-up truly normal?

I'm not to the tip-up vs slider decision yet, but curious, is it just a known factor for a tip-up to leak? I've always wanted a tip-up, but living in Seattle, maybe that's not such a great idea...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-08-2021, 12:35 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,403
Posted By skelrad
Compressor

Unless you just want something new, compressors are one of those things that tend to be all over Craigslist. If you do a little homework, you can get A LOT more for your money than buying new.

If...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-07-2021, 06:46 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,403
Posted By skelrad
I modeled my benches after the EAA benches. I'd...

I modeled my benches after the EAA benches. I'd say that design is overkill for what the intended use of the benches is, but I guess that means I'm done building benches for the next 50 years.

In...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2021, 10:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,067
Posted By skelrad
Thanks everyone! Michael, it sounds like youíre...

Thanks everyone! Michael, it sounds like youíre just a few minutes away. Iíd love to swing by sometime. Iíll PM you.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2021, 03:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,067
Posted By skelrad
Seattle are visit for the new guy?

I haven't gotten plugged into a local EAA chapter yet, but wondering if there's anybody in the East Seattle area (I'm East of Redmond) who would be game to give a new guy a little shop tour some day...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2021, 08:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,102
Posted By skelrad
Aftercooler & Copper Lines

DIY aftercoolers work really well if you don't have a reason to run lines around the shop and just want something to cool the air right at the compressor. If you are going to run pipe anyway because...
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