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Forum: Fiberglass Today, 10:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 610
Posted By wirejock
Tips

Thanks for the tips.
This stuff will be sanded off today and I'll try again.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Today, 09:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 444
Posted By wirejock
Dimples

The dimples near your hand look better but still under. The ones at the top are very under dimpled.
I see no burnish marks. You may want to try some Cleveland dies.
I prefer a C-frame.
Forum: Fiberglass Yesterday, 08:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 610
Posted By wirejock
Epoxy

Same as every other part I've done.
Skim with neat epoxy.
Cure 30
Skim with neat epoxy
Cure 30
Skim with micro.
I probably wasn't forcing the epoxy into the holes. Should be easy to find them after...
Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 08:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 377
Posted By wirejock
Jigs

I know they are not required but jigs made the wings easy. I had two sets so both wings were assembled at the same time. Never had to move them till they were done.
Forum: Fiberglass Yesterday, 08:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 610
Posted By wirejock
Squeegee

I thought I did. Clearly I need an industrial size squeegee! Round two after this mess gets sanded off!
Forum: Fiberglass Yesterday, 07:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 610
Posted By wirejock
Cowl with zits

Ever seen a cowl go through puberty and get some serious acne zits? Click on the photo and zoom.
Go ahead and laugh. I did.
Long day of work gone. Oh bother. At least it's easy to find all the...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 06:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 614
Posted By wirejock
Forums

Wow. I'm gonna set up a puter in tthe shop. Tons of great content. Thanks
https://www.eaa.org/eaa/aircraft-building/homebuilders-week/schedule
Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 09:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,360
Posted By wirejock
Heat muffs

He will custom fab the muffs. Call him.
Forum: Safety 01-18-2022, 05:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,133
Posted By wirejock
Extinguisher

Wow! Very cool.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-17-2022, 11:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 615
Posted By wirejock
Oil cooler

That's how mine is set up. RV10 mount, ccooler and a 4" butterfly valve. I installed nutplates for the mount in case I needed to work in the space. The cooler can be unbolted and the mount...
Forum: RV-10 01-16-2022, 09:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,088
Posted By wirejock
CDI

Same here. CDI. Someone mentioned they make torque wrenches for Snap On.

I have a 1/4" in/lb and a 3/8" ft/lb. I also have a 1/4" torque screwdriver. Handy for really low settings down to 5 in/lbs....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-16-2022, 04:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,024
Posted By wirejock
1/4-28

The countersink cutters are threaded 1/4-28 just like the threaded bits and deburring tools.
Fits a threaded bit extension or the 90 degree adapter or the speed deburring handle.
I also ran a die...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 01-15-2022, 06:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,656
Posted By wirejock
Switch

DAR would require it fire missiles as labeled. FAA is funny that way.:D
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-15-2022, 12:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 651
Posted By wirejock
Tighten switch nuts

They are not tightend. Guess I'll face that bridge when I get there. Initial plan is to use very thin washers. Like everything we do, it's experimental!



I've sat in it, layed down in it, crawled...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-15-2022, 10:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 226
Posted By wirejock
Holes

Depends on the hole. Big holes should have a section of aluminum riveted over them to maintain structural integrity. I would run a screw in abandoned screw holes.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-15-2022, 09:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 651
Posted By wirejock
Blog link

Sorry, I don't have it on my signature anymore.
http://wirejockrv7a.blogspot.com
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-14-2022, 07:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 651
Posted By wirejock
Rudder pedals

Whoops. RV7A. Those are equipment panels. I should have moved them for the photo.
They are mounted between the panel and subpanel with hinges. They can swing out forward or aft or remove by pulling...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-14-2022, 05:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 651
Posted By wirejock
Instrument Panel Vinyl Skin

It worked. No electronics. They are on order and six months away. Switches and stuff are loosely mounted for the photo.

There was a learning curve and a few industry secrets I had to learn, but the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-12-2022, 05:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 650
Posted By wirejock
Suggestions

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. It helps so much. Looks like that one got skinned quite a few different ways. Very cool.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-11-2022, 03:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 650
Posted By wirejock
Oil Door

I've become very careful about chopping holes lately. I ordered a hinge (OIL DOOR HINGE 4640, Part #: 12-04708) and Latch (CESSNA LATCH KM610-64, Part #: 06-00676). I'll wait to cut the hole and door...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-09-2022, 05:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 788
Posted By wirejock
Comments

Wow! Thanks. Very kind.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-09-2022, 04:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,211
Posted By wirejock
Gaps

Follow up. This may help someone working on the cowl.
If you have a gap along the firewall or split line, try this tip.
Grab that cheap black electrical tape. Harbor Freight 10 rolls.
Lay down a...
Forum: Propellers 01-08-2022, 09:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 802
Posted By wirejock
Props

Kitplanes (Paul) ran an excellent article on prop selection recently.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-07-2022, 05:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 364
Posted By wirejock
Oil cooler

Working FWF. IO-360-M1B. Bigger RV10 oil cooler and mount on the firewall. Butterfly valve.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-07-2022, 09:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,211
Posted By wirejock
Baffle

Thanks
I'm not there yet but the plan is neoprene sock sleeves to connect the inlets to the plenum. Remove the top cowl, pull the socks back, drop the bottom cowl.

It shouldn't need to move forward....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-07-2022, 09:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 206
Posted By wirejock
Air tool oil

A few drops in the air inlet. Wrap a rag around it for the first use. It will spew oil vapor.
Do not oil a pneumatic squeezer.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-06-2022, 06:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,211
Posted By wirejock
Cowl mod

If you do this mod, the standard Skybolts don't work above the inlets. The material is much thicker.
I think these are the correct part numbers.
SK-O14S Grommet
SK40S5-8S Stud
A few floating...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-05-2022, 06:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 542
Posted By wirejock
Expand canopy

I.agree with removing and rebinding. A guitar "E"" string will slice right through the Sika. When the fit is corrected, wipe with Sika Aktivator. Apply a little Sika and rebond. It sticks to itself...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2022, 05:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 267
Posted By wirejock
Practice kits

Don't spend a bunch of money building a tool box.
Find a local, or Loco :D, Mentor. Build one of the Christmas present kits. Drill it apart then rebuild it. By the end of the rebuild, you will have...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-05-2022, 10:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,211
Posted By wirejock
Cowl mod

This one's for Dan.
I did it. It's not pretty yet but it fits. Inlets are part of the bottom cowl.
Thanks for all your helpful tips.
20563

20564

20565
Forum: Fiberglass 01-05-2022, 10:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 904
Posted By wirejock
Micro

Dan's the Man!
Remember, Flox is structural. It's really hard and won't sand at the same rate as the surrounding area. If I need to build up a hole or cavity, I usually try to encapsulate it between...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2022, 09:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,137
Posted By wirejock
Paint booth

I made a temporary paint booth for big stuff. I live in CO @ 7500'.
I purchased a bunch of plant hangars. They are steel "S" shaped 1/4" rod. They were slipped over the garage door frames. They allow...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-04-2022, 04:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 803
Posted By wirejock
Bucking bars

Set of these are very handy and easy to fabricate. I use them for holding dies for dimpling and also to drive out drilled rivets. I also have a ram with a hole to accept dies and a pin punch for...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-03-2022, 11:44 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 184,171
Posted By wirejock
Wood block

It's a good idea, and it works, but...
I've built a lot of furniture. Wood has hard and soft areas. Drill bit may find a soft or hard area and wander off creating an oval hole. Bore a shallow hole in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2022, 05:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 914
Posted By wirejock
Fiberglass

My canopy skirt has 5 layers. Alternating seams and weave direction.
Popped it off. Prepped. Sikaflexed. Painted.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-01-2022, 08:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 947
Posted By wirejock
Torque seal

Treat it as an indicator the fastener has been torqued at least once. In the case mentioned, apply it to the bolt head over the edge and on to the brake reservoir. Personally, I remove it if a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-01-2022, 12:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 788
Posted By wirejock
Canopy

Hopefully somone will step up but feel free to reach out. Shoot me an e-mail for my phone number. Happy to help remotely.
Forum: Texas (South) 12-31-2021, 06:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 444
Posted By wirejock
Part #

Helps a lot if you post the plans part number and the part number Vans sent. A photo also helps. If memory serves, it has an RV7 VS.
Forum: Painting your RV 12-27-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 632
Posted By wirejock
Paint

Mask any areas you plan to use adhesive. Cover anything you don't want painted. Overspray goes everywhere.
Forum: Painting your RV 12-27-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 377
Posted By wirejock
Paint problems

Excellent information. Thanks Dan
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-24-2021, 04:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,275
Posted By wirejock
Trim

I seem to recall trimming off the interference plus adjusting the tip accordingly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2021, 09:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,173
Posted By wirejock
Mentor

Answers (opinions) below in red.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2021, 08:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,173
Posted By wirejock
New builder

Answers below in RED
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-21-2021, 08:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 627
Posted By wirejock
Angle

Yes on the 7 and probably the same for the 9. Square it up to the baffle. The angle will have a hole and the steel angle on the fuse will have a slot. They overlap about an inch. The steel angle on...
Forum: Primers 12-20-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 853
Posted By wirejock
Mashed potatoes

How about thinned mashed potatoes? Sorry. Couldn't resist.
Lots of choices. SEM for rattle can self etch.
Akzo or Kirker Enduro Prime for 2K Epoxy
P60G2 for super light wash primer
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2021, 09:42 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 13,429
Posted By wirejock
Donation

That's why I update my signature. Every year since I started building. 7 years?:D
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-18-2021, 06:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 972
Posted By wirejock
Rivet

Bummer. Easy to drill it.
Forum: Fiberglass 12-18-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 630
Posted By wirejock
Flox

I wanted some sandable structural edge. They needed a little cut off.
The wingtips were hung from the garage frame. Taped the open edge to form a dam. Some flox was mixed and applied with a popsicle...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2021, 08:38 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 13,429
Posted By wirejock
Prices and delays

Thankfully I am on the tail end working the cowl and instrument panel. I feel for budding builders. Delays and price increases are not good news. I do feel Vans could do better with communication....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-16-2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 862
Posted By wirejock
Dynon

Yep. Just placed my order to AFS for my panel-less panel. I should be okay with their timeline. I actually prefer they resolve the issue with a redesign so I don't face future parts availability...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-15-2021, 11:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,914
Posted By wirejock
Cure

It will cure eventually but a heater will help.
I set the heater on medium (750 watts). It doesn't cook the whole garage, but it does warm parts.
My canopy skirt and windshield trim were done in...
Forum: Painting your RV 12-14-2021, 08:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 826
Posted By wirejock
Scuff

A thorough scuff with 400 should suffice. Clean. Shoot. Rivet heads will need to be scuffed as well.
I wouldn't spray more weight than necessary.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-14-2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,348
Posted By wirejock
Sika

I know that feeling. Not on a canopy but elsewhere on the airplane. Let's just say I've drilled hundreds if not a thousand rivets.
All the links are on my blog. If I can be of any help, feel free to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-14-2021, 07:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 972
Posted By wirejock
Bonded

I've seen both. Some builders plan for potential removal. Others bond and rivet. I used G-flex on the final install then pop riveted after it cured. The problem with no bond is the paint can crack....
Forum: Painting your RV 12-14-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 826
Posted By wirejock
P60G2

Same here. 30 minute window between.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-13-2021, 09:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 972
Posted By wirejock
Rivet

The pop rivet wi squeeze quite a bit. Grab some scrap of simulated thjcknes and try it.
I don't recall a problem with mine but it's a 7A.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-13-2021, 07:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,772
Posted By wirejock
Method.2

I spent a lot of time in telecom.
Method 2 or a variation is what I use. Method 2 for a single wrap. Variation for a lash. I make the hitch knot on one end of the string, go around and pass through...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2021, 09:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,873
Posted By wirejock
Photos

Any chance you could post photos?
Forum: Fiberglass 12-10-2021, 10:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,872
Posted By wirejock
Roller

Dan
When you mention "rolled to eliminate drag marks", do youbroll with a dry sponge roller?
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 28,322
Posted By wirejock
Hinge pins

Use a drill and boelube. Run them in and out with the drill.
Forum: Tools 12-08-2021, 09:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 581
Posted By wirejock
Cleko adapters

My kit came with the 4P3-T26 kit. You need both.
SK-4P3 Used to install CLoc 4000 Series studs into grommets
SK-T26 - Two Tools in One - For all SK4002 Grommet R4G Retainers and SK2600-LW...
Forum: Fiberglass 12-08-2021, 09:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,872
Posted By wirejock
Polyester

Wow! Learn something new every day. I will quit complaining about my pepto cowl. I'm gonna be pissed if my wing tip pain cracks!
Forum: Fiberglass 12-07-2021, 06:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,872
Posted By wirejock
Cracks

Looks like the gel coat is cracking. I would sand down and apply micro or a high build epoxy.
Maybe Dan will chime in.
Forum: Painting your RV 12-05-2021, 08:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,113
Posted By wirejock
Paint booth

I made a temporary. Shower curtains hung from conduit. Conduitd are hung from the garage door frames. Very useful.
Four curtains make the walls and one goes over the top. Bildge fan connected to a...
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