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Forum: Painting your RV 07-02-2022, 07:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 522
Posted By wirejock
Calculator

Try this. One of the tabs is a ft² calculation for the 7.
Another tab is a paint calculator.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k28OG3TpF0ll3elYOLhVlsQz8yyutMGE/view?usp=sharing
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-01-2022, 08:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 432
Posted By wirejock
Cowl

It sounds like your engine is installed. The easiest method is a reference line. This is how I did my 7A.
Measure and draw a line exactly 2" from the firewall all the way around. Start with the top...
Forum: Tools 06-30-2022, 07:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 623
Posted By wirejock
MD Smart Tool

That is so odd. I have an MD Smart Tool Electronic. I've owned and used it 10 years and don't recall ever replacing the battery. I also have a little Klein. Nice because it's so small and magnetic....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-30-2022, 07:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,116
Posted By wirejock
Dan Edit...Disregard. I found one. Do you have a...

Dan
Edit...Disregard. I found one.
Do you have a finished photo? I would like to see how/where the two halves of the fairing/pant is split.
Forum: Tools 06-30-2022, 11:48 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,100
Posted By wirejock
Board

I have a list on my phone. I shouldn't have to ask for a return. Sort of my point.
Forum: RV-10 06-30-2022, 11:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 341
Posted By wirejock
Shoot me an e-mail. Below. I manage a forum of CO...

Shoot me an e-mail. Below.
I manage a forum of CO Vans owners and builders. 30+
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-30-2022, 08:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,116
Posted By wirejock
Manual

Thanks
I plan to follow Vans but I've learned there are often other ways to do things and sometimes better.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-29-2022, 07:59 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,230
Posted By wirejock
Wingtip hinge movement

I just thought of something.
Is it possible the movement isn't due to the hinge?
Maybe it's because the wingtips are so flexible. Some builders stiffen the open areas top and bottom with various...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-29-2022, 06:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 261
Posted By wirejock
Dipstick

Does this help?
IO360M1B
Dipstick is correct per Lyco Service Letter. I would have to look up the SL number.
Seal on the left is the upgraded seal. Right is original.
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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-29-2022, 06:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,116
Posted By wirejock
Drawings

I have the usb for RV7, 14 and 10. Which drawings specifically and what is a pressure recovery wheel pant?
I also have RV Bits Upper and Lower Gear fairings. Sure hope they are better than the...
Forum: Tools 06-29-2022, 05:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,100
Posted By wirejock
Tools

Everyone works differently. I would need a really big tool cabinet if every tool had a nice little foam space. That works for some but I just have lots. I like to have what I need. Deep, shallow,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-29-2022, 05:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,116
Posted By wirejock
Pants and Fairings

Does anyone have a write up on how to install the pants and gear fairings? Any mods or tips?
The idea of clamping a piece of fairing with a hose clamp seems like a failure waiting to happen.
I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-29-2022, 02:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,110
Posted By wirejock
Pants

Yep. It's 45 minutes to the hangar. If I can do this at home, it will eliminate another hangar task. I think I have a solution.
Two of these to level and stabilize the fuse.
Nice jack stands I can...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-29-2022, 01:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,110
Posted By wirejock
Align pants

Not so much speed as aero. It can cause all sorts of effects. Usually yaw. They have to be aligned to the aiplane centerline. They also need to be level to the airplane or that also may cause other...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-29-2022, 08:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,110
Posted By wirejock
Lift 7A

Yes. 7A, no wings.
That's the issue.
Tipping in the direction of the slope. Sliding would be a better description. I'm sure the two yacht jacks will be fine.

My shop floor is not level. 1.6...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-28-2022, 05:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,110
Posted By wirejock
Lift

In this case, I'm working pants and fairings so the fuse needs to be level both ways. I also like tools that have more than one function. Motorcycle lift will be used eventually. The crasle will also...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-28-2022, 10:58 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,230
Posted By wirejock
Hinges

Makes R&R fast and easy. Just pull the pin.
I have a "how to", draft article on my blog.
https://wirejockrv7a.blogspot.com/p/wing-tips.html
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-28-2022, 09:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,110
Posted By wirejock
Jacks

Yes. I was going that route and I may still. Screw or HF bottle type jacks would work well. The concern is the lateral stability. There isn't any structure locking the two jacks together so the plane...
Forum: RV-14 06-27-2022, 06:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,569
Posted By wirejock
Flap switch

Paul
Curious...
Do you prefer the natural location of your thumb? Right handed stick would be top left.
Forum: Tools 06-27-2022, 05:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,100
Posted By wirejock
Thatbis bloody clever. Gonna steal that one....

Thatbis bloody clever. Gonna steal that one. Piece of PVC will take care of my collection of cordless tools!
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-26-2022, 04:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,110
Posted By wirejock
Lift

Almost done but first a couple observations.
Turns out, it only takes about 2"-3" of lift to get the tires off the ground. Stability seems to be the biggest problem. Keeping whatever lift mechanism...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-26-2022, 04:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,201
Posted By wirejock
That's the plan although I have no idea what...

That's the plan although I have no idea what tweaking a plug means. :D
I figure if I can R&R the plugs in the back two cylinders of a late model V8, I can get plugs in or out of my Lycoming. I can...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-26-2022, 03:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 185
Posted By wirejock
There is a minimum dimension on the plans, I...

There is a minimum dimension on the plans, I think, for minimum distance from the firewall. I assumed that was how far the weldment moves in either direction. That said, mine isn't flying and I'm...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-26-2022, 12:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,201
Posted By wirejock
Spark plug socket

I just looked at mine. My plug socket has a hex shaped end for a wrench. Used it many times in tight spaces. No need to try and fish an extension through those holes so I'm going to seal them.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-26-2022, 10:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,201
Posted By wirejock
Spark plug wires

I bought two of these. Requires a little cutting and drilling but they fit perfect. I'll try and figure out where I got them. I haven't plugged the access holes yet but plan a couple pieces of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-26-2022, 08:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,110
Posted By wirejock
Lift

I will post when it's finished. I'm still playing with the blocks to find the most stable combination.
Forum: Tools 06-26-2022, 08:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,100
Posted By wirejock
Organizing

Similar. I bought a rolling base and chest. Don't buy cheap. Mine is a Home Depot and the drawers won't stay closed. Really annoying. I also have a really nice one for all the auto tools. I like...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-25-2022, 05:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,167
Posted By wirejock
Baffle seals

Just to help the data, would you add Model, Engine, Induction, etc. Helps to compare apples to apples.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-25-2022, 01:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,110
Posted By wirejock
Lift

I didn't care for the HF hydraulic table. No lock out to prevent it from leak down. I bought the 1500lb aluminum motorcycle lift. It has a lockout to prevent dropping.
Also went to Home Depot and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-25-2022, 08:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,110
Posted By wirejock
Lift

I'm going to work the wheel pants & gear leg fairings. She has no wings. How else can I lift the fuse and make it level long and lat? I plan to make a cradle with a couple 2" boards to fit the center...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-25-2022, 08:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,332
Posted By wirejock
Hauling wings

I hauled mine flat on moving blankets with more blankets in-between and on top. I'm not a fan of hauling something heavy and fragile vertically with all the forces focused on the cradle area. One big...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2022, 07:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,411
Posted By wirejock
Vinyl

In that case it's personal preference. Buy a sample set of 3M 2080. Or, if you have a narrow selection, buy 12x12 samples. Colors don't look the same as on the computer. You want to see the actual...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-24-2022, 06:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 608
Posted By wirejock
Sanding

Depends on sanding method. The goal is an abraded surface free of contaminants. As Larry mentioned, wet sanding with a mild soap solution accomplishes both. A rinse removes the residual. If water...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2022, 05:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,411
Posted By wirejock
Vinyl skin

Mine is 3M 1080 Carbon Fiber vinyl.
The beauty of a skin designed in CAD and Adobe Illustrator is the skin is repeatable. The first skin was printed black on white and used to cut the panel holes. It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2022, 02:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,411
Posted By wirejock
Vinyl skin

You could have the whole panel printed on vinyl.
Here's the draft magazine article on how it was done.
https://wirejockrv7a.blogspot.com/p/vinyl-instrument-panel-skin.html
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Forum: RV-7/7A 06-24-2022, 01:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,110
Posted By wirejock
Elastomeric gear

Ok. I switched gears. Waiting on back order parts.
I'm working on the gear and wheel pants and bottom cowl gear slot.
How much does the elastomeric gear move from full weightbto off the ground?
I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-24-2022, 01:47 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,230
Posted By wirejock
Hinge

Yep. That's same as mine. I used P4 hinge material.
Hope you find the fix. Keep us posted.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-24-2022, 11:28 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,230
Posted By wirejock
Hinge

I don't think adding that much forward will help movement at the aft side. Plus, getting that pin in is going to be a challange. How far aft is the hinge?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-24-2022, 11:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,167
Posted By wirejock
Ryan What are the "little inter-baffle"...

Ryan
What are the "little inter-baffle" holes?



Dan
I wrapped mine almost exactly the same as your photos. Thx
If I understand, you recommend a bead on the baffle that seals where the cylinder wrap...
Forum: Reviews 06-24-2022, 11:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 797
Posted By wirejock
Bifocals

Wow! Thanks. That was above and beyond.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-24-2022, 09:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,167
Posted By wirejock
Ultra Black

It is a good product. Available in big caulk gun style tubes too. For anyone just starting the sealing process, prices are all over the place. Wally is cheapest on commercual packages. Buy about...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-24-2022, 08:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 608
Posted By wirejock
Estes

You probably drove right past our house (airplane factory). Stop by next time you visit your son.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-23-2022, 07:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,167
Posted By wirejock
Seals

Sort of what I've been doing. I used Permetex Ultra Black per Dan's recommendations. Most of the seals so far were a strip of fiberglass impregated with Ultra Black.
Do you think the same technique...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-23-2022, 07:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,167
Posted By wirejock
Shop heads

Really? It's a doubler on a non structural part. You guys. I'll whack them again. Can we get back to sealing holes please?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-23-2022, 06:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,167
Posted By wirejock
Shop heads

Nope. I have measured every rivet on my bird from the start. Two holes in each rivet gauge. Min & Perfect (1.5D). If min fits, they get a bit more till they fit the perfect hole. Over 16,000. Baffle...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-23-2022, 04:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,167
Posted By wirejock
RTV

Guess I will goop those holes before first flight. Too much maintenance going now to do it.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-23-2022, 02:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,167
Posted By wirejock
Sealing baffles

What's the best way to seal this area around the crankcase?
There are spaces on the forward area of the crankcase and aft area near #3.
I would prefer something that wasn't stuck to the engine so...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2022, 12:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 396
Posted By wirejock
Wheel pants

Has anyone ever tried Rhino Liner on the bottom area where debris would cause damage? Maybe the bottom 1-2"?
Easy to apply. Tough. Easy to fix.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-23-2022, 11:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,161
Posted By wirejock
Yes. Motor mount is different. MLG? Don't think...

Yes. Motor mount is different. MLG? Don't think so.
Forum: Painting your RV 06-23-2022, 11:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 608
Posted By wirejock
Paint prep

Larry is right. Must be the name! :D
I would add, if you notice paint coming off, keep working that spot. You don't want to apply fresh paint over loose paint.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2022, 09:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 396
Posted By wirejock
Paint shop

Call and ask the paint shop what they use. Most paint shops are comfortable with a particular brand. They may not guarantee results if you ask for another brand or type of paint. If they use Kirker,...
Forum: Reviews 06-22-2022, 08:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 797
Posted By wirejock
Bifocal

Those are cool. Kinda wish they could make prescription bifocal.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-22-2022, 12:29 PM
Replies: 2,014
Views: 1,492,316
Posted By wirejock
Status

Status? Frustrated.
Everything Firewall Forward is dependent on something else. That assumes all the parts are available. If another widget is needed, there goes another order to a vendor and more...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-22-2022, 11:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 712
Posted By wirejock
Torque table

I found a table for AN fittings. Is this correct?
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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-22-2022, 11:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 712
Posted By wirejock
AN Torque table

I found this table. Correct?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-22-2022, 10:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 712
Posted By wirejock
Bulletin JA14A

Interesting. I see references all over the place to Bulletin JA14A but cannot locate the document.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-22-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 712
Posted By wirejock
Fitting torque

This comes up occasionally. Could someone put all the info into one thread and make it a sticky.
This thread is NPT fittings. Consensus seems to be 1.5-2 turns past lightly snug taking clocking into...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2022, 06:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 880
Posted By wirejock
Proseal

I have a can of Vans FlameMaster about 8 years old. I always mix a test before use. I fixed a leak on my Thermorest Mattress. Sealed the gaps on the Frankensnorkel. Many more odd jobs. It definately...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-21-2022, 04:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,230
Posted By wirejock
Wingtip hinges

Mine are almost exactly like the photos. It's a bit of work to get the pins all the way in but they don't move.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-21-2022, 04:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 910
Posted By wirejock
Wire

Hmmm. Career in Telecom. Handle is "Wirejock". I wonder?
I will rig almost anything to make it easier. Usually a chunk of conduit clamped to something. :D
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-21-2022, 04:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 996
Posted By wirejock
Plenum

Or you can get really carried away and do something like this...:D
Inlets are sealed to the plenum inlets with a neoprene sock. Plenumnis sealed all the way around with an additional RTV impregnated...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-21-2022, 04:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 252
Posted By wirejock
Skybolts

Probably the same tool for regular Skybolts.
One tool looks like a pair of pliers. It just compresses the flange on the Skybolt so you can slip it into the ring. The other tool is to install the clip...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-21-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,230
Posted By wirejock
Wingtip hinge

How far forward did you install the hinges? Could that cause it? Mine are pretty solid. Hinge goes almost to the tip. I have to use a drill to get the pins in.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2022, 09:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,213
Posted By wirejock
VAF

First, let's get the important stuff. Donate every year. More than minimum. This site provides a valuable resource. I do.
I wouldn't be building without VAF either. It's THE authoritative site for...
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