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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-16-2022, 07:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,033
Posted By D-Dubya
Swarf

Swarf? Everyone knows what that is. Let's see, there was Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Bashful...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2022, 08:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 619
Posted By D-Dubya
I Concur

I concur with the group that it's a grounding issue. A lack of an adequate ground can do peculiar and sometimes unpredictable things. I've seen skilled technicians at work track down gremlins on...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-18-2022, 03:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,799
Posted By D-Dubya
The 7 and the 9 have the same fuselage, so if you...

The 7 and the 9 have the same fuselage, so if you fit in the 7 and liked it, you should be good in the 9.

If you're going to do much of the maintenance, i would suggest you start learning sooner...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-13-2022, 10:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 410
Posted By D-Dubya
I've got a 7, but I would assume the wingtips are...

I've got a 7, but I would assume the wingtips are similar in design. One screw in the top and bottom corners will hold the lens in place. Have seen this on a bunch of 6's and 7's with no issues. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2022, 07:45 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,717
Posted By D-Dubya
Wow. I got lost in the "he said, she said"...

Wow. I got lost in the "he said, she said" quotes in this thread. But I like all the pretty colors...:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2022, 08:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,554
Posted By D-Dubya
My shop was pretty close to one neighbor, so I...

My shop was pretty close to one neighbor, so I asked several times if he could hear anything. He said he could only hear riveting if he was outside. My wife said she could only hear riveting from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2022, 09:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,797
Posted By D-Dubya
I'm not really sure how you would get distracted...

I'm not really sure how you would get distracted switching from left to right. It's a pretty fluid motion rotating that big red handle. The valve has positive stops on L & R, and unless you pull up...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-22-2022, 07:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 449
Posted By D-Dubya
I would suggest that you first determine if it's...

I would suggest that you first determine if it's a mechanical or an electrical issue. You could disconnect the clevis pin on the trim motor to the trim tab, then make sure that the trim tab moves...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-01-2022, 02:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,821
Posted By D-Dubya
Torque seal is typically used on anything that...

Torque seal is typically used on anything that you want to be able to determine if it's loosened during subsequent inspections. Yes, it will hold up to the heat of the engine compartment.

When the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-23-2021, 01:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,881
Posted By D-Dubya
Well, if you're done pulling the wings off, why...

Well, if you're done pulling the wings off, why not go ahead and put the close tolerance bolts in and torque 'em down? What's the downside to putting all of the correct bolts in? Maybe I'm leaning...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-06-2021, 12:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,996
Posted By D-Dubya
I agree with Ralph. I would take a good look to...

I agree with Ralph. I would take a good look to see if any of the baffles (especially the inter-cylinder baffles between 1 & 3 came off)...or at least came loose.
Forum: Reviews 10-19-2021, 05:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,754
Posted By D-Dubya
Very pleased with Plane Schemer in Gadsden,...

Very pleased with Plane Schemer in Gadsden, Alabama. They offered up several ideas after I explained basically what I wanted, and we went through multiple iterations to get it just right. Very easy...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-01-2021, 06:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 908
Posted By D-Dubya
Sounds like you're on the right track. Building...

Sounds like you're on the right track. Building an RV is big investment in time and money, and it's not for everyone. Going to a build school is an excellent start. The school gives you a jump...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-06-2021, 09:29 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,412
Posted By D-Dubya
Van's published landing distances are measured...

Van's published landing distances are measured from where the wheel touches down. At least that's what remember reading when I was getting longer landing distances than what's listed.

When I was...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-23-2020, 08:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,760
Posted By D-Dubya
To close the loop here, Thomas is still providing...

To close the loop here, Thomas is still providing support for the G3i systems. He just replied to my email since he had been off the grid for a few days. He said he's just not active on VAF any...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-22-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,760
Posted By D-Dubya
To quote Jim Carey, "So you're saying there's a...

To quote Jim Carey, "So you're saying there's a chance..."

I can wait until Friday if he's still in business. Thomas was great to work with in the past, so I'm hoping that's still the case.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-21-2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,760
Posted By D-Dubya
Is G3i Still in Business?

Does anyone know if Generation 3 Ignitions (G3i) is still in business? I bought their system for my IO-360 several years ago and am having some trouble with it now and was hoping for some factory...
Forum: RV-14 03-18-2018, 06:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,938
Posted By D-Dubya
Blue tape and blue Sharpies are both valuable...

Blue tape and blue Sharpies are both valuable tools to have. We?ve all been there, so don?t be afraid to use both liberally throughout your build!
Forum: RV-14 09-23-2016, 07:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,157
Posted By D-Dubya
There are ongoing epic wars over primers, the...

There are ongoing epic wars over primers, the need for priming, and priming techniques. Your approach is the way many of us have chosen to do it. Primer, properly applied, will typically not flake...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2016, 08:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,087
Posted By D-Dubya
I had similar issues. I didn't want to cut more...

I had similar issues. I didn't want to cut more holes, so I rigged up some copper tubing on a grease gun (new and clean) with Pro Seal in it. I could bend the tubing where it needed to reach, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2016, 07:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,483
Posted By D-Dubya
Schemedesigners.com has a pretty good summary of...

Schemedesigners.com has a pretty good summary of the FAA requirements for N number size & placement. There's some room for interpretation, but RV aircraft can have 3" numbers. Of course, the FAA...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2015, 09:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,484
Posted By D-Dubya
The comedian Stephen Wright has asked that very...

The comedian Stephen Wright has asked that very thing. But he was trying to be funny. :rolleyes: He says he also has the most confused dog in the world: he named him "Stay". (Come here, Stay, come...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2015, 08:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,829
Posted By D-Dubya
Oh, I HAD to look up The Dukes of Hazzard museum!...

Oh, I HAD to look up The Dukes of Hazzard museum! Hold on...there's not just the one in Nashville, but another in both Tennessee and Virginia. All of them run by "Cooter". Who'd have thunk it?:D
Forum: Painting your RV 11-12-2015, 08:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,165
Posted By D-Dubya
I'm with Capt. John on this one. Not sure what it...

I'm with Capt. John on this one. Not sure what it would accomplish or prevent.

In my day job, I've had some experience grounding systems. In fact, I'm installing a turpentine rail car filling...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2015, 06:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,352
Posted By D-Dubya
The one I see on the RV-7 drawing is an FSTS635-1...

The one I see on the RV-7 drawing is an FSTS635-1 Full Swivel Tail Spring. Some are match-drilled with the "socket" weldment into which it fits, so you may need to ask to make sure it's the right...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-31-2015, 08:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,939
Posted By D-Dubya
Have seen several people with concerns over the...

Have seen several people with concerns over the same thing, especially when they were used to a specific configuration. Turns out to be a non-event, as you most likely won't even think about it after...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2015, 07:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,530
Posted By D-Dubya
I don't think you did a stupid. The original was...

I don't think you did a stupid. The original was powder coated white from Van's. And yes, there have been some that cracked in the past. I think that's why they now have the little gussets in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2015, 08:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,304
Posted By D-Dubya
Without trying to open up Pandora's box, you are...

Without trying to open up Pandora's box, you are correct. As I recall, Van's is telling you to prime it now if you're going to prime. To quote Mr. Gump, "That's all I got to say about that."
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-19-2015, 09:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,819
Posted By D-Dubya
Yep, I think Kyle is right. You have to stab the...

Yep, I think Kyle is right. You have to stab the rear spar at the same time as the main spar. With a pre-punched kit, it's hard to imagine how that could be off, so you can save the panic at tick for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2015, 08:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,852
Posted By D-Dubya
Hmmmmm. I don't remember seeing jets anywhere on...

Hmmmmm. I don't remember seeing jets anywhere on that Ken Burns series on the Civil War. Maybe I should have read the book.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-16-2015, 08:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,488
Posted By D-Dubya
Well, if the fuse is good and the radio is good,...

Well, if the fuse is good and the radio is good, it can only be a few things. Is the fuse block connection itself getting power? Have you tested it with another fuse just to make sure?

If those...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-06-2015, 09:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,723
Posted By D-Dubya
I did the exact same thing to the same part. I...

I did the exact same thing to the same part. I used too much pressure on a pneumatic squeezer and probably had the dies set too tight as well. It bowed the snot out of the rib and I had to replace...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,470
Posted By D-Dubya
Get a good tool with the metal barrel (like Stein...

Get a good tool with the metal barrel (like Stein sells). Plastic body is fine, but the extraction barrel won't last long if it's plastic (some cheap ones are). Stein also has a video on his site...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,074
Posted By D-Dubya
See if this helps: ...

See if this helps: http://cires1.colorado.edu/jimenez-group/Manuals/Imperial_tubebender.PDF

My first fuel pump had a huge "pile of shame", but I only made one bad piece on the second plane. So it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2015, 08:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,679
Posted By D-Dubya
Invest in a good machinist square, machinist...

Invest in a good machinist square, machinist rule, and a box of fine line Sharpies. These are all tools that are invaluable that you will need over and over during an RV build. I wouldn't spend time...
Forum: RV-10 08-11-2015, 08:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,779
Posted By D-Dubya
I thought the QB wing tanks were already pressure...

I thought the QB wing tanks were already pressure tested. Or am I thinking of earlier QB kits?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2015, 08:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,291
Posted By D-Dubya
If I understand your question, yes, it's a good...

If I understand your question, yes, it's a good practice. Search on Aircraft Spruce (or your favorite other supply) for firewall shields.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2015, 08:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,291
Posted By D-Dubya
Most people use a fire sealant over the grommet...

Most people use a fire sealant over the grommet and/or wire penetrations, but not over metal parts per se. Some people get steel bulkhead tubing fittings instead of the aluminum ones provided in the...
Forum: RV-10 08-03-2015, 07:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,635
Posted By D-Dubya
I have very similar circumstances. At my first...

I have very similar circumstances. At my first house, I built a shop just to build my RV-7--and it was great! Roomy, well lit, and AIR CONDITIONED! Definitely the preferred way to go. Was able to...
Forum: RV-14 07-28-2015, 07:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,160
Posted By D-Dubya
Any good tabletop model should suffice. For...

Any good tabletop model should suffice. For reference, I have a 10" Ryobi drill press with a 1/2" chuck and I have no regrets. As long as the chuck is solid with no wobble, you should be fine. Bolt...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-02-2015, 10:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,722
Posted By D-Dubya
Jeff, I believe you have to install the spacers...

Jeff, I believe you have to install the spacers and the interior angle when you rivet the side skin on. You are correct that you can "fudge" the forward fuel tank attach bracket by slightly bending...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-18-2015, 06:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,506
Posted By D-Dubya
I think you're taking an unnecessary risk if you...

I think you're taking an unnecessary risk if you use a cutting wheel with it just over the skins. Of course, there's more than one way to skin a cat. But the way Vans described is tried and true. If...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-30-2015, 07:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,864
Posted By D-Dubya
See the thread started by jacksel on 1/9/15. Much...

See the thread started by jacksel on 1/9/15. Much of the same experiences.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-30-2015, 07:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,864
Posted By D-Dubya
Yes it's okay to do that. Just go slowly because...

Yes it's okay to do that. Just go slowly because it won't take much filing at all. There was another thread along these lines not too long ago if you want to do a search.

BTW, 1/8" sweep is within...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2015, 07:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,925
Posted By D-Dubya
As you drill holes, are you clecoing as you go? ...

As you drill holes, are you clecoing as you go? The clecoes hold everything in alignment before and after drilling. Also, you need to use the numbered drill bit and not just the "rivet size" drill...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2015, 07:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,812
Posted By D-Dubya
I just bought a pair of the Whelen LED lights...

I just bought a pair of the Whelen LED lights from Team Aerodynamix for a Duckworks leading edge installation. I had the standard 55 watt halogen bulbs. But I haven't installed them yet. Maybe I can...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-19-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,329
Posted By D-Dubya
It's been a while, but I seem to remember quite a...

It's been a while, but I seem to remember quite a lot of phenagling to get those to fit together well. I think I started clecoing on the bottom side (which is now up), and then wiggling the aft fuse...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2015, 08:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,633
Posted By D-Dubya
If you can fly in each--or at least sit in...

If you can fly in each--or at least sit in them--it may help you to decide. If you're an average size, you should fit just fine, but it's good to know for sure. Choosing between a 7 or 8 is largely a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-21-2015, 09:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,363
Posted By D-Dubya
Well, if it wasn't dragging when you took off, it...

Well, if it wasn't dragging when you took off, it would stand to reason that something happened afterwards that caused the brake to stick. Have you checked the brake pedal for free movement? Is...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-21-2015, 08:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,543
Posted By D-Dubya
Sure!

Sorry to hear about your DQ. That's got to be disheartening.

But the good news is that you'll fit in an RV-7. If you have any doubts, see if you can find one nearby that you can go test fit. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-13-2015, 08:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,116
Posted By D-Dubya
Mark, I'm going by memory (and it's been a...

Mark, I'm going by memory (and it's been a while), but I'm pretty sure that the anodized spar pieces that Van's furnishes all get countersunk. Those pieces are just too thick to easily dimple. As far...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-06-2015, 07:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,875
Posted By D-Dubya
Bad grounds can do really strange things...things...

Bad grounds can do really strange things...things that sometimes don't seem to make much sense. I've see a poor ground connection cause unimaginable issues on electronic drives at work. My suggestion...
Forum: Tools 04-01-2015, 08:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,548
Posted By D-Dubya
As uptight as I am about labels and organization,...

As uptight as I am about labels and organization, I simply have all my rivet tools sitting in a machinist's chest drawer labeled (oddly enough) "Rivet Tools". Haven't lost one yet! I do have drill...
Forum: Texas (South) 01-12-2015, 08:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,451
Posted By D-Dubya
My wife--who has absolutely no interest in...

My wife--who has absolutely no interest in building airplanes--helped me buck more than half the rivets in the wings. And she did a great job. She's a great little bucker! But she absolutely had to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-10-2015, 07:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,948
Posted By D-Dubya
Shimming is pretty common. Between the weldment...

Shimming is pretty common. Between the weldment not being "perfect" and the bulkheads in that area not being flat, it's usually going to need a little work. And as Longline said, Vans will tell you...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-09-2015, 06:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,558
Posted By D-Dubya
I've helped rig the wings on two 7's and I think...

I've helped rig the wings on two 7's and I think we had to file down the rear spar on one to make it eliminate some forward sweep as well. Just don't go crazy, as it doesn't take much filing at the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-06-2015, 06:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,841
Posted By D-Dubya
If I'm not mistaken, Van's converted their RV-7...

If I'm not mistaken, Van's converted their RV-7 factory demonstrator to an RV-7A after it was built and flying. Granted, their skill set may be a bit more sophisticated than the average builder, but...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-04-2015, 08:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,516
Posted By D-Dubya
Classes are helpful

Paul and Reiley are absolutely right--an RV-7 is not meant to be disassembled and trailered. It's simply not practical.

But your idea about taking a sheet metal class is spot on. Not only will you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,107
Posted By D-Dubya
EAA workbench is Excellent

Yep, the EAA workbench is hard to beat. Easy to make, good use of materials, and rock solid. Have recommended these to friends building airplanes and restoring cars, and they've all been pleased with...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-24-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,448
Posted By D-Dubya
That's It

You're correct. I looked back over my builder's log and I can clearly see in the photos where the "canoe" is still upside down and the rivets between the 770 and longeron are installed, with clecos...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-06-2014, 12:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,743
Posted By D-Dubya
2 Boosters

Mike, I think there are two boosters attached to the center "rocket". They all appear to be about the same diameter, so it does look like there are three boosters attached to the main rocket...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-20-2013, 07:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,676
Posted By D-Dubya
Screw It

Put a screw in from the cockpit side to fill the hole. Or that may be an AN3 bolt. I'm not looking at mine right now, but I think that's the size.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2012, 08:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,810
Posted By D-Dubya
Ventilation Mod

It gets hot in the Big D...it's for, uh, ventilation. Yeah, that's the ticket!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2012, 07:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,393
Posted By D-Dubya
I'm doing a 7, but I think the principle is the...

I'm doing a 7, but I think the principle is the same. Some other experienced builders I talked to years ago recommended that you leave the bushing just barely longer so that there's very little...
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