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Old 01-22-2012, 05:48 AM
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Red face HS Attach holes drilled incorectly??

I was in the process of getting ready to attach my HS stabilizer today and noticed the previous builder already had a attempt at this. But as you can see the holes are not even close to the correct positions.




Now as you can see the holes are not actually touching the two side longerons a they are suppose to. (At least it is not compromising the longerons strength)


As far as i can see there is no structural weakness from these holes, maybe fill them up with some rivets? Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-22-2012, 07:11 AM
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AJ,

I would send VANS the pictures on this one.
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:06 AM
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Of course speak to Van's.
If I were faced with this, I would see if I could replace the misdrilled heavy angle under the F-611. I think with an angle drill you could get at the rivets to drill them out and replace the angle. Awkward, but I think it could be done.
The misdrilled holes in the horizontal stab angle you may wish to consider dealing with by adding reinforcement - as well as replacing the two short spacers that sit on the rear deck, rivet a single long (full length of the angle) reinforcing piece of 1/8 plate on the opposite (top) side of the horizontal stab angle to provide a doubler/sandwich the misdrilled angle. The spacers raise the horizontal stab angle enough to provide clearance to the shop heads of the rivets that would hold the plate provided that you plan their location to miss the rivets in the angle on the top deck.
Obviously these attachments are flight critical, so clear whatever you decide to do with Van's.
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:16 AM
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I'm seeing quite a few unaccaeptable rivets there also. I'm afraid you need some new tail pieces. Sorry, but its just a few hours of rework. Plus a little money. Might as well get used to it now.
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:06 PM
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If this were my plane, i would replace the angle, spacers, and top sheet, and call Van about the extra hole in the longeron. I would also carefully inspect the rest of the partially completed kit for other issues, and replace all the non-conforming rivets. You may be able to get away with less, but why not set the bar high now, especially in such a critical location on the airframe.

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Old 01-22-2012, 01:07 PM
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Glad you checked and found this before putting it all together.
I would replace the rear deck, angle, spacer that's on top of the angle looks to be drilled wrong too and in the wrong spot for an RV7 (look at your RV6 plans carefully), easy to fab a new one and replace that too.

If you don't have one, I would suggest buying a rivet removal tool. PM me for my rivet removal technique if you need it, works well without damaging holes.

On mine (RV7) I removed the rear deck to check other pieces, replaced all substandard parts with new even replacing the rear bulkhead and tie down anchor that prev. builder messed up. All in all took me about 35 hours of work but I replaced extra parts that were factory QB unacceptable parts.
The triangles you see in my picture show 4 clecos where I had to put some some flush 4- rivets in as the HS sits flush on there.

I crawled into the back part of the fuselage on a sheet of wood to protect it to drill out the forward rear deck rivets.

From looking at your pictures, luckily it looks like they missed the longeron all together except forthe extra hole they put in it. Check with Van's on that one as others have said.
While you have the rear deck off, I would replace those nasty looking rivets in the bulkhead as aerhed mentioned.

If you're replacing the piece(s) anyway you don't have to spend too much time drilling out rivets being careful you don't damage the hole as you're replacing the parts anyway. Just be sure all the parts are being replaced!

By the time you have all the new parts fab'd you'll only have the extra hole in the longeron to contend with from what I see but inspect it all. You'll be able to see a lot better when you have the rear deck off.

Other bad news...You will probably have to replace the bottom reinforcement angle on your HS as it will have holes that are at the wrong place too. Check your plans on this. (they would be wrong for a 7 for sure).
Disclaimer...This fix is only what I did to fix the problem on mine (RV7A), don't try this at home! Seek professional help on this fix as I did. Talk to an engineer that specializes in airframe repair. I had 2 come by and verify my fix (Thanks Raplh and Randy). Carefully review your plans.
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Old 01-22-2012, 01:10 PM
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Default Wrong angle to start with

AJ

Looking at the pictures it looks as if the angle underneath is the wrong dimension. It looks like a 3/4 angle when if you check the plans it should be larger. So you'll need to remove enough of the rear deck to drill this angle out and replace it. Then replace the spacer as well and only the holes in the actual top deck will be wrong but that should be fine. You could always make the top spacers lager as in the previous post but that was because the longerons were drilled wrong which isn't a factor in your case. Hope this makes sense.

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Old 01-22-2012, 06:25 PM
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Hey guys

Thanks allot for the responses. I really do appreciate this VAF forum,so helpful.

I have already purchased a new RV7 Empennage so the older one with the holes through the spar is not an issue.

I will inspect my plans tonnight and see if that angle is the correct size or not. Either way I found some holes in the very far bulkhead holding the tailwheel attachment to be unacceptable so I might get the old partslist out and start ordering some new parts from vans.

Would i have to order a new skin for the bottom rear of fuselage?
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:16 PM
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I'm seeing quite a few unaccaeptable rivets there also. I'm afraid you need some new tail pieces. Sorry, but its just a few hours of rework. Plus a little money. Might as well get used to it now.
I'll have to second this. Some of those rivets are not even set half-way. I would make an effort to check everyone and address them as needed. I would definitely refer to Vans opinion on this as this is a part that absolutely needs to be installed correctly. I would at least replace all parts that were drilled through.
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:31 AM
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Hi guys thanks for the responses. I was able to drill the rivets out on top and then crawl into the fuse and drill out the angle rivets. The angle is deffinately the wrong size and spacer will be replaced.And I'll address all those rivets and check them with the go no go gauge.
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