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Old 12-05-2012, 12:43 PM
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Default Tip-up canopy gas strut nuts: how??

RV-9A, but this should also apply to the RV-7 series. How can I get the nuts onto the aft gas strut flush screws?



As the plans show, these two washers/nuts are inside the aft canopy deck; I can't even get them on with my fingers, let alone tightened with a wrench. What did you guys do?
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:47 PM
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It is real simple


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Old 12-05-2012, 01:04 PM
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Bill: YOU are the MAN.

Never woulda thought of that. Thanks.

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Old 12-05-2012, 01:04 PM
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Clever. I punted and installed rivnuts
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:09 PM
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I did similar to Bill.



You will need to get one size longer screws than the plans call out.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:11 PM
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Bill: YOU are the MAN.

Never woulda thought of that. Thanks.

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Thanks, like many tips I did not invent this one but took someone else's suggestion. All I did was document it.
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Default If you don't have nutplates handy...

Here's a little trick that made this very easy for me, after frustrating myself for a while first. This is so simple. I ended up putting a sticky substance on the tip of my finger. I actually used a dab of honey out of the honey jar in the kitchen. I figured it's a harmless substance, and you get to lick your fingers when you're done! The washer stays stuck to your fingertip long enough to reach under and around the bottom flange and slip it on the screw. For the nut, I held it sort of between two fingers and managed to get it in place and turn the screw to get it on. You can also see my little 5/16" open-end wrench that I was able to slip underneath to hold the nut while I tightened the screw from the outside. Once I had this method figured out, I was able to get them on without too much difficulty.



Here's the finished installation...

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Old 12-06-2012, 06:19 AM
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Bruce, FuelLube works excellent as a washer-stickin'-agent.
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Bruce, FuelLube works excellent as a washer-stickin'-agent.
But it doesn't taste as good!! I used double sided tape on my finger tips.

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But it doesn't taste as good!! I used double sided tape on my finger tips.

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you're not wrong about that! However, I have noticed that it smells like cheetos.
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