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Old 05-17-2013, 04:37 PM
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Default Lesson Learned

Never leave an airplane part on the floor of the garage. Even if its just for a minute.
I learned a valuable lesson today that cost me a month's worth of work.

My wife left to go shopping so I took advantage of having extra space in the garage to lay out my nearly completed tipup canopy frame on the floor of the garage because it was too big to fit on my workbench. I had just finished drilling the frame brace. I got my camera to document the completion and found the batteries were dead. I went in the house to put in new batteries. Only took a few minutes.

When I went back to the garage, my wife had come home from shopping and pulled the car into the garage. She never saw the canopy frame on the floor.

So, after a short period of disbelief at what I had just done, I called Van's and ordered $300 of new parts. The only salvageable piece was the side rails.

I learned a lesson today. When your wife says she will be gone shopping for several hours, I usually think that is a minimum. Never assume anything and never ever leave a part on the floor.

Hope the second build time goes a little quicker.
Bob B
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:43 PM
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Ow! I know the pain. Somewhere on here is a thread where I left my recently finished aileron on the roof of my 4-Runner for the exact reason as you....not enough room. Needless to say it didn't stay on the roof of 4-Runner very long after my wife left the house. I was able to salvage one end rib from what came home.
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:53 PM
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Default Sometimes ...

Sometimes these events are an opportunity to get rid of your practice parts that you learned on and create a perfect part or assembly and sometimes it is just a character building experience with an opportunity to show your life partner how well you can handle set backs without loosing your appreciation for the most important things in life.

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Old 05-17-2013, 05:03 PM
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This doesn't make any sense at all. Why would anyone try to put a car into a garage in the first place?

(sorry for your frustrations)
Jeff Caplins
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:27 PM
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You're right on Bob. Some things are more important than a piece of aluminum. I think my wife is more upset than me. I will take her to dinner tonight.

I didn't like the fit anyway. The second one will be much better.

VAF is a great support group to put things in the right perspective.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:19 PM
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How's her car???
Thanks Ron
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:52 PM
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It could be worse, the girlfriend could have run over it while your wife was at the store.
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:08 PM
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Talking off topic but...

speaking of the girlfriend running over it...

The difference between complete and finished as explained at a linguistic conference:

"When you marry the right woman you are complete but when you marry the wrong woman you are finished. And if the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED!"
All Best

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Old 05-17-2013, 08:08 PM
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Maybe that is a good solution for parts I don't really like but keep and move on. Leave it on the garage floor. Let nature take it course

Honestly, I don't know if it is possible to be satisfied with a tip up fit. Every time it is perfect, I add some parts and it changes. Bend and repeat. I fully expect that I will be shrinking/stretching after it is fully completed.

At least the second one will go so fast and easy. (fingers crossed)

Lord Kelvin:
I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about,
and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you
cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge
is of a meager and unsatisfactory kind.
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:42 AM
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Default Ouch!

Ouch ... this is really painful!

Here's a tip that I've found useful: I have bike racks on my car, and the last thing you want to do (after not running over airplane parts) is pulling into the garage with your bike on the roof. I use a big, orange road cone (or the equivalent, orange pillar with a heavy rubber foot) placed just inside the garage door, so when I open the garage, I seen the cone and don't drive in!

Now that the plane is in there, there's no room for the car, so my bike problem is solved ...
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