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Old 10-25-2011, 04:39 PM
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Default Tip: RV-3 Easy Pitot Connections

I have often heard the question ?how do I connect the metal pitot tubing in the wing to the plastic pitot tubing in the fuselage (assuming you used metal in the wing ? some don?t, and that?s fine too!). A real easy way to do it is to go to your scrap clear plastic tubing drawer and look for a piece with an inside diameter that fits tightly over both the nylon and ?? metal tubing (they have the same OD). Wet it a little to make it slippery, push it on both sides, and add a couple of cable ties ? finished!





Here?s a shot of the disconnects we have going to the wings on our high-tech RV-3. If I had a simple airplane with nothing but lights out in the wings, I?d give strong consideration to just hard-wiring across the wing/fuselage interface. But given that we have numerous lights, aileron trim servos, roll A/P servos and antennas out there, in this case, I like the idea of disconnects ? made it far easier to wire up (there is only 1.75? of clearance between the wing and the fuse when the spars are joined). We used an ?AMP? CPC connector for lighting and Pitot heat, a BNC for the antenna, and a D-Sub for (on this side) the trim servo.



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Old 10-25-2011, 05:24 PM
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Paul,

...an O-ring next to the tyrap might help a little over time since the O-ring exerts an even pressure all way round the plastic tube...
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:23 PM
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Paul,

As a "buyer not a builder" I didn't understand why may plane had that little section of clear tubing. Now I know! Thanks.
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:40 PM
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I use a black rubber tubing that comes with all the condensing furnaces I install. It's very flexible, almost impossible to kink, and grips aluminum & plastic tubes tightly. Since these types of tubing have been in service for a good 30 years, with slightly acidic air and water running through them...........I trust the stuff.

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Old 10-26-2011, 04:42 AM
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I just flared the plastic tubing and used a union.

And sealing along the side skin at the extended belly skin will keep water from entering the cockpit.
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:51 AM
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Default Conduit clamps

who makes those cool conduit clamps and how often did you use them to secure the conduit through the wing?

Looks nice and clean...I like it.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:49 AM
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You can get those at Lowes in the pvc area. They are called truss hangers I believe. Come about 5 to a pack if I remember right. I used one every other rib in the wing. Very light and easy to install.
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Select your tubing carefully. I used "black fuel line" to connect mine when I first built my plane. After I put it back together earlier this year I was chasing a pitot leak, which I finally tracked down to that "black fuel line".
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snip...which I finally tracked down...snip
Bill, that's great! Good to hear it's fixed.
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Select your tubing carefully. I used "black fuel line" to connect mine when I first built my plane. After I put it back together earlier this year I was chasing a pitot leak, which I finally tracked down to that "black fuel line".
That's why I like the clear stuff - it seems to be a bit softer and doesn't get hard and crack - it also "squishes" better under the wire ties to make a good seal (although it seals pretty well on it's own).
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