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Old 08-27-2012, 10:28 AM
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Default Think you've seen it all?

Removed out of respect for the plane owner, as well as the plug putter inner. All jokes aside, the plug was only there to keep unwanted heat from leaking through the heat box, which as pointed out by Perry below, are usually pretty inadequate in terms of sealing the firewall from an actual fire.

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Old 08-27-2012, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by RBD View Post
Grab the chain with your toes and pull the plug!?
And some folks wonder why I like to fly barefoot
Mike Starkey
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Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

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Old 08-27-2012, 10:57 AM
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Too much shopping at the Ace Hardware aviation aisle and not enough at Aircraft Spruce...

I'm wondering what else you will find...
Gil Alexander
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Half completed RV-10 QB purchased
RV-6A N61GX - finally flying
Grumman Tiger N12GA - flying
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Old 08-27-2012, 02:06 PM
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Default what's that spell?


YES feye - yer -wahl as in FIRE!

although, he does have that hi-temp tin foil or something wrapped around it...should be fine for 3 - 5 seconds, eh?

seriously tho', we're all making fun, but just how great is our main cabin heat hole in the firewall? Lots of aluminum valves/doors/ shrouds out there also.
Perry Y.
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Old 08-27-2012, 02:12 PM
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Yowzer, what a mess. Looking at that give me hope that my plane might eventually fly and not fall apart in the process.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:44 PM
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That's obviously one of those inflatable RV's. Pull the chain and you can fit it in your flight bag. Very slick!
Kelly Johnson
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:53 AM
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The wiring that I can see looks an absolute nightmare.
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:59 AM
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Talking Pull the Plug

This gives a whole new meaning to "pull the plug" on a slam-dunk approach
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:12 AM
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i wouldn't have ferried it to the guy, who knows what other decisions were made on that build
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:20 AM
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Default Dang.... get a prebuy folks!!!

Good Morning Everybody.... I was browsing the contractor ads for Afganistan contractor mechanics this morning when I saw this thread on the forums... hopefully I can stay in the states. Anyhow.... it's just disappointing to see holes in the firewall with parts from the local plumbing store. Lots of people have blind faith in that if someone built an airplane... it will be right. Newsflash... mechanics have saved many many people a metric TON of money and frustration by doing a complete conditional inspection as a prebuy!!!! Now... being picky and by the book has not exactly enamored me with several people but they are still alive to complain. If I sign off on an airplane, that means I would gladly put my 8.5 month old son (dang he is eating me out of house and pantry) in the airplane and have full faith in the mechanical abilities of the aircraft. Yes... there are shortcuts you can take on a few things just to get it back to your shop like rolling the aircraft in a closed hangar to feel and hear the wheel bearings... Get a prebuy folks!!!!! please!!!
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