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Jslow2 01-03-2022 01:52 PM

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Fuel tank work.

PilotjohnS 01-03-2022 02:22 PM

Never enough
 
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Originally Posted by Jslow2 (Post 1579625)
Fuel tank work.

Seems like you can never have enough proseal.

Lastly, I was going to add a second fuel level sender in the outer rib. I got talked out of it, but I wish I had. A second sender will allow accurate fuel level through the whole range from Full to empty, if using a G3X or other computer fuel gauge.

Jslow2 01-03-2022 02:53 PM

No proseal on fittings yet, just put them in to see the clearance with the sealed nutplates and the fuel pickup.

Jslow2 01-10-2022 02:04 PM

More tank work.
 
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Finished the ribs on the left tank, fabricated spacer for the Newton fuel cap since the hole in the skin is larger now.

Jslow2 02-08-2022 11:50 AM

Bubbles
 
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Few bubbles

wcalvert 02-08-2022 08:38 PM

Wow, that's more than a few bubbles! and this is on pressure from a balloon? Can you locate the source as the bolt heads or seal around the sender plate or multiples locations? It's hard to tell from the photo.

Your test photo shows a couple of concerning places: The bolt heads are not bedded in sealant, the seam between the end bulkhead and tank skin doesn't show any sealant squeeze out, the edge of the sender plate has gaps without squeeze out.

I looked back at some of your previous photos to see if there are any obvious glaring issues. Question: what type of fastener is on the fuel side of the sender plate bolts? They look to be standing proud of the pro seal and not capped off by the sealant. Maybe it's a new kind of fastener, but that arrangement doesn't look familiar.

Any way you slice it, you'll need to do some serious sleuthing and figure out the source of that leak. Hopefully it becomes clear soon.

Cheers

Jslow2 05-19-2022 04:46 PM

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Left aileron work.

Jslow2 05-19-2022 04:49 PM

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Left flap in process

CF86301 05-21-2022 08:23 PM

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Originally Posted by wcalvert (Post 1587897)

Your test photo shows a couple of concerning places: The bolt heads are not bedded in sealant, the seam between the end bulkhead and tank skin doesn't show any sealant squeeze out, the edge of the sender plate has gaps without squeeze out.

Cheers

As Scott McDaniels points out in his excellent video on building RV wing tanks, the goal is to seal off the tank from the INSIDE: https://youtu.be/gTl827JWz68?t=479 . The moral of the story is, SEAL FROM THE INSIDE OUT. Twirl every shop rivet head and fillet every inside seam. Scuff every sealant surface. Think as though you are fuel trying to find a way outside the tank. Then think you are inside the tank trying to block that pathway. Think about redundant fuel pathway blockages.

Jslow2 09-21-2022 12:10 PM

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Wing off the stand


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