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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Today, 06:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 281
Posted By wirejock
Builder log

Overkill? Maybe to some.
Valuable? At least to me and quite a few of my followers. I like to think it adds resale value as well.
I've been doing it so long, it only takes a few minutes.
It is pretty...
Forum: RV-7/7A Today, 01:49 PM
Replies: 2,030
Views: 1,518,633
Posted By wirejock
Canopy

Screws & rivets or Sikaflex?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Today, 08:44 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 155,395
Posted By wirejock
W&G remover

I use Kirker 600. Wipe with a soaked rag. Wipe it off with a dry rag. Wipe with a tack cloth and shoot.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 05:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 309
Posted By wirejock
Carbon fiber

That's weird. Intrested to read what the experts comment.

I just use this stuff. I buy a yard of the 60".
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/pages/me/carbonfiber/bigraphite.php
I cut strips off the...
Forum: Safety Yesterday, 09:53 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,730
Posted By wirejock
Balance rudder

Manual doesn't mention balancing the rudder. Unless I haven't gotten that far. If memory serves, it's fairly aft heavy even with the weight. I would think it would take a bit of lead to get it...
Forum: My RV Build Project Yesterday, 07:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,733
Posted By wirejock
Finishing

The pull rivets can be removed if you really want to remove a tip. That also means they can't be covered or the seam bonded or sealed.
The other method is to add a nutplate to the forward tooling...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-15-2022, 09:40 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 155,395
Posted By wirejock
Cut & Buff

I prefer hand working as much as possible. Its a lot more labor, but easier to control. I tape any area susceptible to cutting through like rivet lines and edges. Work them after.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2022, 04:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,787
Posted By wirejock
Osh

That's why we stopped going. First trip was fun. $50 night. 2nd trip we stayed closer. Not much more, close and wonderful salt water pool. Two years on that hotel. Next year was a massive price...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-14-2022, 02:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,316
Posted By wirejock
Trailing edge

That looks salvageable to me. If it were mine, I would do it this way.
1. Buy two sections of 2x2 aluminum angle from a nearvy aviation box store like Home Depot.
2. Mark and drill them to match the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-14-2022, 10:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 459
Posted By wirejock
Rivets

Some builders use soft rivets to hold nutplates. Easier to set. Not 470 though. That's very odd. It sounds like you caught it early.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-14-2022, 08:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 429
Posted By wirejock
Filliform

Check all the parts. Best find it now.
Most likely that's the only part. It probably started before you got the part. My empennage had some too. None anywhere else.
Forum: RV-14 08-13-2022, 07:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,103
Posted By wirejock
Drilling

When you move on, always refer to the plans and rivet size before drilling.
Forum: Primers 08-13-2022, 06:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,165
Posted By wirejock
Order of operations

That's the order I've always used. P60G2 as well
Fit
Scuff
Dimple
Wash
Prime
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2022, 03:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,877
Posted By wirejock
Test pilot

I plan to hire one.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-13-2022, 03:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,316
Posted By wirejock
Edge break tool

As mentioned. Adjust the tool on scrap so it barely makes a bend. I prefer walking it with my thumb. It gives me better control. It's too easy for the tool to wander and make an inconsistent line.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-13-2022, 07:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 357
Posted By wirejock
Clamp

Final two are .032". They fit pretty good.

I made several.
First was .025". Too thin.
Next one, I didn't offset the nutplates. Screws hit each other. Plus the breeze clamp hole was way off. The last...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-12-2022, 04:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 357
Posted By wirejock
Main Gear Leg Fairing Clamp

This is an alternate to the "fiberglass finger" method of clamping the Gear Leg Fairing with a breeze clamp.
This seems to work really well. Fabricate two of these. I made them mirror to each other...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-11-2022, 02:07 PM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 1,354,751
Posted By wirejock
Panel

My Advanced Panel-less Panel arrived. Just had to put the electronics in to test fit and make airplane noises. Thanks to Scott Schuler for helping. Saved climbing in an out. Two of the cutouts for...
Forum: Tools 08-11-2022, 10:15 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,226
Posted By wirejock
Home made creeper

That's a fun idea.
Pick-A-Part typically sells a full seat with frame for $35. I nabbed two one piece jeep seats for my Samurai. HF moving dolly is about $20. A little Aviation inginuity could make...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-10-2022, 07:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,330
Posted By wirejock
Emp Fairing

Thanks
Exactly what I needed.
I use the rolls of fiberglass 1", 2", 3" & 4" when it fits the bill, but I trim the edge off.
Forum: Fiberglass 08-10-2022, 02:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,330
Posted By wirejock
Emp fairing

Empennage Fairing?
You should try this.
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Forum: Fiberglass 08-10-2022, 11:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,330
Posted By wirejock
Emp fairing

Dan
I read your Tips more times than I can count. I see your Emp Fairing goes down and under the HS a little.
Is there anything else under the HS?
Where are the few screws you used?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-09-2022, 07:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 819
Posted By wirejock
CherryMac

Download the CherryMax table. They make #3 flush rivets.
Or
Find a builder nearby who's done it. It can be done.
Forum: RV-14 08-09-2022, 09:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 432
Posted By wirejock
SW

Look online for a Sherwin Williams Auto Paint supplier near you. Houston should have at least one. They almost always have it in stock. Buy two gallons of catalyst. We mix 1 part primer to 2 parts...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-09-2022, 07:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,174
Posted By wirejock
Use a heat gun and temp gun. Heat it to 200 and...

Use a heat gun and temp gun. Heat it to 200 and let cool.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-08-2022, 08:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 620
Posted By wirejock
Pull rivets

That's important. MK-319-BS is a tiny bit bigger in diameter than a #3 rivet (7/64"). MSP-42 is 1/8". That means several holes were drilled 1/8". Let us know.
Forum: RV-10 08-08-2022, 06:22 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 27,407
Posted By wirejock
Gust lock

I wonder if that would work with a tent pole type arrangement. It would fold up into a small light package.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-08-2022, 11:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,174
Posted By wirejock
Reshape

I've had good results heating and reshaping like this. Just don't go too hot.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-08-2022, 08:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,174
Posted By wirejock
Cowl fit

No. What Dan is suggesting is to sand the entire aft edge uniformly till the bottom edge of the nose bowl is the correct spacing. This retains the dimension with the washer at the top. When...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-08-2022, 07:27 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,174
Posted By wirejock
Cowl fit

Thanks guys. Funny how the brain gets stuck.
Dan's method is the way to go.
The gap at the tip will increase, but that can be filled in as he recommends.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-07-2022, 07:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 289
Posted By wirejock
Knipex

Those things are awesome. My 12" set will squeeze #3 rivets . Incredible leverage.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-07-2022, 07:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,174
Posted By wirejock
Adjust

Unless other builders have a better solution. That cowl fit at the firewall is perfect.
You may want to install the bottom and treat them as a unit before modifying the top cowl. That way they match.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-07-2022, 06:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,174
Posted By wirejock
Cowl

Scott, sorry but you 14 builders are spoiled. :D
That's just a little Vans fabrication error on the nose bowl. The fit looks beautiful.
Mark the outside where you want it. Remove the cowl. Apply...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-07-2022, 04:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 289
Posted By wirejock
Dimple dies

Grind the female die. All of mine have a flat ground for clearance.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-07-2022, 08:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,080
Posted By wirejock
Doughnut

See below. It just slips over the shank.
Forum: Safety 08-07-2022, 07:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,638
Posted By wirejock
Sock

I was thinking three socks. One over VS/rudder. One each over HS/elevator. Each side zippers to the vertical sock. The HS bottoms are bungeed or zippered. Straps sewn into the fabric end in rings....
Forum: Tools 08-06-2022, 08:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 208
Posted By wirejock
Bench grinder

3/8 bore is too small for scotchbrite wheels. You want 1/2" arbor.
I recommend one 3M on one side and a buffing wheel on the other. One slip and a part is toast. Yep. I hit the wheel on the opposite...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-06-2022, 06:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,874
Posted By wirejock
As sprayed

I found a photo. It's pretty hard to see the orange peel, but it's there. Also, never figured out how to post a vertical photo so hold the image sideways. :D
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Forum: Safety 08-06-2022, 06:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,638
Posted By wirejock
Saran wrap

I like that idea. Keep precut sections of Coroplast in the plane. Buy a roll of saran wrap and go to town. When it's time, just snip it with scissors.
Forum: Painting your RV 08-06-2022, 06:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,874
Posted By wirejock
As sprayed finish

Sorry. Nope. It was orange peeled but I purposely shoot an extra coat for Cut & Buff.
If that were a solvent based paint, I would add slow reducer. No idea what to do with a water based paint. It's...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-06-2022, 05:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 198
Posted By wirejock
Sheen

Sheen? Flat or at least satin. You don't want reflections.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-06-2022, 05:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,080
Posted By wirejock
Setting rivets

Yep. What he ^ said.
Another trick is the rubber hose doughnut. Buy a section of windshield washer hoses. One size fits 3/32" and one fits 1/8". Slice off a doughnut slightly thicker than the...
Forum: Safety 08-06-2022, 04:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,638
Posted By wirejock
Rudder sock

How about a big sock? Basically a bag that fits the VS and Rudder. Some bungies to hold it down. VS and Rudder become one unit. Less flopping back and forth.
Forum: Painting your RV 08-06-2022, 09:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 332
Posted By wirejock
Primer

That's what I wish I did. Save weight. I used SW P60G2 and Jet Flex. It's tough but nothing like EnduroPrime. I am not installing carpets or side panels so I wanted parts to look good.
Spray a tough...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-05-2022, 06:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 783
Posted By wirejock
Carbon Fiber

I'm cheap & lazy. I bought a yard long ago. 36x60 is $35.
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/pages/me/carbonfiber/bigraphite.php
Last of it went on my plenum. Scraps are getting cut as needed into 1"...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-05-2022, 07:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 532
Posted By wirejock
Prime

Yes. I would prime exposed parts and fay surfaces of parts.
Forum: Painting your RV 08-04-2022, 09:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 532
Posted By wirejock
Alumiprep

Not sure. Alumiprep is an acid. I've had equal results scrubbing parts with maroon scotchbrite and powdered cleaner. One less chemical. Wash in the sink. Bon Ami is preferred but Comet and Ajax...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-04-2022, 07:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 532
Posted By wirejock
Alodine

I use those clear plastic food containers or heavy zip bags depending on the part. I scuff with maroon, drop in a bag with alumiprep for a minute or two. Move to a rinse container. Drop into bag with...
Forum: RV-3 08-04-2022, 07:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,604
Posted By wirejock
Adels

Paul
I'm getting ready to order parts for this. You mentioned seven Adel clamps each side, 18 to 12 size Adel clamps. Do you remember how many of each size Adel clamps were used? One each from 18...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-04-2022, 04:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,909
Posted By wirejock
Advanced

My Advanced Panel-less Panel is on the way!
Pretty excited too.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-04-2022, 11:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 925
Posted By wirejock
Alodine

Henkel changed the product’s name from “Alodine” to “Bonderite” as part of a “branding strategy” begun in 2014. In identifying the product, as seen on the*safety data sheet for Bonderite M-CR 1201...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-04-2022, 11:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 925
Posted By wirejock
Alodine

Yes. No worries. That's how lots of small parts on my plane are done. Alodine only. Save weight.
I use heavy baggies for sloshing. Waste products go into a gallon jug. When it's full, it goes to the...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-03-2022, 06:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,017
Posted By wirejock
Parts

I know nothing about water based paints but I've sprayed quite a bit of solvent based. My tools in red below.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-03-2022, 05:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,625
Posted By wirejock
Oil door

Not sure which hardware is being discussed, but I used...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-02-2022, 04:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 509
Posted By wirejock
In lb

204 in lb is 17 ft lbs.
I think they use the Lyco spec for 5/16"
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-01-2022, 12:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 851
Posted By wirejock
Nails

I take the dies to the local aviation supply (hardware). They have a bulk bin. I just dig and test to make sure they fit. Handful lasts forever.
Forum: RV-14 07-31-2022, 06:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 526
Posted By wirejock
Powder coat

Steel is harder than the aluminum rivet so most likely, the weldment is fine. Clean up. Touch up. Rivetit does look odd like there's threads in the hole. Maybe it's layers of parts.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2022, 11:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 793
Posted By wirejock
3/4"

Thanks everyone. Consensus seems to be 3/4".
I'm going to start at 3/4". Pretty easy to use a piece of wood to measure. I don't expect the Beringer tires to deform significantly but I will deflate...
Forum: RV-10 07-31-2022, 08:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,781
Posted By wirejock
Hole size

As mentioned before. Always look at the fastener callout on the plans. Rivets, screws or bolts. You will be surprised how often there's a mix of hole sizes.
Good news is that's not an expensive part...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2022, 06:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 793
Posted By wirejock
Zero clearance

Not sure that's working out so well! Looks like zero clearance to the ground!:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2022, 04:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 793
Posted By wirejock
Tire/pant clearance

Is there a ideal clearance between tire and wheel pant?
I found threads with measurements like 3/8", "finger", "thumb", etc. Really? We build an airplane then use a finger to take a measurement? My...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-30-2022, 04:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 531
Posted By wirejock
Squeezer

Like he said. If you don't have an adjustable ram, buy one. Also a set if quick change pins.
Forum: RV-10 07-30-2022, 08:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,211
Posted By wirejock
Torx

McMaster has them. I am using some in non structural places.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2022, 06:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,284
Posted By wirejock
Money

Seems like the choice comes down to money.
If you can swing it, pull out items you may or don't want like the Antilock valve and two reservoirs. Save a little.
If money is an issue, no choice.
I got...
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