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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2022, 07:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,442
Posted By fl-mike
Laugh if you must, but I love my workshop Roboroc...

Laugh if you must, but I love my workshop Roboroc robot vacuum. Cleans three nights a week. Corners, under the benches and shelves. Picks up the stripped wire insulation, errant rivets, the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-08-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 659
Posted By fl-mike
Blackstone. Fast, easy. The other one was much...

Blackstone.
Fast, easy.
The other one was much slower and I didn't even get reports a few times. Had to call them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2022, 08:36 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 42,373
Posted By fl-mike
If you are looking for a practical reference on...

If you are looking for a practical reference on composite surface quality, the big "A" has a few documents that are used to manage that aspect for suppliers.

V51ME0721672 Exterior Surface Quality,...
Forum: Tools 04-24-2022, 09:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 639
Posted By fl-mike
Re: single flute. Just be careful with the...

Re: single flute. Just be careful with the single flutes on thin materials. They can pull the material up into the cutter, resulting in a deeper C/S than expected. (a cutting lip vs shaving edges...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-20-2022, 09:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 808
Posted By fl-mike
I talked to "the man" at OSH about making it...

I talked to "the man" at OSH about making it standard. By far the best mod I've done. Fuel pump, brakes, engine control cables, etc. are right there.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-20-2022, 08:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,105
Posted By fl-mike
Need to find out who is Bogarting the tool and...

Need to find out who is Bogarting the tool and provide some "encouragement" to return it.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-20-2022, 08:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,726
Posted By fl-mike
I'd probably run a piece of safety wire between...

I'd probably run a piece of safety wire between the two ribs right over the pushrod. But, put a sleeve of that plastic brake hose stuff Van's uses over the safety wire. Run the wire bundle over...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-20-2022, 12:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 808
Posted By fl-mike
Always think maintenance

Always think maintenance
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-20-2022, 11:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 347
Posted By fl-mike
open the build manual to the rivet identification...

open the build manual to the rivet identification page and lay it over the 1:1 drawings.
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-20-2022, 08:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,051
Posted By fl-mike
when I got my 6A, the pushrod lengths were not...

when I got my 6A, the pushrod lengths were not correct and the aileron throws were off because that put the bellcranks out of design neutral position.
Check that it is rigged properly.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-20-2022, 08:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,081
Posted By fl-mike
Friend made this replacement frame covering the...

Friend made this replacement frame covering the back seat.
Keep head down! Get above the windscreen and the slipstream is significant. Tuft testing here.
Reported no real changes in speeds or...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-12-2022, 09:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,207
Posted By fl-mike
To Paul's point, you have no allowance for the...

To Paul's point, you have no allowance for the radio rack support angles or similar. You will have to shift the G3X right if you want the stack there.

As for shortening the panel, should be okay if...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2022, 01:37 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,178
Posted By fl-mike
Pro tip: Always come in from the southeast if...

Pro tip: Always come in from the southeast if driving in. W Pipkin Rd via SR37. Never via County Line and I-4
Forum: Propellers 04-10-2022, 01:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 954
Posted By fl-mike
The replies I received with the same question...

The replies I received with the same question were:
If Hartzell is sponsoring you and gives you the composite, take it.
If it is coming out of your wallet, the price delta over the metal is not worth...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-10-2022, 01:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 377
Posted By fl-mike
Most replace the gasket with a layer of Proseal. ...

Most replace the gasket with a layer of Proseal. I used small dots of the cork material to go in between each screw to provide a defined thickness of sealant.
The rubber gaskets ALWAYS fail. It is...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-09-2022, 01:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 301
Posted By fl-mike
see this...

see this thread:

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=136208&highlight=plane+power&page=5
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-08-2022, 01:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 686
Posted By fl-mike
the pressure distribution model says that the...

the pressure distribution model says that the center will be the average of the two port pressures. I plumb mine like this, and it also addresses trapped water.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2022, 07:05 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,178
Posted By fl-mike
I had to chuckle a bit at the two popup...

I had to chuckle a bit at the two popup shade-tent Icon booth after the heady years of burning money on the giant "production" pavilions.

Today was...HOT! Drove up and did not even wander to HB...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2022, 02:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 566
Posted By fl-mike
I just use some of this for small areas. ...

I just use some of this for small areas. Microfiber cloth and some elbow grease.
Note that some of the baffle pieces are not alclad. I think some pieces are 5052 (rear)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2022, 11:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,100
Posted By fl-mike
SnF has shifted focus, and raised booth rates. ...

SnF has shifted focus, and raised booth rates. GRT has not been attending for a few years.
A small company has to ration resources. Unless they have a person that has the job of posting news and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-23-2022, 12:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,906
Posted By fl-mike
Sorry, nothing left in that AWG range. I do have...

Sorry, nothing left in that AWG range. I do have a few of the 14,12,10 gauge blades. Like I said, check ebay. Only the big guys pay list price! The right blades make a big difference.

I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-22-2022, 09:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,906
Posted By fl-mike
Let me check my box again. Maybe I can scare up...

Let me check my box again. Maybe I can scare up a set.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-22-2022, 08:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,906
Posted By fl-mike
Proper Tefzel and Teflon stripping blades "pinch"...

Proper Tefzel and Teflon stripping blades "pinch" the insulation rather than "knife" it. As you've seen, the knife blades will just extrude some of the insulation. The Ideal Stripmaster blades are...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-22-2022, 02:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,351
Posted By fl-mike
the classic skirt buzz?

the classic skirt buzz?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-22-2022, 10:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,396
Posted By fl-mike
Failures of this mechanism is typically due to...

Failures of this mechanism is typically due to installation error putting a bending load on the rod end due to binding, or the bearing freezing up. The cyclical bending load breaks the shank of the...
Forum: Tools 03-21-2022, 11:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 408
Posted By fl-mike
he's talking about an "offset cruciform" bit. ...

he's talking about an "offset cruciform" bit. Widely used on Airbus for panels.

I can't remember where I got mine, but it was. Probably Grainger. Here's and Amazon...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-19-2022, 10:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 384
Posted By fl-mike
I have a large spool of 24awg...

I have a large spool of 24awg shielded:
https://www.newark.com/omega/ff-k-24s-twsh-1000/thermocouple-wire-type-k-24awg/dp/43AC9180

If you want some, just tell me how much, figure half of whatever...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2022, 08:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,397
Posted By fl-mike
The Carson's speed for the 8 is around 140 mph,...

The Carson's speed for the 8 is around 140 mph, 122 knots.
https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=134077
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-16-2022, 06:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 303
Posted By fl-mike
Likely just a convenient power point for using a...

Likely just a convenient power point for using a bench power supply during the build. Banana jack jumper to the post, and a banana jumper with alligator clip on the ground tab.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-14-2022, 07:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,181
Posted By fl-mike
You didn't mention a xpndr. If lacking that...

You didn't mention a xpndr. If lacking that (not remote), and you want an IFR navigator, it's hard to beat the GNX375.

I think you'll find the EFIS does most of what you want. I'd go with a G5...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2022, 07:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,679
Posted By fl-mike
Putting the interior in.

Putting the interior in.
Forum: Painting your RV 03-13-2022, 11:47 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,655
Posted By fl-mike
^^^^ this. The local Dupont / PPG shop staff...

^^^^ this.

The local Dupont / PPG shop staff were....well....let's just say not friendly.

The Sherwin-Williams auto paint shop was just the opposite. Even set me up for a discount, which is always...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-13-2022, 11:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,293
Posted By fl-mike
Rustoleum Professional in the large rattle cans...

Rustoleum Professional in the large rattle cans is surprisingly good. Dries fast, but takes a couple weeks to fully cure, then it's pretty bulletproof.

I put in on over Akzo.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-10-2022, 10:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,190
Posted By fl-mike
LOL, that is what I say to all builders: "the...

LOL, that is what I say to all builders: "the SECOND plane you build, you will always be thinking about how you're going to maintain/access that."
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-10-2022, 09:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,190
Posted By fl-mike
Access. The floorboards aft are riveted down.

Access. The floorboards aft are riveted down.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-09-2022, 10:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,190
Posted By fl-mike
The drawback of adhesive bonding is the lack of...

The drawback of adhesive bonding is the lack of electrical bonding.
You lose one or more electrical bonding points from the fasteners. So, the antenna base to belly skin is all you have. I like the...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-07-2022, 10:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,289
Posted By fl-mike
Using wider tape helps. Hold out a good length...

Using wider tape helps. Hold out a good length of unrolled tape with one hand (hand #1) and use the other hand to lay it down as #1 guides the ďsweepĒ from a distance. This helps avoid waves. You...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-01-2022, 06:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,577
Posted By fl-mike
Pretty cool. The phone that is! Does it...

Pretty cool. The phone that is! Does it work?
How did you get such a nice even cut on the upper cowl?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2022, 12:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,181
Posted By fl-mike
A little practice for the Raptors in sunny FL. ...

A little practice for the Raptors in sunny FL. T-34 photo ship.
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-27-2022, 09:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,998
Posted By fl-mike
Custom mount for something like a magnetometer or...

Custom mount for something like a magnetometer or ADHRS. thatís my guess.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2022, 06:47 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 15,448
Posted By fl-mike
Please clarify: "Vanís Aircraft has suspended...

Please clarify: "Vanís Aircraft has suspended the sale of aircraft stock/raw materials to owners/builders of Vanís RV aircraft"


Sheet stock?
Angle stock?
Bar stock?
Hinge Stock?
Tubing stock?
Forum: RV-14 02-17-2022, 11:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,368
Posted By fl-mike
I bought my Ziptips from a guy who purchased an...

I bought my Ziptips from a guy who purchased an entire Dynon panel (built up) before he finished the empennage....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-17-2022, 11:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,292
Posted By fl-mike
use the "Manage Attachments" button at the bottom...

use the "Manage Attachments" button at the bottom of the message screen to attach your pictures directly into the post.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2022, 09:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,523
Posted By fl-mike
As many have said, "do not trust that your level...

As many have said, "do not trust that your level is accurate". Test! (like Tom said in post 16).

I had a digital level that was off more than a tenth of a degree. I was able to open it up and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2022, 11:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,523
Posted By fl-mike
Told the builder of my shop / garage that I...

Told the builder of my shop / garage that I wanted a level floor, no slope. Same for the garage of the Last house I built. They were not used to that, but it was no big deal. Actually easier for...
Forum: RV-14 02-11-2022, 06:52 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,201
Posted By fl-mike
Beautiful! Very elegant. Did any of those...

Beautiful! Very elegant.
Did any of those components come from your knee? :D
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-31-2022, 11:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,738
Posted By fl-mike
Get more aggressive with the edge forming tool...

Get more aggressive with the edge forming tool also. As mentioned, it is hidden in the final installation, so having a pretty good edge bend is not a cosmetic issue, but does get the edge to lay...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-30-2022, 10:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,792
Posted By fl-mike
The tooling holes in the end rib are used to set...

The tooling holes in the end rib are used to set the aileron trailing edge. The aileron TE then sets the flap TE. Itís in the plans.
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-29-2022, 10:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 615
Posted By fl-mike
Generally tie the shield at both ends. This...

Generally tie the shield at both ends. This provides the lowest impedance for attenuating noise that might be radiating from the inner conductors. As mentioned, in the case of RF noise from a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2022, 10:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,363
Posted By fl-mike
As an avionics designer, it really bothers me...

As an avionics designer, it really bothers me that Ack put out a product with ZERO radiated susceptibility testing. If you look at the install manual, there is a big x in that test category. No...
Forum: COMM 01-25-2022, 11:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 901
Posted By fl-mike
can you use a feed-through BNC, so you can just...

can you use a feed-through BNC, so you can just put regular crimp BNCs on each side? Should be pretty easy to find.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2022, 11:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,479
Posted By fl-mike
I think we are saying the same thing. A&P does...

I think we are saying the same thing. A&P does the inspection.

To the OP question, yes, he can install his oil shutter.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2022, 11:15 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,479
Posted By fl-mike
corrected my statement to add "annual condition...

corrected my statement to add "annual condition inspection"
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2022, 10:50 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,479
Posted By fl-mike
Perhaps splitting hairs, but I think the A&P (or...

Perhaps splitting hairs, but I think the A&P (or AI) needs to make/sign the logbook entry. (for the annual condition inspection)

I've been doing the heavy lifting on all my condition inspections,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-21-2022, 07:56 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,299
Posted By fl-mike
I don't think that is the reason. I expect it is...

I don't think that is the reason. I expect it is the peak pressure applied. The C-frame hammer impulse likely produces a higher peak pressure than the DRDT.
This beast produces as good a dimple as...
Forum: COMM 01-18-2022, 09:21 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 10,981
Posted By fl-mike
I think the question is “did you inadvertently...

I think the question is “did you inadvertently connect the 200B desense line”? (TX interlock)

It would be incorrect to utilize it for a single radio install, and really bad to hook it to a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-17-2022, 07:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,644
Posted By fl-mike
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B001HBUOXO/ref...

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B001HBUOXO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2022, 09:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,274
Posted By fl-mike
Iím bad, I leave the cap off. But, I donít fly...

Iím bad, I leave the cap off. But, I donít fly off dirt or turf, so Iíve never had an issue. Mostly just have rubber dust in the fairings.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2022, 02:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,274
Posted By fl-mike
Yes. extender from here: ...

Yes.
extender from here: https://www.aircraftextras.com/Valve-ext.htm
I just drilled a simple hole lined up with the valve stem when it's in the 3 o'clock position (aft). (Edit: sorry, 9 o’clock in...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-13-2022, 10:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 943
Posted By fl-mike
Just scuff and spray over the powder coating.

Just scuff and spray over the powder coating.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-10-2022, 10:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,000
Posted By fl-mike
Two crossed zip ties work fine. Light/cheap.

Two crossed zip ties work fine. Light/cheap.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-07-2022, 06:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,372
Posted By fl-mike
Why are you calling them? Just upload your file...

Why are you calling them? Just upload your file and order. https://customrubontransfers.com/product/black-custom-dry-rub-on-decal-transfer/ (that's the black letters page)
Forum: Florida (Central) 01-07-2022, 06:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,482
Posted By fl-mike
I'm afraid that is a unicorn in today's Florida...

I'm afraid that is a unicorn in today's Florida real estate environment. Anything close in is built out, and coastal land is way too expensive for anything new to sprout. Development is exploding...
Forum: Safety 01-03-2022, 04:23 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,866
Posted By fl-mike
I've also considered a static line. Takes care...

I've also considered a static line. Takes care of pulling the ripcord for you, quickly, even if you are dazed by contact with something.

I use plain ball detent pins, just yank.
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