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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 07:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 165
Posted By rapid_ascent
I've used a Dewalt 90 degree adapter in my...

I've used a Dewalt 90 degree adapter in my cordless drill with a step bit. I just did a few of these for my seat ribs. It's a little difficult to control so in general I prefer using my angle drill...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-30-2021, 03:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,044
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'v used fluke meters for most of my measurement...

I'v used fluke meters for most of my measurement taking life. I had one that lasted 25 years. Eventually the LCD starting going south, but the unit still worked. The newer Fluke meters are shock...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-29-2021, 10:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 813
Posted By rapid_ascent
I just added the information into the schematic...

I just added the information into the schematic as notes. Not exactly what you were talking about, but it accomplishes the same thing in a more basic fashion. You could be more specific if you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2021, 10:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 837
Posted By rapid_ascent
This is all good info to circulate. I had to take...

This is all good info to circulate. I had to take a look to make sure I had all these items on my panel.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-28-2021, 03:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,864
Posted By rapid_ascent
Just an observer on this thread, but a lot of...

Just an observer on this thread, but a lot of great info for us engine novice.
Forum: RV-14 11-28-2021, 10:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 712
Posted By rapid_ascent
I wouldn't over do the solution. Washers might be...

I wouldn't over do the solution. Washers might be a pain depending on how many have to be stacked. McMaster has spacers that are available in lots of sizes. That seems like a simple solution. The 3D...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 11-28-2021, 12:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,125
Posted By rapid_ascent
I bought a roll of 2" wide, 220 grit. It gets...

I bought a roll of 2" wide, 220 grit. It gets pretty old going to the HW store for sandpaper.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-27-2021, 01:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,325
Posted By rapid_ascent
A lot of us have made that mistake in the...

A lot of us have made that mistake in the beginning. Use one hand to hold the skin down to the work surface and whack it with the other hand. Then move the skin and repeat. I have a couple of spots...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-26-2021, 10:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 16,837
Posted By rapid_ascent
I recently went through the process of adding 2...

I recently went through the process of adding 2 inboard holes. This operation would be much easier before you have to sit in the plane to drill the holes. I used a dewalt 90 degree adapter and a step...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-25-2021, 01:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By rapid_ascent
Abe, Sorry I was traveling yesterday. I should...

Abe,

Sorry I was traveling yesterday.

I should have taken a little more time to understand the information that you posted from the install manual. It's not totally obvious from the way that it is...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-22-2021, 04:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By rapid_ascent
Abe, Refer to Figure 30-2.2 in the install...

Abe,

Refer to Figure 30-2.2 in the install manual. It shows a 5K resistor as the pullup for active low signals. 5K isn't a standard value. You can use a 4.7K, 5%, 1/4 Watt resistor or a 4.99K, 1%,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-22-2021, 12:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By rapid_ascent
Abe, Derek is sort of right. The voltage of a...

Abe,

Derek is sort of right. The voltage of a forward biased LED is more like 2V - 3V giving a wide berth for various types but the concept is essentially correct.

Lets talk about the G3x input...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-20-2021, 08:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 594
Posted By rapid_ascent
Well... This sounds like an interesting problem....

Well... This sounds like an interesting problem. I think you are going to need a schematic to figure things out. If you can't get one from the original builder then you may need to get your meter out...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-19-2021, 03:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 323
Posted By rapid_ascent
You might be able to just find the connector on...

You might be able to just find the connector on someplace like Digi-Key or Mouser.

These types of standard flex ribbon cables are categorized by their pitch or distance between conductors and the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-18-2021, 05:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,272
Posted By rapid_ascent
I've used scotchtape. You can sometimes use it on...

I've used scotchtape. You can sometimes use it on the washer while not covering up the hole. Leave enough so once the bolt is through you pull off the tape.

Special tools might work better, but I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-17-2021, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 675
Posted By rapid_ascent
Maybe put a drop of loctite on it, then tighten.

Maybe put a drop of loctite on it, then tighten.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-15-2021, 06:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 718
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have two normally on momentary switches for my...

I have two normally on momentary switches for my PMAG test functions. Its really not more complicated. They are normally on if I want to test then I turn them off. It does take some panel space, but...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-12-2021, 09:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,079
Posted By rapid_ascent
What is the model number?

What is the model number?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 886
Posted By rapid_ascent
The problem with the grinding stones is that they...

The problem with the grinding stones is that they develop grooves which can then round your edges. That is why I prefer the little sanding drums for something like this. If you use a new grinding...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2021, 10:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 886
Posted By rapid_ascent
In regard to the sanding drums I bought a kit of...

In regard to the sanding drums I bought a kit of them on Ebay or Amazon, can't remember which. They have like 20 mandrels and 100 sanding drums that slide on. Most are fairly fine sandpaper 240ish....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2021, 09:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 886
Posted By rapid_ascent
I would use a little drum sander in my dremel...

I would use a little drum sander in my dremel tool for the corners. The larger diameter the better. These cut slow enough that doing it freehand shouldn't be a problem.

My access panel kit is still...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2021, 10:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,652
Posted By rapid_ascent
I used some 1" foam insulation that I cut to the...

I used some 1" foam insulation that I cut to the basic shape. That helps to spread the load on the skin. I used a few pieces to space the platform to basically to the top of the ribs. Then on top of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2021, 10:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 649
Posted By rapid_ascent
LEDs can have a long life, but there lifetime is...

LEDs can have a long life, but there lifetime is based upon current and temperature. That means that some LEDs if driven hard and not sufficiently heatsinked will have shorter lifetimes. That is why...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-08-2021, 10:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 864
Posted By rapid_ascent
The lights have been sold.

The lights have been sold.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-06-2021, 06:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 864
Posted By rapid_ascent
The first potential buyer decided to pass. Iíll...

The first potential buyer decided to pass. Iíll wait for a bit on the second in line to reach out.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-06-2021, 12:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,741
Posted By rapid_ascent
John, My decision for putting the control cable...

John, My decision for putting the control cable through the recess wasn't related to the new motor mount or the FM150. I decided to do that after taking a look at Bruceh's website.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-05-2021, 01:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 864
Posted By rapid_ascent
I sent a text per PM.

I sent a text per PM.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-05-2021, 11:05 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,741
Posted By rapid_ascent
John, You are ahead of me, but I put my mixture...

John,

You are ahead of me, but I put my mixture and throttle holes through the recess area. I haven't mounted the engine though. I too have the FM150 and I've been trying to find pics of other...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-05-2021, 10:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 864
Posted By rapid_ascent
Aeroleds NAV/Strobe/Position Lights - Have Been Sold

I acquired a pair of Experimental Aeroled combination NAV, Strobe and Positions lights. The Aeroled PN is: 01-1100-12. These are new never installed, but without box. They were acquired from another...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-04-2021, 04:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 865
Posted By rapid_ascent
You need to have a backup piece of some sort...

You need to have a backup piece of some sort because the pilot of the countersink bit needs to be supported in some way. With thin material the pilot being unsupported will result in messed up...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-04-2021, 10:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 283
Posted By rapid_ascent
Some multimeters have a capacitance scale. If you...

Some multimeters have a capacitance scale. If you had one of those you could see if the capacitance is changing as you would expect. It should effectively double when you go from empty to full with...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-04-2021, 10:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 702
Posted By rapid_ascent
Tool has been sold pending payment. Pete, check...

Tool has been sold pending payment.

Pete, check your PMs.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-03-2021, 01:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 702
Posted By rapid_ascent
Hand Squeezer for Sale

I have a hand squeezer that I originally purchased from the Yard Store as a surplus tool some time ago. I sort of forgot about it so I haven't actually used it. I now have a complete set of tools...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-02-2021, 09:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 984
Posted By rapid_ascent
Mickey, I just bought some on Ebay. There are...

Mickey,

I just bought some on Ebay. There are often deals there.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/323700620555
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-01-2021, 08:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,891
Posted By rapid_ascent
I bought one from Powerwerx. They have a good...

I bought one from Powerwerx. They have a good selection of different configurations. I bought a different one of these for use on my motorcycle for operating my...
Forum: RV-14 10-30-2021, 01:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,080
Posted By rapid_ascent
Micky, This is very helpful, thanks. I'm in the...

Micky,

This is very helpful, thanks. I'm in the same situation. I have the hose that was delivered on the engine, but like you I'll need two new ones.
Forum: RV-14 10-30-2021, 12:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,080
Posted By rapid_ascent
Micky, I'm thinking along these same general...

Micky,

I'm thinking along these same general lines. Just curious, did you position the red cube that far forward just so you had better access? Also, I'm not sure how the forward most fuel line...
Forum: RV-14 10-30-2021, 11:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,080
Posted By rapid_ascent
Does anyone have a pic of the stock RV14 mount?...

Does anyone have a pic of the stock RV14 mount?

With my IO370, Superior cold sump, and FM150 it seems the fuel line from the pump transitions to the right side of the engine. I would like to mount...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2021, 11:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,282
Posted By rapid_ascent
There are some good life lessons to be learned...

There are some good life lessons to be learned while building a plane.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-29-2021, 09:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,269
Posted By rapid_ascent
Well it could just mean that he isn't as old as...

Well it could just mean that he isn't as old as us. We don't use resistors like that any more on products. :)
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-29-2021, 06:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,269
Posted By rapid_ascent
Use your multimeter to measure them. To me the...

Use your multimeter to measure them. To me the wattage looks more like 1/4W but its hard to tell the physical size from the pic.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-28-2021, 06:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,127
Posted By rapid_ascent
I turned my TI foil so that the seam is...

I turned my TI foil so that the seam is horizontal. I liked the way it worked better that way with the recess. I'm not sure I did this the optimal way but it seemed to work pretty well.

First the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-28-2021, 02:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 450
Posted By rapid_ascent
Do you have a schematic of the control board?

Do you have a schematic of the control board?
Forum: Safety 10-25-2021, 06:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,880
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm not sure that's what I said. However, I do...

I'm not sure that's what I said. However, I do want to be able to carry my backpack, a passenger (maybe their backpack or equivalent) and travel 400nm to my intended destination without only being...
Forum: Safety 10-25-2021, 04:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,880
Posted By rapid_ascent
It's funny about the W&B part of this. I've been...

It's funny about the W&B part of this. I've been pondering buying an LSA or some not too expensive but still capable plane to fly while I finish my RV7A. One of the real limitations of these planes...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-25-2021, 02:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 440
Posted By rapid_ascent
Just a couple of comments. It doesn't seem that...

Just a couple of comments. It doesn't seem that your avionics shop is that far off. However, they may not be that aware of the experimental essential bus configuration that some folks use. There are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2021, 08:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 672
Posted By rapid_ascent
My panel has its roots in a 3rd party kit that...

My panel has its roots in a 3rd party kit that was available from Affordable Panels so I have some experience with the modular panel concept. The good news is if you want to change part of the panel...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-19-2021, 03:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,385
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ron, Lucky you. Even though it seems like a...

Ron,

Lucky you. Even though it seems like a simple operation I had a hard time drilling that hole.

Good to practice those no flap landings I guess. :D
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-19-2021, 03:02 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,438
Posted By rapid_ascent
I like Vern's idea of using the master switch alt...

I like Vern's idea of using the master switch alt position as an enable for the stick starter. No extra switch is required then. I just connect it up to the unused terminal on the existing...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-19-2021, 12:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,385
Posted By rapid_ascent
Bob's right. There is supposed to be a safety...

Bob's right. There is supposed to be a safety wire.
Forum: GPS 10-17-2021, 03:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 708
Posted By rapid_ascent
Greg, I'm not sure about these specifics so I'll...

Greg,

I'm not sure about these specifics so I'll ask a couple of questions and share a couple of thoughts.

Are there just 2 wires to the battery pack on the Garmin unit? If not there may be a temp...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2021, 01:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,211
Posted By rapid_ascent
John, I've attached a couple of pics of my oil...

John,

I've attached a couple of pics of my oil cooler. To me it didn't seem like there were many options on where to position the oil cooler to get it to work out well. There are several limitations...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-14-2021, 01:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 362
Posted By rapid_ascent
Be aware that different fuels have different...

Be aware that different fuels have different dielectric constants so the capacitance will change. I know that for 100LL it is twice that for air. I'm not sur e of the specifics for other fuels. My...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-14-2021, 12:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 362
Posted By rapid_ascent
What type of fuel are you using? You might buy a...

What type of fuel are you using? You might buy a multimeter that measures capacitance then you could at least look at that part of the problem. That might help you to isolate what's going on.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-11-2021, 11:07 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,438
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm curious how much current is required for the...

I'm curious how much current is required for the starter solenoid. I'm still not committed to having the switch yet either. I do think if you need a panel disable switch and another relay that maybe...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-10-2021, 11:14 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,438
Posted By rapid_ascent
I decided to go ahead and wire it up to the pilot...

I decided to go ahead and wire it up to the pilot stick since I didnít want to have to go back in later. I have a terminal block mounted below the seat area where I tie the common stick signals...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2021, 10:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,095
Posted By rapid_ascent
It's not magic. You just need the right tools....

It's not magic. You just need the right tools. Decide which type of connectors you are going to use and then check for the crimper die size requirements. That's all there is too it. Prepping the end...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-08-2021, 10:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,551
Posted By rapid_ascent
Mine is a RV-7A.

Mine is a RV-7A.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-08-2021, 09:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,072
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think most people would drill this countersink...

I think most people would drill this countersink by hand in some way without a microstop countersink. However, just to put out all the options there are microstop cages available that don't have the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-08-2021, 09:12 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,551
Posted By rapid_ascent
Here is a pic of mine. I got the bracket drawing...

Here is a pic of mine. I got the bracket drawing from a fellow VAFer. I modified it slightly. Its a tight fit for sure if you have the larger filters like I do. I ended up doing lots of test bends to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-07-2021, 09:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,844
Posted By rapid_ascent
Actually I think you are envisioning all this...

Actually I think you are envisioning all this incorrectly. If you source alternator can supply 30 amps and your load is only 15 amps there is nothing to limit. The alternator will only supply 15...
Forum: GPS 10-06-2021, 10:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,307
Posted By rapid_ascent
I've only recently started using my ipad while...

I've only recently started using my ipad while flying. I have an ipad pro 9.7" it is an older model. I purchased a Pivot mount for it. First thing I noticed was those polarized sun glasses are not...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-06-2021, 09:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,844
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ed, In the EE world we would say this is "by...

Ed, In the EE world we would say this is "by design". That means you design your system such that it can't be a problem. So if you have an alternator that can only put out 30 amps you would make sure...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-06-2021, 09:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,844
Posted By rapid_ascent
Sorry about the image. I think its just the lack...

Sorry about the image. I think its just the lack of resolution.

Mine is mostly like the Z13/20K, Dual Bus (Main and Endurance).
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