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Forum: My RV Build Project 12-05-2022, 11:21 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 17,522
Posted By bjdecker
You must be exceptionally tall, like 8' or so. ...

You must be exceptionally tall, like 8' or so. :D

Most of us have cut the stick down so the top of it doesn't interfere with the bottom of the panel...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-05-2022, 08:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 354
Posted By bjdecker
Bob, Just to clarify: did you replace the...

Bob,

Just to clarify: did you replace the solenoid that drives the pinion gear at the nose of the starter motor? or the starter relay which sits (usually) near the master relay, has an "S" and "I"...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-04-2022, 04:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 227
Posted By bjdecker
Very common -- but use CCR-246SS-3-2 rivet

Very common -- but use CCR-246SS-3-2 rivet
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-04-2022, 04:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 193
Posted By bjdecker
^^ This ^^

^^ This ^^
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-04-2022, 03:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 994
Posted By bjdecker
Maybe just go with the breather that Van's shows...

Maybe just go with the breather that Van's shows in OP-27, OP-34, OP-35...before you add more money to the equation...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-04-2022, 11:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 354
Posted By bjdecker
One "hung starter" scenario was when the starter...

One "hung starter" scenario was when the starter motor (PM variety) would become a generator and its output would energize the adjacent solenoid keeping the pinion engaged, and so on. Turning off...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-04-2022, 10:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 379
Posted By bjdecker
See the Sound Configuration page, documentation...

See the Sound Configuration page, documentation the AQ revision of the Installation Manual, Page 35-133.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2022, 05:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 830
Posted By bjdecker
ROFLMAO :) Somewhere on here is a thread or 10...

ROFLMAO :)

Somewhere on here is a thread or 10 that describe in painstaking detail how to add a little more shape to them, and how to stiffen them up under flight loads.

They have a tendency to...
Forum: COMM 11-28-2022, 06:20 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 16,482
Posted By bjdecker
Moot point...

FWIW, the just released software update for the G3X Touch - version 9.12 - contains the GTR 200/B 3.50 update...finally...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-28-2022, 06:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,182
Posted By bjdecker
I can still hear my Dad yelling at my mom when...

I can still hear my Dad yelling at my mom when she got halfway up the hill to our house; "Don't lug the engine Peg!!!"

:)
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-28-2022, 04:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 176
Posted By bjdecker
Depends -- the purpose of the diode is to prevent...

Depends -- the purpose of the diode is to prevent damage to the switch contacts when the starter relay is disengaged. If your aircraft has a diode installed on the starter relay between the "S"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2022, 04:18 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,161
Posted By bjdecker
Pretty sure it wasn't a Mr. Fusion :)

Pretty sure it wasn't a Mr. Fusion :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2022, 04:45 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,161
Posted By bjdecker
I wasn't suggesting another light - just another...

I wasn't suggesting another light - just another CAS message.

Not sure what your Voltage alarm thresholds are, or what rails you are monitoring. Mine are Battery primary and EFIS backup, and they...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2022, 03:54 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,161
Posted By bjdecker
One more thing

Ed,

For a little more diagnostic/early warning capability, you may also want to connect the Alternator lamp output (active lo) to one of the discrete/sensor inputs on the G3X -- mine is labeled ALT...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-27-2022, 01:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,844
Posted By bjdecker
Bob, That's interesting -- state of charge will...

Bob,

That's interesting -- state of charge will determine how many amps and for how long; maybe you're in a better place than mine were.

Per Tim @ Hartzell, this is "normal" -- their alternators...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-27-2022, 01:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,844
Posted By bjdecker
More care/feeding...of the alternator...

Pay particular attention to the size/type of the EarthX battery installed AND the rated output (in AMPS) of your alternator/regulator.

LiFePo batteries have an extremely small amount of internal...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-27-2022, 10:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 945
Posted By bjdecker
I did the split in the middle, bent 1" of the end...

I did the split in the middle, bent 1" of the end of each hinge pin up 90° and slid a piece of .25" poly tubing (.170"I.D.) over the two bent ends. Only had to remove 1 hinge eye.

No fuss/muss...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-26-2022, 11:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 401
Posted By bjdecker
However, I would change the flap push rods to the...

However, I would change the flap push rods to the hexagonal version used in the RV-9. Also use a CM-4M rod end bearing with appropriate bolts/washers instead of the CM-4S. I also might consider...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-26-2022, 09:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 401
Posted By bjdecker
Or just follow the assembly instructions and not...

Or just follow the assembly instructions and not try to fix a problem that doesn't exist.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-25-2022, 02:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 375
Posted By bjdecker
There are a few dozen (hundred?) sub-types of the...

There are a few dozen (hundred?) sub-types of the IO-360. Maybe start with HP range to narrow it down -- 180HP or 200HP?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2022, 12:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 879
Posted By bjdecker
Kit Assembly Instruction

Kit
Assembly
Instruction
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-24-2022, 06:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,844
Posted By bjdecker
Flipping on the battery master and letting the...

Flipping on the battery master and letting the EFIS go through its boot, AHRS alignment, song-and-dance should be enough amps and time to warm up the battery before turning the key or hitting the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-24-2022, 01:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,844
Posted By bjdecker
Kind of, not really.

The cell "balancing" is a function of the BMS in the battery pack, not in the external charger. (The cells are all connected in series, so to the outside world they appear as one cell, not...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-24-2022, 11:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,032
Posted By bjdecker
This might be heresy, but I deviated from the...

This might be heresy, but I deviated from the plans - I didn't fabricate/install the aluminum stops. Instead I used a bit of 5/16" ID fuel hose installed over the A-711 spacer (AT6-058x5/16).

When...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-23-2022, 03:50 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 17,956
Posted By bjdecker
Congratulations!

That's awesome Ryan!
Forum: RV-14 11-23-2022, 02:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 543
Posted By bjdecker
AN3H-6A Build on...

AN3H-6A

Build on...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-23-2022, 02:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,753
Posted By bjdecker
More detail...

The Odyssey PC680 is an AGM type and SBS J16 is TPPL (better AGM).

A white paper explaining the differences/advantages can be found here : ...
Forum: RV-14 11-23-2022, 12:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 518
Posted By bjdecker
It's not part of any harness. It comes with the...

It's not part of any harness. It comes with the Starter Relay IIRC.
Forum: RV-14 11-23-2022, 10:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 518
Posted By bjdecker
Snubber diode was installed/built backwards,...

Snubber diode was installed/built backwards, resulting in a dead short -- as soon as power was applied to the "S" terminal it popped the starter breaker (current went "really" high).
Forum: RV-14 11-23-2022, 09:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 518
Posted By bjdecker
That's troubling -- was it a "store bought"...

That's troubling -- was it a "store bought" snubber diode?
Forum: COMM 11-23-2022, 09:14 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 16,482
Posted By bjdecker
seated correctly?

The insertion of the uSD card is a little tricky -- there is a detent to overcome in the slot and it has a push-to-eject action....

I encountered difficulty performing the update on a friends RV-12...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2022, 05:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 402
Posted By bjdecker
G3X Touch only...

Determined that RPM of 2400 and below caused some undesirable MAP readings. I installed the Omega Engineering PS8G snubber between the Kavlico/Sensata P4055 MAP transducer and the 3 port manifold....
Forum: COMM 11-22-2022, 11:16 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 16,482
Posted By bjdecker
Success…

I bought a new PNY 32GB microsd card. Installed as described in the link here (https://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=6567#Instruct).

Everything worked as described.

I powered...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2022, 07:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 450
Posted By bjdecker
Yes - see...

Yes - see https://www.amazon.com/Ford-PMGR-Starters-F3VU-11390-AA-F4DU-11390-AA/dp/B06XXQC2ZQ for an example -- you can buy them at almost any car parts store -- search up 2005 Ford Crown Victoria -...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-20-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,620
Posted By bjdecker
More numbers please...

What is your IAS during climb out? How about when you're "cruising" at 2200RPM/20"?
Forum: Tools 11-19-2022, 05:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,242
Posted By bjdecker
It uses MEMS devices (solid state gyroscopic...

It uses MEMS devices (solid state gyroscopic sensor) to determine the position and movement of the screwdriver -- twist your hand right, the motor turns to the right. twist to the left, the motor...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-18-2022, 06:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,620
Posted By bjdecker
Thank for you for the clarification Ross!

Thank for you for the clarification Ross!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-18-2022, 05:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 240
Posted By bjdecker
No need to remove, just loosen. B

No need to remove, just loosen.

B
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-18-2022, 04:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,620
Posted By bjdecker
Lots to unpack here... 1. Dispensing with old...

Lots to unpack here...

1. Dispensing with old wives tales where and when I can -- You don't need high oil temperatures to "boil off" moisture. As a thought experiment fill a shallow dish with water...
Forum: Safety 11-17-2022, 09:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,160
Posted By bjdecker
Aithre Shield EX 2.0, wired into the GEA 24.

Aithre Shield EX 2.0, wired into the GEA 24.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-16-2022, 07:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,830
Posted By bjdecker
I used to do this, until I saw an engine light...

I used to do this, until I saw an engine light off because the P-lead became disconnected...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-15-2022, 06:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,638
Posted By bjdecker
Uhm, It can and does - that's why we *should*...

Uhm, It can and does - that's why we *should* install snubber diodes across all inductive loads.

For grins/giggles someone should measure the size (Volts) and duration of the spike caused when the...
Forum: ADS-B 11-15-2022, 09:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 552
Posted By bjdecker
...or the GRT setup/configuration needs to be...

...or the GRT setup/configuration needs to be looked at again...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2022, 02:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 571
Posted By bjdecker
Sounds like an oil leak that's becoming varnish. ...

Sounds like an oil leak that's becoming varnish. Does the residue have a particular color? How about some pictures?

Try cleaning it off with MEK...of course that may take the paint off, so just use...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-12-2022, 01:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 406
Posted By bjdecker
MEK and a flexible paint scraper...

MEK and a flexible paint scraper...
Forum: Safety 11-12-2022, 12:30 PM
Replies: 291
Views: 44,002
Posted By bjdecker
Yes, and a number of 10's, 7A's, 9A's... It...

Yes, and a number of 10's, 7A's, 9A's...

It would be an interesting exercise to devise a test/rig to apply a twisting moment to each rudder and measure the amount of deformation and yield at failure...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-12-2022, 09:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,549
Posted By bjdecker
Nope - custom plenum, remote oil cooler.

Nope - custom plenum, remote oil cooler.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-12-2022, 08:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,549
Posted By bjdecker
Probe type.

Probe type.
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-11-2022, 03:56 PM
Replies: 489
Views: 263,608
Posted By bjdecker
"Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the...

"Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first 6 million dollar RV."

Awesome job!
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-11-2022, 09:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 452
Posted By bjdecker
Fuel Valve

I've tinkered with a couple of different versions of the ANDAIR valve; generally speaking the ANDAIR valve is silky smooth, positive position selection and lockout.

I ended up using the TYPE 7 valve...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-10-2022, 07:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 452
Posted By bjdecker
TS Flightlines for the hoses.

TS Flightlines for the hoses.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-09-2022, 05:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 273
Posted By bjdecker
Just a little more situational awareness -- Also...

Just a little more situational awareness -- Also could be handy when the GPS becomes unavailable during the approach and your VOR/ILS receiver is tracking the inbound and you don't have DME or...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-09-2022, 04:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 273
Posted By bjdecker
...Bummer...

...Bummer...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-09-2022, 03:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 273
Posted By bjdecker
GMA 245R MKR?

Browsing the Garmin website today, I encountered a link for a previously unknown variant (to me at least) of the GMA 245 -- to wit: GMA 245R MKR, a remote GMA 245 with a Marker Beacon Receiver...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-09-2022, 02:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 772
Posted By bjdecker
PM sent...

PM sent...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-09-2022, 09:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 377
Posted By bjdecker
...and here's the cheap...

...and here's the cheap option...

https://store.vansaircraft.com/tachometer-drive-cap-ie-rc-1-cap.html
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 11-09-2022, 09:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 955
Posted By bjdecker
Ditto - and I have the small (RV-8) rudder. I...

Ditto - and I have the small (RV-8) rudder. I keep it "loaded" (feet on the pedals) nowadays...
Forum: GPS 11-09-2022, 08:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,211
Posted By bjdecker
Test first...

Make sure the paint doesn't contain radio frequency opaque/absorbent materials like carbon (graphite, graphene, etc.), metal-flake (alumina bad, mica good...).

The easiest thing to do is mask the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-06-2022, 11:13 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,353
Posted By bjdecker
Screws and Hinges

I went with #8 stainless screws all around the cowl/firewall perimeter. The anchors are K1000-08s mounted under a 2" wide x .032" flange. A little Boelube (wax) on each screw keeps them from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2022, 03:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,112
Posted By bjdecker
Lunch...

The KGTU crowd flew to KCXO for lunch...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-05-2022, 09:42 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 21,509
Posted By bjdecker
Wicked pi$$ah!

Wicked pi$$ah!
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-05-2022, 07:35 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 21,509
Posted By bjdecker
The standard exhaust-to-engine-mounts from...

The standard exhaust-to-engine-mounts from Vans/Vetterman for the 4->2 cross over system uses round tube joined by 3/8" rubber fuel hose. Nice, simple, and exceptionally draggy (round cross...
Forum: RV-10 11-04-2022, 11:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 641
Posted By bjdecker
I'd look for leaks in the static plumbing.

I'd look for leaks in the static plumbing.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-03-2022, 05:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 772
Posted By bjdecker
Firewall, Pilot Side

I used two pieces of 6061-T6 Aluminum Angle .063", 3/4" x 3/4" x ~24". attached to the firewall running from the recess down toward the gear tower. The two angles are separated by the width of the...
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