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Forum: Electrical Systems 01-07-2022, 12:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 865
Posted By rapid_ascent
I bought one of the hydraulic crimpers from...

I bought one of the hydraulic crimpers from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZA2P3XM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It seems to work pretty well. I used it for some of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-07-2022, 12:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,456
Posted By rapid_ascent
Look on Ebay for the Clickbond fasteners. I...

Look on Ebay for the Clickbond fasteners. I managed to get a entire tray of them for not too much money. I'm using them to route wire in the aft fuselage.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,391
Posted By rapid_ascent
Greg, You will need some sort of relay block or...

Greg,

You will need some sort of relay block or equivalent. For the flaps for example you need to reverse the voltage on the motor to change the direction. For folks with the Garmin G3X system you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2021, 03:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,997
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have Xplane 11 and it seems to work pretty...

I have Xplane 11 and it seems to work pretty well. I'm getting through my private and getting close to finishing up. I think... Anyway I really haven't used the simulator very much. It just doesn't...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-24-2021, 03:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,527
Posted By rapid_ascent
I bought one for changing the oil in my cars. I...

I bought one for changing the oil in my cars. I used to have a very low to the ground 2 seater and it required a little work to get it jacked up. Now I use it for a couple of different cars. It makes...
Forum: RV-14 12-22-2021, 07:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 953
Posted By rapid_ascent
Sometimes its the order that you put things...

Sometimes its the order that you put things together that is important. In your example maybe those rivets should have gone in first and then the blind rivets. I'm not looking at the instructions so...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-18-2021, 09:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 747
Posted By rapid_ascent
I bought the Lord mounts. Vans seemed to have the...

I bought the Lord mounts. Vans seemed to have the best deal I found.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-16-2021, 10:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,028
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm just decided to use the SS fittings. I'm not...

I'm just decided to use the SS fittings. I'm not sure about a real problem created by the steel fittings, but I figured they would rust/oxidize to some extent at some point in the future. The SS...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-14-2021, 05:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 517
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think you have answered your own question. Each...

I think you have answered your own question. Each wire has to be sized for the current it is carrying and the length it needs to travel. For my strobes for example I have a common terminal strip...
Forum: California 12-14-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 546
Posted By rapid_ascent
Not sure about Hayward, but quite a few RVs out...

Not sure about Hayward, but quite a few RVs out at LVK.
Forum: RV-14 12-13-2021, 07:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,229
Posted By rapid_ascent
Just a couple of additional comments. First,...

Just a couple of additional comments.

First, make a pattern for your cutting. I used some old roofing paper because it was around, but you could use poster board. Fit the pattern onto the firewall...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-12-2021, 08:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 666
Posted By rapid_ascent
Hi Gordon, I decided to do something similar...

Hi Gordon,

I decided to do something similar with a terminal strip under the seat area.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-09-2021, 08:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 666
Posted By rapid_ascent
Gordon, Thanks for your comments. I still don't...

Gordon, Thanks for your comments.

I still don't understand what Van's is trying to show in their OP-56 drawing, but I'm just going to follow the AeroLEDs instructions. They seem clear enough.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-09-2021, 06:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,164
Posted By rapid_ascent
Mike, At least in my area of CA the waiting lists...

Mike, At least in my area of CA the waiting lists for hangars are often a couple of year or at least they are quoted as such. My suggestion is to get on the lists. While they may be many people ahead...
Forum: California 12-09-2021, 03:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 821
Posted By rapid_ascent
Jaron, I used to live in that general area. I...

Jaron,

I used to live in that general area. I don't have any confirmed info, but I was thinking that Fallbrook is close to Oceanside. I did a quick check and...

http://www.l18airpark.com/

Good...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-09-2021, 10:21 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,190
Posted By rapid_ascent
I would say an ammeter isn't required, but I...

I would say an ammeter isn't required, but I would say it is needed. Many folks I hear on this site have said an ammeter isn't needed and that a voltmeter is sufficient. I wouldn't agree, but...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-08-2021, 02:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,231
Posted By rapid_ascent
Bruce, I think I would go the Molex site and...

Bruce,

I think I would go the Molex site and make sure you have the correct tool for the terminals that you have. That would seem to me to be a strange oversight on Molex's part if it is the correct...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-08-2021, 01:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,190
Posted By rapid_ascent
Tim, Just curious. Did you back it up when you...

Tim,

Just curious. Did you back it up when you did the install then?

This got me thinking because I'm not sure I would have done that before reading this thread. I do always use a torque wrench so...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-08-2021, 01:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 666
Posted By rapid_ascent
OP-56 Wiring Clarification

I'm looking at OP-56 and trying to understand the wiring connections. I've reviewed the Aeroleds Suntail installation instructions and I'm trying to match up what Van's is showing. It looks like...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-08-2021, 12:48 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,190
Posted By rapid_ascent
Dan has a good point. If you look at the lower...

Dan has a good point. If you look at the lower edge of the sense element the two sides are not aligned. I'm not sure how accurately the terminal blocks would be aligned in the mfg process, but the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-07-2021, 10:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,190
Posted By rapid_ascent
A loose connection on a high current path might...

A loose connection on a high current path might do it. It does look like there is a little discoloration on the lower part of the right hand screw terminal. Hard to tell if that is partially a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-07-2021, 04:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,459
Posted By rapid_ascent
The "In series" is an electrical term but yes...

The "In series" is an electrical term but yes that would mean the output of one running to the input of the second.

I believe you should be fine with this configuration. You should reach out to...
Forum: Propellers 12-07-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,166
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think this can fall into the same camp as...

I think this can fall into the same camp as trying to sell old school gauges. While still usable many folks have moved on to newer technology. I think you probably need to make it a deal to someone....
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-07-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,020
Posted By rapid_ascent
What is the Clear/Delete function? It looks like...

What is the Clear/Delete function? It looks like both Terry and Michael have one. Did I miss something?
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-06-2021, 10:13 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,020
Posted By rapid_ascent
Terry, You could combine the battery alt into...

Terry,

You could combine the battery alt into one 3 position switch. Also I have a stick start switch which Iím assuming you do too. Someone here suggested to use the batt position for enabling the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-05-2021, 09:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 999
Posted By rapid_ascent
Allen, There are certainly a bunch of little...

Allen,

There are certainly a bunch of little boxes with the G3X system and figuring out where to put them is a challenge. For a slider you can't build a forward shelf like on a tip up. I'm happy to...
Forum: Primers 12-04-2021, 08:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,014
Posted By rapid_ascent
The thing I didn't know in the beginning is the...

The thing I didn't know in the beginning is the air pressure quoted in the paint specs is with the trigger pulled. If you haven't looked up the air pressure the MFG says to use you should do that.
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-04-2021, 08:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,015
Posted By rapid_ascent
Jerry, If you go to Digi-Key or Mouser and...

Jerry,

If you go to Digi-Key or Mouser and search for Schottky diode. There will be a million that come up, but you can filter based upon Vf or the forward voltage drop. Look for the parts that meet...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-04-2021, 06:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 467
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ok. I think maybe my desire wasn't clear. I'm...

Ok. I think maybe my desire wasn't clear. I'm trying to do what Walt is referring to, but while using the GAD27 dimmers. I'm not running the NAV lights through the GAD27 at all. I have a DPDT switch...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-04-2021, 01:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 467
Posted By rapid_ascent
G3X (GAD27) Lighting Control Question

I was planning to turn on my instrument and panel lighting when I turn on my navigation lights. I'm not sure the right way to do this with the GAD27. I didn't see anything in the installation manual...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-03-2021, 10:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 731
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have flown with the Aspen and also with a pair...

I have flown with the Aspen and also with a pair of G5s in C172s. I personally preferred the G5s. As a matter of fact after flying with the G5 I decided to remove the Mini-X that I was planning for...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-02-2021, 08:57 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 18,785
Posted By rapid_ascent
I didn't know that was what was meant by trickle...

I didn't know that was what was meant by trickle charge.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-01-2021, 07:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 705
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: 32
Views: 2,467
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: 17
Views: 2,078
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: 1,433
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: 4,211
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: 1,225
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: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-27-2021, 01:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,917
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: 17,731
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: 1,260
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: 1,260
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: 1,260
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: 908
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: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-18-2021, 05:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,969
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: 1,177
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: 1,251
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: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-12-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,726
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 Building Tips/Techniques 11-11-2021, 10:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,726
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 Building Tips/Techniques 11-11-2021, 09:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,726
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: 3,600
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: 867
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: RV-7/7A 11-06-2021, 12:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,649
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: RV-7/7A 11-05-2021, 11:05 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,649
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: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-04-2021, 04:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,454
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: 428
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: Electrical Systems 11-02-2021, 09:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,285
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: 31
Views: 3,629
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: 1,791
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: 1,791
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: 1,791
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: 1,472
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: 1,531
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: 1,531
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.
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