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Forum: RV-8/8A 08-16-2022, 04:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 273
Posted By N546RV
Nice - I like the backing plate idea. I've been...

Nice - I like the backing plate idea. I've been giving myself fits trying to figure out how best to get the prepunched holes in the battery box to coincide with the firewall angles. That's a really...
Forum: Texas (South) 08-16-2022, 09:51 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 93
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (August 2022)

OK, we've all had 2+ weeks to recover from Oshkosh, so let's get out and have lunch again. This time we'll go back to the old standby at Hooks.

When: Saturday, 8-20, 11:30 AM
Where: Aviator's Grill...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-16-2022, 09:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 273
Posted By N546RV
Photo request: firewall battery box mounts

Background: I have an EarthX ETX-900 battery and their thermal battery box. I'll be mounting this in the engine compartment of my -8, but I've done a pretty absurd amount of head-scratching and...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 07-18-2022, 07:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 700
Posted By N546RV
I have a non-standard SVN splitter cable; not...

I have a non-standard SVN splitter cable; not exactly what you asked for but maybe useful. I bought it secondhand off the forums here a while back thinking it was the standard SV-NET-SPL part. It...
Forum: Texas (South) 07-10-2022, 03:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 490
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (July 2022)

Yup, it's that time again. For a change of pace, let's try out the new-ish restaurant at Brenham this time around.

When: Saturday, 7-16, 11:30 AM
Where: Dreamliner Diner at Brenham airport (11R)
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-22-2022, 08:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 931
Posted By N546RV
Before ordering wire, I made up a rough road map...

Before ordering wire, I made up a rough road map of harness routing and component location, and used that to rough out lengths of each run and work out estimated quantities. Then I padded each amount...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2022, 11:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,614
Posted By N546RV
Hung the engine. Decided to break the prop out of...

Hung the engine. Decided to break the prop out of its crate too and attach it briefly just to make the photo op that much more fun. FWF fun is about to...
Forum: Texas (South) 06-14-2022, 10:21 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 360
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (June 2022)

Hey everybody - it's that time again. Let's keep it simple this time and just head up to Hooks for burgers.

When: Saturday, 6-18, 11:30 AM
Where: Aviator's Grill at Hooks airport (KDWH)

I probably...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2022, 10:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,833
Posted By N546RV
Work inside the fuselage is mostly done at this...

Work inside the fuselage is mostly done at this point. Panel isn't installed at the moment but is complete and has been tested - with the exception of engine-related stuff, of course. The motivation...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2022, 10:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,833
Posted By N546RV
My fuselage finally grew legs and got rolled out...

My fuselage finally grew legs and got rolled out into the fresh air for all the airport neighbors to appreciate.

https://rv-wp-static.s3.amazonaws.com/content/uploads/2022/06/img_3361-1024x768.jpg
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-07-2022, 09:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 656
Posted By N546RV
Mobility options with the gear legs installed

Looking to hear what people have done to handle this. After a lot of year spent on sawhorses, I'm working on installing the main gear legs on my -8 this week. One of the things I'd like to get out of...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-05-2022, 10:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,109
Posted By N546RV
What I've done is to just buy solder-cup...

What I've done is to just buy solder-cup connectors that mate with the harness spots you want to test. Putting a multimeter lead into one of those solder cup terminals is still a little fiddly, but...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-04-2022, 10:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 571
Posted By N546RV
I'd expect a pneumatic squeezer to set them just...

I'd expect a pneumatic squeezer to set them just fine. If we're talking hand squeezers, a Main Squeeze would do it, but I wouldn't try it with any regular squeezer. They also set just fine with a 3x...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2022, 09:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,357
Posted By N546RV
I've had a couple PMs asking about the labels...

I've had a couple PMs asking about the labels too, so I'll just go ahead and replicate my blurb here. The labels are custom printed, and I very closely followed the procedure laid out in this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2022, 10:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,357
Posted By N546RV
Working on panel labeling. Shot flat black base...

Working on panel labeling. Shot flat black base coat, added dry transfer labeling on top, then topped it off with two-part clear for protection. Then reinstalled everything to get some beauty shots....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2022, 09:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,192
Posted By N546RV
There's been lots of stuff going on but I've been...

There's been lots of stuff going on but I've been trying to stick with the "do something every day" mantra, generally working towards getting my panel and stuff painted and labeled. As of now my...
Forum: COMM 05-17-2022, 02:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 338
Posted By N546RV
Sounds similar to the problems I've had with my...

Sounds similar to the problems I've had with my Zulu 3 set and my intercom: https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=205863

Unfortunately I don't have a resolution to share so far.
Forum: Texas (South) 05-16-2022, 09:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 386
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (May 2022)

Heyo folks! The third Saturday draws near, so let's sit down and get some food and chat handled. This time we'll rotate back to Hooks for burgers at the Aviator's Grill.

When: Saturday, 5-21, 11:30...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2022, 01:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 771
Posted By N546RV
Fuselage closeout inspection? (maybe a good question for Mel)

OK, so it's been my understanding that here in the US, there are no required inspections during the course of building an E-AB aircraft - just the final airworthiness inspection. However, while...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-23-2022, 11:00 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 280
Posted By N546RV
Odd headset noise

I've been working on cabin electrical stuff this week, which included wiring up and testing the headset jacks. I took care of the rear jacks a couple nights ago and then tested them with a Flightcom...
Forum: Texas (South) 04-11-2022, 11:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 646
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (April 2022)

Wow, it's that time again already...once again, weekend weather is looking good, and since I missed out on the last seafood run, let's give Lake Jackson a try again.

If anyone needs a lift down,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-03-2022, 10:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,793
Posted By N546RV
Anyone else have issues with tailspring rust?

This is really starting to annoy me. I left the tailspring for my -8 bare for a long time because it was serving as a rear pivot point for my rotisseries setup. I figured a good coat of epoxy primer...
Forum: Texas (South) 03-14-2022, 04:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 684
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (March 2022)

Heyo folks! The third Saturday draws near, so let's sit down and get some food and chat handled. This time we'll rotate back to Hooks for burgers at the Aviator's Grill.

When: Saturday, 3-19, 11:30...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-13-2022, 07:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 872
Posted By N546RV
At the risk of being a bit prickly, do note that...

At the risk of being a bit prickly, do note that "the washer remedy" is really just a matter of following the instructions. This is from page 8-63 in my manual, which is the very end of the "rudder...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-06-2022, 04:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,961
Posted By N546RV
I located mine with the BNC hole just aft of the...

I located mine with the BNC hole just aft of the pushrod hole; this, in turn, places it just ahead of the low point of the footwell. If you look at this photo you can see where I drew the profile of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2022, 07:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,968
Posted By N546RV
Pretty sure NAFCO was the last bank in the kit...

Pretty sure NAFCO was the last bank in the kit loan business. I was talking them when I was about ready to start buying expensive stuff last year, and in the end the business with having to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-18-2022, 07:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 507
Posted By N546RV
The longest components for the fuselage kit will...

The longest components for the fuselage kit will be the main longerons; these are a pair of 16' aluminum angle pieces. However, the longerons are not normally shipped with the fuselage kit; instead,...
Forum: Texas (South) 02-11-2022, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 558
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (February 2021)

OK kids, it's that time again. Next weekend's weather forecast is looking promising, so let's give Lake Jackson another try. That's the Runway Cafe at KLBX, next Saturday (2-19) at 11:30.

As per...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-02-2022, 03:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,911
Posted By N546RV
I don't think moving the SV batteries aft is...

I don't think moving the SV batteries aft is workable. The installation manual has some pretty specific info about constructing your own harness:



I'm not sure if the concern here is excessive...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-30-2022, 08:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,911
Posted By N546RV
I built shelves both behind the instrument panel,...

I built shelves both behind the instrument panel, and back where the aft battery would otherwise be. The aft shelf is where the ELT, ADS-B receiver, and transponder live, along with a network hub....
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-28-2022, 10:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,779
Posted By N546RV
This actually isn't the case with the -8 manual....

This actually isn't the case with the -8 manual. The wing sections are pretty sparse, but the fuselage has the same sort of detailed checklist layout seen with the empennage.

Now once you get to the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-17-2022, 07:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,580
Posted By N546RV
Yup, I put in conduit runs on both sides. I know...

Yup, I put in conduit runs on both sides. I know I had to make holes on one side, though I don't recall specifically that it was the right, and I'm not finding the relevant build log entry off the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-16-2022, 11:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,580
Posted By N546RV
In a general sense, my wiring runs out from the...

In a general sense, my wiring runs out from the panel area on the right side, down the right gear tower, through the spar on the right side, through conduit under the seat floors back to behind the...
Forum: Texas (South) 01-10-2022, 05:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 854
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (January 2022)

UPDATE 1-14: LOCATION CHANGE

Due to the forecast winds tomorrow (looks like 35-knot gusts by midday), I'm opting out of flying to Lake Jackson, as I imagine most folks would.

Instead of LBX, let's...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-10-2022, 04:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,678
Posted By N546RV
An addendum here: a gold mast doesn't...

An addendum here: a gold mast doesn't automatically mean "bad." The masts referred to here are the SafeAir1 units, which I'm pretty sure are no longer available since Bob Avery retired. A gold...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-06-2022, 07:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,225
Posted By N546RV
Just as a data point re:Vetterman, I ordered a...

Just as a data point re:Vetterman, I ordered a four-pipe exhaust for my -8 in mid-September last year. At the time, Clint told me they were running "about six weeks out." My exhaust shipped last week...
Forum: Fiberglass 01-05-2022, 10:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,492
Posted By N546RV
Lots of good info, and some stuff for me to try...

Lots of good info, and some stuff for me to try out with tonight's work session. Maybe comparing my technique to Mike Arnold's isn't the best way to start. He makes it look really easy in those...
Forum: Fiberglass 01-04-2022, 11:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,492
Posted By N546RV
Looking for some micro consistency feedback

Cutting to the chase, I'm finally getting my hands dirty (literally) with fiberglass work. While working on my rudder bottom, and sanding the tail light pad flat, I went too far and needed to build...
Forum: Texas (South) 01-01-2022, 10:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,062
Posted By N546RV
Interesting. Now I really want to know what that...

Interesting. Now I really want to know what that skin is for...

Edit: Oh, that's a rudder skin, probably R-801PP. Notice how there are a lot more chordwise rivet lines compared to the stab skeleton...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-30-2021, 10:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 787
Posted By N546RV
Required clearance between rudder bottom and tailspring?

This question specifically concerns my RV-8, though I'd expect the answer can be generalized to any model. Today I was working on fitting the fiberglass rudder bottom, and after working through...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-26-2021, 07:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 869
Posted By N546RV
Generically, my wiring has a single large trunk...

Generically, my wiring has a single large trunk that goes down the right gear tower, under the mid-cabin cover, and through the right-hand spar holes to get to the back of the plane. The only thing...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-18-2021, 09:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,311
Posted By N546RV
Here's what I dug out of my build log. Static...

Here's what I dug out of my build log.

Static ports installed. I'm using the fancy milled ones instead of the factory blind-rivet...
Forum: Texas (South) 12-13-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 966
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (December 2021)

Third weekend is coming up again! Hopefully not everyone will already be out of town for the holidays. Let's go up to Hooks again for some burgers, and I can talk at length about how much I don't...
Forum: GPS 12-12-2021, 07:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,672
Posted By N546RV
1) Yes - this is exactly how I wired up the...

1) Yes - this is exactly how I wired up the auto-on for my 175.
2) I think opinions may vary on this one, but I'm using the 175 for my XPDR source, and I simply used a single 22AWG wire to do the...
Forum: Texas (South) 11-20-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,530
Posted By N546RV
Good times! Nice to have a ramp full of RVs...

Good times! Nice to have a ramp full of RVs again, really glad everyone was able to make it out. Hopefully next time I’ll be showing off a hung engine…
Forum: Tools 11-14-2021, 05:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,450
Posted By N546RV
I'm up to four rolling tool chests now. Way back...

I'm up to four rolling tool chests now. Way back when I started the build I got what, at the time, seemed like a massive 6' high chest from Harbor Freight. (They don't seem to offer this same set any...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-14-2021, 05:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,651
Posted By N546RV
And if there are problems with these then someone...

And if there are problems with these then someone should probably tell Stein so he can stop selling them. I have three of these going into my build and my presumption buying them from SteinAir was...
Forum: Texas (South) 11-12-2021, 11:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,530
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (November 2021)

Why wait until Thanksgiving to nuke your weight-control goals? Come out to my place at Sport Flyers the weekend before and get a head start with some ribs fresh off the smoker!

OK, more seriously,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-07-2021, 06:10 PM
Replies: 832
Views: 987,780
Posted By N546RV
It occurs to me that I never posted a pic of my...

It occurs to me that I never posted a pic of my panel all lit up for testing. Everything has tested out OK so far - the GPS-175 drives the Dynon HSI, the transponder says it has an ADS-B compliant...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2021, 06:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,153
Posted By N546RV
I'm in a brief holding pattern on my canopy frame...

I'm in a brief holding pattern on my canopy frame work (misdrilled the slide block), so I decided to work on the engine mount today. Got the two upper attache holes drilled in the firewall, which was...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-30-2021, 04:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,242
Posted By N546RV
Good deal, thanks for confirming. Now to see if I...

Good deal, thanks for confirming. Now to see if I can rustle up something like an F or G bit. Time to hit up some airport neighbors tomorrow morning...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-30-2021, 06:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,242
Posted By N546RV
OK, updates on what I'm sure will be a continuing...

OK, updates on what I'm sure will be a continuing saga.

First, I think I've found a resolution for the gap issue. I tried fitting the frame without the anchor block to see just how far forward I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-27-2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,242
Posted By N546RV
Canopy frame fitting questions

I suppose it was high time the training wheels came off...it's been fun seeing the detail of the construction manual fall off a cliff as I start on the canopy. Tonight I started working on fitting...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-10-2021, 10:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,233
Posted By N546RV
Looks like you made time to hop over to LBX for...

Looks like you made time to hop over to LBX for some seafood, too. I thought I recognized the plane and pilot from the Runway Cafe FB page:...
Forum: Texas (South) 10-10-2021, 09:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 929
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (October 2021)

https://vansairforce.net/community/calendar.php?do=getinfo&e=1510&day=2021-10-16

OK yeah, I said last month we'd try again at my place this time, but I wasn't thinking about our vacation. This'll be...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-19-2021, 08:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,578
Posted By N546RV
Oddly enough, I didn't use my rotisserie setup at...

Oddly enough, I didn't use my rotisserie setup at all while doing wiring work, even though I very intentionally left it in place thinking I'd use it a lot. I found it easier to lean over the side and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-19-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,675
Posted By N546RV
I got bitten by this a while back. The RV-8 has...

I got bitten by this a while back. The RV-8 has 30 or so #8 flush screws around the base of the gear towers, and my SO and I were working on getting those installed; she was on the outside inserting...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-13-2021, 11:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,568
Posted By N546RV
Posting this as a new response in case anyone is...

Posting this as a new response in case anyone is getting notifications. Given the potential for heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours, I'm putting off hosting the fly-in, in favor of going to Hooks....
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-13-2021, 11:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,636
Posted By N546RV
Same here - mine is low left, above the fuel line...

Same here - mine is low left, above the fuel line passthrough. All grounds go down the left gear tower and forward along the aux longeron to the forest. It remains to be seen how much maintaining...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-09-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,568
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (September 2021)

UPDATE 9-13: LOCATION CHANGE

Due to TS Nicholas, I'm opting to put off hosting at my place. With the threat of significant rainfall, there'sa good chance Sport Flyers won't be flyable this weekend,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-02-2021, 09:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,073
Posted By N546RV
After reading a few stories of corrosion on...

After reading a few stories of corrosion on stored Grove legs, basically the first thing I did after admiring my new set was to clean off the drool and shoot a coat of epoxy primer.
Forum: Texas (South) 09-01-2021, 07:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,017
Posted By N546RV
The Sportair workshop is a good call IMO. I did...

The Sportair workshop is a good call IMO. I did the sheetmetal one before starting my build and came out of it with a lot more confidence that riveting wasn't some black art that only a select few...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-01-2021, 07:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,565
Posted By N546RV
18AWG is what the Dynon pitot controller comes...

18AWG is what the Dynon pitot controller comes with. 12 AWG is what you end up using to wire up the power/ground runs from the ship, though, based on their install manual recommendation. I find it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2021, 10:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,544
Posted By N546RV
More avionics configuration and validation. Drug...

More avionics configuration and validation. Drug the fuselage over to the hangar door so the GPS-175 could get a fix, which allowed me to verify that it was sending position data to the Artex ELT and...
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