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Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 08:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 217
Posted By N804RV
Its hard to say without more info. One common...

Its hard to say without more info. One common mistake when installing a KX-155 is the "switched power out/in" pins. They must all be terminated as shown in the install manual. Because they power...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 10-02-2022, 08:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 217
Posted By N804RV
Was it working before and suddenly stopped...

Was it working before and suddenly stopped working? Or is this an "install"?
What is the model number of the Century HSI?
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 10-02-2022, 09:28 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,529
Posted By N804RV
It really depends. My old hangar was open top,...

It really depends. My old hangar was open top, with just thin drywall screwed into the studs. You could climb over the stud wall into the adjacent t-hangars. It would soak up all the light you...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 09-30-2022, 08:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,529
Posted By N804RV
Work benches! You will never have too much waist...

Work benches! You will never have too much waist high horizontal surface!

http://www.communitygroundworks.org/sites/default/files/workbench_plans_SA1.pdf
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-31-2022, 01:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 373
Posted By N804RV
A lot of folks say "ground is ground". But, as...

A lot of folks say "ground is ground". But, as soon as you start powering stuff up, that's no longer 'perfectly' true.

Its a good practice to keep all your audio lo and audio common terminations,...
Forum: Reviews 08-31-2022, 01:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,783
Posted By N804RV
These guys cut, engraved and powder coated my...

These guys cut, engraved and powder coated my panel. They were easy to work with and did a great job. Their website says they will do the full panel build...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-31-2022, 11:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 373
Posted By N804RV
Yes. Not unusual to have the audio "-" wires...

Yes. Not unusual to have the audio "-" wires connected this way. The 2 audio "-" wires are connected to a single wire that terminates at "audio common" which is a ground point either on the back of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-25-2022, 07:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 446
Posted By N804RV
Thank you. That helps!

Thank you. That helps!
Forum: Tools 08-24-2022, 08:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 676
Posted By N804RV
Skins for sure, and all the light gauge...

Skins for sure, and all the light gauge stiffeners for the rudder and elevators. There are lots of pieces that the DRDT-2 won't do. And, more than a couple I could only do with the "close quarter"...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-24-2022, 02:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 446
Posted By N804RV
VP-X License from Skyview

I purchased the integration license for VP-X from the Dynon online store last Saturday. I was expecting an Email with the software license (either a long string of characters in the body of the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-19-2022, 09:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 303
Posted By N804RV
I don't remember that particular call out. But,...

I don't remember that particular call out. But, I did find a couple of rivet call outs that were inconsistent, or for one reason or another, I went with a longer or shorter rivet.

I just use a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-11-2022, 09:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 630
Posted By N804RV
Here's whats easier to do with the aft upper skin...

Here's whats easier to do with the aft upper skin off the airplane:

Mount the VS and HS

Mount, and set initial rigging for rudder and elevators

run wiring for tail light and pitch trim...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-11-2022, 08:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 862
Posted By N804RV
(I'd love to do it. I have time in a lot of...

(I'd love to do it. I have time in a lot of different airplanes, even an hour of left seat touch n goes in an RV-6. But, I have zero hours in -8s. So, I'm not who you're looking for.)

But,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-08-2022, 09:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,439
Posted By N804RV
First thing I'd do is read up on the FAA MON...

First thing I'd do is read up on the FAA MON program, so I know where VOR/ILS is going to fit into the grand scheme of things in the (near)...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-04-2022, 09:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 661
Posted By N804RV
RV-8 Pitch AP Servo Wire Bundle Routing

Anyone got a picture of how they routed the AP pitch servo wiring from the servo forward?

Primarily interested in routing from the servo to the main wire bundle going forward.

(picture for...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-21-2022, 11:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 880
Posted By N804RV
I took the 2 day EAA sheet metal course a few...

I took the 2 day EAA sheet metal course a few years ago.

I'd say that if you don't know a bucking bar from a piece of rebar, then this class is for you.

If, you're like me, and had already seen a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-21-2022, 11:40 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,992
Posted By N804RV
That looks a lot like some of my early attempts...

That looks a lot like some of my early attempts at riveting.

I will tell you what I learned from the guy who got me straightened out (a former crew chief for a well known Reno Racer). --However,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-21-2022, 10:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 750
Posted By N804RV
I'm planning on doing it Mike Bullock's way, with...

I'm planning on doing it Mike Bullock's way, with P4 on the wing side and P3 on the wingtip side.

I think its similar to what you're talking about. But, he doesn't mention anything about a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-19-2022, 11:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 389
Posted By N804RV
Do you have an Sigtronics intercom by chance? ...

Do you have an Sigtronics intercom by chance? Some radios don't play well with Sigtronics because of how the PTT circuit...
Forum: COMM 07-15-2022, 08:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 851
Posted By N804RV
That reminds me: you may be able to actually use...

That reminds me: you may be able to actually use a handheld radio to isolate the RFI source. At least figure out if itís behind the panel or somewhere else.
Forum: COMM 07-14-2022, 04:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 851
Posted By N804RV
Breaking squelch means theres some RFI...

Breaking squelch means theres some RFI overwhelming the reciever. Trading in your 425s may not fix the problem.

I was gonna write out a big reply. But, this article is...
Forum: COMM 07-14-2022, 09:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 851
Posted By N804RV
When you say "static", are you saying that its...

When you say "static", are you saying that its breaking squelch? In other words, when you hear the static, do you see the [<RX] indication in the status bar at the top of your display?

Or, is it a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-12-2022, 09:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 839
Posted By N804RV
I do remove all the plastic and de-burr the edges...

I do remove all the plastic and de-burr the edges as soon as I pull the part off the shelf.

I bought the empennage kit for RV #80566 in December of '98 (IIRC). And, I stored it un touched for 14...
Forum: GPS 06-27-2022, 01:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 443
Posted By N804RV
GNS 430W Terrain and Base Map Dates

Wondering what the last update was for the basemap and terrain database for the 400/500 series navigators. I bought a one time update for Nav and Obstacle databases for my GNS 430W on the last 56...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-25-2022, 12:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,002
Posted By N804RV
Doesn't modern "Coleman fuel" contain additives? ...

Doesn't modern "Coleman fuel" contain additives? I'd worry about fish-eyes or orange peel with that.
Forum: GPS 06-20-2022, 08:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 933
Posted By N804RV
Garmin's tray is about (a red you-know-what hair)...

Garmin's tray is about (a red you-know-what hair) wider than many instrument panel cutouts. This causes it to bow slightly. That coupled with any amount of pressure on the back of the tray can make...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-29-2022, 10:18 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,055
Posted By N804RV
For me (RV-8 w/battery in back), that's too much...

For me (RV-8 w/battery in back), that's too much work. And, the way the Vertical Power system works, with the battery/master switch not carrying any current, the keyed switch is a no-brainer.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-28-2022, 09:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,055
Posted By N804RV
I think most of us that are considering a keyed...

I think most of us that are considering a keyed or hidden start enable switch arenít worried about the airplane being stolen. For me itís about worrying about somebody spinning a prop...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-28-2022, 06:38 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,055
Posted By N804RV
I'm wiring mine up now. I'm installing Vertical...

I'm wiring mine up now. I'm installing Vertical Power's PPS, so I have a keyed "ON-OFF" switch that will be labeled "Master Key". It'll be located in a spot inside the front cockpit that is easily...
Forum: RV-14 05-24-2022, 09:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,538
Posted By N804RV
To reduce drag and help prevent water intrusion. ...

To reduce drag and help prevent water intrusion. Whether it really makes a difference on your typical RV may be debatable. But hey, every little bit helps, right?
Forum: RV-14 05-24-2022, 09:18 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,538
Posted By N804RV
I have a roll of white 2" wide vinyl tape (the...

I have a roll of white 2" wide vinyl tape (the kind used by glider pilots for anchoring gap seals). It's ideal for covering up holes like the ones left when you remove your tiedown rings. It stays...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-08-2022, 08:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,832
Posted By N804RV
I like the Raychem enviro splices because they...

I like the Raychem enviro splices because they are a lot skinnier than the "window" type butt splices. The fact that they're sealed on the ends is a nice plus.



I bought mine at Boeing Surplus...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-08-2022, 04:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,832
Posted By N804RV
Yup. And, you need specific crimpers for coax,...

Yup. And, you need specific crimpers for coax, and some different crimpers for PIDG terminals. And, then there's the crimpers for the pins that go in D-Sub connectors. There are different sizes of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-07-2022, 06:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,832
Posted By N804RV
There are times when a good old "Western Union"...

There are times when a good old "Western Union" splice and a piece of heat-shrink is the way to go. But, most of the time the Raychem "environmental" splices work great. They come in 2 flavors,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-04-2022, 09:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,942
Posted By N804RV
Thanks for posting this. I was going to do...

Thanks for posting this. I was going to do something similar. But, was going to use a threaded taper pin instead of the 2 bolts.

When I brought this up on the FB group, it was thoroughly panned. ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-27-2022, 05:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,694
Posted By N804RV
Best solution. Several avionics manufacturers...

Best solution.

Several avionics manufacturers recommend using a battery for bench testing of installed avionics, through appropriate circuit protection.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-25-2022, 11:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,226
Posted By N804RV
Data Manager started up and started downloading...

Data Manager started up and started downloading new chart data in the background as soon as Windows restarted.

I'm running Data Manager on Win10, running through Parallels on a Macbook Pro. No...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-25-2022, 10:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,226
Posted By N804RV
I don't see how that can be. I just checked my...

I don't see how that can be. I just checked my account. Its shows my subscription is valid till 2101.

I'm going to log into the data manager and try and download as soon as my computer is done...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-11-2022, 11:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,096
Posted By N804RV
My T hangar is open at the top, making it easy to...

My T hangar is open at the top, making it easy to climb over the walls into any hangar you want. All you have to do is find that one guy who leaves a spare hangar key in an easy to find spot, and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-05-2022, 08:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,153
Posted By N804RV
IMHO, either pull the seat cushions and control...

IMHO, either pull the seat cushions and control stick and crate her. Or, at least get one of those car-seat dog restraint harnesses, and put some padding down.

It'd be really inconvenient if she...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2022, 10:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,134
Posted By N804RV
In most of the T-hangars I see, you're only gonna...

In most of the T-hangars I see, you're only gonna be as secure as your least secure neighbor. Climb-overs and break-throughs are a thing. They can find one guy with a hide-a-key, or a slider hangar...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-25-2022, 06:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,290
Posted By N804RV
90% of my priming was done on a drop cloth in my...

90% of my priming was done on a drop cloth in my driveway.

The other 10% was done with an elcheapo pop-up spray booth I purchased on Amazon. This was in the dead of winter with 75% humidity and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-15-2022, 11:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,588
Posted By N804RV
Obviously, buy a small quantity and check it out...

Obviously, buy a small quantity and check it out before putting it on the airplane. I have, and was satisfied the RG-400 I bought from Shenzen/Eightwood (Amazon storefront) is the real deal.

The...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-14-2022, 10:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,588
Posted By N804RV
If the Amazon stuff states that it is MIL-DTL-17...

If the Amazon stuff states that it is MIL-DTL-17 (or MIL-C-17) spec RG400, then it is aircraft grade coax cable. It'll have something like M17/128 RG-400 printed on the outer insulation.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-14-2022, 06:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,588
Posted By N804RV
I wonder if that solid conductor coax wasn't...

I wonder if that solid conductor coax wasn't RG-142? It looks very similar to RG-400.

At 1090Mhz, RG-142 has a slightly lower insertion loss than RG-400, on a typical length of run. And, part of...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-08-2022, 10:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,240
Posted By N804RV
This is my antenna plan: 2 com antennas, 1 below...

This is my antenna plan:

2 com antennas, 1 below each backseat footwell.

A nav antenna in the left wing tip

A TXPDR whip antenna ~36" from the 2 com antennas close to center line

An ADS-B antenna...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-08-2022, 10:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,215
Posted By N804RV
Re: getting the smoke back in the wires

Its kinda like refilling a wet compass: soaking, twisting turning, shaking, cussing and a turkey baster are all popular DIY methods.
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 03-08-2022, 10:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,370
Posted By N804RV
Thanks Bob! Next up: Basic Med for safety pilots?

Thanks Bob!

Next up: Basic Med for safety pilots?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-06-2022, 10:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,145
Posted By N804RV
A friend of mine, who chides me about not...

A friend of mine, who chides me about not spending enough time in the shop, advised me one time to use time at night to research and plan out shop sessions. That way all the time in the shop should...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-06-2022, 12:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,145
Posted By N804RV
Well, ....there's a little light pre-reading,...

Well, ....there's a little light pre-reading, because the wife's watching QVC again.

Then there's the "I gotta understand this part" hard study. Plus hours of looking at mykitlog.com to see how...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-01-2022, 03:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 931
Posted By N804RV
VP-X "Box" Location for RV-8?

Any RV-8 builders got pics of where/how they mounted their VP-X?

I was considering mounting it in the lower well of the forward baggage compartment, on the removeable bulkhead.
Forum: RV-10 02-26-2022, 10:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 692
Posted By N804RV
I like this...

I like this one:

https://cheatography.com/deleted-2754/cheat-sheets/far-43-annual-inspection-checklist/pdf/

Also, this is a good...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-23-2022, 09:11 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 12,905
Posted By N804RV
For the first question, the idea was that if...

For the first question, the idea was that if there's a gripe on COM 1, I could look at one diagram and get a quick visual on how COM 1 is wired. I'm comfortable with wiring diagrams. And, with so...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-23-2022, 09:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 988
Posted By N804RV
This topic is like the endless primer war, or the...

This topic is like the endless primer war, or the endless oil war. Everyone is gonna have their favorite and will defend it's virtues vigorously.

But, I use Plexus and a microfiber cloth.
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-23-2022, 08:39 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 12,905
Posted By N804RV
I like the pin-out tables from the manufacturers'...

I like the pin-out tables from the manufacturers' documentation for installation. But, once its all put together and you have a gripe, it handy to have a 'functional' wiring diagram for the system. ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-22-2022, 09:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 966
Posted By N804RV
I installed all the remaining fasteners in that...

I installed all the remaining fasteners in that area after the bottom forward skins were riveted.
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-22-2022, 05:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,760
Posted By N804RV
That pretty much sums it up right there! ...

That pretty much sums it up right there!

People ask me when it'll fly. My answer is an enthusiastic, "A soon as it's ready!"
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-20-2022, 04:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,179
Posted By N804RV
Will you sell one to me? PM sent.

Will you sell one to me? PM sent.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-18-2022, 03:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 752
Posted By N804RV
API ? ...

API ? https://apitailwheels.com/


https://apitailwheels.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/api8.jpg
https://apitailwheels.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/api18.jpg
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-13-2022, 03:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 649
Posted By N804RV
I use rivet tape for all riveting, flush and...

I use rivet tape for all riveting, flush and universal head. I tried blue painter's tape and found the little tiny pieces of tape residue left, especially on the AN470, to be just more work than...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-09-2022, 03:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,622
Posted By N804RV
IMHO, the only reason to not put your money down...

IMHO, the only reason to not put your money down and get that gear on order is indecision.

If you decide on what model year your build is gonna be, then lock it in and don't look back.

If on the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-07-2022, 03:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,994
Posted By N804RV
Nothing to do with OP, but... I was told that...

Nothing to do with OP, but...

I was told that some A&Ps warn not to pull the engine through in reverse because the older style vacuum pumps were designed to turn in only one direction. Pulling the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-07-2022, 03:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,188
Posted By N804RV
You could Google "tire recycling near me". I...

You could Google "tire recycling near me".

I take all my scrap/worn out parts to a recycle center near me. Some of it, I can even get paid for.
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-06-2022, 07:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 883
Posted By N804RV
Have there been any PPS failures in the field? I...

Have there been any PPS failures in the field? I have not heard of one.
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