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Forum: RV-14 06-25-2022, 10:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 816
Posted By spark68
I frequently use a scratch awl to align holes....

I frequently use a scratch awl to align holes. Definitely do not drill or ream to get alignment. Available at your local hardware or home improvement store.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-23-2022, 07:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 910
Posted By spark68
I started with the Van's wiring kit for my RV-6...

I started with the Van's wiring kit for my RV-6 build. It's a good value and covers most of the primary wire (not avionics). For that I used Dynon harness kits.

For wings you will want to think...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-25-2022, 10:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,485
Posted By spark68
heat sink

You can also clip a heat sink onto the switch tab to slow the transfer of heat into the switch...
Forum: Painting your RV 04-25-2022, 10:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 954
Posted By spark68
I'm preparing to paint my RV-6. Haven't done it...

I'm preparing to paint my RV-6. Haven't done it yet, so we'll see how this works out.

The paint mfg I'm using (Tamco Paint) says 400 sq ft per gallon sprayable per coat. I figure my -6 is about 400...
Forum: Tools 04-25-2022, 07:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,438
Posted By spark68
shear blade

Shear blades usually have 4 sharp edges. Flip the blade to expose an unused edge, if not already used. Need to re-set the blade to blade clearance by shimming. Too little clearance will wear the...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-23-2022, 04:41 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,052
Posted By spark68
I plan on painting my airplane (RV-6) soon and am...

I plan on painting my airplane (RV-6) soon and am preparing now. Novice painter, some experience, but not a pro. Painting your airplane is a good way to save $$ and learn a new skill. It's a lot of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2022, 08:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,687
Posted By spark68
Yes, use the scotchbrite with water and Bon-Ami....

Yes, use the scotchbrite with water and Bon-Ami. Less chemical contact to you. MEK is nasty stuff, best left in the can for the most intense needs. When the water sheets without beading you are...
Forum: Tools 03-19-2022, 10:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 552
Posted By spark68
I took one apart many years ago, big mistake!...

I took one apart many years ago, big mistake! There is a bear of a spring behind the piston that doesn't want to go back in his cage, think c-clamp type pressure to get it back. I believe you can...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-11-2022, 07:06 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,220
Posted By spark68
Paul, You are on the right track but as you have...

Paul, You are on the right track but as you have found when you bend one part of the canopy frame - another part moves. No easy answer, just think about the effect of each bend.
As for the tracks and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-11-2022, 06:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,220
Posted By spark68
John, That is how I did mine, results acceptable....

John, That is how I did mine, results acceptable. Except I made aluminum shims where needed instead of flox. Aluminum skirts came out looking good. If you let the flox set up and then level it out...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-07-2022, 06:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,509
Posted By spark68
There was a thread on VAF a while back that led...

There was a thread on VAF a while back that led to a Youtube showing a guy pushing a dent out from inside the wing using a form block shaped like the leading edge radius and a jack pushing on the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-27-2022, 09:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,860
Posted By spark68
I bought a link belt for a shop tool. I believe I...

I bought a link belt for a shop tool. I believe I got it at Harbor Freight.
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-01-2022, 04:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,780
Posted By spark68
I'll tell you what the EarthX rep told me at...

I'll tell you what the EarthX rep told me at Airventure 2021. It will not fit, a little to thick (?). I haven't tried one myself to confirm.
Forum: Primers 12-22-2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,877
Posted By spark68
Epoxy

I settled on two part epoxy after trying several rattle can primers early in my build. The adhesion and resistance to scratching are superior with the epoxy and makes the extra effort worthwhile. My...
Forum: GPS 11-28-2021, 05:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 706
Posted By spark68
On my Garmin GPSMap 696 the two "extra" wires are...

On my Garmin GPSMap 696 the two "extra" wires are RS232 in and out. I don'w remember which is which, but the manual tells.
Forum: Primers 11-14-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,835
Posted By spark68
I would add: - Stir the primer (or any paint) to...

I would add:
- Stir the primer (or any paint) to get the thick stuff off the bottom.
- I like to clean the parts with scotchbrite and water with BonAmi. Sometimes I use Dawn dishwashing liquid...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-10-2021, 02:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,409
Posted By spark68
Since the screw hole layout in a -6 is hand...

Since the screw hole layout in a -6 is hand layout and drill (at least mine was) and the hole spacing could be variable, you may want to mark the holes in the new panel by using the old panel for a...
Forum: Primers 05-26-2021, 08:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,742
Posted By spark68
I like my Harbor Freight purple spray gun for...

I like my Harbor Freight purple spray gun for primer. I think I paid like $15 for it and it has primed the entire RV-6 project with two part epoxy (SPI). I have a Devilbis GP1 for finish paint but...
Forum: Painting your RV 05-24-2021, 11:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,158
Posted By spark68
Are you sure the spinner is aluminum? Van's...

Are you sure the spinner is aluminum? Van's spinners are fiberglass unless it's something aftermarket.

At any rate, primer under paint is best for adhesion. Do you have to? No, but for your time and...
Forum: Tools 05-19-2021, 10:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,203
Posted By spark68
I have the HF unit referenced and like it. Only...

I have the HF unit referenced and like it. Only used it for #8 terminals so far, and some non-aviation jobs that turned out well. I find that the die numbers don't match the terminals I've used, so I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-12-2021, 09:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,975
Posted By spark68
Filling with oil

If you fill it with oil, it will come out lots of places including through the rings and out the valves. Maybe still will accomplish wetting some parts with oil.

I stored a used IO-320 for about six...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-08-2021, 06:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,908
Posted By spark68
Nut Plate (Plate, Nut) Jig

I believe the last one I bought (#8) was $10 from The Yard. I love it, use it all the time. BTW, I also use OOPPS rivets with the nutplates.
Forum: COMM 05-02-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 563
Posted By spark68
ICOM IC-A210 Connector - which side is front?

Need help from the "techie guys"

I'm installing an ICOM IC-A210 comm radio. The installation document shows wiring from the "front" of the connector (Molex card edge connector). Which side of the...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 04-24-2021, 11:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,484
Posted By spark68
Bring rope/caution tape or such. And stakes to...

Bring rope/caution tape or such. And stakes to hold it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2021, 08:01 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 15,469
Posted By spark68
Nice Work!

Matt, That looks good, nice job.

Could you tell me what size blank you needed to make these? Maybe I have enough alum sheet around to give it a try myself.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-07-2021, 10:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 790
Posted By spark68
You can also move the entire set of points...

You can also move the entire set of points without making them a block first by selecting the entire set of points by dragging a selection window over them to select the set, then move command....
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-07-2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 1,512,028
Posted By spark68
Nice job Gordon. And how timely for me, I will do...

Nice job Gordon. And how timely for me, I will do this step soon.

Can I ask please, did you overlap the canopy side skirts with the windshield fairing? Or do the but together? I'm afraid the side...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-04-2021, 06:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,332
Posted By spark68
Painting an RV a dark color - problem?

I am planning to paint my RV-6 project and considering a darker color - green in this case. Not as dark as black, but medium or a little darker. Would this cause problems with the fiberglass parts...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-13-2021, 10:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,677
Posted By spark68
pull rivets

I've been working on mine the last week or so (RV-6). I'm using pull rivets 100* CS for the tip caps, not removable except by drilling out the rivets. Obviously I don't plan on removing them on any...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-23-2021, 03:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,726
Posted By spark68
Wingtip lights

Looking good!
- Can you give some detail on how you fabricated the bumps for the wingtip lights? I will need to do something like this for my -6 build.
- What paint products did you use? I'm about...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-08-2020, 06:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,285
Posted By spark68
Good one Randall! I used to listen to Click and...

Good one Randall! I used to listen to Click and Clack every Saturday morning and loved the puzzlers and especially the "write your answer on a (whatever) and send it...

Thanks for sharing.
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-02-2020, 07:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,842
Posted By spark68
Paul, You may have noticed, but the swinging...

Paul, You may have noticed, but the swinging rudder pedals R/L are not at the same angle when evenly matched up at the bottom due to one tube in front of the other at the top. This means that the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-23-2020, 06:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,940
Posted By spark68
Nice article, enjoyed it! Mark Curley

Nice article, enjoyed it!

Mark Curley
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-23-2020, 07:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,914
Posted By spark68
How to clean the rosin?

Add on question:

What's the most effective way to clean the rosin after soldering?

Mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2019, 04:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,699
Posted By spark68
Cowl alignment

Stockman,

Flyboyaccessories has a cowl mounting jig that they sell/rent to do just what you are doing. Have a look, might be just what you...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-09-2019, 09:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,769
Posted By spark68
Next steps...

Welcome to the VAF forum!

I would suggest getting a Van's practice kit and assembling that to get some skill developed before working on the actual parts. This will give you several skills such as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2018, 09:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,344
Posted By spark68
Template

Im a bit old school and simple...

If I were doing something like this I would make a cardboard template out of poster board and cut to fit. When you are happy with the fit you can flatten it out and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2017, 01:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,835
Posted By spark68
cat litter

Cat litter (or oil dry granules - same stuff I believe) works well, especially if you scrub it in with a piece of 2x4. Scrub it in and sweep it up. Concrete looks almost new after.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-01-2017, 09:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,748
Posted By spark68
Canada procedure

I see you are USA registered. Can you run us through what you had to do to cross over to Canada and back?
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-22-2016, 12:25 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 166,646
Posted By spark68
Wonderful trip report

Vlad,
Thanks for the wonderful trip report! Great pictures make me imagine what it was like to be there. One day...

Mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2016, 07:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,876
Posted By spark68
Van's videos

Van's has some pretty good video instruction in the Rv-14 area of their web site showing fiberglass layup on the windscreen. May be helpful to you.

http://vansaircraft.com/public/service-rv14.htm
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-11-2016, 08:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,471
Posted By spark68
Bill, Do you have a picture of how you hold the...

Bill,
Do you have a picture of how you hold the cable housings near the quadrant?
I'm planning a similar setup and looking for ideas or reference.
Thanks,
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-06-2016, 05:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,009
Posted By spark68
Jegs is a reputable company and Hamburger has...

Jegs is a reputable company and Hamburger has been manufacturing auto race parts for many years so no problem there.

It's kinda small though. Think about the filter area and how quickly it could...
Forum: Safety 04-04-2016, 08:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,289
Posted By spark68
I'm planning to use some switch guards (the U...

I'm planning to use some switch guards (the U shaped bent rod type) around my master switch and maybe others to get a reference by feel. I believe it will help, especially during night flight.
Forum: Painting your RV 04-04-2016, 08:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,364
Posted By spark68
oil free air

and if you blow off with air, take care to see that your air is oil free. That means no in-line oiler and a good filter in the air line. A well used hose will accumulate oil and moisture from the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2016, 07:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,551
Posted By spark68
Has anyone heard how Matt Draille is doing? I...

Has anyone heard how Matt Draille is doing? I believe I read on VAF that he had a stroke a while back. Anyone heard from him?
Forum: Primers 03-28-2016, 01:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 11,831
Posted By spark68
That's a good tip Boomer. I didn't know...

That's a good tip Boomer. I didn't know Variprime was still available. I like the brush idea.

I believe that the prep is as important as what kind of primer you use. All primers will provide some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2016, 10:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,110
Posted By spark68
Be ready to disconnect the ground cable if you...

Be ready to disconnect the ground cable if you wiring is wrong or solenoid sticks for some reason. You might think about having a second person hold the start button (switch?) while you touch the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2016, 10:34 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 45,104
Posted By spark68
Order placed!

Just ordered a set. Won't be ready to install for a while, but taking advantage of the introductory price.:)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2016, 07:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,098
Posted By spark68
Alodine

Alodine is not too hard to do. EAA has a good video on technique.

http://www.eaavideo.org/video.aspx?v=1340416082001
Forum: RV-14 03-05-2016, 09:14 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 30,734
Posted By spark68
Good Info

Great discussion guys! I learned something and appreciate it!
Forum: Painting your RV 01-12-2016, 05:27 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 102,531
Posted By spark68
Steve, I don't think you "have" to have alodine...

Steve, I don't think you "have" to have alodine before epoxy primer, the epoxy seals everything up pretty well. Maybe for those guys close the the ocean it would help in the seams with corrosion...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2016, 08:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,734
Posted By spark68
Don't be shy of a half built kit. I bought a...

Don't be shy of a half built kit.
I bought a partially assembled kit. I then ordered the Van's practice airfoil kit and built that, wasn't pleased with the results so I ordered another and did it...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-02-2016, 06:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,985
Posted By spark68
Beautiful shots Rocky! Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful shots Rocky! Thanks for sharing.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 01-02-2016, 06:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,042
Posted By spark68
Wonderful

What a wonderful story. Sorry for your loss. Tonight we celebrate the good times you had with your father.

Respectfully,
Forum: Primers 12-21-2015, 05:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,028
Posted By spark68
try Auto Parts stores

Do you have any auto parts stores nearby? You may be able to find a self-etch or other suitable primer there, even if it's a spray can.

The primer you show I'm pretty sure is for steel, not what...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-11-2015, 08:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,000
Posted By spark68
Pop rivet dimpler

On a related note, I've had trouble finding the right size "nail" to pull the pop rivet dimpler with. Any tip on which nail works best? Mine seem to pull the head through quickly without fully...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,866
Posted By spark68
Hot Chicken

You have to try the Hot Chicken for lunch - it's a Nashville thing. I suggest Hattie B's. Yelp will help you find it, near Vanderbilt campus. Downtown (Broadway) is still cool, even in the day. ...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-01-2015, 08:56 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,743
Posted By spark68
Sure made me smile. Very cool. Yes, outtakes...

Sure made me smile. Very cool.

Yes, outtakes please!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2015, 12:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,972
Posted By spark68
but

What kind of primer did he use???
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-31-2015, 10:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,951
Posted By spark68
LIKE.....:)

LIKE.....:)
Forum: RV-10 10-28-2015, 06:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,705
Posted By spark68
opps rivets

How about drill to #30 and use opps rivets? Same head size, but larger shank.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-25-2015, 09:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,035
Posted By spark68
thread engagement

Thread engagement would normally be 1 1/2 x diameter, but I would not feel comfortable with less than 2 x dia for a starter. Longer stud may be the best course?

Hi Mahlon, Good to see you posting.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2015, 10:29 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 21,749
Posted By spark68
Alt Engine

I think it's great. He's sure to learn a lot, and may teach the VAF community a few things as well.

Thanks,
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