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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-20-2022, 10:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 397
Posted By skelrad
Iím not positive, but I think Iíve heard that the...

Iím not positive, but I think Iíve heard that the Dynon mount can also be used for other pitots.
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-20-2022, 12:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 270
Posted By skelrad
DVDs

I have the DVDs and no longer need them. Sent PM.
Forum: RV-10 06-20-2022, 09:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,804
Posted By skelrad
Diarium

I use a cheap app ($8 I think) called Diarium on my computer. It's meant to be a tool for keeping a journal, but works great for a build log - just pick the day on the calendar and type away. You...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-11-2022, 09:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 383
Posted By skelrad
Maybe this will help

I don't put a lot of "how to" detail in my build log (I mostly write this one for my dad so he can keep up with what I'm doing), but maybe it'll help you a bit:...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-08-2022, 07:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 267
Posted By skelrad
Fuel Float Position

The instructions for bending and positioning the Stewart fuel float (RV9A) say that the float should be 1/8" max from the skins at full and empty positions. This feels like the dumbest question of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-04-2022, 11:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 492
Posted By skelrad
Riveting PSI and Airflow Restrictors

I had a recent conversation with a few builders and we started talking about riveting - the methods used for riveting were all over the place. One person used an inline airflow restrictor at the gun...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-30-2022, 12:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 367
Posted By skelrad
Oblong Holes - Fuel Tanks & Proseal

It's become apparent that the first tank I ever drilled to final size was a less than stellar showing of skill. I figured it out on the second tank, but this first one was definitely in the learning...
Forum: Tools 05-29-2022, 02:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 542
Posted By skelrad
I purchased the Prusa i3Mk3s+ about a year ago...

I purchased the Prusa i3Mk3s+ about a year ago and have been extremely happy with it. I had no real "need" for a printer, but I figured it made perfect sense to spend $800 on a printer so I could...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-22-2022, 12:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 969
Posted By skelrad
It seems to work well for many people, so I'm...

It seems to work well for many people, so I'm giving it a shot. So far, bad riveting aside, I've seen that clecoing every hole does pull most parts together well enough. As a final step after...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-21-2022, 09:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 969
Posted By skelrad
Yeah, same air pressure I've always used before,...

Yeah, same air pressure I've always used before, but maybe I should play around with it a bit. I'm sure I must be letting the bucking bar wander to a goofy angle, even though it sure doesn't seem...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-21-2022, 07:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 969
Posted By skelrad
The Yips - not just for golf

Just when I thought I was getting the hang of riveting, along came the tanks. I can't set a good rivet to save my life all of the sudden! I abandoned trying to rivet with freshly applied proseal...
Forum: Primers 05-20-2022, 03:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,994
Posted By skelrad
Acetone shortens the life of gloves, but I can't...

Acetone shortens the life of gloves, but I can't say that I've ever had it actually be a problem. But I'm sure gloves break down faster if you're using acetone while you scuff parts with scotch...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-15-2022, 08:14 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 248,327
Posted By skelrad
I started my tanks today. My intention was to...

I started my tanks today. My intention was to just go the standard route after watching the Van's videos, but after shooting 3 rivets, I decided maybe it was worth trying the "let the proseal cure"...
Forum: Primers 05-14-2022, 10:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,994
Posted By skelrad
I just use acetone. Cheap and easy. I wouldn't...

I just use acetone. Cheap and easy. I wouldn't be surprised if the Goof Off leaves residue behind.
Forum: Primers 05-14-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,994
Posted By skelrad
Make sure you: 1) clean the metal to get rid of...

Make sure you: 1) clean the metal to get rid of oils and 2) spray a thin tack coat first, as opposed to just spraying one thick coat.
Forum: Tools 05-01-2022, 12:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 784
Posted By skelrad
I always put a little grease on the rubber...

I always put a little grease on the rubber o-rings. Without that, the rubber will get pretty chewed up when inserting and removing the pins. To take the pins out, I push them out with a screw...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-28-2022, 08:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 428
Posted By skelrad
Thanks for the replies. Makes sense!

Thanks for the replies. Makes sense!
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-27-2022, 07:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 428
Posted By skelrad
Aileron & Flap Brackets

As I was priming the aileron and flap brackets for assembly, I got to wondering if I was just adding work for myself. These are all exposed and will get hit with exterior paint down the road, yeah? ...
Forum: Interiors 04-26-2022, 11:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,823
Posted By skelrad
Lemke vs Classic Aero vs Flightline

Can anyone shed some light on how some of these interior shops differ? I'm having a tough time figuring out what products are an apples to apples comparison in terms of quality and price. For...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-19-2022, 11:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 569
Posted By skelrad
Bench top for 9A ailerons/flaps

What’s the length of the ailerons and flaps? The manual says you need a 2x8 foot perfectly flat bench. I’m just wondering if it’s truly 8 feet, or if they just said that out of convenience of cutting...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-18-2022, 04:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,680
Posted By skelrad
Thread Revival - Back Rivet Wings

Just throwing my $.02 into an old topic. I was nervous about trying back riveting of the top skins based on reading this thread. I gave it a shot, and I'm glad I did. I did not try the offset back...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-15-2022, 10:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,332
Posted By skelrad
Sent you a PM

Sent you a PM
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2022, 12:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,482
Posted By skelrad
Iím not sure he understood the rework required,...

Iím not sure he understood the rework required, which is probably best. It's just parts and a little extra time. My therapy for my crying inner child was to post here. Something about telling people...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-14-2022, 11:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,482
Posted By skelrad
The dimple die actually broke through the...

The dimple die actually broke through the material unfortunately. Itís hard to see in the picture because I bent it back out to look at it. I have no idea how it managed to cut a half circle clear...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-14-2022, 08:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,482
Posted By skelrad
Helpers - That's Gonna Leave a Mark

Who has two thumbs and gets to drill out every wing rib/rear spar rivet and rebuild the rear spar? This guy! :o

Unfortunately, some miscommunication with a helper who wanted to try his hand at...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-05-2022, 09:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 652
Posted By skelrad
Overdid it - Edge Break

I use the Cleaveland vice grip tool for breaking overlapping skin edges. Itís always worked great, but a long day in the shop led to user error today. I must have over tightened it, because I ended...
Forum: Reviews 02-28-2022, 10:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 615
Posted By skelrad
Cleaveland Tools - Great Company!

Shout out to Cleaveland Tools! I've purchased quite a few tools from them in the last year, and they have always had phenomenal customer service anytime I've had problems or questions. Over the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2022, 04:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 376
Posted By skelrad
Roll tank skin edges?

I know it's common practice to slightly break/roll the edge of most skins so that they lay flat after riveting, but what about skins that are screwed on? Should I do the same to the fuel tank skins,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2022, 12:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,348
Posted By skelrad
The FAA must have had a recent pizza party for...

The FAA must have had a recent pizza party for staff to work on the weekend - my reservation from October was just approved as well.
Forum: Primers 02-02-2022, 01:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 654
Posted By skelrad
I used to deburr and dimple, then prime. I got...

I used to deburr and dimple, then prime. I got tired of destroying my fingers while scuffing over dimples to prepare for primer though. Now I mostly clean/scuff first, then dimple, then prime. It...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-31-2022, 01:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,553
Posted By skelrad
Aside from the storage question, the one issue...

Aside from the storage question, the one issue I've had with using the proseal in the cold is how stiff it is while mixing, and after. I started working on my first tank when it was about 30 degrees...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-22-2022, 10:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,666
Posted By skelrad
Gave it a shot

I ran out to the garage to drive a few rivets in scrap. Overall, the gauges, or whatever they are, worked pretty well. As with anything, there are some gotchas though. The ones for driving shop...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-22-2022, 09:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,666
Posted By skelrad
Yeah, I've thought about that and don't know the...

Yeah, I've thought about that and don't know the answer yet until I try it out. The "lip" is actually the entire bottom of the holder that the bar sets on. My intention was to have the bar and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-21-2022, 10:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,666
Posted By skelrad
Happy to share the files. Let me play around with...

Happy to share the files. Let me play around with the different sizes first to make sure they’re accurate though. I haven’t had a chance to actually rivet with them yet. I’ll do that tomorrow and see...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-15-2022, 11:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,666
Posted By skelrad
Great Idea

I got a 3D printer for Christmas, so figured I may as well start with something easy. Doesn't get any easier than a square! I made 3 different bucking bar "guides" for my tungsten bar - one for 3-...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-09-2022, 07:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,369
Posted By skelrad
I'm just starting my tanks (RV9A). I'm not 100%...

I'm just starting my tanks (RV9A). I'm not 100% decided yet on whether or not I'll add extra tanks, but for the occasional trip where an extra hour of fuel can mean a stop vs no stop (free trip...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-08-2022, 05:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,288
Posted By skelrad
Perfect! Thanks for the suggestion.

Perfect! Thanks for the suggestion.
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-08-2022, 09:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,288
Posted By skelrad
Pitot Install?

Do the non-Van's AOA/pitot setups install differently than the stock ones? I have been planning all along to use a heated/regulated pitot, but since I'm a ways from deciding about Garmin or Dynon...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-07-2022, 11:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,959
Posted By skelrad
Superior - Not Quoting

Just a data point for people looking at engines:

I'm a couple of years from needing an engine, but times being what they are, I've been looking at options so I can absorb the long lead times and not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-06-2022, 01:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,654
Posted By skelrad
I have kicked around the idea of radiant heaters...

I have kicked around the idea of radiant heaters since I think that would make a huge difference with handling the tools and metal bits. Lots of things to think about for next year. The good news...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-06-2022, 01:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,654
Posted By skelrad
Hahaha! I'm not really in whining mode, just...

Hahaha! I'm not really in whining mode, just sarcastic and rolling my eyes at how my perspective has changed over the years (I'm not even old enough to where I should care about a little cold...
Forum: RV-14 01-05-2022, 07:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 938
Posted By skelrad
Assuming it's a standard countersink cage, each...

Assuming it's a standard countersink cage, each tooth is usually .001"
Forum: RV-14 01-05-2022, 07:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 938
Posted By skelrad
I had the exact same question on my -9. Make...

I had the exact same question on my -9. Make sure you're countersinking to .007" beyond where the rivet is flush. That's what the manual calls out as the sweet spot for these scenarios. Any less...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2022, 03:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,654
Posted By skelrad
Great idea. My body isn't usually cold, but my...

Great idea. My body isn't usually cold, but my hands are another story. Even the thickest of gloves don't help. It's been that way all my life. It's possible if the rest of me is truly warm (vs not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2022, 03:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,654
Posted By skelrad
I think we're getting close to build temps again!...

I think we're getting close to build temps again! I see you're in Ames Lake. I live in Broadhurst, just up the hill from you. Yell if you ever need a second pair of hands. I'm close enough to swing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2022, 09:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,654
Posted By skelrad
Yeah, that's the problem with the propane...

Yeah, that's the problem with the propane approach. I keep the garage door and window cracked pretty good for ventilation, so the power of the propane isn't as great as it could be when it's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2022, 08:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,654
Posted By skelrad
I'm Not As Tough As I Once Was

I was making such good progress, then winter hit! :mad: I grew up working on my family ranch in Colorado at 9000 feet up in the Rockies. In the winter you could find me on my back under the snow...
Forum: Primers 12-25-2021, 04:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,292
Posted By skelrad
I agree - I'll definitely either switch to the...

I agree - I'll definitely either switch to the EkoPoxy for the cockpit or use the EkoPrime and top coat it, just depending on what I decide to do in terms of how much I cover up with panels.

Yes,...
Forum: Primers 12-25-2021, 03:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,292
Posted By skelrad
Clean Only vs Scuff: Overall Priming Verdict

One more priming test piece just for fun: surface wiped down with acetone only vs light manual scuff and clean. This sample is less than 24 hours old and was sprayed in a 45 degree garage, so far...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-25-2021, 12:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,498
Posted By skelrad
I have a new trim indicator sitting in the box...

I have a new trim indicator sitting in the box that I don't plan on using. It does look like it might be a slightly different face plate size than yours though. If you want the same form factor to...
Forum: Primers 12-23-2021, 11:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,292
Posted By skelrad
I stumbled across my test piece tonight, so...

I stumbled across my test piece tonight, so grabbed the awl and scratched away again. Itís been a couple of months since I shot this primer. I canít tell any difference at all between the acid etch...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-22-2021, 08:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,044
Posted By skelrad
Eyeballing is probably fine. My mistake was I...

Eyeballing is probably fine. My mistake was I didn't consciously eyeball, and then during the drilling the bracket slipped a bit. I didn't realize it until it was too late, making it about 1/8" out...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-21-2021, 08:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,044
Posted By skelrad
As much as I want to just move on, I think I'd...

As much as I want to just move on, I think I'd better order a new inboard rib and take a mulligan. Thanks for the input.
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-21-2021, 06:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,044
Posted By skelrad
T-905 Tank Attach Bracket

The instructions basically say to fabricate the T-905 tank attach bracket out of the angle, then plop it into the nose of the tank and drill holes through the rib. There is no mention of how specific...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2021, 04:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,348
Posted By skelrad
I filled out the online form in October and...

I filled out the online form in October and haven't heard anything back. Why they don't just let a handful of lines of code do its thing and get rid of a human middle man is anyone's guess.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-16-2021, 05:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,352
Posted By skelrad
Considering I still have the other wing to go,...

Considering I still have the other wing to go, I'm hoping this wasn't a fluke and it works consistently! Maybe it wasn't "easy," but it sure was easy relative to what I was trying before.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-15-2021, 08:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,352
Posted By skelrad
Wing Leading Edge Ribs - Ohhhh, THAT'S how!

I really struggled with the whole wrestling match to get my ribs clecoed into the wing leading edge skins. After a ridiculous amount of time, I got them. One day later, it was time to start the tank...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-15-2021, 10:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,949
Posted By skelrad
I know this is a very old thread, but I'm getting...

I know this is a very old thread, but I'm getting close to ready to rivet on the wing leading edge ribs to the spar. It looks like access is a bit of a nightmare and since you have to put the shop...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-13-2021, 10:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,854
Posted By skelrad
Guilty! This just proves how long it took me to...

Guilty! This just proves how long it took me to get this dream started - my username came about because it was the class I was studying for when I first stumbled on VAF (Yahoo group back then). It...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-12-2021, 06:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,854
Posted By skelrad
Oh, gotcha. If I'm not going to install a stall...

Oh, gotcha. If I'm not going to install a stall warning device since I'll have AOA, is it customary to just fill the holes with rivets then? I bought the wing kit second-hand. It did come with the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-12-2021, 06:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,854
Posted By skelrad
9A Wing Leading Edge Skins - Holes Not on Plans

I just started working on my leading edge wing skins (left wing) and I'm scratching my head over a couple of things. There are two 3/32" holes in the top inboard side in between ribs, and there is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2021, 11:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,342
Posted By skelrad
Anodized Surface - Wing Spar

Just curious, does anodizing aluminum make the surface a little more brittle or something? I noticed tonight that just the pressure of a cleco against the front wing spar (9A) is enough to leave a...
Forum: Painting your RV 12-06-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,758
Posted By skelrad
I've been kicking around the idea of building a...

I've been kicking around the idea of building a booth like this for priming, but I keep coming back to the fact that every time I've primed so far, I end up running around the table to spray things...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-28-2021, 10:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,506
Posted By skelrad
I just went with the wall approach. I hung a...

I just went with the wall approach. I hung a shelf to put the manual on, then put a board on French cleats above it and clip the plans to it. I rarely move the plans, but depending on what Iím...
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