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Forum: RV-14 10-10-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 751
Posted By StressedOut
I'm building my -14A in half of a two car garage....

I'm building my -14A in half of a two car garage. I live in a condo complex and spent a considerable amount of brainpower figuring out how to do this without being "that guy" who bothers my...
Forum: RV-14 09-26-2018, 06:15 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 9,279
Posted By StressedOut
I knew one day my proclivity for procrastination...

I knew one day my proclivity for procrastination would promote a payoff! :D

I haven't started the tail cone yet so implementing a service bulletin should be easy.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,163
Posted By StressedOut
Dan, can you elaborate on the importance of...

Dan, can you elaborate on the importance of holding the still full back? I don't have much experience in a tail wheel aircraft aside from my spin training in a Decathlon. I don't remember that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2018, 03:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 676
Posted By StressedOut
This is not an accurate statement. Boeing has...

This is not an accurate statement. Boeing has been able to scale production rates on the 737 from 30/month to over 50/month over the last several years. They are going to up the rate to over...
Forum: RV-14 09-19-2018, 05:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 904
Posted By StressedOut
I put torque seal on the threads, the nut and the...

I put torque seal on the threads, the nut and the structure. Maybe that's just overkill.

Edit: After reviewing the video, I will not be putting torque seal on the nuts.
Forum: Primers 09-18-2018, 10:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,427
Posted By StressedOut
The transport category aircraft makers use...

The transport category aircraft makers use different variants of two-part epoxy primers that contain chromates. Same for the overhaul and repair stations. Akzo-Nobel is a big player in this market,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2018, 09:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 777
Posted By StressedOut
Are there any alternatives to a red cube for a...

Are there any alternatives to a red cube for a fuel flow sensor?
Forum: RV-14 09-15-2018, 06:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,100
Posted By StressedOut
Trent, That's an excellent question! The short...

Trent,

That's an excellent question! The short answer to the "doom and gloom" query is of course, it depends. The longer answer is, well, longer.

Just like a fire requires three components (heat,...
Forum: RV-14 09-15-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,100
Posted By StressedOut
Two things here caught my attention: "vibrating"...

Two things here caught my attention: "vibrating" and "pencil". I'm not entirely sure what this is, but it doesn't sound like it should be used on aluminum.

Is a vibrating pencil something that will...
Forum: RV-14 09-13-2018, 09:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,319
Posted By StressedOut
The one good thing is I have a rectangular steel...

The one good thing is I have a rectangular steel tube pre-drilled with the correct spacing for the rudder TE. I expect the next rudder build will take about 10 hours less (50 instead of 60).
Forum: RV-14 09-13-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,319
Posted By StressedOut
Careful with the match drilling!

I got the opportunity to build a second rudder when I did the match drilling as described above. Read the details here...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2018, 01:41 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,163
Posted By StressedOut
Ed I just read your post in the thread from post...

Ed I just read your post in the thread from post 35 above and it perfectly captures and expands on my meager attempt to lay down a selection criteria for functions on the joystick. I'm going to...
Forum: RV-14 09-10-2018, 11:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 617
Posted By StressedOut
I was at this same place a couple of weeks ago...

I was at this same place a couple of weeks ago and had the same question. After studying the plans, I saw that on page 09-08, Figure 3 shows the top skin placed on top of the counterbalance skin. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2018, 11:26 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,163
Posted By StressedOut
All things are inteconnected, grasshopper

I'm so glad this thread popped up. I'm very early in the build process, but I started to think about my avionics, switchology and stick buttons. These things are all intertwined and need to be...
Forum: RV-14 09-08-2018, 02:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 908
Posted By StressedOut
Slightly off topic, but still related. I am not...

Slightly off topic, but still related. I am not a fan of fractional dimensions. It's easier to make math mistakes. I wish Vans would stop using them and go to decimal.

I have a friend who...
Forum: RV-14 09-04-2018, 01:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,648
Posted By StressedOut
No problems with #433 either. Everything fit...

No problems with #433 either. Everything fit like a glove on my HS.

However, while machine countersinking the rear spar I managed to mangle one hole due to chatter. I drilled it out to a #30 size...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 77,731
Posted By StressedOut
Talking Hoo boy... "once the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade...

Hoo boy... "once the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not your friend!" :D[/QUOTE]

Must....not....engage...

Must....not....engage...

:p
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 77,731
Posted By StressedOut
Match drilling (as opposed to pre-punching to...

Match drilling (as opposed to pre-punching to final size) would be an expensive hand operation for Vans to undertake and would require them to increase the kit price. I'm fine with the current...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 312
Posted By StressedOut
Not a dumb question at all. It got me to...

Not a dumb question at all. It got me to thinking about it as well so I pulled out my RV-14A drawings to see if there are features built into the design for water drain.

On the rudder, there are...
Forum: RV-14 08-22-2018, 01:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,389
Posted By StressedOut
Trent, In the end I left the holes alone and...

Trent,

In the end I left the holes alone and unfilled with rivets. The middle of the HS-1004 ribs buried inside the stab can be inspected through the lightening holes in the rear spar, albeit with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2018, 08:42 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 77,731
Posted By StressedOut
Talking Isn't the RV-14 the RV-14 version of the RV-9? :p

Isn't the RV-14 the RV-14 version of the RV-9? :p
Forum: RV-14 08-09-2018, 01:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,440
Posted By StressedOut
I'm building in a 19 ft. X 20 ft. garage in my...

I'm building in a 19 ft. X 20 ft. garage in my condo. I have to use half of the garage to park my car, but I can move it out to use the entire garage on occasion (e.g. when I have to set up my spray...
Forum: RV-14 08-09-2018, 01:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,501
Posted By StressedOut
It's generally a bad idea to try and close the...

It's generally a bad idea to try and close the gap by just squeezing the parts together. It introduces stresses in the flange and can cause fatigue cracking down the road. Putting sealant in does...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2018, 06:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,371
Posted By StressedOut
I posted some tidbits a few months ago about what...

I posted some tidbits a few months ago about what I learned about sealant. It's post #11 (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=160372&highlight=sealant&page=2) if you're...
Forum: RV-14 07-21-2018, 06:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 546
Posted By StressedOut
I deburr on condition. That is, I run my...

I deburr on condition. That is, I run my fingernail over the hole and if it catches the edge it needs to be deburred. Those rudder skins are 0.016 in. so a very light touch is required.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2018, 06:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 618
Posted By StressedOut
Try this...

Try this (http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/cspages/crosschecktorqueseal.php?clickkey=3836).
Forum: RV-14 07-16-2018, 02:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,255
Posted By StressedOut
Trent, I understand your concern. Sounds like...

Trent,

I understand your concern. Sounds like you have a plan to proceed, but I'll make another suggestion as well.

1. Drill one hole in your tube and cleco the skin to the tube.
2. Clamp the...
Forum: RV-14 07-15-2018, 05:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,255
Posted By StressedOut
Have you considered using the skin holes to match...

Have you considered using the skin holes to match drill? My problems were caused by using the full assembly as a match drill pattern. I would think using one skin only would reduce the risk...
Forum: RV-14 07-12-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,106
Posted By StressedOut
At least now when I rebuild my rudder I'll have a...

At least now when I rebuild my rudder I'll have a match drilled steel rectangular tube that I can use to hold the TE straight while it cures (I used Proseal). My TE was dead straight, but with...
Forum: RV-14 07-12-2018, 01:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,106
Posted By StressedOut
Let me give you a word of warning on drilling the...

Let me give you a word of warning on drilling the TE support angle. I did the same thing on my rudder, albeit with a steel rectangular tube instead of a 90 degree aluminum angle. I used the TE as a...
Forum: RV-14 07-10-2018, 07:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,106
Posted By StressedOut
Sorry about that. I reread what I wrote and...

Sorry about that. I reread what I wrote and realized I didn't answer your questions at all.



After rereading the plans, I'm stumped too. There doesn't seem to be a reason I can find.



The rivet...
Forum: RV-14 07-10-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,106
Posted By StressedOut
I remember going through these same questions...

I remember going through these same questions when I built (then scrapped) my rudder. I was hoping to avoid this difficult area when I get to building my second rudder by doing things out of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-07-2018, 01:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 966
Posted By StressedOut
A 5X gun...

A 5X gun (https://www.aircraft-tool.com/shop/detail.aspx?id=ATS-5X&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1) should handle driving rivets up to 0.25 in. They do require larger 0.498 rivet sets though so your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2018, 01:09 PM
Replies: 753
Views: 150,926
Posted By StressedOut
Very cool Steve. I loved doing modal analysis...

Very cool Steve. I loved doing modal analysis when I was doing composite pressure vessel design and analysis. I could get test results to correlate to within 1% of the modal analysis for at least...
Forum: RV-14 07-02-2018, 01:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,177
Posted By StressedOut
Did you prime?

Did you prime?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2018, 01:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,030
Posted By StressedOut
This is good information and it illustrates the...

This is good information and it illustrates the point that there is generally more strength in a joint than the published values. But it is a mistake to assume a strength more than that.

When the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,812
Posted By StressedOut
I keep my compressor regulator at 90 psi. When I...

I keep my compressor regulator at 90 psi. When I use my rivet gun I have a regulator (http://www.cleavelandtool.com/Inline-Air-Flow-Restrictor/productinfo/AFR1/#.WzUs9cmWzvc) at the gun inlet to...
Forum: RV-14 06-27-2018, 05:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,273
Posted By StressedOut
Ken, For local shops I'd do a Google search. ...

Ken,

For local shops I'd do a Google search. Almost any metal supply house will have sheet stock. Since it's just a feeler gauge the type of metal doesn't matter.

Aircraft spruce sells sheet...
Forum: RV-14 06-27-2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,838
Posted By StressedOut
I'll be there Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. ...

I'll be there Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I've got the Thursday afternoon shift on the RV-12 build.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,812
Posted By StressedOut
You don't want to leave those marks because...

You don't want to leave those marks because cracks will eventually form. They look deep enough that a ScotchBright pad probably won't be enough, unless you really need an arm and shoulder endurance...
Forum: RV-14 06-25-2018, 04:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,273
Posted By StressedOut
Alex, Thanks for the reply. I'm not trying to...

Alex,

Thanks for the reply. I'm not trying to make it perfect. I'm just trying to make it acceptable. The holes are too far off. I'm not a big fan of figure 8 holes and that's what I'll have if...
Forum: RV-14 06-20-2018, 09:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,273
Posted By StressedOut
Misaligned holes in elevator tip ribs

I'm trying to do the final drill of the #40 holes between the E-913 counterbalance skins and the E-903 and E-904 tip ribs. I'm having a real hard time trying to get some of the holes to align. I've...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2018, 03:56 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,913
Posted By StressedOut
RV-14?

Will the RV-10 LED's fit the RV-14? If not, when will you have it available for the RV-14?
Forum: RV-14 06-15-2018, 01:05 PM
Replies: 288
Views: 82,528
Posted By StressedOut
It's not really your airplane until you spatter...

It's not really your airplane until you spatter it with some of your blood. I managed to do that when unpacking my empennage kit! :eek:

Turner,

I read your blog and saw your post about many...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2018, 06:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,320
Posted By StressedOut
Oops! I saw "AN fittings" and thought "bolts". ...

Oops! I saw "AN fittings" and thought "bolts". Perhaps I should read the post more closely before I open my yap. :o
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2018, 02:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,320
Posted By StressedOut
Section 5 Torque Values

I'm not sure about other RV models, but I just use the guidance in Section 5 on Page 5-20 for torque values for AN bolts.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2018, 01:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 468
Posted By StressedOut
Larry, If you look in Section 4 of the plans,...

Larry,

If you look in Section 4 of the plans, you'll find a parts list albeit not complete. In that list the material and thickness is specified.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2018, 12:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,955
Posted By StressedOut
Thursday afternoon.

Thursday afternoon.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2018, 01:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 506
Posted By StressedOut
Alodine on 4130 Steel - Problem?

I thought I was being so careful and thinking ahead. I wanted to protect the fastener holes on the hinge brackets on the horizontal stabilizer from corrosion by applying Alodine on the bearing...
Forum: Primers 06-07-2018, 01:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,136
Posted By StressedOut
I just finished priming a big batch of parts...

I just finished priming a big batch of parts using Alumiprep 33 (now called Bonderite C-IC 33 AERO) and Alodine 1201 (now called Bonderite M-CR 1201 AERO) so I thought I'd share my experience...
Forum: RV-14 06-04-2018, 01:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,165
Posted By StressedOut
I got all my dimple dies from Cleaveland Aircraft...

I got all my dimple dies from Cleaveland Aircraft Tool (http://www.cleavelandtool.com/Dimple-Dies/products/48/) in their RV tool kit. I'll break it down to required and optional.

Required:
3/32"...
Forum: Primers 06-01-2018, 12:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 546
Posted By StressedOut
6061 has inherently better corrosion resistance...

6061 has inherently better corrosion resistance than most other aluminum alloys. It's debatable if you need to protect parts made from it. Here's an Alcoa data sheet on 6061...
Forum: Primers 05-31-2018, 11:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,749
Posted By StressedOut
Very nice blog Larry! I can see I'm going to...

Very nice blog Larry! I can see I'm going to spend some serious time going through it.


I'm very fortunate to have experts in every aspect of aircraft building within a dead cat swing of my desk at...
Forum: Primers 05-31-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,749
Posted By StressedOut
I'm the type of person who isn't fully satisfied...

I'm the type of person who isn't fully satisfied with only knowing the "how" of a procedure. I need to know the "why" as well. I'm no expert in the field of metal prep and prime, but I do have...
Forum: RV-14 05-26-2018, 12:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,000
Posted By StressedOut
+1 When I started my build I did the same thing....

+1

When I started my build I did the same thing. This is my first airplane build so I started the learning curve almost at the bottom. The everyday operations of building are for the most part...
Forum: RV-14 05-24-2018, 07:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,813
Posted By StressedOut
I'm not sure there is a cherry max rivet that...

I'm not sure there is a cherry max rivet that small. I think the smallest you can get them is 1/8 in. These rivets are AD3's.
Forum: RV-14 05-24-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,813
Posted By StressedOut
Oh how I hated this part of the rudder! I used...

Oh how I hated this part of the rudder! I used my squeezer and a thin nose yoke (http://www.cleavelandtool.com/25-Thin-Nose-Pneu-Yoke/productinfo/SNYT255/#.WwcZapWWxaQ) to get into this area. It...
Forum: RV-14 05-23-2018, 05:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,131
Posted By StressedOut
Nobody ever answered this question. I'd like to...

Nobody ever answered this question. I'd like to know as well. On the RV-14, a good chunk of panel space at the top center is taken by the canopy jettison handle if installed (I'm installing one on...
Forum: Primers 05-22-2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,121
Posted By StressedOut
Chromate Free Epoxy Primers - Any Experience?

I'm currently using Akzo Nobel 2-part epoxy interior primer (http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/cspages/akzoprimer.php) on my RV-14A build. I've had a few priming sessions, but I'm still not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2018, 10:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,577
Posted By StressedOut
I scrapped an entire rudder because I messed up...

I scrapped an entire rudder because I messed up the trailing edge holes. No recovery from that. The next day I just accepted it and resigned myself to ordering a new set of parts.

I invested in a...
Forum: RV-14 05-12-2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,329
Posted By StressedOut
I think the thing that most new builders fear on...

I think the thing that most new builders fear on the tanks is working with the sealant and the possibility of a leaking tank when the work is finished. I counted myself in that group until a few...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2018, 01:00 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,601
Posted By StressedOut
You should probably double check this statement. ...

You should probably double check this statement. I believe Vne is defined in IAS, not TAS (source) (https://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/Velocity_-_Never_Exceed_(Vne)).
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