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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 613
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That battery can sit for years and still be...

That battery can sit for years and still be serviceable for many tasks. I had one under my workbench that has been out of the plane for six years after it was in service in the RV for about six...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-11-2019, 07:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,814
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Another datapoint that will do nothing to settle...

Another datapoint that will do nothing to settle this discussion.... ;)

For the first 17 years and ~1200 hrs of my O-320 I used W100 year-round. I run a sump heater 24/7 in the winter months (uh...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2019, 06:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,242
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Before this gets all balled up......per his first...

Before this gets all balled up......per his first very informative post in this thread Luke used a German insurance agency.
Forum: ADS-B 02-11-2019, 06:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,444
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Give Stark Avionics ...

Give Stark Avionics (http://www.starkavionics.com/)a call.
Forum: Tools 02-10-2019, 02:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 411
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I shortened the pedestal of an old rolling office...

I shortened the pedestal of an old rolling office chair to where it sits ~18" off the floor. The chair with back is very comfortable.
Forum: RV-10 02-03-2019, 04:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 521
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It isn't difficult to build or modify sawhorses...

It isn't difficult to build or modify sawhorses to whatever height is needed.......
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-28-2019, 07:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,446
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It's not a good idea to check house line voltage...

It's not a good idea to check house line voltage with the meter set on ohms..... ;)
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-28-2019, 04:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,446
Posted By Sam Buchanan
For routine stuff we do in the hangar the HF...

For routine stuff we do in the hangar the HF meters have proven to be a very adequate tool. I get a free one whenever the coupon rolls around so have a box of them. Every time someone has asked to...
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-28-2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 271
Views: 32,976
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Charlie, I have no intentions of building/flying...

Charlie, I have no intentions of building/flying a one-off powerplant application as you are doing but I find your process to be most interesting and impressive. I encourage you to continue your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,975
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If someone doesn't like BasicMed.....they can get...

If someone doesn't like BasicMed.....they can get a Class 3 Medical..... ;)
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-18-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,563
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My personal practice is to turn on wig-wag when...

My personal practice is to turn on wig-wag when ten miles out from the airport and they remain on until on the ramp (daytime). At night turn them off after landing if they are a hazard to ground...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2019, 07:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 690
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That would be an ideal package for a -9A.

That would be an ideal package for a -9A.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-15-2019, 06:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,069
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Sometimes the float pin can wear enough to allow...

Sometimes the float pin can wear enough to allow the float to rub against the float bowl. This can cause the float to hang up on the bowl and result in erratic float operation. If this was the case...
Forum: Reviews 01-14-2019, 06:56 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,883
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Ah....another winter project. :) I use the...

Ah....another winter project. :)

I use the Communication ear plugs the Army helo drivers use when I fly the biplane. I ordered a bag of the Howard Leight Max foam earplugs and will attempt...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-06-2019, 09:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,325
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Really doubt your contactors are wired in...

Really doubt your contactors are wired in parallel......
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-06-2019, 07:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,325
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The two contactors in parallel is an odd...

The two contactors in parallel is an odd architecture, maybe someone was trying to add another layer of reliability????

You might consider eliminating one of the master contactors to align your...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-06-2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,069
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Larry mentioned this, but verify the carb bowl...

Larry mentioned this, but verify the carb bowl screws are tight. They can loosen and result in erratic behavior as you have described and fuel will leak out through the bowl/carb junction. Having the...
Forum: Propellers 01-06-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 720
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Your prop needs to go back to Sensenich. Contact...

Your prop needs to go back to Sensenich. Contact them and they can ship you a box so you can send them your prop. The RV props have an aggressive pitch and not all prop shops are set up to accurately...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-04-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,044
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I've used that towbar (used to be known as a...

I've used that towbar (used to be known as a 'Cessna' towbar (http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/airport.html#towbar)but looks like it has been rebranded as a "RV" towbar since they are so...
Forum: RV-14 01-01-2019, 09:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 706
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This is my RV-6 installation from many years ago...

This is my RV-6 installation from many years ago but maybe it will give you some ideas:

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/sportcraft.htm
Forum: ADS-B 12-30-2018, 09:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,444
Posted By Sam Buchanan
None whatsoever, is working flawlessly. Street...

None whatsoever, is working flawlessly. Street price can be less than $2200, WAAS GPS included.
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-28-2018, 08:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,665
Posted By Sam Buchanan
When my RV-6 (O-320 fixed metal prop) first flew...

When my RV-6 (O-320 fixed metal prop) first flew it weighed 1010 lbs. Nearly twenty years later it would still be close to that number since the old battery and starter have been replaced with...
Forum: Propellers 12-26-2018, 08:54 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,761
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Watch the CHT's in case the absence of a spinner...

Watch the CHT's in case the absence of a spinner disrupts airflow into the cowl.
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-23-2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 574
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Uhhh...disconnect everything and remove the...

Uhhh...disconnect everything and remove the engine?

Since it is obvious you've never done this before, it might be helpful if you bag and label fasteners as you remove them. Also, take some photos...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-21-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,566
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Maybe it's the eggnogg....but the title of your...

Maybe it's the eggnogg....but the title of your thread brought up visions of polar bears feasting on rubber seals.......
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2018, 11:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 759
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Very easy to find the info you...

Very easy to find the info you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2018, 10:03 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,048
Posted By Sam Buchanan
"Mel's step" wouldn't address the reason why I...

"Mel's step" wouldn't address the reason why I installed a passenger step on the RV-6. My rational was to cut in half the distance the passenger needed to step up in order to reach the wingwalk (or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2018, 09:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 536
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I replaced the carb on my 160 hp O-320 E2D with...

I replaced the carb on my 160 hp O-320 E2D with an overhauled 10-5135 purchased from Aircraft Spruce. It has worked perfectly for 300+ hrs. This was the carb recommended in the Kelly Aerospace...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,048
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The passenger step on my RV-6 was a retrofit and...

The passenger step on my RV-6 was a retrofit and it isn't difficult for someone who built the plane. Once the passenger-side baggage floor rivets are drilled out the retro-fit is straight forward.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2018, 08:19 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,048
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A significant reason for having steps on a...

A significant reason for having steps on a taildragger is to assist with coming down off the wing. I saw all the comments about being fit and slim and light and young so steps won't be needed, and I...
Forum: ADS-B 12-15-2018, 11:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 795
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My Stratux installation in the RV-6 is similar to...

My Stratux installation in the RV-6 is similar to Rod's. The box is attached to one of the flap actuator covers in the baggage compartment and the TED antenna is located on the aft belly. I don't use...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2018, 09:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 828
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Sounds like you answered your question. ;) I've...

Sounds like you answered your question. ;)

I've been flying the 35a Honda alternator on my RV-6 since 1999.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2018, 04:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,048
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Shortened the step on my RV-6 by 4", but the -7...

Shortened the step on my RV-6 by 4", but the -7 probably sits higher and won't need to have as much taken out. I sectioned the downtube, put a piece of 4130 round tube inside the airfoil tube to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2018, 08:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,783
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The fact the tires are about worn out is a good...

The fact the tires are about worn out is a good sign. This means the outside wear on the left tire is not significantly worse than general wear. If the tires looked pretty fresh and the outside was...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-29-2018, 06:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 589
Posted By Sam Buchanan
No doubt your hangar neighbors would appreciate...

No doubt your hangar neighbors would appreciate you wearing pants when working on your RV.... :o
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-28-2018, 07:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 450
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Does the servo work properly in flight? If...

Does the servo work properly in flight? If so...just fly it. :)

Not sure what you mean by "levels one aileron".
Forum: Safety 11-20-2018, 04:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,457
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That is precisely how the early RV-6's were...

That is precisely how the early RV-6's were designed...a prop rod to hold up the canopy. When the gas struts were introduced it was a case of the "latest and greatest"!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2018, 12:24 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 11,984
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Moderator note; This line of inquiry needs to be...

Moderator note;

This line of inquiry needs to be in a separate thread. Please move the RV-X tail discussion to its own thread so the discussion of this tragic accident can proceed...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-16-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,347
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Haven't had to dogfight...those pesky SPADS see...

Haven't had to dogfight...those pesky SPADS see the D.VII coming and turn tail and scamper for friendly territory. :D

Thanks for the kind comments and hoping you have a good resolution.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-16-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,347
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Prepare to be shocked when the labor estimate...

Prepare to be shocked when the labor estimate arrives for replacement/repair and paint to return your RV-12 to the condition it was prior to the damage. Again...very sorry you are having to deal with...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-15-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,347
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Very sorry to hear of your misfortune. This is...

Very sorry to hear of your misfortune.

This is not the time to be emotionally attached to your aircraft. If in your position, I would do everything possible to get the insurance company to total...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2018, 08:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 616
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That is where I mounted an ADS-B antenna on my...

That is where I mounted an ADS-B antenna on my RV-6. Went as far back as I could reasonable reach without inflicting permanent injury.....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-08-2018, 09:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,194
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Non-ethanol premium 90% of the time, the...

Non-ethanol premium 90% of the time, the remainder is 100LL.

Once again, I'm only relating my experiences, not trying to encourage a particular hose replacement protocol and certainly not being...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2018, 04:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 992
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A close look at Mickey's info in his first post...

A close look at Mickey's info in his first post will show he lives in Switzerland and needs to transport his plane 350 miles. Unfortunately he doesn't have the options we have in the USA.

Best...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-06-2018, 04:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,194
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Tom, I'm not suggesting anyone delay replacing...

Tom, I'm not suggesting anyone delay replacing hoses. However, the stainless braided hose with rubber lining that I've used in the RV-6 since 1999 have never shown any form of failure or lack of...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,194
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I won't discourage anyone from replacing hoses at...

I won't discourage anyone from replacing hoses at reasonable intervals. But just as a datapoint, both times I have replaced/rebuilt the fuel and oil hoses on my RV-6, the stainless braided Aeroquip...
Forum: RV-4 11-05-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 824
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This is another version of the Lift Reserve...

This is another version of the Lift Reserve Indicator that has been in use for nearly 30 years. It is an excellent addition to your panel and once you get used to it being in your primary scan you...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-02-2018, 04:46 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 16,557
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I tried three USB ports from various sources to...

I tried three USB ports from various sources to power the Stratux ADS-B receiver and they were all noisy. On a lark while at Walmart I picked up a $5 adapter at the checkout as Kyle described and it...
Forum: ADS-B 11-02-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,433
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Or a brand new Stratus ESG transponder that...

Or a brand new Stratus ESG transponder that includes the WAAS GPS and the ability to fly in any airspace.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-31-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 16,557
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Some of the inexpensive USB ports can definitely...

Some of the inexpensive USB ports can definitely introduce EMI which will interfere with radio ops. It is difficult to determine in advance with devices work well other than relying on good pireps...
Forum: RV-10 10-29-2018, 10:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 662
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You can drill another set of holes in the nuts.

You can drill another set of holes in the nuts.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-29-2018, 12:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,953
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That is probably a good charger......but don't...

That is probably a good charger......but don't use it for trickle charging. Leaving a trickle charger on a battery has killed a bunch of Odysseys. That is a great battery that will hold nearly a full...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-29-2018, 06:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,870
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I've had carb ice in the RV-6 (O-320) under the...

I've had carb ice in the RV-6 (O-320) under the same conditions a couple of times and the standard carb heat cleared it quickly. I'm thankful I don't have to deal with it like I do with the O-200 in...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-25-2018, 10:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,491
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I was not as clear as I should have been. By...

I was not as clear as I should have been. By "fueling rig", I'm referring to the ones that have appeared in this thread with either electric or hand-crank pumps. The aircraft end of a grounding...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-25-2018, 05:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,491
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Where should the fuel rig be grounded?

The question for which I haven't seen the answer is "where should the ground wire be attached on the fueling rig?"

Does static need to be discharged at the pump or at the nozzle where gasoline...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-24-2018, 10:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,491
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Don't fill the tank to the top...only add...

Don't fill the tank to the top...only add whatever fuel you anticipate using in three weeks....or add fuel for just the next flight. What am I missing here??
Forum: GPS 10-24-2018, 08:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,725
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Depends on the application. The installation...

Depends on the application.

The installation instructions for the WAAS GPS that comes with the Stratus ESG transponder implicitly limits how short the coax can be (ten feet in some instances). It...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-24-2018, 04:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,346
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If you want your battery to die an early death,...

If you want your battery to die an early death, just keep on charging it the way you have been doing. :)

If you want the PC680 to live a long life (unless you have already mortally wounded it) keep...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-24-2018, 10:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,491
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The Fokker warbird wannabe is even more awkward...

The Fokker warbird wannabe is even more awkward to fuel than the RV-12. Here is my fuel transfer rig that uses a 12vdc Carter automotive fuel pump driven with a retired PC680...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-22-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,171
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Getting the corn popper warmed up.........

Getting the corn popper warmed up.........
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2018, 10:18 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,003
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Call Stark Avionics...

Call Stark Avionics (http://www.starkavionics.com/) in Columbus, GA to see what they can ship you.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2018, 10:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,003
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I installed a "certified" Stratus ESG in my RV-6...

I installed a "certified" Stratus ESG in my RV-6 and recieved the $500 FAA rebate. I paid $2150 for the Stratus which put my out-of-pocket cost in the same neighborhood as the 978mhz...
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