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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 10:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 388
Posted By Aluminum
Fabulous! This will cover sharp corners and...

Fabulous! This will cover sharp corners and insides too, trouble spots for electrostatic adhesion. Better thickness control too. I'm ordering mine right now.

Combine with Seek Thermal...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2018, 05:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 619
Posted By Aluminum
On the other hand, there is nothing *functional*...

On the other hand, there is nothing *functional* that the shinier new version will do that Classic doesn't. Now that the giant leap from six-pack to glass is behind us, waiting only gets you prettier...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2018, 06:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,754
Posted By Aluminum
No, you may use your "TAA" Experimental for all...

No, you may use your "TAA" Experimental for all of the ten hours required, without any turbine or retractable time. But, heed the sunrise clause (July 27 and November 26 2018) on the FAR...
Forum: RV-14 08-11-2018, 02:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,178
Posted By Aluminum
My kit is a few months old, and the -5 rivets...

My kit is a few months old, and the -5 rivets don't look any more aged than the -4 ones that set perfectly every time, so I doubt rivet age has anything to do with it. I am using an "unapproved"...
Forum: RV-14 08-11-2018, 09:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,178
Posted By Aluminum
Affirmative.

Affirmative.
Forum: RV-14 08-11-2018, 01:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,178
Posted By Aluminum
Ran into the same issue with the large CherryMax...

Ran into the same issue with the large CherryMax rivets and HF puller. I was able to finish setting the rivets using a squeezer--the steel mandrel makes a loud pop once it's driven in properly...
Forum: RV-14 08-08-2018, 09:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 170
Posted By Aluminum
It's always a good idea to use a rivet gauge to...

It's always a good idea to use a rivet gauge to select proper rivet length. I found the plans call-outs to be almost always correct, but there were a few places where the lengths called out were...
Forum: RV-14 08-07-2018, 11:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 730
Posted By Aluminum
Danny, is your oil accumulator plumbed in...

Danny, is your oil accumulator plumbed in addition to the inverted scavenging, or did you remove the inverted system entirely?

From the apparent size of the oil accumulators google brings up it...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-07-2018, 11:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,545
Posted By Aluminum
I'm flying a Jab with the Bing carb. It idles...

I'm flying a Jab with the Bing carb. It idles fine from at least negative-1000 to at least 7000 DA in my experience so far. No red knob. Spark plugs look clean after 100 hours, will keep them another...
Forum: RV-14 08-07-2018, 07:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 730
Posted By Aluminum
The main concern with gentlemen's aerobatics is...

The main concern with gentlemen's aerobatics is cleaning up the mess on the belly, not starvation.

I'm planning on a half-Raven with the OP's setup but don't have my engine yet.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-07-2018, 07:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,545
Posted By Aluminum
This sounds fishy to me. Carbureted cars and...

This sounds fishy to me. Carbureted cars and motorcycles have no trouble idling at Loveland Pass. Rotaxes and Jabirus use Bing carbs which lean automatically at cruise powers, but do not change idle...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-07-2018, 11:59 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,545
Posted By Aluminum
This is the urban legend that baffles me, pardon...

This is the urban legend that baffles me, pardon the pun. You are carrying several pounds of extra metal in the injection system (or carb for that matter) that are there only to ensure the correct...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-07-2018, 12:49 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,545
Posted By Aluminum
Do you idle at idle?

Back in a (newer) Cessna, I'm reminded of the "high idle" practice to keep the battery from discharging while awaiting clearance, and to keep the vacuum gyros spinning. This seems like the kind of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2018, 05:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 998
Posted By Aluminum
Vlad you have the BEST stories! :eek:

Vlad you have the BEST stories!

:eek:
Forum: Tools 08-03-2018, 08:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 623
Posted By Aluminum
Jasco Premium Paint and Epoxy Remover

Dichloromethane-based paint stripper will lift cured epoxy in a few minutes:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Jasco-1-gal-Premium-Paint-and-Epoxy-Remover-GJBP00203/202310300

Wear protection, use metal...
Forum: RV-14 07-29-2018, 10:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,213
Posted By Aluminum
I don't think the visible tint has very much...

I don't think the visible tint has very much effect on cabin temperature--the canopy itself still gets heated at full power and contributes to overall cabin heat by reducing conduction cooling and by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 826
Posted By Aluminum
PLA will melt in the cabin on a hot day, as a...

PLA will melt in the cabin on a hot day, as a friend found out the hard way with a phone mount he 3D-printed.
Forum: RV-12 07-18-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 15,080
Posted By Aluminum
It's not the beef that does the work, it's the...

It's not the beef that does the work, it's the aileron counterweights that solve the aeroelastic problems of the original 601XL wing. Well researched computationally by pros before the mods were...
Forum: RV-12 07-18-2018, 01:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 15,080
Posted By Aluminum
This. My '91 model HDS with a factory-new 4-cyl...

This.

My '91 model HDS with a factory-new 4-cyl Jab, Dynon Skyview and BRS 'chute came in under $40k for all the major components. It's not a Ferrari, but it gets me there at 100 mph and 4 gph....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-07-2018, 04:03 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 62,489
Posted By Aluminum
I used the same orange HF one many times with...

I used the same orange HF one many times with medium-coarse compound, right after 1500 grit random orbit sander. It takes some work on the tough siloxane topcoat but it leaves an almost-glossy, very...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 07-06-2018, 06:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,310
Posted By Aluminum
The shop I use locally I learned of through word...

The shop I use locally I learned of through word of mouth. Question for experts: is there a place on teh internetz to look up local shops authorized to do the static system check?
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 07-06-2018, 06:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,310
Posted By Aluminum
For VFR-only that's true only for flight in Class...

For VFR-only that's true only for flight in Class A/B/C, or under Mode C Veil. Unless that's changed?
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 07-06-2018, 06:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,310
Posted By Aluminum
Not required for part 91 in the US. In Canada it...

Not required for part 91 in the US. In Canada it seems to be required for all IFR (heated pitot too). Perhaps experts will chime in on the regs in other countries.
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 07-06-2018, 01:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,310
Posted By Aluminum
Your operating limitations will typically have...

Your operating limitations will typically have wording such as "not approved for IFR flight unless equipped according to..."

So yes, once you're out of Phase I you can pop in a GTN625, put a valve...
Forum: Painting your RV 07-05-2018, 05:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 910
Posted By Aluminum
That would be dichloromethane, available at your...

That would be dichloromethane, available at your local Home Depot as Jasco Premium Paint and Epoxy Remover (http://www.jasco-help.com/uploads/documents/GJBP00203_SDS-4015.34E.pdf). Works great.

Keep...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-05-2018, 11:52 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 62,489
Posted By Aluminum
What's a "DA sander"? I use this DeWalt...

What's a "DA sander"? I use this DeWalt (https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DWP849-7-Inch-Variable-Polisher/dp/B004W1WGIC) polisher and HF foam pads and never had any issues with scratches from compound,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-04-2018, 02:16 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,661
Posted By Aluminum
It's not the total fraction: the trouble with...

It's not the total fraction: the trouble with kerosene is it will slowly separate and concentrate near the fuel inlet, right where it can cause explosive combustion at takeoff. If the OP let it sit...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-03-2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,661
Posted By Aluminum
Dump it and flush the entire fuel system before...

Dump it and flush the entire fuel system before starting engine, or you will need to have the engine taken apart. Kerosene contamination claimed many lives--almost got Bob...
Forum: RV-14 06-29-2018, 01:12 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 417
Posted By Aluminum
Weight of canopy

Has anyone measured the weight of the entire -14A canopy assembly that departs the airframe when the canopy release handle is pulled?
Forum: RV-14 06-28-2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,003
Posted By Aluminum
This is a very important structural part in the...

This is a very important structural part in the sense that it will prevent destruction of rudder, and possibly elevator, if a strong gust hits while you have no rudder lock installed on the ground. I...
Forum: RV-14 06-24-2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,122
Posted By Aluminum
Me too, but on the left side. Keep us posted on...

Me too, but on the left side. Keep us posted on the results if you do decide to add extra stiffeners. A piece of butyl or foam acoustic damping material might be enough to prevent canning in...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-24-2018, 02:26 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 62,489
Posted By Aluminum
Of the two kinds of compound I used neither...

Of the two kinds of compound I used neither mentioned a key piece of info on the container: it is in fact water-soluble. A foamy bath with microfiber cloth will remove most residue from crevices. But...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-11-2018, 10:50 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 62,489
Posted By Aluminum
Thanks Dan! Your thread raised the resale value...

Thanks Dan! Your thread raised the resale value of the RV fleet by a third. :D
Forum: RV-14 06-11-2018, 10:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,434
Posted By Aluminum
Don't try to do it alone! It's easy with a...

Don't try to do it alone! It's easy with a helper.

What worked for me is building up the fuselage from the firewall back on a rotisserie.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-10-2018, 10:52 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 62,489
Posted By Aluminum
Correct. So, the complete procedure would be: -...

Correct. So, the complete procedure would be:
- clean&etch
- alodine
- shoot black, wet sand if not flat
- shoot interference flakes or ghost pearl pigment--do not sand!
- shoot clear, wet sand...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-10-2018, 12:58 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 62,489
Posted By Aluminum
Ah, #1 is easy: nothing goes on top of...

Ah, #1 is easy: nothing goes on top of polysiloxane except more of same! It's silly how slippery that stuff is once fully cured. The good news is it can later be recoated with itself without sanding,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-08-2018, 12:47 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 62,489
Posted By Aluminum
If before recoating I use 220 wet. On final coat...

If before recoating I use 220 wet. On final coat 500-1000 wet for rough cut, then 1500 wet to eliminate all orange peel before buffing and polishing.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-08-2018, 12:41 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 62,489
Posted By Aluminum
A quick googling doesn't reveal whether...

A quick googling doesn't reveal whether "Full-Thane" is a polyurethane or "acrylic urethane" blend, but in general polyurethane cannot be repaired. It won't bond to itself once fully polymerized....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-08-2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 62,489
Posted By Aluminum
These metal blade solutions can make a sneeze...

These metal blade solutions can make a sneeze into a two-day repair...
I find that the 3M thin rubber pad...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 06-08-2018, 12:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,266
Posted By Aluminum
Me too. I tried to make do with android...

Me too.

I tried to make do with android solutions for years because of my general distaste for the iOS walled garden.

Then I started IFR training and observed how my instructor's Foreflight shows...
Forum: Safety 05-21-2018, 10:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 756
Posted By Aluminum
To pick a nit, that's not really a "fire"--all...

To pick a nit, that's not really a "fire"--all the "oxidizer" is already inside the battery and removing access to atmospheric oxygen will only make things worse in the sense that the hot mess will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,299
Posted By Aluminum
Your wife will LOVE the comfort of the -14. :D

Your wife will LOVE the comfort of the -14. :D
Forum: RV-14 05-13-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,339
Posted By Aluminum
Careful, syringes may come lubricated with...

Careful, syringes may come lubricated with silicone which could ruin the seal.

(Also never use syringes to measure paint, primer, etc.)
Forum: RV-14 05-08-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 867
Posted By Aluminum
An authoritative answer to this would require the...

An authoritative answer to this would require the kind of structural analysis only Van's engineers are qualified to perform.

My $.02: material this thin gets wrinkled even by -3 rivets properly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 98,880
Posted By Aluminum
Well, since you are going with cheap untested...

Well, since you are going with cheap untested chinese flashlights as essential equipment in a $100k aircraft, nothing less than Arduino with custom code to synchronize with yaw damper will do for...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-26-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,214
Posted By Aluminum
Walt, if not too much to ask, can you provide...

Walt, if not too much to ask, can you provide link to the dimmer unit you use?

Can any of the Garmin equipment be configured to be a dimmer "master", i.e. to provide voltage output from the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2018, 10:54 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 98,880
Posted By Aluminum
170 F is balmy. Junction temperature is higher...

170 F is balmy. Junction temperature is higher and more difficult to measure. Nominal life is quoted at some junction temperature near 250 F. Much higher temperature can be tolerated given the < 100...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-24-2018, 11:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,883
Posted By Aluminum
Noted. My point is, you'll be looking at the...

Noted. My point is, you'll be looking at the wrinkled low gloss icky texture surface of vinyl every time you fly. Few people would put vinyl wrap in a car that costs a third of what a new RV build...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-24-2018, 11:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,883
Posted By Aluminum
It does, even under dzus and camlocs. I used the...

It does, even under dzus and camlocs. I used the "good stuff" from 3M, it looks like cr*p after four years in the hangar. I can't recommend it. Glad I didn't do the whole airplane. It's fine for...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-24-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 62,489
Posted By Aluminum
Take a look at "engineered siloxane" resins such...

Take a look at "engineered siloxane" resins such as PPG PSX 700 (https://www.cgedwards.com/ameron/PSX%20700SG%20Whitepaper%20Final.pdf) or Sherwin Williams XLE-80...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2018, 09:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,555
Posted By Aluminum
That's the whole point of paint prep, innit?...

That's the whole point of paint prep, innit? :eek: It's the phosphates in it that react with aluminum, but the rate is negligible compared to the abrasion of ScotchBrite. If you desire extra...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2018, 09:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,555
Posted By Aluminum
Are you sure you removed the transparent...

Are you sure you removed the transparent protective plastic film? :D

Epoxy primer has excellent adhesion to many substrates, but you do need to remove any oils and water (dessicant before spray gun...
Forum: Safety 04-19-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,813
Posted By Aluminum
H'm, now that you've planted the seeds of doubt,...

H'm, now that you've planted the seeds of doubt, I think I'll buy another switch and cut it apart to study.

I can confirm that pushing the key in does not make contact.

FWIW, this design didn't...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-19-2018, 08:31 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,883
Posted By Aluminum
Another vote for paint over powder coat...

Another vote for paint over powder coat here.

Or, you can do what I did and simply use black-anodized .063 Al sheet for panel and engrave or laser-etch through the anodized layer. The anodization is...
Forum: Safety 04-18-2018, 11:07 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,813
Posted By Aluminum
A quick googling for "stuck starter solenoid"...

A quick googling for "stuck starter solenoid" shows how ridiculous this statement is. Several such events have been described here at VAF over the years. Battery switches, on the other hand, are...
Forum: Safety 04-17-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,813
Posted By Aluminum
Agreed, nothing cures all, even staying on the...

Agreed, nothing cures all, even staying on the couch. :p



My configuration also solves the fused-starter-relay situation, which is fairly common as that contact breaks a couple of hundred amps...
Forum: Safety 04-17-2018, 01:54 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,813
Posted By Aluminum
Correct, the battery is next to the switch in...

Correct, the battery is next to the switch in this install. For behind-the-seat batteries the switch could be recessed between the seats.
Forum: Safety 04-17-2018, 08:50 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,813
Posted By Aluminum
Correct, the battery is about six inches away....

Correct, the battery is about six inches away. Only the thick zero gauge cable going from it to the switch. The switch is rated to pass 1000 amps for half a minute. It will disconnect a short very...
Forum: Safety 04-16-2018, 09:24 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,813
Posted By Aluminum
The standard master relay circuit design still...

The standard master relay circuit design still baffles me. As in, who in their right mind could have come up with such a failure-prone design in the 1950s, and why does it endure. I did different on...
Forum: RV-14 04-15-2018, 09:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,108
Posted By Aluminum
I suppose both will work, but the first way is...

I suppose both will work, but the first way is much easier: spot-weld an oversized piece, fillet the inside with flox, cut/sand away excess. Exactly as described in the manual worked well for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2018, 11:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 994
Posted By Aluminum
Can't say project A is ever really finished, but:...

Can't say project A is ever really finished, but: four years and hundred Hobbs since airworthiness until putting in the order for B on July 4th. The itch wouldn't go away. All better now. My main...
Forum: California 04-12-2018, 10:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 458
Posted By Aluminum
EAA Chapter 62 has a Young Eagles event this...

EAA Chapter 62 has a Young Eagles event this Saturday at RHV, we always need pilots and ground crew.

EAA Chapter 338 (a builders' chapter) also meets at RHV second Tuesdays. Quite a few RVs at the...
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