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Forum: RV-12 11-08-2018, 12:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 840
Posted By dwrichey
I would be concerned with the metal to metal...

I would be concerned with the metal to metal contact between the two tubes, held together with tye-wraps. They will rub together, failure is only a matter of time.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2018, 04:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 465
Posted By dwrichey
Another consideration might be, when you plan on...

Another consideration might be, when you plan on painting the entire aircraft. I wanted to paint the wings off the plane, and with all the other little items that needed to be done, I would vote to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-12-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,884
Posted By dwrichey
Also thank you Jerry, I will check that out also,...

Also thank you Jerry, I will check that out also, but I am not too optimistic because the plugs in cylinder 4 are always black compared to the other three cylinders. I'm thinking I can wrap the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-11-2018, 12:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,884
Posted By dwrichey
Forgive me for possibly hijacking this thread,...

Forgive me for possibly hijacking this thread, but can someone lead me to information on how to best raise the temperature of just one cylinder approximately 25 degrees? Cylinders 1, 2, and 3 are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,824
Posted By dwrichey
OR, temporarily install a potentiometer in series...

OR, temporarily install a potentiometer in series with the motor, adjust/play with it's setting until desired speed is reached, remove potentiometer, measure its resistance, install like resistor in...
Forum: Rocket 08-31-2018, 12:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,246
Posted By dwrichey
I have built and flown both a Harmon Rocket II...

I have built and flown both a Harmon Rocket II and a RV-8A. The Harmon Rocket was a wonderful flying machine, honest handling characteristics, relatively easy to land, good builders support from...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-30-2018, 04:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 837
Posted By dwrichey
IMHO Molex connectors work well for these kinds...

IMHO Molex connectors work well for these kinds of connections. Degi-Key is an excellent source (great selection, good pricing, rapid shipment, sells small quantities.)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-24-2018, 12:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,031
Posted By dwrichey
Under the heading of, "What I would do...

Under the heading of, "What I would do differently if I were to build it again," I would be add some sort of small access hole on the side bulkhead/ ribs that support the aft most elevator bellcrank...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-23-2018, 04:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,049
Posted By dwrichey
Round inlets are NOT needed for good engine...

Round inlets are NOT needed for good engine cooling. My RV-8A has an IO-360 with high compression pistons, and stock Van's delivered oil cooler. Cylinders in cruise range from 340 to 358 degrees,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,055
Posted By dwrichey
It's been about a dozen years ago now but Larry,...

It's been about a dozen years ago now but Larry, with the hanger across from mine, moved his assembled 6A from Clovis CA to Reedley CA (about 25 miles) on a flat bed. I forget how he had it...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-17-2018, 01:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,289
Posted By dwrichey
Bob Nuckolls discusses resistance measurement...

Bob Nuckolls discusses resistance measurement extensively in The Aero Electric Connection (I believe everybody needs to read this book, cover to cover, before starting your aircraft electrical system...
Forum: California 08-17-2018, 12:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,318
Posted By dwrichey
I went in to Oakland a few months ago in my...

I went in to Oakland a few months ago in my RV-8A, stayed for 5 hours, and was charged $49 for (according to FBO) a MANDITORY landing fee, (all aircraft.) Was also charged two other fees by FBO (no...
Forum: RV-10 08-15-2018, 02:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,577
Posted By dwrichey
My concern would be the sealing of the oil access...

My concern would be the sealing of the oil access door to the top plenum. As the engine shakes around and the engine mounts sag, I would assume the sealing rubber would allow a small space to...
Forum: RV-14 05-03-2018, 01:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,129
Posted By dwrichey
The spacer between the sump and the servo, in the...

The spacer between the sump and the servo, in the picture, appears to be balsa sandwiched between two thin sheets of aluminum (Mallite)? If this is true, I would think the lack of compressive...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-05-2018, 04:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,593
Posted By dwrichey
Thick or thin washer, internal star lock washer,...

Thick or thin washer, internal star lock washer, followed with a plain nut. (All aircraft quality of course.) If the part practically NEVER gets removed, I will leave the flat washer off, but that is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,535
Posted By dwrichey
Since we're discussing fuel pressure, I would...

Since we're discussing fuel pressure, I would like to ask another question. I have a Lycoming IO-360, with a Dynon Skyview and Kavlico sensor. Since very first engine start, displayed fuel pressures...
Forum: RV-10 01-19-2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 769
Views: 503,167
Posted By dwrichey
Whenever I see a picture of a -10 with its wing...

Whenever I see a picture of a -10 with its wing spar/mounting outside of the fuselage I am so envious!
Forum: RV-10 12-01-2017, 12:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,374
Posted By dwrichey
I purchased a length of stainless rod from AC...

I purchased a length of stainless rod from AC Spruce and made new marks on it with a small triangular file. Numbers can be placed by filing a flat spot and using number stamps.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-30-2017, 04:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,741
Posted By dwrichey
I also had the chatter from new Avery three flute...

I also had the chatter from new Avery three flute deburring tools. Tried faster/slower/harder/softer, got it to work better, but not great. Called Avery (when they were still in business,) he...
Forum: RV-4 11-13-2017, 12:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,499
Posted By dwrichey
I apologize if I insult anyone, but here goes. In...

I apologize if I insult anyone, but here goes. In the second picture down where two bulkhead pieces attach together, it appears that no deburring of edges occurred. The flight surface that shows the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-06-2017, 11:56 AM
Replies: 389
Views: 182,713
Posted By dwrichey
I truly do not wish to rain on anyone's parade,...

I truly do not wish to rain on anyone's parade, but I wonder if allowing the adhesive to cure before the parts are riveted together would prevent the parts from properly "nesting" together. I assume...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2017, 12:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,584
Posted By dwrichey
In the picture, the hole in the lower corner...

In the picture, the hole in the lower corner should first be piloted with a #40 drill. Try to get the #40 centered best you can by spinning the drill slowly and observing how centered it is. When you...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-26-2017, 12:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,203
Posted By dwrichey
I'm fishing here. Rubber engine isolation mounts...

I'm fishing here. Rubber engine isolation mounts heat up and stop transmitting?
Forum: Tools 09-18-2017, 12:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,794
Posted By dwrichey
Talking A 3/8" diameter drill bit is too large in...

A 3/8" diameter drill bit is too large in diameter to drill without first drilling a smaller pilot hole! 4130 actually drills quite easily. Match the "dead center" width to a slightly larger diameter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2017, 12:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,536
Posted By dwrichey
Always start with very fine abrasive, no coarser...

Always start with very fine abrasive, no coarser than say- 600 - 800 grit. One can always go coarser if after 5 - 10 minutes the scratches are not disappearing. You don't want to impart deep sanding...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2017, 02:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,971
Posted By dwrichey
http://i40.tinypic.com/auwg8k.jpg Here's one...

http://i40.tinypic.com/auwg8k.jpg
Here's one option.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-04-2017, 03:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,254
Posted By dwrichey
Fast RV-8!

A few days ago, Doug Reeves on the VansAirforce home page had a post showing a screen shot of Gary Platner's RV-8 Skyview screen. The point of the post was that Gary had a 48 knot tailwind and was...
Forum: ADS-B 02-13-2017, 10:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,967
Posted By dwrichey
Good news. I discovered that when I was...

Good news. I discovered that when I was programing RS-232 Channel 1 input, that the 345 software then forces the channel 1 output to be the same language. So I changed the output for the "transponder...
Forum: ADS-B 02-09-2017, 11:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,967
Posted By dwrichey
When I called Garmin to ask which was closest to...

When I called Garmin to ask which was closest to REMOTE, they were not optimistic that anything would work, but I am going to try a few more and see if by luck one will work. Failing that, I will...
Forum: ADS-B 02-08-2017, 03:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,967
Posted By dwrichey
It is the GTX 345 panel mount and yes, I can look...

It is the GTX 345 panel mount and yes, I can look at the screen. It's not really a big deal. There is currently a display on the Skyview top bar that now has a red X going through it, and I don't...
Forum: ADS-B 02-08-2017, 12:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,967
Posted By dwrichey
getting GTX-345 to show "status" on Skyview?

Does anyone know how to get a Garmin GTX 345 to communicate with a Dynon Skyview that allows the Skyview to show the transponders "status" (alt, stdby, etc.)? My old transponder, a GTX-327 output...
Forum: RV-10 11-23-2016, 11:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,692
Posted By dwrichey
As far as, "wondering how much time people spend...

As far as, "wondering how much time people spend edge deburring each rib", it seems to me that if one really doesn't want a single "shear mark" or "file mark" left anywhere, on any sheet metal edges,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2016, 01:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 623
Posted By dwrichey
3/4 inch inside diameter air vent?

Does anyone have a source or good idea on how I can control airflow through a 3/4 inch scat tube? I want to provide cooling air to the back side of my IPad while flying, so as to prevent it from...
Forum: Painting your RV 04-29-2016, 04:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,210
Posted By dwrichey
No one seems to have really focused on the...

No one seems to have really focused on the possible side effects of using a chemical stripper on a composite part. I would be afraid the stripper will attack the resin and cause a permanent softening...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2016, 12:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,850
Posted By dwrichey
Best Breakfast Burrito?

Very nice story, and a happy ending!
What really caught my attention though was your mention of breakfast burrito's. I love breakfast burrito's. Seriously, can you recommend locations with really...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-17-2015, 01:54 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 16,250
Posted By dwrichey
I too think this was a very interesting and cool...

I too think this was a very interesting and cool thing to do.

I'm wondering why the airspeed was so low. Was it because all the thrust is being used to keep the aircraft at altitude, kind of like a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-05-2015, 12:09 PM
Replies: 875
Views: 564,482
Posted By dwrichey
Just a thought. Before fitting the cowling to the...

Just a thought. Before fitting the cowling to the engine in its current position, would it be smart to install a washer on the two top engine mounts to simulate engine mount sag. Later when the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-26-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,888
Posted By dwrichey
I realize I am coming in late to this...

I realize I am coming in late to this conversation but I would like to make a couple suggestions anyway. First, is the possibility of flipping the filter over- which puts the inlet end further away...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-19-2015, 01:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,048
Posted By dwrichey
It's kind of a shame it has to be fixed... it...

It's kind of a shame it has to be fixed... it really is a beautifully done oval shape. (Almost like it was done on a mill!)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 16,616
Posted By dwrichey
"When we corrected the cooling problems this...

"When we corrected the cooling problems this engine showed a 5 F temperature difference, vastly improved oil consumption and normal temp control ......"

Mr. Looper,

Could you please expand on this...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-10-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 792
Views: 907,381
Posted By dwrichey
430W GPS puck

It was really both. Garmin wants it level, I don't recall how much out of plane the tolerance is, or if they even give one, but I wanted it to look cool. It was probably over kill.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-10-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 792
Views: 907,381
Posted By dwrichey
430W GPS puck

The mount was made from .020" chromoly plate. I wanted a good "ground plane", which I didn't think would be possible using composite material. I have a tig welder in my garage, yet these mounts were...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-10-2014, 12:31 AM
Replies: 792
Views: 907,381
Posted By dwrichey
I was asked to add some more pictures so here...

I was asked to add some more pictures so here goes. The paint is Sherwin Williams>Aerospace>Military> Lusterless, so THAT IS the top coat. It's tough paint but shows finger prints like crazy. Tried...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-08-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 666
Views: 651,365
Posted By dwrichey
Panel for 369WR

Thought I would throw my hat in the ring a post a pic of my instrument panel.
http://i59.tinypic.com/4fvpcn.jpg
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-08-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 792
Views: 907,381
Posted By dwrichey
Finished 369WR, finally

After 5 1/2 years build time, first flight was on 1-1-2014. I was so nervous on the first flight that I didn't really enjoy the flight, but since have come to realize what great machines these...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2014, 02:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 12,176
Posted By dwrichey
I had similiar issues with that alternator. I was...

I had similiar issues with that alternator. I was using a B & C regulator because if the alternator stopped outputting, the regulator would activate a warning light. The Van's alternator kept...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-11-2013, 11:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,605
Posted By dwrichey
By the way, I believe the newer SkyTec starters...

By the way, I believe the newer SkyTec starters (149-12HT) incorporate an anti-kickback protection system, which makes the units about 7/8 inches longer than the non torque protection units. The new...
Forum: Safety 12-09-2013, 11:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 16,323
Posted By dwrichey
I would think draining the tank regularly, while...

I would think draining the tank regularly, while a good idea, is NOT going to prevent the tank from rusting. The inside of the tank is saturated with moisture, regardless if there is a little puddle...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-27-2013, 12:41 PM
Replies: 1,792
Views: 929,763
Posted By dwrichey
Speaking on cotter pinning the engine mount...

Speaking on cotter pinning the engine mount bolts. After I had completed cottering my engine, a couple of A&P's wandered by and noticed the cotter pins. They thought I was crazy for not simply using...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-16-2013, 02:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,779
Posted By dwrichey
If you do decide to have it sand blasted, make...

If you do decide to have it sand blasted, make sure they don't use really coarse sand. We got an engine mount back from the blaster that looked like it had been struck with the tip of a really sharp...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-31-2012, 01:16 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 60,964
Posted By dwrichey
Mike, Aero Led's is adamant about "grounding" the...

Mike, Aero Led's is adamant about "grounding" the case of their led strobes- not easy to do within the confines of the fiberglass rudder tip. I don't see, though you may have already made, provisions...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-13-2012, 01:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,281
Posted By dwrichey
I hate to be the fly in the ointment, but...

I hate to be the fly in the ointment, but something seems peculiar. An engine that needs a new camshaft 150 hrs after a major overhaul? Hmm. How does one replace a cam without removing all the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-10-2012, 02:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,628
Posted By dwrichey
Here is how I did...

Here is how I did it.
http://i40.tinypic.com/auwg8k.jpg
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-15-2012, 03:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,439
Posted By dwrichey
Another way to build a wing stand when the...

Another way to build a wing stand when the roll-up garage door presents a problem. It turned out remarkably stiff.http://i41.tinypic.com/359jzvd.jpg
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-15-2012, 12:30 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 13,709
Posted By dwrichey
As an A&P with an IA, I suggest you get your A&P...

As an A&P with an IA, I suggest you get your A&P involved BEFORE any work gets started. An inspector feels more comfortable with an aircraft if they can make an initial inspection before subtle signs...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-11-2012, 09:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,357
Posted By dwrichey
Heat exchanger location, RV-8A, M1B engine

After completion of the engine baffling kit from Van's, the next step was to install a Vetterman exhaust system designed for a M1B horizontal induction engine. To my dismay, I discovered the exhaust...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-31-2012, 02:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,337
Posted By dwrichey
I agree with Mike S. on the need for a desiccant...

I agree with Mike S. on the need for a desiccant type filter immediately before the gun, that solved my similiar issue. After acid etching, I would suggest you simply alodine, rinse with water, let...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-30-2011, 11:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,090
Posted By dwrichey
I'm wondering if you want to bond the skirt to...

I'm wondering if you want to bond the skirt to the canopy or frame at all. The canopy may get bonded to the frame, but skirt to canopy? Seems overkill and down the road should the canopy need...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-03-2011, 12:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,475
Posted By dwrichey
I'm a big fan of Harbor Freight's pressurized...

I'm a big fan of Harbor Freight's pressurized spray pot (spray gun) for this type of situation. It's fairly cheap, does a really good job and the gun will spray in any position. (Must have for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2011, 12:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,879
Posted By dwrichey
I'm confused. I thought LED's were not dimmable...

I'm confused. I thought LED's were not dimmable unless the signal was pulsed. Years ago I had LED instrument panel lights going through a rheostat. They would stay full bright, then go completely...
Forum: RV-10 02-01-2011, 02:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,521
Posted By dwrichey
I am not familiar with this particular part, but...

I am not familiar with this particular part, but typically the key to whether the piece is salvagabe or not is the hole-to-edge distance. From the center the hole, to the edge of the material must be...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-20-2011, 12:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,969
Posted By dwrichey
The one photograph would seem to indicate that...

The one photograph would seem to indicate that only a flop tube pick-up is being installed, without the additional use of a rigid pick-up tube. Could someone please comment on how effecient the flop...
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