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Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 04:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 298
Posted By iamtheari
My elevator and HS fairings are on and I just...

My elevator and HS fairings are on and I just measured for you. 10’4-1/2”.
Forum: RV-14 08-18-2019, 06:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 263
Posted By iamtheari
It turns out that this was subject to a revision...

It turns out that this was subject to a revision in the plans. I have my printed plans, up-to-date, with the plane. I have a copy from the USB stick I ordered before I got the ticket on my computer....
Forum: RV-14 08-17-2019, 09:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 263
Posted By iamtheari
Thank you for the link. I wish I had read that SB...

Thank you for the link. I wish I had read that SB more closely before ordering parts since the RV-14 plans call out the wrong size plug. At least it's an easy problem to solve.
Forum: RV-14 08-17-2019, 07:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 263
Posted By iamtheari
Fuel spider GAGE plug size

Page 51-06 figure 1 claims that an F 1/4 PIPE PLUG is the correct plug for the GAGE port on the fuel spider. I ordered an F 1/4 PIPE PLUG from Van's and what I got came in a bag with that label, but...
Forum: RV-14 08-15-2019, 08:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 173
Posted By iamtheari
The piece in the kit is enough to build two...

The piece in the kit is enough to build two canopies. Unfortunately it’s the blockier seal material that I ran out of due to mistakes. I’ll be in a bigger town with aviation stores like Lowe’s this...
Forum: RV-14 08-15-2019, 07:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 173
Posted By iamtheari
C-1447 D seal material

Page 38-34 steps 12-15 relate to the C-1447 D seal. It appears that this is the SEAL-00005 material. However, this is not explicitly stated anywhere that I see in the plans. I want to be sure I use...
Forum: RV-14 08-15-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 238
Posted By iamtheari
My USB copy of the plans does not have OP-22.

My USB copy of the plans does not have OP-22.
Forum: RV-14 08-11-2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 174
Posted By iamtheari
Page 43-12 figure 1 - discard 10-1011

Does anyone know why Van’s wants us to discard the 10-1011 part from the alternator mounting hardware? It doesn’t seem like it would hurt anything to have that part in place and also use safety wire...
Forum: RV-14 08-09-2019, 08:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 836
Posted By iamtheari
Very impressed with Van's tonight

I was going to wait for my friend, an experienced A&P, to come over and help mount my engine, but tonight after moving the oil temperature sensor to the correct location (see other thread--and note...
Forum: RV-14 08-09-2019, 08:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 489
Posted By iamtheari
I decided to just bite the bullet and put it in...

I decided to just bite the bullet and put it in the right spot tonight. I don't think the place I put it actually does get anything. The oil cooler connection is to the left of this. But maybe you...
Forum: RV-14 08-08-2019, 10:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 489
Posted By iamtheari
Oil temperature sensor location

We did the engine preparation steps today and I am now confused about something. My Lycoming IO-390 came with a red plastic plug in the port on the top of the oil filter console, immediately forward...
Forum: RV-14 08-08-2019, 08:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,472
Posted By iamtheari
Thank you very much for posting those pictures....

Thank you very much for posting those pictures. It looks like a tight fit, but a fit nonetheless! I also really appreciate your PIREP on the oil accumulator. :)
Forum: RV-14 08-08-2019, 09:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 354
Posted By iamtheari
On page 06-04 figure 1, we left 6 holes open on...

On page 06-04 figure 1, we left 6 holes open on each side of the vertical stabilizer. On page 12-11 figure 2, it says to final drill #27 the aft hole (which is just the metal fairing and vertical...
Forum: RV-14 08-08-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,472
Posted By iamtheari
Nice video...it inspired me to work on the plane...

Nice video...it inspired me to work on the plane last night and get it another couple hours closer to upside-down. :)

I am still torn on any kind of supplemental oil systems for my RV-14, due to...
Forum: RV-14 08-04-2019, 03:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 354
Posted By iamtheari
Page 12-11 drilling

I have two questions on this page.

First, figure 2 shows, on the empennage fairing to vertical stabilizer skin line, "BLIND-DRILL #40, FINAL-DRILL #27 7 PLACES/SIDE." I only count 5 places per side,...
Forum: RV-14 07-22-2019, 09:59 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 454
Posted By iamtheari
Canopy transition area sanded too thin

Tonight was my second hour sanding on the canopy forward fairing. It turned out really well except for the following two things:

* In the transition area on both sides, I reached plexiglass. On the...
Forum: RV-14 07-16-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 887
Posted By iamtheari
I mounted the engine mount on my fuselage without...

I mounted the engine mount on my fuselage without thinking about this. Now I'm finishing up the canopy and thinking about what to do before mounting the engine, so I'll be here watching this thread....
Forum: RV-14 07-15-2019, 01:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 487
Posted By iamtheari
ANL fuse and ammeter shunt mounting

I'm using a Vertical Power VP-X instead of circuit breakers, so I don't really 'need' an ammeter. But it is still probably a good idea to have one as a second data point, especially if there ends up...
Forum: RV-14 07-08-2019, 05:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,712
Posted By iamtheari
You’ll find that 100%* of your questions will...

You’ll find that 100%* of your questions will have answers here, although at times you’ll have to post the answer to your own question after you give up on the cavalry coming and just build...
Forum: RV-14 07-04-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 904
Posted By iamtheari
Mine is 5/16” from the tail spring. So I think I...

Mine is 5/16” from the tail spring. So I think I am safe but as always curious if I should give myself a safer margin.
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-03-2019, 02:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 414
Posted By iamtheari
Circuit breaker rating for power plug

I am trying to figure out my VP-X Pro wiring to get as many things as possible their own circuits. I have it nearly figured out but I am left with the power plug being on a 5A circuit or running it...
Forum: RV-14 07-02-2019, 02:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,163
Posted By iamtheari
I wish mine looked that good. :) One good thing...

I wish mine looked that good. :)

One good thing about building your own plane: The preflight inspection is really quick. If THAT RIVET (you know the one--it's different on my plane but you know...
Forum: RV-14 06-26-2019, 11:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 619
Posted By iamtheari
I went with the drill #30, then dimple CS4, then...

I went with the drill #30, then dimple CS4, then separate, debur, match drill #30 to canopy skin, and rivet into place. It worked out well enough.
Forum: RV-14 06-19-2019, 09:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,163
Posted By iamtheari
Did you at least remember to "DO NOT RIVET" the...

Did you at least remember to "DO NOT RIVET" the middle two holes on the F-14140 stiffeners on page 26-11? I'm happy to report that I have emotionally recovered enough that I don't even remember how...
Forum: RV-14 06-17-2019, 05:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 619
Posted By iamtheari
Dimpling C-01452 Canopy Clip (page 38-28 step 3)

I was about to dimple the canopy clips for CS4 rivets, but it appears the holes are undersized. These obviously get bent as you rivet them, so the angle of the dimple is probably not critical. I just...
Forum: RV-14 06-17-2019, 08:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,790
Posted By iamtheari
That's true of the Van's sticks that come with...

That's true of the Van's sticks that come with the kit. Is it also true of the Tosten sticks? The sockets are already in my plane and I really do not want to remove them or try to match drill the...
Forum: RV-14 06-15-2019, 12:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,790
Posted By iamtheari
Are the Tosten sticks predrilled to fit the bases?

Are the Tosten sticks predrilled to fit the bases?
Forum: RV-14 06-08-2019, 12:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 604
Posted By iamtheari
Thanks for that last comment, and to everyone...

Thanks for that last comment, and to everyone else who responded. It opens up fine when lifting on the center handle as far as I can tell. I'll wait to see how it works with the hardware tightened...
Forum: RV-14 06-07-2019, 11:04 PM
Replies: 133
Sticky: Plan "Gottchas"
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Posted By iamtheari
I noticed that. I think it was a copy-and-paste...

I noticed that. I think it was a copy-and-paste error. Page 12-07 figure 5 is a duplicate of page 12-02 figure 3, which has that caption, except that the call-outs were changed from drilling and...
Forum: RV-14 06-07-2019, 10:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 604
Posted By iamtheari
Canopy pin blocks catching on roll bar when opening

I am not done with the canopy yet, so it's possible that this will go away as I continue, but in case it doesn't I want to start thinking about solutions. I have riveted teh canopy side skins into...
Forum: RV-14 05-31-2019, 08:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 904
Posted By iamtheari
I agree with the tip about waiting for the...

I agree with the tip about waiting for the finishing kit. I did just that and would recommend it to anyone. I have the finishing kit and the tail spring is in place so I will be able to test fit the...
Forum: RV-14 05-30-2019, 06:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 904
Posted By iamtheari
Page 12-04 - rudder bottom fairing modification for taildragger

I know that the total number of people who have done this step before me is small, but I'm hoping someone will be able to offer some help. On page 12-04 step 1, we mark a point 3-1/8" down from the...
Forum: RV-14 05-29-2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,412
Posted By iamtheari
I used a special (pointy) #40 plexiglass bit....

I used a special (pointy) #40 plexiglass bit. When we did the window, my friend who was running the drill was just a hair off center on one of the holes into the roll bar, resulting in a sideways...
Forum: RV-14 05-29-2019, 07:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,151
Posted By iamtheari
If you dimple them, you also need to do a few...

If you dimple them, you also need to do a few other steps to countersink the structure beneath them and you will need to buy some additional hardware since the kit does not include the screws for a...
Forum: RV-14 05-28-2019, 08:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,412
Posted By iamtheari
Thanks for this suggestion. The chips were small...

Thanks for this suggestion. The chips were small and a soldering iron was the perfect tool to remove any sharp edges from them. Onward and upward!
Forum: RV-14 05-28-2019, 03:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,412
Posted By iamtheari
That's an idea. My concern would be...

That's an idea. My concern would be over-chamfering the inner surface combined with countersinking the outer surface, which could result in a knife edge in the middle of the hole.
Forum: RV-14 05-28-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,412
Posted By iamtheari
We used a pointy plexi bit. It's too late for me...

We used a pointy plexi bit. It's too late for me to change bits, but if I had it to do over again I would probably do the same thing because I think it would be harder to keep a step drill from...
Forum: RV-14 05-28-2019, 09:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,412
Posted By iamtheari
Small chips when drilling canopy

We managed to drill the entire canopy without making any cracks. However, there are three holes where a small chip came out of the interior surface of the acrylic at the edge of the hole. By "small...
Forum: RV-14 05-24-2019, 11:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,694
Posted By iamtheari
You're welcome. I'm a first-time builder and...

You're welcome. I'm a first-time builder and really enjoyed this taste of what it must be like to build an earlier kit. The RV-14's kit quality truly spoils us!

I made that change to the...
Forum: RV-14 05-24-2019, 10:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,694
Posted By iamtheari
I write for a living. Constructive criticism is...

I write for a living. Constructive criticism is always welcome. Would this language have been clearer?

"The prototyper recommends marking the two (2) aft rivets 3/16” to the aft of the centerline...
Forum: RV-14 05-24-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,694
Posted By iamtheari
Would you be willing to let me know which...

Would you be willing to let me know which instructions were unclear in any way? I wrote them and I would be happy to make improvements based on your feedback. I'm glad they were helpful.
Forum: RV-14 05-19-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,377
Posted By iamtheari
If you find it, would you mind posting a link...

If you find it, would you mind posting a link here?
Forum: RV-14 05-17-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,480
Posted By iamtheari
What's the current ratio of little wheels on the...

What's the current ratio of little wheels on the front vs. the back?
Forum: RV-14 05-14-2019, 09:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 610
Posted By iamtheari
No problem. I've had to undo some very tedious...

No problem. I've had to undo some very tedious nuts and bolts and occasionally drill out a rivet because I misinterpreted the plans. There's nothing like putting on a skin and seeing a rivet head...
Forum: RV-14 05-14-2019, 08:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 610
Posted By iamtheari
Those rivets are done on page 30-08 step 3, when...

Those rivets are done on page 30-08 step 3, when you are joining the aft fuselage to the forward fuselage. Definitely do not rivet them now.
Forum: RV-14 05-12-2019, 03:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 783
Posted By iamtheari
Make sure you tell the guys at the shop tomorrow...

Make sure you tell the guys at the shop tomorrow how much time you're saving them from my phone calls!

Thanks to all who posted. I'll do the best I can to trim the templates and make this work out....
Forum: RV-14 05-12-2019, 11:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 783
Posted By iamtheari
The first video on the canopy fairing (RV-14...

The first video on the canopy fairing (RV-14 38-01) shows the area already taped off and scuffed. The taping happens after where I am at. So maybe I was not entirely precise on describing which...
Forum: RV-14 05-11-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 783
Posted By iamtheari
Page 38-25 steps 10-11 - “approximately”

I am a lucky builder who had to get the 24x36 canopy templates page printed from a PDF. I now have the side templates printed, cut out, and taped to my plane. However, the edge that defines the...
Forum: RV-14 05-07-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 981
Posted By iamtheari
I'm glad you posted this, because tonight I...

I'm glad you posted this, because tonight I realized that I also don't have the canopy fairing templates (referred to at page 38-25 step 9). I would probably go nuts looking for them if I didn't...
Forum: RV-14 05-04-2019, 07:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 981
Posted By iamtheari
Canopy alignment on frame

I am at the point in the build where I have the canopy frame closed, latched, shimmed, and clamped to the roll bar, with the canopy resting on top of it, and every day I go push it around a...
Forum: RV-14 05-03-2019, 08:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,558
Posted By iamtheari
How hard is it to change the oil filter with an...

How hard is it to change the oil filter with an alternator hanging off the vacuum pump pad?
Forum: RV-14 05-01-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 716
Posted By iamtheari
Thanks. I started with a die grinder cutoff wheel...

Thanks. I started with a die grinder cutoff wheel but I think the thinner blade of a Dremel may actually go faster, especially since the Dremel doesn't give me frostbite and trip the air compressor...
Forum: RV-14 05-01-2019, 07:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 716
Posted By iamtheari
Tips for cutting spinner plate (page 44-02 step 2, S-602-1)

I always feel a little dumb when I can't find any past threads on a topic, because that means I'm the first person dumb enough to build an RV-14 without knowing this stuff already. I am working on...
Forum: RV-14 04-29-2019, 02:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,377
Posted By iamtheari
Has anyone considered or used the oil breather...

Has anyone considered or used the oil breather collection can that Van's sells? Part number EA CASE VENT, link:...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2019, 08:54 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 401
Posted By iamtheari
Tire pressure sensors for taildragger

I know about some airplane tire pressure monitoring systems, but they all assume you have non-conventional landing gear (i.e. tricycle). I am building a taildragger so I don't want one of those. I've...
Forum: RV-14 04-29-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,377
Posted By iamtheari
I was going to resurrect this thread sometime...

I was going to resurrect this thread sometime this week, anyhow. I have mostly decided on a half Raven and an Accusump oil accumulator. However, I am having a really hard time pulling the trigger...
Forum: RV-14 04-23-2019, 09:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 787
Posted By iamtheari
Ground strap tab bending?

I am working a little on the firewall forward kit tonight. The WH-P25 that connects the battery negative terminal to the firewall has the tabs installed at 90 degrees apart. It seems to me that there...
Forum: RV-14 04-18-2019, 07:12 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,890
Posted By iamtheari
The holes that you'd need to hide are in the aft...

The holes that you'd need to hide are in the aft top skins, which are part of the empennage kit and prepunched regardless of what you order from Van's. The pilot holes in the roll bar are also...
Forum: RV-14 04-17-2019, 07:03 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,890
Posted By iamtheari
It would probably be possible to glue the window...

It would probably be possible to glue the window into place. I'm no expert, which is one of the reasons I went with the plans-specified attachment method. I also like the plans method because it...
Forum: RV-14 04-16-2019, 08:01 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,890
Posted By iamtheari
I, too, am on window #2. The first one broke off...

I, too, am on window #2. The first one broke off a 2" chunk in one of the first holes we drilled into the roll bar. My friend was running the drill while I sat in the baggage area to back up the aft...
Forum: RV-14 04-11-2019, 12:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,331
Posted By iamtheari
Agreed, the pictures are really helpful. I am...

Agreed, the pictures are really helpful. I am sure I can do something similar despite having the taildragger version of the engine mount. Now I just need to find space in the panel for all the cable...
Forum: RV-14 04-10-2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,331
Posted By iamtheari
Where did you anchor the cable?

Where did you anchor the cable?
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