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Forum: RV-14 12-30-2017, 07:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,173
Posted By coffeeguy
I would go with the counter argument. I started...

I would go with the counter argument. I started with a swivel, but went to the straight flush set after a few skin indentations when riveting. It's easier for me to use. Get the set perpendicular...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2017, 05:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 798
Posted By coffeeguy
Thanks Scott, That's what I thought, but I didn't...

Thanks Scott,
That's what I thought, but I didn't want to change the fittings twice in case it didn't work out and I had to go back.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2017, 05:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 798
Posted By coffeeguy
air hose size

I currently have a pneumatic squeezer and love it. It has a v-style fitting that I connect directly to a 3/8" hose because I wanted it to have enough air to operate. For everything else I have a...
Forum: RV-14 12-12-2017, 04:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,370
Posted By coffeeguy
Vic's comments reminded me of the old adage,...

Vic's comments reminded me of the old adage, "don't force it, get a bigger hammer".
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2017, 05:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,652
Posted By coffeeguy
Welcome to the fun. 1. Don't use my air drill...

Welcome to the fun.
1. Don't use my air drill much. I have a battery drill with two batteries that I use almost exclusively. I'll sometimes use the air drill or my floor drill press, but not...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-05-2017, 09:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 561
Posted By coffeeguy
-7 clicks

Most of the time it is because you will have a dimpled skin at that location, but it could be for any two pieces that are joined with a flush rivet. It needs to be deeper for the dimpled skin to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-05-2017, 04:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 561
Posted By coffeeguy
What was that countersink set to?

I had to reach for the countersink cage today and couldn't remember if it was set for rivet depth or minus 7 clicks. Argh, I hate to drill a few new holes in angle stock, deburr and test it out. I...
Forum: Tools 11-21-2017, 07:34 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 216
Posted By coffeeguy
Nova die grinder

There was an item on the home page a few days ago about a sale at Cleaveland tools. They were featuring their Nova die grinders, the straight one was $86. I have an el cheepo version that works ok,...
Forum: RV-14 11-21-2017, 07:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,011
Posted By coffeeguy
image

Image link is not correct or the image is gone. Got a 404 error.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2017, 08:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,878
Posted By coffeeguy
just nearby

If you are flying around without a destination fly down to 3ck and I'll show you what I put in and what the lighting does for the space. I fly to KRAC for kringles occasionally.
Forum: RV-14 11-19-2017, 08:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,572
Posted By coffeeguy
clamp it

When I first started a number of riveting troubles were caused by the parts not being clamped or secured very well. If the part is wobbling around and you are trying to support it, use the bucking...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2017, 08:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,878
Posted By coffeeguy
LEDs

In September I just purchased a t-hangar with a village supplied 20amp circuit. The previous owner had installed 5 halogen lights that totaled 900 watts, 7.5 amps out of my total 20amps. I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-15-2017, 08:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,191
Posted By coffeeguy
You may not need to order the plans, just take a...

You may not need to order the plans, just take a look at Van's web site and download the pdfs. http://vansaircraft.com/public/service-rv14.htm. They are the updates to the plans and I'm not sure...
Forum: RV-14 11-15-2017, 08:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,163
Posted By coffeeguy
Thanks Dennis, I looked at the Cleaveland kit...

Thanks Dennis,
I looked at the Cleaveland kit too, but in the end I thought I would just go with the stock static kit. That may change, though!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-15-2017, 08:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,498
Posted By coffeeguy
Thanks Vlad! I appreciate the feedback. I'll...

Thanks Vlad!

I appreciate the feedback. I'll keep building.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-15-2017, 07:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,498
Posted By coffeeguy
garage build

I was about to install the rudder cables in my 14 tail, but it's November here in Illinois and I was wondering if I should just wait until spring. We pull two cars into our garage, the tail is in...
Forum: RV-14 11-14-2017, 08:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,163
Posted By coffeeguy
Instructions

Does anyone have an electronic version of the static air system instructions referenced in step 1 on page 10-22? It says "Follow the 'Installing the Static Air System' instructions included in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2017, 09:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,055
Posted By coffeeguy
CDI torque wrench

Wow!!! I mean wow. Amazon delivered my CDI torque wrench today and I tested it out on the bench. Night and day difference and so easy to use. The Harbor Freight wrench may have been accurate and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2017, 08:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,055
Posted By coffeeguy
That's what I did in the end. It seemed to work...

That's what I did in the end. It seemed to work pretty well.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2017, 08:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,055
Posted By coffeeguy
Got the nut off

Well, that was a learning experience. Got the nut off and the bolt out. I tried using a vice grips to pull on the nut as I was turning it, but it wouldn't back off. I wound up using a dremel tool...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2017, 10:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,055
Posted By coffeeguy
MS21042-3 spinning

I'm starting to get to procedures that involve bolts and nuts instead of rivets. Seems like progress. I tried to torque a few AN3 bolts and MS21042-3 nuts, but I think I probably over torqued them....
Forum: ADS-B 09-14-2017, 05:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,105
Posted By coffeeguy
Thanks, I normally fly within an hour of my home...

Thanks, I normally fly within an hour of my home base to uncontrolled or class d airports, but I live just under the O'Hare mode C ring, so I have to comply or move the plane. I'm just looking to...
Forum: ADS-B 09-14-2017, 05:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,105
Posted By coffeeguy
old transponders

I was talking with an avionics guy yesterday and we were talking about using my existing transponder and something like the uavionix skybeacon. He said that the older tube transponders had a...
Forum: Tools 08-23-2017, 09:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,890
Posted By coffeeguy
restoring an old Craftsman drill press

I came across this article a while ago when I wasn't happy about the wobble in my drill press. Not sure if I want to try to tackle this or not. It sounds more difficult than building an airplane. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2017, 08:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,381
Posted By coffeeguy
Facebook share too

That is an awesome photo! I would like to share it on Facebook as well. Can credit you directly or refer in generic terms for anonymity.

Jeff
Forum: RV-14 06-19-2017, 05:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,743
Posted By coffeeguy
shipping

That piece of skin may be only $60, but it will cost you a pretty penny to ship it. Ask me how I know. On second thought, no, I'm only thinking happy thoughts. :D
Forum: Tools 05-16-2017, 10:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,147
Posted By coffeeguy
Northern Tools

I bought this one and I like it.
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200641297_200641297

It's on sale now for $569, free shipping. It's a 60 gallon stationary with a 12.5 CFM at 40PSI,...
Forum: RV-14 05-15-2017, 09:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,816
Posted By coffeeguy
I was in the same boat tonight. Trying to figure...

I was in the same boat tonight. Trying to figure out how to run the empennage wiring took a lot of time. It just didn't make sense, especially with those longer wires. In the end, just muddling...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-27-2017, 10:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,916
Posted By coffeeguy
University dormitories

You can check out the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Dormitories. I went to the airventure.org and clicked on the plan your trip link. It sent me to https://stayeaa.com/ I put in a search for 15...
Forum: RV-14 03-20-2017, 08:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,436
Posted By coffeeguy
Thanks for the suggestion for using a deburring...

Thanks for the suggestion for using a deburring tool.

And the cover does appear thicker, haven't mic'd it, so it would be raised. I was referring to the AN3 rivets that stood a little proud of...
Forum: RV-14 03-17-2017, 09:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,436
Posted By coffeeguy
countersinking elevator trim cover plate

The directions for the E-01402 elevator trim cover plate say to machine countersink the #040 holes. The material is not really thick enough. I tried to countersink it, but it came out horribly. ...
Forum: RV-14 02-19-2017, 05:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,167
Posted By coffeeguy
What is the recommended procedure after cutting a...

What is the recommended procedure after cutting a rivet? Just install it? I ask this because I volunteered doing work on a B-17 undergoing restoration. When we had to cut a rivet we would dress...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2017, 11:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,809
Posted By coffeeguy
tpi for material

I saw something somewhere (that sounds definitive, doesn't it) where you should always have 2 teeth in contact with the material at all times. Since I normally cut very thin stock I opted for 24...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2017, 10:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,809
Posted By coffeeguy
cuts like butter

I was having difficulty cutting my rudder stops with my tabletop bandsaw. Took forever and would warm the material even while using lubricant. Upon examination the blade looked pretty well used and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2017, 09:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,545
Posted By coffeeguy
folded paper

I laid each strip out and folded and creased them into 12-18" widths. It didn't take too long and took up surprising little space. They then went into the recycling bins.

Jeff
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2017, 08:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,545
Posted By coffeeguy
Add one more for fun

My wing kit just arrived yesterday, but I didn't get to start unpacking until today. It's fun and exciting to go thru new parts. I uncrated the larger one first and I thought, that doesn't look too...
Forum: RV-14 01-25-2017, 08:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,485
Posted By coffeeguy
The middle 9 holes

The middle 9 holes get countersunk to a flush depth. There is no skin on top of them. The other holes get countersunk .007" deeper because they mate with the skin in those areas. See section 5.5...
Forum: RV-14 12-22-2016, 11:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,736
Posted By coffeeguy
documentation error for elevator horns

I found an error in the build manual that I don't think anyone has flagged yet. It's on page 9-17. Figure 2 shows part WD-605-R-1 for both elevator horns. One of them should be an WD-605-L-1. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2016, 05:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,755
Posted By coffeeguy
Ginger pills

My wife doesn't fly with me much, but when she does she usually takes ginger pills. She needs them on Dash8 turboprops to. RJs are ok. After taking ginger she is usually still sensitive but it...
Forum: GPS 11-29-2016, 06:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,121
Posted By coffeeguy
Well, I gave it another try today, cleared my...

Well, I gave it another try today, cleared my login and password and started over and it now works on my spare ipad.

Thanks,
Jeff
Forum: GPS 11-29-2016, 08:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,121
Posted By coffeeguy
Dual Ipads

That has not been my experience. I've been using it now for 3+ years, I think. My second ipad wouldn't work until I emailed them. All using the same account/email address.
Forum: GPS 11-28-2016, 09:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,121
Posted By coffeeguy
wingx on 2 ipads

Yes, you can. It will probably take an email to them. I had it running on an older ipad, moved to a yoke mounted mini, but kept the larger one at home for planning. Had it running on both. When...
Forum: RV-14 11-01-2016, 08:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,004
Posted By coffeeguy
Nose ribs

Wow, I did those less than a month or two ago and I can't remember. I seem to recall that they weren't that hard to set, though. I do have an offset set, though, so I'm wondering if I used the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2016, 08:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,172
Posted By coffeeguy
airtable

I've been messing around with airtable (http://www.airtable.com). I still use excel for my main tracking though. Airtable is free for limited use, but there is a monthly charge if you use more. I...
Forum: RV-14 09-10-2016, 09:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,002
Posted By coffeeguy
cost vs ease of build

I looked at the 7 before I bought my 14 kit. I think that I would have been happy with it, maybe more so than the 14. The 14 flies very nice, but I haven't flown the 7. The 7 would be large enough...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2016, 05:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,553
Posted By coffeeguy
Printing

Yes, you can print the different views. It looks just like the view in the web browser. I haven't figured out if I can print out the pictures separately and easily without bringing each one up. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-17-2016, 10:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,553
Posted By coffeeguy
a quick example

Looks like no one has used it? One of the capabilities is that you can share views with people. I've put in a couple of pics and exported a view to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2016, 10:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,553
Posted By coffeeguy
airtable

I have been playing around with airtable a little bit lately to see if it would work as a build log. I was wondering if anyone has used it and what their thoughts were. I will say that I haven't...
Forum: RV-14 08-10-2016, 09:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,192
Posted By coffeeguy
Thanks

Thanks for the reminder. I'm working on riveting the ribs to the spar right now and I'll have to keep that in mind. I did read ahead, but probably more of a skim. Will have to keep that in mind to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-16-2016, 09:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,032
Posted By coffeeguy
That's the way it started

I wasn't going to prime except for the mating surfaces and those parts that weren't alclad. Then I started deburring and working with the parts and I got very light scratches in the parts and...
Forum: Tools 06-11-2016, 05:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,825
Posted By coffeeguy
I put leveling feet on the bottom so that I could...

I put leveling feet on the bottom so that I could move it up or down. Don't think that it was really necessary, but now I can raise or lower any of the feet independently. Oh, yeah, made two tables...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2016, 01:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,333
Posted By coffeeguy
oil it regularly

Sounds like you had a defective drill, but it is important to oil.

I had a 3x rivet gun that I bought in 1998 and never used, but that's another story. When I went to use it a few months ago it...
Forum: RV-14 06-07-2016, 08:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,098
Posted By coffeeguy
pop rivet dies

Can you use the pop rivet dies? If you have access to the inside to get the female die in there that may work.

ed: thinking about this I think it may not because you would have to squeeze from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2016, 08:35 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 925
Posted By coffeeguy
collapsible priming table

I took a few pieces of scrap chicken wire, some scrap trim lumber and built a collapsible priming table for my garage. The back has hinges and the front legs have bolts with wing nuts on the outside...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2016, 10:04 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 15,143
Posted By coffeeguy
battery replacement

Is is just an illusion or is it impossible to pull the battery out to replace it with the oil line routed over the top?
Forum: Fiberglass 04-25-2016, 07:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,556
Posted By coffeeguy
old pancake syrup bottles

I wash out a few pancake syrup bottles and use a dedicated funnel to fill. When I want to use I just flip up the pour top and they come out of the 3/8"? hole on the top.
Forum: RV-14 04-24-2016, 10:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,992
Posted By coffeeguy
best guess

My guess would be somewhere around 280 or so. I've got kit 266 and that was in December, 2015.
Forum: Midwest 04-13-2016, 05:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,068
Posted By coffeeguy
+1 floor heat

I kept my plane outside of a very large hangar. It had floor heat and a supplemental radiant? tube system up high. They rarely if ever used the radiant heat. The floor kept it nice and warm in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2016, 05:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,439
Posted By coffeeguy
Getting Better

Thanks everyone, for the suggestions. I've gotten substantially better squeezing them and can get a nice looking rivet without smileys most of the time without tape. I plan on trying out the tape...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2016, 10:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,439
Posted By coffeeguy
We interupt this build

Finally, success at setting a 470AD4 rivet. 3 in a row. :D

Yesterday's session was miserable. I couldn't set a 470AD4 rivet for anything. Tried driving with my 3x gun at different air flows. ...
Forum: RV-14 03-24-2016, 07:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,110
Posted By coffeeguy
You Rule

Thanks. That helped a lot. When I used my daughter's flexible ruler and laid it down on the rivet line I could see what you were talking about. I few flutes later and everything is good.
Forum: RV-14 03-23-2016, 10:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,110
Posted By coffeeguy
fluting just the ends?

I'm fitting these ribs right now. VS705 and VS706. I had to flute the end of VS706 slightly to fit it easily. After fluting it went in very well and looks good. I'm still not satisfied with the...
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