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Forum: Tools 02-14-2019, 02:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 929
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have a CDI torque wrench, but I'm not sure...

I have a CDI torque wrench, but I'm not sure exactly where I got it. You just need to make sure the torque range covers what you need to use it for. This tends to work out so that you end up with a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-12-2019, 11:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 993
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ilya, Email me if you want me to take a look at...

Ilya,

Email me if you want me to take a look at it. No assurances. I've never looked at one before, but how complicated can it be?
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-11-2019, 02:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,907
Posted By rapid_ascent
I find that I have more control with my Tatco...

I find that I have more control with my Tatco hand squeezer. In general I try to use it versus my pneumatic squeezer. Also, make sure you check the length of your exposed rivet with a gauge. A rivet...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-11-2019, 02:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 993
Posted By rapid_ascent
Likely either a part has died and/or the board...

Likely either a part has died and/or the board has been damaged. Hard to tell which without taking a look. If the board has been burned (possibly due to a part failure) it should be replaced and only...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-30-2019, 10:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,069
Posted By rapid_ascent
I just laid the plans on the hangar floor and...

I just laid the plans on the hangar floor and used them without any modification. I didn't want to destroy the plans by cutting them out.
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-28-2019, 11:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,394
Posted By rapid_ascent
There are brand new fluke multimeters on ebay in...

There are brand new fluke multimeters on ebay in the $40 range. I think it's probably worth it. I may buy one myself since my 35 year old fluke meter is finally getting where I can't read the display...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-27-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,621
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ryan, I just drilled the F-704K caps when I was...

Ryan,

I just drilled the F-704K caps when I was finishing drilling the forward seat floors. If you have a slider, the roll bar has a couple of bolts that are drilled to the longerons and the access...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2019, 09:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,051
Posted By rapid_ascent
I would tend to disagree about the SMT caps. The...

I would tend to disagree about the SMT caps. The electrolytic caps can be replaced by hand pretty easily depending on your soldering skills.

I had a coworker that was collecting bad PC monitors at...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-06-2019, 08:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 610
Posted By rapid_ascent
Bob, I was reading the installation manual today...

Bob,

I was reading the installation manual today on my fight back to SFO from back east. Iíll admit I havenít studied it carefully but it discusses horizontal limits extensively. Vertically it seems...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-06-2019, 06:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 610
Posted By rapid_ascent
Radio Stack Navigator Placement

I just bought a 430W so I need to reorganize my radio stack. Is the current thinking that it should be placed high in the stack?
Forum: Tools 01-04-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 679
Posted By rapid_ascent
I use both. I like the Tatco hand squeezer...

I use both. I like the Tatco hand squeezer because I have more control. However I canít squeeze 1/8Ē rivets with it, Iím not strong enough. The pneumatic squeezer works great but I donít feel like I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-02-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,696
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ryan, I sent you an email. Ray

Ryan,

I sent you an email.

Ray
Forum: Propellers 12-25-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,703
Posted By rapid_ascent
To add to Melís comments...I just got a quote...

To add to Melís comments...I just got a quote from Cato and their pricing is competitive for the 2 blade prop. The 3 blade is more. If you donít get the nickel leading edges you can save more, but I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-22-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 612
Posted By rapid_ascent
You might be able to just bend the flange out a...

You might be able to just bend the flange out a little too. These pieces aren't too expensive from Vans though. I bought a couple "extras".
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-29-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,692
Posted By rapid_ascent
Just one comment on Online Components. I've...

Just one comment on Online Components. I've purchased parts from them before and everything went extremely well. If I remember correctly they have the Honeywell toggle switches at an attractive price...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-12-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,318
Posted By rapid_ascent
I took the EAA class and it gives you a starting...

I took the EAA class and it gives you a starting baseline. Before that you have no idea what people are talking about. I built the toolbox kit and a couple of the airfoil kits. I was still not an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2018, 02:30 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,478
Posted By rapid_ascent
Kay, The relay is really only a requirement if a...

Kay,

The relay is really only a requirement if a higher current is needed than your switch is rated for. A switch can have the advantage that you can put the 2 sides in parallel for some level of...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-22-2018, 10:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,079
Posted By rapid_ascent
Rob, I'm having trouble understanding the way...

Rob,

I'm having trouble understanding the way you have drawn your schematic. But, I think you are trying to run the lights in series and I think they need to be hooked up in parallel.

When LEDS are...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-04-2018, 02:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,037
Posted By rapid_ascent
Steve, I realize you are still trying to get the...

Steve,

I realize you are still trying to get the panel to import, but when you get a little further I might be able to share some of the cutouts that I created. I got a couple from Brantel awhile...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-26-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 883
Posted By rapid_ascent
Well when it's empty and it says empty I don't...

Well when it's empty and it says empty I don't think the fuel gage is of much use.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-19-2018, 08:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,792
Posted By rapid_ascent
I buy lots of Cleaveland tools they seem to be...

I buy lots of Cleaveland tools they seem to be high quality. I didn't purchase a tool kit but started just buying what I needed. Some people buy the full tool kit and then decide they don't like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,073
Posted By rapid_ascent
Make sure you hold the skin down with one hand...

Make sure you hold the skin down with one hand and whack it with the other hand. Most beginners make this mistake and are not careful enough or they are trying to go a little too fast. Mine was...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-12-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 28,378
Posted By rapid_ascent
Does anyone have any pics of the results of these...

Does anyone have any pics of the results of these PDF modifications? Since I'm not quite at the stage of installing the baffles it's hard for me to visualize the transformation from the flat template...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-12-2018, 02:51 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 28,378
Posted By rapid_ascent
IO-375 Baffles

This thread is a little old. Is this still the best solution for the baffles when using ECI tappered fin cylinders? I'm looking at an IO-375 as a possibility and I'm wondering how much additional...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2018, 02:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,020
Posted By rapid_ascent
I had this happen a little while ago when Spruce...

I had this happen a little while ago when Spruce was out of stock. I ended up having to wait for them to resupply.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-30-2018, 05:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 11,167
Posted By rapid_ascent
You might check the lead-time. I spoke with them...

You might check the lead-time. I spoke with them yesterday and it is quite long, on the order of a year.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-29-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,891
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm not sure if you have considered the support...

I'm not sure if you have considered the support structure that is required behind the panel. The radio stack requires some angle pieces to mount those racks. I'm not sure if you have allowed for...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-25-2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,286
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ryan, Yeah it would be nice if Vans would go...

Ryan,

Yeah it would be nice if Vans would go back and update their instructions and drawing to make corrections or clarify. In certain cases I've looked at the order of things and realized it just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,409
Posted By rapid_ascent
Mel just as clarification. Would that mean you...

Mel just as clarification. Would that mean you couldn't use one manufacturer's switch with another manufacturer's ELT even if they would work electrically?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2018, 03:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,234
Posted By rapid_ascent
Scott, Who would have thought it was so simple....

Scott,

Who would have thought it was so simple. Thanks for the explanation.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-02-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 851
Posted By rapid_ascent
G3X / ELT Interface Questions

I have a some questions on interfacing between a G3X and an ELT 1000. At this point I'm not planning on having an IFR Navigator in my panel. So... From that basis I started thinking about the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,215
Posted By rapid_ascent
These are more likely with a flush set. For this...

These are more likely with a flush set. For this type of rivet head the set should never leave the rivet head and thus it shouldn't be possible to get into the situation that you have. Obviously...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2018, 04:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,426
Posted By rapid_ascent
Jeff, When you end up buying one from Van's buy...

Jeff,

When you end up buying one from Van's buy two. It really is much more convenient having two and they are cheap.
Forum: RV-14 06-02-2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,606
Posted By rapid_ascent
Pat, That is a great idea for pre first start...

Pat,

That is a great idea for pre first start too.
Forum: Reviews 06-01-2018, 02:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,504
Posted By rapid_ascent
Just do a search there is an entire thread here...

Just do a search there is an entire thread here with pics.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-17-2018, 10:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,675
Posted By rapid_ascent
That's one way to build hours. Impressive!

That's one way to build hours. Impressive!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2018, 08:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 620
Posted By rapid_ascent
Not sure what you need done, but I used Front...

Not sure what you need done, but I used Front Panel Express for my panel.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 02:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,752
Posted By rapid_ascent
Craftsman sells the crowsfoot wrenches. Most...

Craftsman sells the crowsfoot wrenches. Most builders ended up buying a set as I did. Look on ebay. They may even be sold individually, I'm not sure. Some people are more by feel than others. On my...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-10-2018, 02:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 702
Posted By rapid_ascent
Well the Garmin screens have a mounting kit that...

Well the Garmin screens have a mounting kit that is a frame with plate nuts that you rivet to the panel. I bought these for my displays. I think they were around $50/each. Kinda a lot for 4 plate...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,752
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think you can order the part from Vans no...

I think you can order the part from Vans no problem. I do think you may be too worried about the specific dimensions of the part. It's a 1/8" piece of aluminum with a hole drilled in it. The purpose...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2018, 08:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,397
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think if you combine just 2 of the ground wires...

I think if you combine just 2 of the ground wires you will be down to 15 signals so you could use a DB-15. Some people combine more wires but I don't think I'm going to. For now im sticking with the ...
Forum: California 05-08-2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,549
Posted By rapid_ascent
Livermore has a waiting list. I'm not sure how...

Livermore has a waiting list. I'm not sure how long it is right now. You can check online. Byron was shorter when I got my hangar. I was going to go there and then somehow I popped to the top at...
Forum: Painting your RV 05-01-2018, 08:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,883
Posted By rapid_ascent
Interior or exterior? I'm using the Jetflex water...

Interior or exterior? I'm using the Jetflex water based interior paint. It seems to spray pretty easily and no odor at all. I'm not sure about the comparison to the solvent based. The solvent based...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2018, 09:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,389
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm not sure if it would work in this specific...

I'm not sure if it would work in this specific location but I find that small C clamps can be useful for holding pieces together. The 2" or 3" ones can be found at Lowe's or Home Depot for not much...
Forum: RV-14 04-16-2018, 02:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,799
Posted By rapid_ascent
A little too much time commuting on the train I...

A little too much time commuting on the train I guess to think about future steps. I realize this is slightly off topic, but not too far.

Do these transducer lines that are connected to the...
Forum: RV-14 04-13-2018, 11:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,799
Posted By rapid_ascent
I don't think that elbow is going to space the...

I don't think that elbow is going to space the switch far enough away from the pressure transducer. I think you need a nipple and a female elbow., but I don't have the parts yet to confirm.
Forum: RV-14 04-13-2018, 04:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,799
Posted By rapid_ascent
Funny I was just thinking about the same thing. I...

Funny I was just thinking about the same thing. I want an low oil pressure idiot light so I want to use the Van's pressure switch. I was also thinking about using the elbow approach. I was also...
Forum: RV-10 04-11-2018, 08:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 564
Posted By rapid_ascent
I had the wrong nut plates delivered with my wing...

I had the wrong nut plates delivered with my wing kit. At the time I didn't really know the difference between K1000 and K1100 nut plates. I eventually figured it out and Vans did a swap for me. The...
Forum: RV-14 04-11-2018, 10:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,503
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think this falls into one of those build order...

I think this falls into one of those build order issues. Sometimes it appears the instructions don't always call out the best build order. I haven't looked at the 14 instructions so I'll throw out...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-02-2018, 08:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,412
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think I'm pretty much in the same spot as you....

I think I'm pretty much in the same spot as you. I haven't flipped my fuselage yet but I jumped ahead on many of the smaller items so I expect it should go pretty quickly once I do. Given the other...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2018, 09:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 721
Posted By rapid_ascent
Well the panel looks pretty standard. You can...

Well the panel looks pretty standard. You can make a sub panel with with a flat piece and angle stiffeners pretty simply.
Forum: Autopilots 03-27-2018, 02:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,724
Posted By rapid_ascent
I've called them a couple of times with various...

I've called them a couple of times with various questions. They seem to be available by phone.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-20-2018, 02:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,724
Posted By rapid_ascent
Refer to the datasheet. Its just a diode so...

Refer to the datasheet. Its just a diode so effectively only 2 terminals.

http://www.smc-diodes.com/propdf/122NQ030(R)-1%20N1017%20REV.B.pdf
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-17-2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,383
Posted By rapid_ascent
After closely reviewing the drawings I see there...

After closely reviewing the drawings I see there is a conflict too.

I'm just surprised this hasn't come up more. I see that Bruceh put his fuel doubler in after installing the contractors and he...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-16-2018, 11:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,383
Posted By rapid_ascent
Oh you mean the contactor doubler, F'7127D. I was...

Oh you mean the contactor doubler, F'7127D. I was referring to the fuel line doubler. Yes I know. I just positioned it on the forward side to decide where to drill the starter contactor hole.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-16-2018, 08:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,383
Posted By rapid_ascent
There seems to be some debate about that since on...

There seems to be some debate about that since on the back it wouldn't be able to rivet to the angle support on the cabin side.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-16-2018, 07:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,383
Posted By rapid_ascent
Starter Contactor Interference

I know this is an old thread but I seem to have stumbled onto a problem. I don't have the drawing in front of me at the moment so I'm afraid I can't refer to specifics.

I'm planning on an IO-360 so...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-16-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,841
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think it was just the way you signed the quote...

I think it was just the way you signed the quote Vans Aircraft that kinda gave that impression.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-15-2018, 02:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,259
Posted By rapid_ascent
A lot of these type of problems seem to have been...

A lot of these type of problems seem to have been reported here. I think I'll have the PP removed from my FWF kit list. I'm all for integration but I think I'll go with the external regulator and...
Forum: RV-14 03-13-2018, 11:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,128
Posted By rapid_ascent
You can contact Vans and they will email you the...

You can contact Vans and they will email you the list.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-05-2018, 08:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 725
Posted By rapid_ascent
I bought the Floweze filters. They are a filter...

I bought the Floweze filters. They are a filter discussed here on VAF and they run about $90. Still not cheap but are reported to be a good filter. Replacement filter elements are available too.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2018, 10:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,162
Posted By rapid_ascent
I had my pedals hard anodized at a local shop. I...

I had my pedals hard anodized at a local shop. I was afraid that any other method would wear too quickly. Some have painted them, some have had them powder coated. Mine came out pretty well I think....
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