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Forum: Southeast 04-15-2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 315
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Maybe Vern Darley will see this and get in touch...

Maybe Vern Darley will see this and get in touch with you, he is in Peachtree City, GA and can travel via RV for an inspection. I had him inspect my latest project.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,526
Posted By Sam Buchanan
After reading about the rebranding of S-N-F and...

After reading about the rebranding of S-N-F and the emphasis on youth education I have to wonder if homebuilts are much of a priority anymore....maybe this is an effort to get them out of show center...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-09-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,584
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have two, the ELT battery and the pilot........

I have two, the ELT battery and the pilot........
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2019, 03:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 767
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Carb ice may not be the problem but 40-50*F is...

Carb ice may not be the problem but 40-50*F is definitely not too warm for ice unless the humidity is quite low. High humidity can push the optimum temp for ice up into the 70's.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,230
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The run-up pad transgression that eats me is when...

The run-up pad transgression that eats me is when a pilot points the tail of the aircraft toward my open hangar and commences blowing trash into the door. Not much of a problem with a C150 but large...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 991
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That guy must have a lot of relatives.....I know...

That guy must have a lot of relatives.....I know one of them, too. :)
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-04-2019, 06:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 494
Posted By Sam Buchanan
What they are trying to tell you is "Get these...

What they are trying to tell you is "Get these chargers away from us!"

PC680's will hold most of their charge for many months. Frequent charging can kill an AGM battery quicker than about anything...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2019, 05:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 239
Posted By Sam Buchanan
There is room for two crimps, put the first one...

There is room for two crimps, put the first one out on the end of the sleeve and the second one on the other end. Check with the gauge and you are good to go.
Forum: Tools 04-03-2019, 06:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 950
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I used 1/8".

I used 1/8".
Forum: Tools 04-02-2019, 09:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 950
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here is the aforementioned MIG...

Here is the aforementioned MIG project:

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/jack-1.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2019, 10:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,681
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Why not test it with air? Put a couple of PSI in...

Why not test it with air? Put a couple of PSI in the tank and spray the outside with soapy water, any leaks will cause bubbles to form.
Forum: Tools 04-02-2019, 08:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 950
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I used this as an excuse to get out the MIG and...

I used this as an excuse to get out the MIG and cut up some 1" square mild steel tubing. In less than an hour I had an RV wheel jack, been using it for a few years and works great. I have a u-bolt...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2019, 05:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 637
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Most auto parts stores stock a generic ignition...

Most auto parts stores stock a generic ignition switch. Here is one from Autozone, not sure if it has the positions you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2019, 07:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 603
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If the sole purpose of the second thread is to...

If the sole purpose of the second thread is to provide a link to the other thread......that is double posting, and will most likely be deleted by a moderator.

Just pick an appropriate sub-forum,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 876
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That is so cool I'm moving this thread to General...

That is so cool I'm moving this thread to General Discussion for long-term archiving.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 07:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,133
Posted By Sam Buchanan
See post #2. :)

See post #2. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 08:44 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,133
Posted By Sam Buchanan
There has been considerable discussion on this...

There has been considerable discussion on this topic, here is one thread:

http://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=164592&highlight=n-number
Forum: Propellers 03-22-2019, 04:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 725
Posted By Sam Buchanan
When you call you will be talking with Alaina who...

When you call you will be talking with Alaina who is very knowledgeable about the props she builds. I fly one of her beautiful props on my low-n-slow biplane and also look forward to hearing what you...
Forum: Safety 03-21-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,044
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, get the trim switch off the control stick....

Yep, get the trim switch off the control stick. It really isn't an inconvenience to operate a trim switch on the panel.... :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2019, 03:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,140
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Take a tram tour first

One way to acclimate to the overall layout is to spend an hour or so riding all the trams. Get a tram map...
Forum: Safety 03-10-2019, 03:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,920
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I would hope RV-think has trended more toward...

I would hope RV-think has trended more toward safe ops than when the ten-year-old VAF thread he referenced was current. RV flights I see at various airports and discussed here lead me to believe...
Forum: Tools 03-08-2019, 08:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,976
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Even though I find the ad amusing, I have quite a...

Even though I find the ad amusing, I have quite a bit of Harbor Fright stuff in the hangar. I find their hand tools (wrenches, sockets, etc) are more than adequate for my non-professional use. I...
Forum: Tools 03-08-2019, 07:53 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,976
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here is the Parking Lot Sale ad, lots of good...

Here is the Parking Lot Sale ad, lots of good stuff here:

https://imgur.com/gallery/JcG3B
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-02-2019, 02:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,837
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Oh good grief....this situation doesn't call for...

Oh good grief....this situation doesn't call for a bunch of hand wringin'.......

My RV-6 (and who knows how many others) has "experienced a partial structural failure" for nearly twenty years with...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-02-2019, 07:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,837
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Cracks such as you are seeing are quite common on...

Cracks such as you are seeing are quite common on RV-6 mounts. I first noticed these cracks a few years after flying my RV-6 and watched them for the next ten years. They never got larger and there...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-28-2019, 03:15 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,696
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Cessnas are stuck with those antiquated key...

Cessnas are stuck with those antiquated key switches because that is what they were certificated with. ;)
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-28-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,696
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Coming up on twenty years in my RV-6 but without...

Coming up on twenty years in my RV-6 but without the rubber cover...I didn't realize the switch was ugly...... ;)

Also have an orange "Starter Engaged" light above it to alert for a stuck solenoid.
Forum: Northeast 02-27-2019, 07:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 627
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I suspect most condition inspections are timed to...

I suspect most condition inspections are timed to coincide with a slow flying season. That just makes too much sense..... ;)
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-26-2019, 07:14 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,548
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Great post that addresses the enhancements to...

Great post that addresses the enhancements to skills and confidence building an aircraft offers.

With your background...you will love working with fabric. :)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-24-2019, 07:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,564
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Well Charlie....since you confessed I'll do the...

Well Charlie....since you confessed I'll do the same. ;)

After the filter research I conducted, I settled on the glass filters for the wing roots at both tanks. These are to replace the gascolator....
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-24-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,875
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That is a diode that prevents the Endurance bus...

That is a diode that prevents the Endurance bus from backfeeding the "normal" bus when it is taken offline. I doubt that is your problem--most likely you will find, as others have stated, you have an...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-24-2019, 10:53 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,564
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I agree I would not want one of these filters...

I agree I would not want one of these filters servicing the entire aircraft. I researched fuel filters recently and studied the filter elements and also noticed the disc element. I would be OK with...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-24-2019, 07:19 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,564
Posted By Sam Buchanan
There is a host of filters with AN fittings...

There is a host of filters with AN fittings available in the racing community, here is one...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 12,995
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Ok.....this thread has outlived its...

Ok.....this thread has outlived its usefulness.

Thread closed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2019, 05:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,954
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Are you considering this option for liability...

Are you considering this option for liability reasons?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2019, 08:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,542
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Well...you have pulled off an interesting...

Well...you have pulled off an interesting introduction to the community, hoping your recent posts won't impact your long-term rep in the VAF community.......

Maybe you will soon find something you...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-21-2019, 06:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,415
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, my RV-6 is never really out of condition...

Yep, my RV-6 is never really out of condition inspection, it's just the paperwork that gets completed every twelve months.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2019, 11:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 705
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That battery can sit for years and still be...

That battery can sit for years and still be serviceable for many tasks. I had one under my workbench that has been out of the plane for six years after it was in service in the RV for about six...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-11-2019, 06:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,638
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Another datapoint that will do nothing to settle...

Another datapoint that will do nothing to settle this discussion.... ;)

For the first 17 years and ~1200 hrs of my O-320 I used W100 year-round. I run a sump heater 24/7 in the winter months (uh...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2019, 05:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,501
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Before this gets all balled up......per his first...

Before this gets all balled up......per his first very informative post in this thread Luke used a German insurance agency.
Forum: ADS-B 02-11-2019, 05:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,021
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Give Stark Avionics ...

Give Stark Avionics (http://www.starkavionics.com/)a call.
Forum: Tools 02-10-2019, 01:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 548
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I shortened the pedestal of an old rolling office...

I shortened the pedestal of an old rolling office chair to where it sits ~18" off the floor. The chair with back is very comfortable.
Forum: RV-10 02-03-2019, 03:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 625
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It isn't difficult to build or modify sawhorses...

It isn't difficult to build or modify sawhorses to whatever height is needed.......
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-28-2019, 06:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,670
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It's not a good idea to check house line voltage...

It's not a good idea to check house line voltage with the meter set on ohms..... ;)
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-28-2019, 03:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,670
Posted By Sam Buchanan
For routine stuff we do in the hangar the HF...

For routine stuff we do in the hangar the HF meters have proven to be a very adequate tool. I get a free one whenever the coupon rolls around so have a box of them. Every time someone has asked to...
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-28-2019, 09:21 AM
Replies: 352
Views: 42,853
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Charlie, I have no intentions of building/flying...

Charlie, I have no intentions of building/flying a one-off powerplant application as you are doing but I find your process to be most interesting and impressive. I encourage you to continue your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2019, 04:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,175
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If someone doesn't like BasicMed.....they can get...

If someone doesn't like BasicMed.....they can get a Class 3 Medical..... ;)
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-18-2019, 09:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,753
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My personal practice is to turn on wig-wag when...

My personal practice is to turn on wig-wag when ten miles out from the airport and they remain on until on the ramp (daytime). At night turn them off after landing if they are a hazard to ground...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2019, 06:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 723
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That would be an ideal package for a -9A.

That would be an ideal package for a -9A.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-15-2019, 05:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,352
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Sometimes the float pin can wear enough to allow...

Sometimes the float pin can wear enough to allow the float to rub against the float bowl. This can cause the float to hang up on the bowl and result in erratic float operation. If this was the case...
Forum: Reviews 01-14-2019, 05:56 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,148
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Ah....another winter project. :) I use the...

Ah....another winter project. :)

I use the Communication ear plugs the Army helo drivers use when I fly the biplane. I ordered a bag of the Howard Leight Max foam earplugs and will attempt...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-06-2019, 08:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,636
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Really doubt your contactors are wired in...

Really doubt your contactors are wired in parallel......
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-06-2019, 06:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,636
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The two contactors in parallel is an odd...

The two contactors in parallel is an odd architecture, maybe someone was trying to add another layer of reliability????

You might consider eliminating one of the master contactors to align your...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-06-2019, 02:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,352
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Larry mentioned this, but verify the carb bowl...

Larry mentioned this, but verify the carb bowl screws are tight. They can loosen and result in erratic behavior as you have described and fuel will leak out through the bowl/carb junction. Having the...
Forum: Propellers 01-06-2019, 02:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 780
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Your prop needs to go back to Sensenich. Contact...

Your prop needs to go back to Sensenich. Contact them and they can ship you a box so you can send them your prop. The RV props have an aggressive pitch and not all prop shops are set up to accurately...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-04-2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,319
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I've used that towbar (used to be known as a...

I've used that towbar (used to be known as a 'Cessna' towbar (http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/airport.html#towbar)but looks like it has been rebranded as a "RV" towbar since they are so...
Forum: RV-14 01-01-2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 819
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This is my RV-6 installation from many years ago...

This is my RV-6 installation from many years ago but maybe it will give you some ideas:

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/sportcraft.htm
Forum: ADS-B 12-30-2018, 08:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,021
Posted By Sam Buchanan
None whatsoever, is working flawlessly. Street...

None whatsoever, is working flawlessly. Street price can be less than $2200, WAAS GPS included.
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-28-2018, 07:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,835
Posted By Sam Buchanan
When my RV-6 (O-320 fixed metal prop) first flew...

When my RV-6 (O-320 fixed metal prop) first flew it weighed 1010 lbs. Nearly twenty years later it would still be close to that number since the old battery and starter have been replaced with...
Forum: Propellers 12-26-2018, 07:54 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 13,460
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Watch the CHT's in case the absence of a spinner...

Watch the CHT's in case the absence of a spinner disrupts airflow into the cowl.
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-23-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 633
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Uhhh...disconnect everything and remove the...

Uhhh...disconnect everything and remove the engine?

Since it is obvious you've never done this before, it might be helpful if you bag and label fasteners as you remove them. Also, take some photos...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-21-2018, 04:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,694
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Maybe it's the eggnogg....but the title of your...

Maybe it's the eggnogg....but the title of your thread brought up visions of polar bears feasting on rubber seals.......
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