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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2013, 10:25 AM
Replies: 394
Views: 1,415,243
Posted By Rick6a
No silver bullet

Yes, blisters have been observed on quick build tanks that lack shop head encapsulation. It was the dozens of blisters on his quick built fuel tanks that prompted Dave Domeier to start this thread in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2013, 03:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,173
Posted By Rick6a
Fair question. I worked to (proseal) Milspec at...

Fair question. I worked to (proseal) Milspec at McDonnell-Douglas for a lot of years. Strictly speaking, we were not supposed to use water, soap, spit, or any other foreign material when smoothing...
Forum: RV-10 01-13-2013, 11:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,520
Posted By Rick6a
Simple is Better

The RV is not to be compared with a combat jet but it is an aircraft. For reasons beyond my limited understanding, the engineering department always insisted that tooling holes were to be filled. In...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-08-2013, 10:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,436
Posted By Rick6a
An engine hoist will work but then of course you...

An engine hoist will work but then of course you have to remove the upper cowl and then later put it back on again. Then there is the time consuming issue of gingerly rolling the rather cumbersome...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2013, 08:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,657
Posted By Rick6a
Bob got it right. Everything he said was...

Bob got it right. Everything he said was essentially correct. If the tanks are properly assembled, wiping wet proseal away with MEK is perfectly acceptable. In fact such a procedure was quite routine...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2012, 12:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,249
Posted By Rick6a
The Alligator

There are alligator squeezers and there are alligator squeezers. I have a lot of experience with all manner of pneumatic squeezers and vastly prefer my powerful alligator over the far more common C...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2012, 06:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,063
Posted By Rick6a
Old School

You can bet the production worker who shot all those big AD5 and AD6's never heard of a fancy tungsten bucking bar some amateur builders need to set teensie AD3 rivets into a little RV with. :p
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2012, 12:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,683
Posted By Rick6a
To answer your question....

I installed SS tape years ago to compliment the polished aluminum and vastly prefer it to the look of translucent UHMW. It is holding up very well. To directly answer your original question which no...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2012, 08:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 889
Posted By Rick6a
Lots of conversation and pics in the archives....

Lots of conversation and pics in the archives. Here's one:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=348105&postcount=6
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-04-2012, 12:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,410
Posted By Rick6a
Details

As others have said, the alodine is completely normal. That said, I too am a bit turned off by the splotchy look. It is strictly a temporary cosmetic thing that doesn't mean much in the overall...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2012, 12:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 935
Posted By Rick6a
Says who?

What Mel said! And if I may add....no cracked canopies either.:rolleyes:
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-30-2012, 12:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,508
Posted By Rick6a
Is that really the whole story? For instance,...

Is that really the whole story? For instance, electric trim pitch change most certainly need not be "lightening fast" if a speed controller such as the MK111 is installed. With the device and the pot...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-23-2012, 04:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,796
Posted By Rick6a
?

Of course you say? Don't understand why your covers don't fit. As you can see, I installed Grove Airfoil gear and with very little modification the stock covers fit the airframe just fine. Are the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2012, 08:36 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 11,002
Posted By Rick6a
Not Quite

This is where I must respectfully disagree with you Scott. So much has been written on this subject over the years. It is not that complicated an issue despite those who offer this theory or that, or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2012, 02:48 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 11,002
Posted By Rick6a
It also only happens on rivets that are exposed...

It also only happens on rivets that are exposed to fuel. Nowhere else.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-10-2012, 09:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,631
Posted By Rick6a
I built two RV's and made everything removable...

I built two RV's and made everything removable with screws and nutplates. At no time did I ever feel a need to dimple any nutplate which in my mind is a kludgy way to do things. Production shops...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2012, 03:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,728
Posted By Rick6a
I don't know what production line your guy worked...

I don't know what production line your guy worked on but as a guy who also used to work for Boeing with 30+ years working with proseal on a daily basis, I can assure you that wet, excess sealant is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2012, 07:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,594
Posted By Rick6a
Tape

Jeff,

Days have elapsed since you posted your query and I'm surprised that to date has gone completely unanswered. I am by no means a fiberglass guru and working with fiberglass is an art I do not...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-10-2012, 07:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,847
Posted By Rick6a
Dave, It would be helpful if you posted an...

Dave,

It would be helpful if you posted an image of your work so we could get a better idea of the look you prefer. Certainly, your choice of clear TZ tape will allow the observer to see into the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-07-2012, 01:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,869
Posted By Rick6a
Good idea! It never occured to me to tie in to...

Good idea! It never occured to me to tie in to the intake flange bolt with a piece of angle stock and then attach the adel clamp to it. It would be positioned a little bit farther aft than the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-07-2012, 11:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,869
Posted By Rick6a
I tend to agree with your opinion and knew when I...

I tend to agree with your opinion and knew when I posted the image that sooner or later someone was bound to comment. Fact is, I puzzled over the issue. The goal was to have the cable approach the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2012, 07:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,786
Posted By Rick6a
Thumbs up Very Nice

Yours is a truly outstanding video. You managed to skillfully capture and showcase the very special chemistry you and your beautiful wife obviously share. On a technical level, I thought the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2012, 09:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,603
Posted By Rick6a
Hi Bill, I'm based at Greensfield (M71)

Hi Bill,

I'm based at Greensfield (M71)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2012, 09:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,603
Posted By Rick6a
Soundproofing adds weight. The only soundproofing...

Soundproofing adds weight. The only soundproofing in an RV I ever thought worth it is leather seats. I agree with Steve's advice. You have to wear headsets anyway so why not make em high quality ANR?...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-04-2012, 07:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,869
Posted By Rick6a
One way....

Not much to the FAB routing. Neither cable runs through the baggage/cargo compartment. Because of the placement I chose, the cable from the knob in the cockpit to the FAB is a fairly straight run. I...
Forum: Interiors 02-01-2012, 05:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,804
Posted By Rick6a
Tempo

Michael,

Applied over a base coat of Akzo epoxy primer, I used rattle can Tempo black wrinkle enamel purchased from...
Forum: Safety 01-31-2012, 07:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,605
Posted By Rick6a
I'm from Missouri so Show Me

In February of last year, a poster said he was told by at least one judge at Oshkosh that zip ties located FWF was against FAA regs. I refer the interested to post #60 found on this thread:...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-30-2012, 09:00 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,459
Posted By Rick6a
When Plane Power wrote its installation...

When Plane Power wrote its installation instructions, it would have been helpful to include an image. The information does however, include the following language:

"Supply outside ram air to rear...
Forum: RV-10 01-27-2012, 10:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,502
Posted By Rick6a
First off, I have no clear idea of what the lower...

First off, I have no clear idea of what the lower HS gap fairing actually covers on the 10 so my thoughts may or may not apply. On the -6 series, there is never any need to remove that gap fairing...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-26-2012, 01:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,928
Posted By Rick6a
I found that the gulf between "could" and "would"...

I found that the gulf between "could" and "would" was so great that I chose to leave the blue plastic in place. In over 6 years of operational service with the -6A, I have yet to observe any downside...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-26-2012, 09:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,928
Posted By Rick6a
Dave, Like you, I dimple through the blue...

Dave,

Like you, I dimple through the blue plastic and sometimes not. Like you, I never could discern any real world difference in the comparative result. What you do find by dimpling through the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-24-2012, 09:09 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 15,736
Posted By Rick6a
http://i42.tinypic.com/nqv0o.jpghttp://i43.tinypic...

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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-24-2012, 06:22 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 15,736
Posted By Rick6a
Mouse Milk

Until I learned that Larry Vetterman recommends the use of Mouse Milk on the ball joints of exhaust systems, I was only dimly aware that the product even existed. After including a bottle of Mouse...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-22-2012, 09:48 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 23,307
Posted By Rick6a
Point taken Mel. Your prior post seem to convey...

Point taken Mel. Your prior post seem to convey the idea that it is impossible for a tank with an open/clear vent line to build pressure at all. I believe that pressure generated inside a fuel tank...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-22-2012, 07:32 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 23,307
Posted By Rick6a
If it Ain't Pressurization, what is It?

http://i39.tinypic.com/260643b.jpg

Some people just don’t buy into the idea that a properly vented fuel tank can, to some extent, pressurize. I’ll show why I think pressurization routinely exists...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 01-22-2012, 06:43 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 24,124
Posted By Rick6a
Smile You Got that Right!

Or Cessnas, or Pipers or Beeches or DC3s or Mustangs or Corsairs or P38s or F4 Phantoms or...........................:eek:

http://i39.tinypic.com/33bmh4m.jpg
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-22-2012, 06:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,659
Posted By Rick6a
Ian, Enjoy the build, it is a lot of fun. As...

Ian,

Enjoy the build, it is a lot of fun. As you progress, don't overthink fluting and don't overthink deburring. Way too many builders waste too much time on those operations. As for Doug's claim...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-20-2012, 04:41 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 23,307
Posted By Rick6a
Ed brings up a good point Dave. Since you did not...

Ed brings up a good point Dave. Since you did not build the fuel tanks, you might find this image inside an -8 tank helpful. Try inserting an inspection mirror down the filler flange to verify...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-20-2012, 02:21 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 23,307
Posted By Rick6a
Dan, You seem eager to follow through on this...

Dan,

You seem eager to follow through on this vexing problem using whatever resources necessary. I admire your thoughtful approach and would really like you to resolve this if for no other reason...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-20-2012, 05:58 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 23,307
Posted By Rick6a
Mark's explanation of why fuel tanks known to...

Mark's explanation of why fuel tanks known to have clear and unobstructed air vents can build a slight amount of pressure makes perfect sense to me because I have often noted the same phenomenon. In...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 01-19-2012, 02:30 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 24,124
Posted By Rick6a
Made up minds are not likely to be changed and we...

Made up minds are not likely to be changed and we ALL agree our primary mission is to fly yet I'd be willing to bet every RV ever built spends a LOT MORE time sitting on the ground than aloft. :)...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 01-19-2012, 11:19 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 24,124
Posted By Rick6a
If that is so, your observation and this image...

If that is so, your observation and this image snapped at AirVenture '09 begs a fundamental question.
If the tip-up is so great, exactly WHY does Van's seem to mostly choose to install the slider...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2012, 10:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,661
Posted By Rick6a
Chris, Yes, air will follow the same path as...

Chris,

Yes, air will follow the same path as fuel. What you are describing is a situation in which a leak develops when two points of failure coexist. One failure mode is the leak path created by a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2012, 07:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,661
Posted By Rick6a
Chris, It has to be a frustrating issue to deal...

Chris,

It has to be a frustrating issue to deal with. The bottom line is the fuel tank is leaking because of one or more failure points hidden somewhere in the proseal. As you have found out,...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 01-18-2012, 09:44 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 24,124
Posted By Rick6a
I really don't know the answer to this one and...

I really don't know the answer to this one and I'm curious. Not counting the -10 of course, what is the breakdown in the number of sliders vs. tip-ups in Van's own fleet?
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-18-2012, 12:38 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 60,365
Posted By Rick6a
You are a constant surprise Dave. You would be...

You are a constant surprise Dave.

You would be even more impressed with those .032 HS skins if you found out the left and right HS skins are completely interchangeable. I should know because after...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 01-18-2012, 08:26 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 24,124
Posted By Rick6a
No doubt about it, the -6 series unlike the -7A...

No doubt about it, the -6 series unlike the -7A you talked about does have that main spar to deal with. My -6A has the battery mounted between the rudder pedals. Just to access it, I have to remove...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-17-2012, 01:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,242
Posted By Rick6a
My query to Van's in 2007 is the likely reason...

My query to Van's in 2007 is the likely reason why the mixture cable length was changed from 60" to 55" in future FWF kits. After looking into it, here is the response from Van's at that time:

"We...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2012, 06:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,171
Posted By Rick6a
Sorry, I don't have a picture of the prop bolt...

Sorry, I don't have a picture of the prop bolt nuts on the Hartzell. At the time, I did not realize those nuts are supposed to be safetied and only did that after finding out. I do remember they were...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2012, 07:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,345
Posted By Rick6a
Options

I have and use 3 different types of jacks to raise the RV's but by far my favorite is the DIY wing jack. Requiring no welding, I fabbed up a simple wing jack built around a ram jack available at HF...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2012, 06:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,057
Posted By Rick6a
Damon, I always felt some of the rivet callouts...

Damon,

I always felt some of the rivet callouts are questionable and I can assure you as Bob Axsom pointed out, the same thing existed at McDonnell so it was no surprise when I encountered the same...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-11-2012, 07:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,216
Posted By Rick6a
So you are saying best practice is to use soft...

So you are saying best practice is to use soft aluminum tubing instead of flex line? How does that rationale square with Cessna's decision to use braided flex line on a certified C150 as installed on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2012, 07:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,803
Posted By Rick6a
The spinner may be located a bit high but I would...

The spinner may be located a bit high but I would be inclined to leave it as it is and reevaluate later. You just might be glad you did. During the construction phase and not accounting for sag, I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2012, 08:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,485
Posted By Rick6a
Neil, Nice panel. Based upon hearsay in general...

Neil,

Nice panel. Based upon hearsay in general and first hand knowledge of technical problems experienced by a builder/pilot I happen to know, I agree with the suggestion to lose the MicroAir...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-06-2012, 03:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,745
Posted By Rick6a
Smile Yes, it really, really IS the film!

http://i43.tinypic.com/2hcnel1.jpg
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-06-2012, 11:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,745
Posted By Rick6a
Cmon aerhed, I would have thought an Actual...

Cmon aerhed, I would have thought an Actual repeat offender would have guessed that. :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-06-2012, 11:33 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,858
Posted By Rick6a
Nice try. I'd say he would have a reasonable...

Nice try. I'd say he would have a reasonable expectation of picking out the (visual only) status of the little AOA indicator. :rolleyes:

http://i40.tinypic.com/t05jyp.jpg
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-05-2012, 10:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,745
Posted By Rick6a
Lightbulb Relax

Every basic thing you need to know was outlined by Rick_ A. Pay particular attention to point #5.

Our techniques may differ but the essentials are pretty much the same. The only thing I do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2012, 12:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,858
Posted By Rick6a
Similar to Guy's comment, I certainly don't feel...

Similar to Guy's comment, I certainly don't feel I come close to qualifying as one of the more experienced pilots in VAF and don't even pretend to. During the build phase, I made the decision to...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 01-05-2012, 07:03 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 23,402
Posted By Rick6a
So sorry for your loss Bob. Losing your life's...

So sorry for your loss Bob. Losing your life's partner has to be counted among the most painful things we can possibly endure. Jeanine must have been a fine woman and her memory will always be a part...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-04-2012, 10:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,799
Posted By Rick6a
Exactly when to install the series of rivets...

Exactly when to install the series of rivets along the longeron is optional. That said, to get the best baggage door fit possible, don't succumb to the temptation to get it finished right now. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2012, 06:26 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 72,777
Posted By Rick6a
Allan, Please check your PM's.

Allan,

Please check your PM's.
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