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Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 05:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 175
Posted By wirejock
Drilling rivets

Good advise. I would add a couple things.
Start with a bit at least 10 smaller. For a #4, use a #40 bit or smaller. If it's centered, go ahead and drill past the head. The hole will relieve some...
Forum: Fiberglass Yesterday, 09:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 725
Posted By wirejock
Peel ply

Interesting thread. I never heard of weaving lubricant but it makes sense. Guess I need to buy more Peel Ply.
To answer my own question, no. Peel ply is not reusable. Ibtried it on a sample. It...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-15-2019, 09:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 725
Posted By wirejock
Jo Ann

It was just an idea. Trash can is pretty full of the stuff.
I hadn't tried JoAnn. My Sweetie's favorite store. I'll check. Thx
Forum: Fiberglass 11-15-2019, 05:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 725
Posted By wirejock
Process

Interesting. I use the residual epoxy to make sure the peel ply is wet. Next day, peel it off. I would expect it to be stiff as a board but it's still pliable like it could be reused.
It was just a...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-15-2019, 04:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 725
Posted By wirejock
Peel ply

Question
Can Peel Ply be used more than once?
It seems like it. I applied a section to a test piece to find out.
Just curious.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2019, 11:45 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,078
Posted By wirejock
Wing root fairings

Congratulations. Also the wing root fairings.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2019, 09:59 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 183
Posted By wirejock
Basic Builder Log

I keep an Excel Basic Builder Log on my Blog (see signature). There are numerous tabs. It calculates time and financials. It has a complete 7(A) Inventory and recently I have added a new...
Forum: Tools 11-11-2019, 04:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 249
Posted By wirejock
Yoke

Agreed but I'll take a Sioux 3X and tungsten bar any day. Rarely use the pneumatic.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-11-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 584
Posted By wirejock
Drilling HS

Youre both right on. I made sure the 710 brace was nested in the longerons. Sounds like you're good there. I also used the rivets, after verifying the measurement, as one of the lines. After hundreds...
Forum: Safety 11-08-2019, 08:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,064
Posted By wirejock
Welcome

Welcome to the club. :D
There's also the "Drilled a hole through the finger" club. Hope you don't join that one. Hurts!
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-08-2019, 05:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By wirejock
Proseal stiffeners

That's how I did all my control surface stiffeners. Not a sealed install. Just a thin layer spread with a popsicle stick. I used a section of particle board, match drilled and just clekoed them to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-08-2019, 09:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 275
Posted By wirejock
Jigs

Vans recommends a jig for the wing.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-05-2019, 09:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 412
Posted By wirejock
Conduit

I installed the black stuff Vans sells in the designated location before riveting bottom skins. No problem bucking rivets. Adding a dollop of proseal at each intersection was easy. Just reach in with...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-04-2019, 07:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,123
Posted By wirejock
Help

Daniel
I will be in Austin for two weeks around Thanksgiving. Happy to help if you still need. I will be staying in Buda. Feel free to send a e-mail. Address is in my signature below.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-03-2019, 03:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,123
Posted By wirejock
Clekos

Specs sound correct. Personally, I only used substructure dies if there was a third layer. Tank dies were used on the second layer. Thousands of RVs have been built with just #40 skin dies.
I still...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-03-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,123
Posted By wirejock
Mentor

Daniel
There are lots of experienced builders around Austin. I'm originally from Austin. 30 years. Locate one willing to be your Mentor. Spnd some quality time learning how to do it right. Don't...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-02-2019, 10:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 564
Posted By wirejock
Cotter pin

How about using a drilled bolt, castle nut and cotter pin. Bolt goes in the way you want and there's no way it's gonna fall out.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-02-2019, 07:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 714
Posted By wirejock
Temp change

1 degree will change the level .4" each side or .8" total. Assuming the temp went down. If it went up, that would be the wrong direction. :eek:
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-02-2019, 07:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,123
Posted By wirejock
Clekos

Check the brand. Wedgelock clekos are best. The center pin is thicker. Clekolock will pop out of a dimpled hole.
Pretty hard to over dimple. Even with a C-frame, it takes two serious whacks to get a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-02-2019, 05:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 564
Posted By wirejock
Flaps

Isn't there a bolt holding the pushrod at the flap?
Sorry, I've had mine on and off but not permanent.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-02-2019, 05:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 714
Posted By wirejock
Manometer

Yes. All numbers are sum of both sides of the tube. Actually it's 27.7" but who's counting. :D
Forum: Painting your RV 11-02-2019, 05:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 464
Posted By wirejock
Primer

Not if you plan to have a paint shop paint it. They will strip it. If you plan to paint, choose a primer compatible with your finish paint but you'll have to scuff it.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-02-2019, 05:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 564
Posted By wirejock
Bolts

Install the pushrods on the flap actuator before installing it?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-02-2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 714
Posted By wirejock
Manometer

I used the manometer method as well.
1 PSI is about 28". Every degree change in ambient temp is .8". Mine held pressure fir several weeks. I may test them again before installing the wings.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-31-2019, 08:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 457
Posted By wirejock
Spring bender

If memory serves...
Start at the side skin fitting because you'll never make the flare after the "S" bend for the rudder cable. Next slide one of those spring bending tools on the tube from the other...
Forum: Primers 10-29-2019, 11:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 274
Posted By wirejock
Auto finishes

Try the Sherwin Williams-Automotive Finishes store.
2755 S Beverly St, Boise, ID 83709

If you already tried, then call Sherwin Williams Corporate and ask them for the closest location. I had to call...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-28-2019, 07:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,835
Posted By wirejock
Inventory

If anyone is interested, i keep an Excel "Basic Builder Log" on my blog. Address is in my signature below. Link is on the front page. The items from the new mount_gear packing list have been added...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-28-2019, 09:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 463
Posted By wirejock
Manometer

I seem to remember Vans recommending 1 Psi.
27.7"=1 psi. Basically 14" each side of the manometer tube. For every degree temperature change the level will change .821" total. So each side will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,478
Posted By wirejock
Sikaflex

Not in service. Maybe four months.
Personally, I believe cracks propagate from stress risers and polishing edges and holes helps prevent but I'm no Engineer nor did I stay at Holiday Inn. Check my...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-25-2019, 09:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 518
Posted By wirejock
Cutting steel

Unrelated to your search but maybe helpful.
I use an angle grinder with a cut off wheel on steel. Slices right through. Cut outside the line and use a steel grinding wheel to finish. Harbor Fright...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-23-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,835
Posted By wirejock
Mount

Just received my e-mail tracking. Looks like my undrilled mount/gear kit is on it's way.
Forum: Tools 10-21-2019, 09:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,029
Posted By wirejock
Harbor Fright

My Harbor Fright drill press and disk sander built two airplanes. Band saw is OK. Probably equal to any other in the price range. I have quite a few HF tools. Nice thing is the warranty on hand...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-19-2019, 09:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 267
Posted By wirejock
Counterweight

No. Don't cut. Yiu can always drill holes or shape them later. In fact, add a nut plate in the tooling hole so you can easily add weight later.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-19-2019, 06:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 443
Posted By wirejock
J-Stiffeners

Ok. Thanks for the clarification. Do you still need help?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-19-2019, 03:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 443
Posted By wirejock
Not sure what you mean by "stringers". What...

Not sure what you mean by "stringers". What stringers?
The bottom skin (778) has a formed set of J-channels.

From outside to inside at the 710 bulkhead rivet line...
Side skin (773) is outside,...
Forum: Primers 10-17-2019, 02:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 444
Posted By wirejock
Alodine

You don't want to scuff Alodine. It's pretty thin and will get scuffed off.
Ideally you scuffed prior to Alodine. If not, try some tests to see how the paint sticks. Even an acid etched surface...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-16-2019, 03:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,835
Posted By wirejock
Order vs lead time

Basically the day it was officially released. Probably two months ago. I don't think drilled vs undrilled matters. I asked and was told they are all undrilled. Vans drills as needed for kits. It's...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-16-2019, 11:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,835
Posted By wirejock
New nose gear

Got the call last week but haven't heard anything since and it hasn't hit my credit card.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2019, 08:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,078
Posted By wirejock
Center section

Glad you got a fix. That 3/8" All Thread is bloody brilliant.
Keep us posted.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,078
Posted By wirejock
Center section

Is this a QB? If so, I think a call to Vans is in order. Not sure what they would suggest but there are too many QC issues.
Ideally, the two Center Sections are bolted together with a set of spacers...
Forum: RV-14 10-15-2019, 02:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,669
Posted By wirejock
One piece lines

That's one of the benefits. I also ran one piece lines from the Parking brake valve to the wheels. Beringer also sells a fitting to connect to the Vans reservoir. Not cheap but it works.
Forum: Tools 10-15-2019, 02:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 649
Posted By wirejock
C-frame

C-frames come up for sale often and fairly cheap. Personally I prefer them but probably will get flamed for saying it. I think the dimples are more crisp. Basically anything that will support the...
Forum: Tools 10-13-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 612
Posted By wirejock
Sioux

I have two of the slower. Love them. Not sure there is a real need for 6000 RPM. Both have served me well.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2019, 02:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 585
Posted By wirejock
VS

Ideally you want the rear spar of the VS perfectly flat and perpendicular to the longerons with no stresses both fore/aft and starboard/port. A fishing line suspended should drop through the center...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-11-2019, 04:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 340
Posted By wirejock
Hold till F7105B is fit. I actually forgot and...

Hold till F7105B is fit. I actually forgot and did it later. No problem.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2019, 04:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 475
Posted By wirejock
Sealants & Lubricants

I've been sick lately and not up to working in the factory, but can't stand just sitting watching the world go by on the tube. So I put together this table as promised. Sorry if it doesn't have every...
Forum: Tools 10-10-2019, 02:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,211
Posted By wirejock
Bench

No wheels on mine. It's just a 4'x3' version of an EAA bench. Basically utilizing all the leftover plywood plus enough 2x4s to assemble it. I do recommend giving serious thought to your personal work...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-10-2019, 12:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 854
Posted By wirejock
Elevator jig

You might consider building a jig. Pretty quick to fabricate from melamine shelving. Built both of mine and the ailerons and flaps in one.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-10-2019, 08:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,590
Posted By wirejock
Drilling rivets

You are exactly correct. Drill first hole with a bit numerically 10 smaller than the parent hole. If it's thick, you may drill past the head but be careful. The hole relieves the pressure holding the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-09-2019, 06:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,590
Posted By wirejock
Drill stops

Buy a set of drill stops. It will prevent drilling deeper than the head. Unless they are set too deep.:eek:

On a side note, please get some gun & bar practice. Get proficient with every gun set...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2019, 05:13 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,078
Posted By wirejock
Tight center section

I remember your post. It sounds like you resolved it. I still would want to know before the final install.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,078
Posted By wirejock
Fit the wings

I agree. Had mine on and off several times and made sure to complete all the little jobs.
Forward tank brackets
Fuel line connections
Vent line connections
Fuse/wing fairing
Plumbing connections
You...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,222
Posted By wirejock
Lifting master cylinders

I was wondering that very thing. Which way works best. Lifted forward or aft? Lines facing up or lines facing down?
Forum: RV-14 10-07-2019, 12:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,251
Posted By wirejock
Rotisserie

Love mine. So much time and effort saved working inside. Just flip any orientation to get the job done. Last job is vinyl wrapping the belly before she goes on gear and the engine gets mounted. Wish...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-07-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,590
Posted By wirejock
Gorilla tape

Buy a roll of black gorilla tape. Use a small piece to protect the part. 1" section is good for 4 rivets.
Forum: Primers 10-06-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,606
Posted By wirejock
Hobby air

Depends. I wear glasses so 1/2 face with the hood.
Forum: Primers 10-05-2019, 09:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,021
Posted By wirejock
Correct. Vans uses P60G2 on QB. Not sure of color...

Correct. Vans uses P60G2 on QB. Not sure of color either. The US stuff is greenish gold when sprayed very thin. It tends more green if sprayed heavier. I sprayed my interior and also shot Jet Flex...
Forum: Primers 10-05-2019, 09:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,021
Posted By wirejock
I prefer a 3M with 60923 filters. Not to climb on...

I prefer a 3M with 60923 filters.
Not to climb on my soapbox but prep is almost if not more important than the primer. Prepped incorrectly, corrosion can form under the primer completely unoticed....
Forum: Primers 10-05-2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,021
Posted By wirejock
Priming

Additional letters added.
Forum: Tools 10-03-2019, 09:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 800
Posted By wirejock
Dimpling bench

I'm in the C-frame camp too, but my bench design is probably common. It was quick to set up and take down.
Two EAA benches side by side. Dimpling platform is 4'x4'x4" clamped to the benches. C-frame...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-03-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,501
Posted By wirejock
Jet Glow

Sherwin Williams Jet Glow is an aerospace product.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2019, 09:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,176
Posted By wirejock
Caliper

Caliper yes but a good one. I still use my Craftsman dial caliper. I bought several digitals over the years and every one was sloppy junk.
Several ways to measure with one too so get some help. There...
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