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Forum: RV-14 03-20-2020, 07:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,486
Posted By asw20c
Damage

I've ranted about this before, and here goes again-
Every single kit delivery I've had has been damaged in transit. Every one! Today I received my fuselage kit, and sure enough there were two places...
Forum: RV-14 02-18-2020, 07:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 621
Posted By asw20c
Work Sequencing

My fuselage kit is expected to arrive in March, which should be just about right since I expect to finish the wings in a few more weeks.
I've been reading about lead times for engines, especially the...
Forum: RV-14 02-15-2020, 04:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 788
Posted By asw20c
I didn't have any issues with the top skins, but...

I didn't have any issues with the top skins, but there was some minor oil-canning on one bottom skin while riveting; that disappeared when all the riveting was completed. My point is that with very...
Forum: RV-14 02-15-2020, 04:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,121
Posted By asw20c
Another Bob Archer VOR Antenna Question

The installation instructions make it fairly clear that for the antenna to function as intended it must be well grounded to the wing. To do this, the instructions say you should sandwich the...
Forum: RV-14 02-13-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,147
Posted By asw20c
Fair question. Due to the demanding nature of my...

Fair question. Due to the demanding nature of my job I only build on weekends, and even then I split my time between flying my Cessna 180 and building the RV. I typically get about 4-8 hours of...
Forum: RV-14 02-13-2020, 08:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,147
Posted By asw20c
Time to Build

I figure it's time to re-calibrate my expectations again. I'm building an RV14A slow-build, and currently have over 1100 hours expended, and I'm only just now getting close to finishing the wings. ...
Forum: RV-14 02-13-2020, 07:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,443
Posted By asw20c
I knew someone here could explain it. Thanks...

I knew someone here could explain it. Thanks guys!
Forum: RV-14 02-12-2020, 07:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,443
Posted By asw20c
Antenna Question

I figure there are folks on this forum that understand antenna voodoo and can explain something that makes no sense to me. When I started on my slow-build wings, I knew that I wanted ground-based...
Forum: RV-14 02-03-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 578
Posted By asw20c
Wingtips

I was getting ready to install the VOR/ILS antenna in my right wingtip this weekend when I realized that my left and right tips are not the same. Looking at the cutout for the strobe/Nav lights, I...
Forum: RV-14 02-03-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 549
Posted By asw20c
Huh. Why didn't I think of that? Brilliant.

Huh. Why didn't I think of that? Brilliant.
Forum: RV-14 02-03-2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 549
Posted By asw20c
Aileron Trim Motor Assembly

I'm finally getting close to finishing my slow-build wings, and thought that of the tasks that remain that I would go ahead and install the aileron trim motor assembly even though the plans are...
Forum: RV-14 01-20-2020, 08:50 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 528
Posted By asw20c
Torque Tube Dimension

On page 23-07, rev 0, the last paragraph in step 1 says that the aft torque tube subassembly gets clocked using a block 1-1/64" placed under the bolt in the arm of the subassembly, however when...
Forum: RV-14 01-15-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,233
Posted By asw20c
That brings up an issue that has been nagging at...

That brings up an issue that has been nagging at me since I started my build. My home field is at 6200 feet, with density altitudes much higher than that in the summer, sometimes up to nine or ten...
Forum: RV-14 12-10-2019, 07:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 952
Posted By asw20c
Your line of thinking is sound regarding...

Your line of thinking is sound regarding replacement parts if something gets damaged, however the holes in the wedges need to be drilled 90 degrees to the plane that bisects the angle (at least they...
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2019, 06:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,294
Posted By asw20c
Huh. I don't get it. My drill bits are quality...

Huh. I don't get it. My drill bits are quality cobalt steel. What RPM are you using? Maybe I'm turning too fast?
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2019, 03:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,294
Posted By asw20c
My counterweights did not have any holes...

My counterweights did not have any holes predrilled.
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,294
Posted By asw20c
Drilling Aileron Counterweight

Today I was at the step where the aileron counterweight must be match drilled with the supporting nose ribs, and nose skin. I found it to be very difficult and ended up smoking 4 brand new, aviation...
Forum: RV-14 12-03-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,749
Posted By asw20c
Well, that explains it then. My cleaning...

Well, that explains it then. My cleaning procedure was in accordance with 3M's surface prep instructions, but it was way too cold in my shop; certainly below freezing overnight, and only up into the...
Forum: RV-14 12-02-2019, 02:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,749
Posted By asw20c
3M Tape

Over the Thanksgiving weekend I finally finished my (second set of) flaps. The first time I built them I used a technique used by Synergy Air when installing the trailing edge wedges; i.e. I used...
Forum: RV-14 11-26-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,958
Posted By asw20c
1000-1300 hours to complete? Are you kidding...

1000-1300 hours to complete? Are you kidding me??? Hah!! I'm at about 1000 hours now and haven't even finished the wings (although I admit I'm having to build the flaps twice). I've been at it...
Forum: RV-14 10-21-2019, 07:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,258
Posted By asw20c
I kept my Garmin heated pitot in the left wing,...

I kept my Garmin heated pitot in the left wing, used twisted pair in flex conduit as far away from the GMU as I could route it, and then wrapped mu-metal around the conduit to help shield the GMU...
Forum: RV-14 08-19-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 19,166
Posted By asw20c
Thanks everyone for their own stories of woe and...

Thanks everyone for their own stories of woe and words of encouragement. I thought you might like to see my expensive wall...
Forum: RV-14 08-18-2019, 04:38 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 19,166
Posted By asw20c
About to Throw in the Towel

I have been working on my slow-build wings for almost 2 1/2 years. About 8 months of that time I was making little to no progress because of two back to back problems I encountered (with my pitot...
Forum: RV-14 07-10-2019, 07:09 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 645
Posted By asw20c
Back in the Saddle Again

It's been a while since I've posted anything; in fact it's even been a while since I've visited this site. Last year I ran into two successive problems (pitot system and bottom skins) with my wings...
Forum: RV-14 04-30-2019, 02:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,016
Posted By asw20c
I too am doing exactly as what is in the plans,...

I too am doing exactly as what is in the plans, i.e. magnetometer mount in left wing, heated but unregulated pitot with twisted wiring, etc. The only difference is that I wrapped all cabling and...
Forum: RV-14 04-30-2019, 07:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,233
Posted By asw20c
I did the exact same thing. I think the reasons...

I did the exact same thing. I think the reasons I chose that bay is because that was the same location as Van's simple pitot, and also because I didn't realize at the time that this location would...
Forum: RV-14 04-25-2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,233
Posted By asw20c
I don't know what the chord-length difference is...

I don't know what the chord-length difference is between a -14 wing and an -8, but for those rivets at or close to the rear spar I think you would be hard-pressed to rivet them by yourself with any...
Forum: RV-14 04-23-2019, 02:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,233
Posted By asw20c
Here are a few things that turned out to be...

Here are a few things that turned out to be helpful: First, don't try to rivet the skins while the wings are in their wing-stands. It is far easier to lay them on a table, or between tables with...
Forum: RV-14 04-23-2019, 01:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,233
Posted By asw20c
Wing Bottom Skins

After 6 months of scratching my head and agonizing over how to get the bottom skins riveted I finally threw in the towel and called Synergy Air and asked them to send out one of their experienced...
Forum: RV-14 02-06-2019, 07:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,566
Posted By asw20c
My project came to a screeching halt when I got...

My project came to a screeching halt when I got to the step where you begin riveting the lower wing skins (slow build wings). Up to that point it had taken me about a year to build the wings working...
Forum: RV-14 11-04-2018, 07:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,103
Posted By asw20c
Bottom Skins

This past weekend I started on the dreaded bottom skins; the inboard left wing bottom skin to be specific. It was as difficult and miserable as I feared, made worse by some of the additional conduit...
Forum: RV-14 11-01-2018, 07:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,450
Posted By asw20c
Hi Malte, You may get other opinions here...

Hi Malte,
You may get other opinions here (deburring is one those topics like priming), but the point of deburring is to remove burs. If there are no burs then there is nothing to remove so in my...
Forum: RV-14 10-15-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,885
Posted By asw20c
Have I Forgotten Anything?

I'm about 1 shop-session away from the step where I will begin riveting the bottom skins onto both wings. I've spent months ensuring I had the pitot system designed and built such that I could...
Forum: RV-14 10-01-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,812
Posted By asw20c
Magnetometer Interference

I, like many on this forum plan to install a full suite of sensors to feed the future G3X system that I plan for my build. I know now that the magnetometer is to go in the first bay outboard of the...
Forum: RV-14 09-17-2018, 03:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,012
Posted By asw20c
Thanks guys. Your replies were immensely...

Thanks guys. Your replies were immensely helpful. Also, I purchased my Garmin pitch and roll servos from Stein already but that short wiring harness from the roll servo to the molex plug installed...
Forum: RV-14 09-17-2018, 09:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,012
Posted By asw20c
Roll Servo Install

I have been trying to wrap my head around what capabilities come with the generic wiring harness that Vans supplies as part of the wing kit, what harnesses I need to make myself, and what comes with...
Forum: RV-10 08-29-2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 23,745
Posted By asw20c
Brian, If I were you, I would have asked Van's to...

Brian,
If I were you, I would have asked Van's to send replacements for every part that was damaged. You aren't saving them any money by trying to work the damage out yourself; they simply collect...
Forum: RV-14 07-25-2018, 02:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,396
Posted By asw20c
I built mine horizontally, but on a longer table....

I built mine horizontally, but on a longer table. I simply put two EAA workbenches end to end. I only now have it in a wing stand to work on installing the pitot mast, wiring harnesses, extra...
Forum: RV-14 07-19-2018, 07:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,842
Posted By asw20c
Hi Ken, That's impressive! The only yardstick I...

Hi Ken,
That's impressive! The only yardstick I have is my own project. I didn't have any idea how labor intensive the wings would be. I'm a bit over 800 hours in the project as a whole, and ...
Forum: RV-14 07-19-2018, 07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,427
Posted By asw20c
kclo4, I sent you a pm. Doesn't seem to be many...

kclo4, I sent you a pm. Doesn't seem to be many 14-builders in the Albuquerque area. I know of one guy at the Midvalley airport that is getting close to first-flight, another lady at the Moriarty...
Forum: RV-14 07-18-2018, 12:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,842
Posted By asw20c
Ha! That's exactly what I said too when I...

Ha! That's exactly what I said too when I finished my empennage. Now, 15 months later I'm still working on the wings!
Forum: RV-14 06-25-2018, 07:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,205
Posted By asw20c
Interference with Pitot Plumbing

I am wondering what other folks have done regarding the conflict between the aileron bellcrank pushrod and the pitot and AOA plumbing that exits the pitot mount. I spent a lot of time thinking about...
Forum: RV-14 06-22-2018, 09:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,652
Posted By asw20c
Yeah. I tend to agree. The Dynon appeared to be...

Yeah. I tend to agree. The Dynon appeared to be more refined (it was longer too by at least an inch), but the GAP 26 fit in the Gretz whereas it didn't fit in the Dynon.
Forum: RV-14 06-22-2018, 05:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,652
Posted By asw20c
Don't know what to say to you guys. Mine...

Don't know what to say to you guys. Mine included a Gretz mast with the GAP 26. The Dynon mast I bought was a gold anodized aluminum mast, but the Gretz, that came with my GAP 26, is a steel mast.
Forum: RV-14 06-21-2018, 09:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,652
Posted By asw20c
Dynon Pitot Mast

I'm probably the only one who didn't figure this out or ask the right questions in advance, but I thought I'd pass this along to help prevent someone else from making the same mistake.
You have all...
Forum: RV-14 06-13-2018, 07:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,584
Posted By asw20c
It's rare, but every now and then there is an...

It's rare, but every now and then there is an advantage to being a short s***.
Forum: RV-14 06-06-2018, 02:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,742
Posted By asw20c
Thanks all for the replies so far. The plug was...

Thanks all for the replies so far. The plug was not installed with thread-locker. It was installed dry with the expectation that I would go back and reinstall later with a thread sealant. I even...
Forum: RV-14 06-05-2018, 07:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,742
Posted By asw20c
Stuck AN913-3D

I finally finished my fuel tanks and leak tested them this past weekend. No leaks!!!!!!!! However I discovered that the AN913-3D plug, that's the blue aluminum plug that goes in the top opening on...
Forum: Safety 06-05-2018, 06:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,287
Posted By asw20c
Many times before a planned flight I will come...

Many times before a planned flight I will come out to the airport the evening before when I have no deadlines and no reason to rush so I can take my time to do a thorough preflight. Perhaps that's...
Forum: RV-14 06-03-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,762
Posted By asw20c
And don't forget one narrow diameter #40 dimple...

And don't forget one narrow diameter #40 dimple die. You'll need that for some of the nutplate dimpling.
Forum: RV-14 05-30-2018, 07:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,103
Posted By asw20c
OP-52A

OP-52A is the set of instructions that come with the Sun Spot LX Aero LEDs that you can purchase from Van's as an option with the wing kit. I'm a bit perplexed though at how poorly these...
Forum: RV-14 05-20-2018, 03:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,554
Posted By asw20c
Fuel Drain (CAV-110)

I'm finally about 99% done with the fuel tank construction and the gorilla snot that goes with it (unless I discover a leak when it has cured long enough for testing), having installed the rear...
Forum: RV-14 05-17-2018, 06:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,984
Posted By asw20c
It's a real dichotomy isn't it? I've been...

It's a real dichotomy isn't it? I've been building for a year and a half and I'm still stunned every time I see how well holes and edges line up on the parts that Vans fabricates. By contrast, the...
Forum: RV-14 05-16-2018, 01:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,984
Posted By asw20c
I remember reading this now that you point it...

I remember reading this now that you point it out. Yup, looks like everyone has some issues with the float wire that require some fairly significant departure from the prescribed bends shown in the...
Forum: RV-14 05-16-2018, 07:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,984
Posted By asw20c
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/BOuROFXHVy3eyJtu...

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/BOuROFXHVy3eyJtuWC03eH7p9DKwZF0ycEr_mKLcteMDbFwQ4KU-SVg1xzErop8ejsvBgp-P185DDXkCL42lvuyiReYsmSG3ucJ5wykGaFU-baNgSbd25TavpCfxq04cn7iSSWAfHE-gNJHgHF6kazsBU9M7UnCcdS0Rzy...
Forum: RV-14 05-16-2018, 07:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,984
Posted By asw20c
Float Wires

Hi All,
This weekend I will finally close-up the fuel tanks and be done with that miserable gorilla snot. But that's not why I'm writing. I was just curious whether everyone else had to do some...
Forum: RV-14 05-13-2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,696
Posted By asw20c
Are you kidding me? 4 hours per tank? Are we...

Are you kidding me? 4 hours per tank? Are we building the same thing? I have about a hundred hours in my tanks at this point. We must be building in very different ways.
Forum: RV-14 05-12-2018, 10:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,696
Posted By asw20c
I'm probably about 1 or two shop-sessions out...

I'm probably about 1 or two shop-sessions out from finally being done with the gorilla snot and building my tanks. Frankly, for me this has been hands down the worst part of the build to date. I'm...
Forum: RV-14 05-11-2018, 02:07 PM
Replies: 135
Sticky: Plan "Gottchas"
Views: 107,671
Posted By asw20c
Fuel Senders

Not really a "gotcha", rather this is a heads up that even though the fuel senders look identical, they aren't. There should be a 385B stamped on one ground plane, and 385C stamped on the other of...
Forum: RV-14 05-09-2018, 03:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,147
Posted By asw20c
Wow. That's truly ambitious regarding your...

Wow. That's truly ambitious regarding your expected timeline. I started on my wings in April last year after finishing the empennage in about 5 months. Based on that first kit I thought it would...
Forum: RV-14 04-27-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,571
Posted By asw20c
Ender, sorry about that. I'm about a year into...

Ender, sorry about that. I'm about a year into the wing kit and long ago primed the rear spar. My paint booth is about 10'x10' and so far I have not had any issues with a part being too big to...
Forum: RV-14 04-26-2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,571
Posted By asw20c
The spar does not require priming. If your booth...

The spar does not require priming. If your booth is big enough for your HS spar that should be big enough for every other unprimed part.
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