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Forum: RV-14 05-26-2020, 08:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 311
Posted By asw20c
Error on Page 28-07

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up of a mistake I found (and confirmed with Van's) on page 28-07 rev 3. Step 3 and Figure 2 tell you to machine countersink the #40 holes on the bottom of the...
Forum: RV-14 05-17-2020, 08:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 583
Posted By asw20c
External Connection for Battery Charging/Jump Starting

I'm wondering if any of you guys have a clever idea for how to charge the battery without removing the cowling? I have an external socket on my Cessna 180 that has a special (massive) set of jumper...
Forum: RV-14 04-24-2020, 06:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 750
Posted By asw20c
This was a first...

Today I was on page 26-11, the step where two small doubler plates are to be riveted to the left and right forward corners of the fuselage bottom skin. I had previously dimpled for AN426AD4-4.5...
Forum: RV-14 04-21-2020, 10:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 432
Posted By asw20c
I love this forum! This is exactly what I needed...

I love this forum! This is exactly what I needed so now I can build on!!
Thanks James!
Forum: RV-14 04-20-2020, 07:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 432
Posted By asw20c
Page 26-11

Hi All,
I know these kinds of questions are hard to answer but I didn't get any satisfaction from my call to tech support this morning. Perhaps one of you guys that have built past this point can...
Forum: RV-14 04-15-2020, 08:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,508
Posted By asw20c
Yup. I'm building the 14A.

Yup. I'm building the 14A.
Forum: RV-14 04-15-2020, 08:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,508
Posted By asw20c
Oxygen Bottle Mounting

Hi All,
For the past 3 years I have simply been building. Building, building, building. Now that I've finished the wings and have started on the fuselage kit I' having to start thinking about those...
Forum: RV-14 04-13-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 798
Posted By asw20c
Timing the Thunderbolt Purchase

There was a thread here not long ago that said Thunderbolt lead times were creeping up to 11 months and I'd be willing to bet that the pandemic is going to drive that number even higher. I just...
Forum: RV-14 03-20-2020, 07:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,994
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: 747
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: 944
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: 1,561
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: 2,598
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: 2,598
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: 1,932
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: 1,932
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: 671
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: 636
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: 636
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: 608
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: 4,666
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: 1,020
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: 1,395
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: 1,395
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: 1,395
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: 1,825
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: 1,825
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: 2,146
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: 1,339
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: 21,528
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: 21,528
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: 693
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: 3,182
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: 2,349
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: 2,349
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: 2,349
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: 2,349
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: 3,762
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: 1,144
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: 1,489
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: 1,946
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: 2,955
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: 3,159
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: 3,159
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: 24,301
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: 1,422
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: 1,916
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: 1,464
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: 1,916
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: 1,243
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: 1,716
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: 1,716
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: 1,716
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: 1,619
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: 1,765
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: 1,765
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: 5,344
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: 1,817
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: 1,128
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: 1,593
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: 2,009
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: 2,009
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...
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