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Forum: RV-7/7A Today, 04:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 55
Posted By wirejock
Blog

I don't remember an issue with drilling the holes but I always drill the smallest size first just in case. I do remember the dimension to relieve the flanges was more than necessary and actually made...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 04:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 322
Posted By wirejock
Good advise

+1. What he said. You want that part nested like it was poured into the longerons.
I just drilled my HS. That's a common place for problems.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-09-2017, 05:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 235
Posted By wirejock
Holes

I drilled mine early for that reason. My bolts are installed so any measurement would not be perfect. Hopefully someone will measure the holes on their tower, but if not, call Vans and ask the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-09-2017, 04:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,196
Posted By wirejock
Relief cut

Ask Vans to be certain. I would relieve a little to allow a pull rivet. A standard rivet would be preferred but you will be riveting the bottom skin blind. Tough enough to work in an area like that...
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2017, 05:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,325
Posted By wirejock
Tools

Ari
Congratulations. Welcome to the Dark Side!
Tools are very personal. Start with the set and see where your personality takes you.
1. Good, light, fast 1/4". 6,000 RPM
2. Very personal. I prefer a...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-06-2017, 09:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 486
Posted By wirejock
Local group

Thad,
There is a grroup of us in Colorado. I set up a Google Group. We share and communicate through the group. If you would like to join, send me an e-mail from a Google account. You will need a...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-05-2017, 10:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 486
Posted By wirejock
Waiting list

4 years? Wow. Sorry. Hopefully one will become vacant soon.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-05-2017, 10:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 486
Posted By wirejock
KFNL

Call Larry Mack at KFNL. He is the only one who would know. He can also put you on the waiting list.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-05-2017, 05:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 425
Posted By wirejock
Tip

Good tip but I never trust any of my cages. I take scrap and drill tons of #40 and #30 holes. Before any use, I test the cage. I know they should stay set but those pesky gremlins love to mess with...
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-04-2017, 12:14 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 138,058
Posted By wirejock
Ruveting fun

You're too kind and too critical of your build. It's a beautiful 3B.
I recommend everyone spend some time helping another. It is so much fun and a great way to practice perishable riveting skills. In...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-03-2017, 10:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 706
Posted By wirejock
Web link

I don't see a web link. Maybe I missed it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2017, 05:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,990
Posted By wirejock
Congratulations

Congratulations Vans. Some day my Lucy will be a member of the club.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2017, 05:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 664
Posted By wirejock
Tips

Wow. Thanks. Nice to know someone reads them. And thanks to everyone for explaining what I should have in the tip. It's simple math for those times we can't use a torque wrench. You can always use an...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-27-2017, 09:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 984
Posted By wirejock
Thin nose

They call it "thin nose"
http://www.cleavelandtool.com/mobile/Pneumatic-Squeezers-Yokes/products/52/2/0
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-27-2017, 06:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 984
Posted By wirejock
Pull rivet

Use the pull rivet. I did. I filled the hole with JB weld then sliced it off clean with a razor.
The tip is for future when you have no other option. I have also taped my tungsten to a flat piece of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-27-2017, 04:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 984
Posted By wirejock
Substitute rivet

okIf memory serves, there is a note somewhere to allow a substitute pull rivet in the last two skin holes on the rudder and elevators where it gets really tight. MK-319-BS
I don't see it needed on...
Forum: Tools 11-26-2017, 06:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 487
Posted By wirejock
Die grinder

Rear if possible. Front blows oil all over the parts. Actually, I prefer an electric or battery. My air grinder and cut off tools are air hogs.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-24-2017, 02:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,175
Posted By wirejock
Countersink

That's a close one Kyle. Send it to Vans to be certain. If you send it now and call this afternoon, they may be able to advise by phone and avoid waiting all weekend. I suspect they will say it's ok...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2017, 03:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 790
Posted By wirejock
Guitar string

Find a friend musician and ask for the smallest string. Wrap the ends around two dowel rods. When the sealant is softened with heat, drag the guitar string through to break the seal.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2017, 07:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,523
Posted By wirejock
Congratulations

Beautiful. Congratulations.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-21-2017, 04:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 958
Posted By wirejock
Supported?

I'll read the manual destructions again but I thought it had the forward holes drilled before the rear spar spacer is installed. I also called Vans and Sterling was a lot of help. He basically said...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-21-2017, 09:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 538
Posted By wirejock
Relief cuts

Yes, the ends of F710 and F714 and many other parts moving forward are cut to a taper and rounded. I messed more than one up by cutting then rounding before the hole was drilled and ended up making...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-20-2017, 08:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 538
Posted By wirejock
Mil spec

Jereme is correct on his read of Mil Spec. The rule of thumb is 2X Diameter of the fastener, measured from the center of the hole to the edge.

I see this come up often and Vans really should...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-20-2017, 07:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 454
Posted By wirejock
Good news

Excellent news. Build on
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-18-2017, 12:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 454
Posted By wirejock
Flap brace

Ask Vans first to be certain. They may allow a new hole or two.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-17-2017, 08:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 958
Posted By wirejock
Edge distance

Thanks. Found it. Snake bit me.

Anyone else notice if the hole is perfectly centered in the longeron (5/16"), it violates the edge distance rule. Should be 3/8". No way to win.

I also made sure the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-17-2017, 05:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 958
Posted By wirejock
Mounting HS

I'm prepping the fuse and HS to drill the holes for mounting. There are four holes through the HS forward spar. Two go through the longerons and two inboard. The outboard holes are dependent on edge...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2017, 04:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,665
Posted By wirejock
Mentor

Building is not magic. Anyone can learn it. One of the classes is great but I've always been a proponent of finding a skilled Mentor. I can't count the amount of money and mistakes my Mentor saved me.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-15-2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,327
Posted By wirejock
Proseal

Vans sells a small bottle.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-13-2017, 09:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,327
Posted By wirejock
Pounding

Marcel, I don't see a response to your question so I'll give it a try. If you can position the trailing edge at the edge of the back rivet plate, you should be able to "pound" the rivets without...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-12-2017, 10:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 470
Posted By wirejock
Bushings

Or visit the local hobby store and buy one of each size 12" brass tubing. Cut off a section of each and slip inside each other. Use the combo that fits the job. The smallest typically holds a #41 bit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2017, 10:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 474
Posted By wirejock
Blog

Mine isn't a "bible" by any means but it is a 7a and you're welcome to view it all you want. Link is in my signature.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2017, 03:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,268
Posted By wirejock
Regulator

Buy a mini regulator. I love the RTI. I have short HF tool pigtails. One high pressure and one low. That saves changing the regulator so much. Put the regulator at the gun with full pressure going to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-06-2017, 07:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 489
Posted By wirejock
Washer wrench set

They're pricey but worth every penny. I use them any time space is tight and a washer needs to be slipped on to a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-05-2017, 11:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,551
Posted By wirejock
SafeAir

Cleveland and Stein both sell the SafeAir kits.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-05-2017, 10:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,551
Posted By wirejock
Plumbing conflict

If you uze SafeAir plumbing, turn them 90 degrees after exiting the wing root and enter the fuse aft of the control rod. Or make a bracket of some sort to keep them from interfering. Lots of options.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-04-2017, 08:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,551
Posted By wirejock
Extra hole

I did.
If you run plumbing through those holes, be aware they will be passing the bellcrank.
I made a bracket to keep the plumbing centered under the bellcrank. You also need a plan to enter the...
Forum: Tools 11-04-2017, 06:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,222
Posted By wirejock
Regulator

This regulator is really good. Never changes, even between uses. Also have one on my...
Forum: Tools 11-04-2017, 09:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,222
Posted By wirejock
Rivet gun

The gun should have markings. Post them. One of us should be able to decipher them.
Try a good mini regulator set at about 25 psi for #3 rivets. The little HF regulator is ok.
A good shop head on my...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 11-03-2017, 08:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 580
Posted By wirejock
Pump and doghouse

Lots of photos on my blog, Finishing page. If you don't see what you want, shoot me a message and I will take a photo.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2017, 05:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,999
Posted By wirejock
Pilot

This trick works for most holes and match drilling.
Credit goes to my Mentor, Dave Paule.
Go to the local hardware or hobby store. Look for brass tubing in 12" lengths. Buy one each of each size.
Cut...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-01-2017, 05:12 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,805
Posted By wirejock
Practice

Practice, practice, practice.
Building is a perishable skill. If it's been a while, practice on scrap first.

Get a Mentor then a Tech Advisor.
Forum: RV-10 10-30-2017, 03:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 944
Posted By wirejock
Good point

Yes. Exactly. I should have made that clearer.
Forum: RV-10 10-30-2017, 02:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 944
Posted By wirejock
Structural

Just a little point.
It shouldn't be structural but if the dimples don't nest in the substructure and parts have a gap, it can be structural.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2017, 11:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,195
Posted By wirejock
Inventory

That expains it. Vans is really good about correcting packing errors.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2017, 10:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,195
Posted By wirejock
K1100-08

Yes. K1100-08. The one on the right. The other two appear to be K1000-08.
Vans is correct. I asked them why when I was building the wings.
If memory serves the dimpled skin slightly protrudes past...
Forum: Midwest 10-27-2017, 02:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 679
Posted By wirejock
Airports

Most airports have a waiting list. KFNL (Northern Colorado Regional) is in between Fort Collins and Loveland. Nice bunch. Several RVs building and flying. My hangar location. Greely and Longmont are...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-26-2017, 10:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,267
Posted By wirejock
Flap brace

If the flap brace hasn't been riveted to the spar, do as mentioned earlier in the thread. Dimple the skin, countersink the cooresponding holes in the flap brace.
At this point, the hinge has not been...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2017, 05:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,560
Posted By wirejock
Canopy

Call the source. Very nice people. They make the canopys for Vans.
Ask for samples. Personally, I picked SC-15. Highest UV rating.
Airplane Plastics
airplastic@aol.com
937-669-2677 (Becky and Jeff).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2017, 07:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 292
Posted By wirejock
Washers

Looks like 20 ea in Bag 1995 of the Wing kit
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-20-2017, 01:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 472
Posted By wirejock
F704

John. Thank you for your service.
The older kits wing spars and center section were matched but new techniques eliminated that problem so builder could build components as funds allowed. I think that...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-20-2017, 10:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 708
Posted By wirejock
Deletions

I just checked my order. The only fuselage deletions were the stock Matco brakes. I bought the Beringer kit. The tubing has a use even if you plan TS Flightlines. Also too cheap to bother...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-18-2017, 06:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,444
Posted By wirejock
Water

I just used water. Dipped my finger and worked the areas needed but most was done with a popscicle stick.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-17-2017, 06:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,444
Posted By wirejock
Hydroponics syringe

Search for Hydroponics syringes. Same product but far cheaper. Should be about $1 each.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-17-2017, 03:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,444
Posted By wirejock
Syringe

I bought a bunch of the huge liquid nourishment syringes. Cut the thumb ring off and drop it into a caulk gun. The tip leaves a perfect bead. Cheap. Throw them out after use cheap.
I prefered the...
Forum: Primers 10-15-2017, 10:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 548
Posted By wirejock
P60G2

When you finish your popcorn, if you still need info on SW P60G2, feel free to e-mail. I used it on the entire inside.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-12-2017, 05:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,531
Posted By wirejock
Run for cover

Agreed but run for cover cux the flames are comin'!:D
Kidding. I think newbies should be encouraged to ask anything so ask away.
My processes are on my blog. Link in my sig.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-10-2017, 09:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,531
Posted By wirejock
Tool box

Looks good. Like the man said, drill it apart and do it again.
Only one tiny issue. Don't be bashful with the dimples. Hit the C-frame hard enough to leave a doughnut shaped burnish mark.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2017, 04:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,671
Posted By wirejock
Age?

Difference between a man and a boy is the price of the toy!:D
Forum: RV-14 10-10-2017, 04:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 694
Posted By wirejock
Smell

No joke. I must have sniffed too much because I think it smells good!:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2017, 08:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,389
Posted By wirejock
Light bulbs

What wattage?
Pretty efficient if it maintains 50 in Minnesota.
To the OP, there was an article in Sport Aviation about building a home brew device like the one in your link.
Forum: RV-10 10-07-2017, 09:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,706
Posted By wirejock
Corvette

Not to throw a wrench in the works but isn't the Corvette body fiberglass? Maybe I'm missing something.
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