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Forum: Electrical Systems 02-09-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 853
Posted By wjb
I have my main grounding block in the cabin side...

I have my main grounding block in the cabin side of the firewall, with the stud going through to the front, where I have a short jumper to tie to the battery negative terminal. This is in addition...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2019, 09:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 898
Posted By wjb
This is a good design; I've built many of these,...

This is a good design; I've built many of these, too, with good effect. I've soldered the ground plane radials (downward sloping wires) rather than using the screw method. It will save a few...
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-29-2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 504
Posted By wjb
Here's the DanH...

Here's the DanH post:
http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=984819&postcount=12

I did the same, and used strips of 2024 0.050 x 1 7/8 around the firewall to take the skybolt; no...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-27-2019, 08:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,406
Posted By wjb
Love it! Ballsy flying above all those rocks,...

Love it! Ballsy flying above all those rocks, with all the flat spots hidden by the clouds/fog. Seems like a typical summer day at KHAF (just south of SF). Thanks for sharing ... smells like...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-26-2019, 08:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 776
Posted By wjb
Hi Vlad, You're on the right track. You do have...

Hi Vlad,

You're on the right track. You do have the "solder" pins (evidenced by the half moon cutout at the back of the connector). Crimp pins are mechanically better, but, hey, work with what you...
Forum: Tools 01-26-2019, 07:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,855
Posted By wjb
I'm happy to lend tools, especially to locals...

I'm happy to lend tools, especially to locals with whom I interact often (and who can help rivet those difficult spots)

I've had a few experiences borrowing/loaning tools from/to VAFers with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2019, 11:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,905
Posted By wjb
Post Vlad, you need to fly more. Where have you been...

Vlad, you need to fly more. Where have you been with your "experimental" bird recenty? Yea, that's what I thought ;-) ;-) ;-). You haven't been to the moon yet, but, hey, I haven't read your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2019, 11:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,905
Posted By wjb
Somewhere (probably here), someone said that if I...

Somewhere (probably here), someone said that if I ever feel bad about the quality of my rivets, just go to the field and take a look at a 172. So true; some of those rivets are a complete freak...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-22-2019, 10:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 364
Posted By wjb
Also, not true. Safari did a great job, and the...

Also, not true. Safari did a great job, and the resulting jackpoints are great. I'm running OSX Mojave, FYI. In any case, find a good browser; the jackpoints are worth it!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-21-2019, 08:43 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,587
Posted By wjb
Why not more Nord-Lock washers?

I've been wondering for some time why Nord-lock type washers are not used on our birds. They have a neat design that uses tension in the washer to rather than friction in the locking nut to provide...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-20-2019, 09:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,599
Posted By wjb
Sport Aviation as well! Nicely done Ryan!

Sport Aviation as well! Nicely done Ryan!
Forum: RV-14 01-15-2019, 11:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,794
Posted By wjb
I've been hand drilling the countersinks in my...

I've been hand drilling the countersinks in my cowl using some carbide-burr countersink bits with great results. Go slow, and check often. All have come out just right.
Forum: Formation Flying 01-15-2019, 11:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,095
Posted By wjb
I'm sooo looking forward to flying with u guys...

I'm sooo looking forward to flying with u guys when my -7 is done! I'm planning on first flight this year.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2019, 11:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 780
Posted By wjb
Interesting ... I'll be sending mine in shortly...

Interesting ... I'll be sending mine in shortly .. and will report back with the FAA's responsiveness (with or without a shutdown)
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-14-2019, 09:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 584
Posted By wjb
PM sent with link to plans...

PM sent with link to plans...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-13-2019, 07:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,933
Posted By wjb
That was cool! Thanks for sharing.

That was cool! Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Formation Flying 01-13-2019, 07:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By wjb
Though my plane's not done and KC is a bit of a...

Though my plane's not done and KC is a bit of a trip ... I have a question about "vernier throttle" .. I assume this refers to twist-adjustable ones with the button, like the mix and prop controls. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-08-2019, 09:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,949
Posted By wjb
A word to the wise: if you're using Van's .dxf to...

A word to the wise: if you're using Van's .dxf to lay out the panel, the .dxf show the panel UNBENT. The actual panel is about 1" shorter on the bottom once the stiffening bend is in place. I used...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-08-2019, 10:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 630
Posted By wjb
I've seen something like this and have been...

I've seen something like this and have been wanting to talk to the G3X guys about it. I'm still building, so I haven't engaged the AP yet. I've found that trim works fine with the AP disengaged on...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-05-2019, 12:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 544
Posted By wjb
The depth of the fork (F-605C/F-705B) from the...

The depth of the fork (F-605C/F-705B) from the F-705H spacer bar to the end outside end is almost exactly 1.5", with the spacer bar outside edge about flush with the skin. I was easy to put the bold...
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-03-2019, 09:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,625
Posted By wjb
OMG for reals? That is a piece of magic. Happy...

OMG for reals? That is a piece of magic. Happy to see that this is your day job, too ... very nicely done, and educational too!
Forum: Propellers 01-01-2019, 11:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,536
Posted By wjb
Thanks for the post .. not happy for sure. But...

Thanks for the post .. not happy for sure.

But I'll be sure to check my clearances when I fit my spinner in the next few weeks.

Thanks for the warning.
Forum: Tools 01-01-2019, 11:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,768
Posted By wjb
That's sick. (and I'm so wanting to build my...

That's sick.

(and I'm so wanting to build my own! I sure hate how all the tools go hide when you put them down.)
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-01-2019, 08:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,696
Posted By wjb
Ryan and I spoke on the phone (we are both local...

Ryan and I spoke on the phone (we are both local NorCal builders) ... my assessment, too is it's just a longeron replacement. I'm hoping we can find a local supplier with stock so to nix the surely...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-31-2018, 08:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,084
Posted By wjb
Great video! Too bad there were no $100 burgers...

Great video! Too bad there were no $100 burgers on this trip.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-30-2018, 08:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 683
Posted By wjb
I did all my fuse interior painting prior to...

I did all my fuse interior painting prior to riveting; I didn't want to be blowing paint in an assembled fuse, with all the other expensive bits around.

I used S.W. JetFlex WR (water based...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-29-2018, 07:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 604
Posted By wjb
Try using orange oil degreaser .. I get mine from...

Try using orange oil degreaser .. I get mine from the bike store. It's magic with sticker adhesive, and smells nice,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-28-2018, 08:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 603
Posted By wjb
Oil door standing "proud" .. how did you fix it?

Hi Folks,

I'm fitting fiberglass oil door to my 7's pink cowl, and though it is perfectly flush when closed, I've found that the relief molded into the cowl is not nearly enough to make the door...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2018, 07:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,086
Posted By wjb
We learned this lesson when they took the...

We learned this lesson when they took the phosphates out of dishwasher soap .. any aluminum pans, lids, etc, start to turn blackish if you run them through with the new alkali soap. Better for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2018, 11:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 638
Posted By wjb
On my -7, the fit was quite tight (no power coat...

On my -7, the fit was quite tight (no power coat issues). Lots of banging with a dead-blow hammer to get the gear into the engine mount. On my bird, it was a snug snug fit (I'm happy abt that, btw)
Forum: Texas (North) 12-16-2018, 10:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 724
Posted By wjb
Oooh! I get to do my first "Welcome to VAF!" ...

Oooh! I get to do my first "Welcome to VAF!" Lots of great RV'rs in Texas; they'll chime in.

Welcome to the club!
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-16-2018, 10:42 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,582
Posted By wjb
Well, you seem to be on the right track with (1)...

Well, you seem to be on the right track with (1) Vans, (2) tailwheel, (3) RV-9? It does fit your mission, but don't you want to go upside down from time to time (maybe not). But (4) you didn't...
Forum: Texas (North) 12-15-2018, 08:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,178
Posted By wjb
Oh Yea! I want some of that Texas BBQ too!

Oh Yea! I want some of that Texas BBQ too!
Forum: RV-10 12-12-2018, 11:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,971
Posted By wjb
No flight test yet, but I'm following the...

No flight test yet, but I'm following the recommendation from elsewhere on the site to save the cut out piece of the cowling and bond it to the bottom of the oil door. This extra piece of glass...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2018, 10:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,873
Posted By wjb
I've found that orange oil does a fantastic job...

I've found that orange oil does a fantastic job cutting through the goo when all the other solvents (alcohol, acetone, MEK, paint thinner, etc) fail. I can get a can of the stuff in the bike section...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 12-09-2018, 10:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,421
Posted By wjb
You are a great Dad! Great flight report, too! ...

You are a great Dad! Great flight report, too! (for my girl, I'd have to go from CA to NY, so ... a few extra days required)
Forum: COMM 12-09-2018, 10:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 551
Posted By wjb
+1 for HAM geeks! 73 de KO6CD (tho, I don't...

+1 for HAM geeks!

73 de KO6CD

(tho, I don't know if I'll install much ham gear in the plane, except an APRS Tx at some time)

K
Forum: California 12-07-2018, 01:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 605
Posted By wjb
The biggest issue is the transit of SFO Bravo. ...

The biggest issue is the transit of SFO Bravo. Options are the "surface" route, where you talk to SFO tower for the transition. (I've done this multiple times, and it's cool to fly over KSFO at 1K...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2018, 08:24 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,929
Posted By wjb
I used two: One from the alternator feed to the...

I used two: One from the alternator feed to the main buss, and one for the electronics buss into the cockpit, installed on the right side of the firewall, together with current measurement...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-20-2018, 10:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 14,257
Posted By wjb
Just did this with my pink -7 cowl ... Now, it's...

Just did this with my pink -7 cowl ... Now, it's soo much easier to get everything to fit. I'll add them back later. Great tip, DanH!
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-17-2018, 07:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 831
Posted By wjb
So, not trusting that I was using DanH's method...

So, not trusting that I was using DanH's method correctly (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=971560&postcount=2), I decided to mount the prop, level the spinner plate and laser it,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-16-2018, 04:49 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,887
Posted By wjb
I have the same one as this; works great. Got it...

I have the same one as this; works great. Got it for $500 ish on sale.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-14-2018, 10:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,540
Posted By wjb
Great report! Thanks for sharing. I'm looking...

Great report! Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to doing similar in a year or so!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-14-2018, 09:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,823
Posted By wjb
Be careful with this. The .dxf file from Van's...

Be careful with this. The .dxf file from Van's for my -7 was unbent; there is a ~1 inch 90 degree bend on the bottom of the panel as shipped from Van's, but their provided .dxf is unbent, implying...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-14-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,880
Posted By wjb
Dan, you're a treasure! I'm cowling now myself,...

Dan, you're a treasure! I'm cowling now myself, and your posts are some of the most useful things I've read. Thanks for being so willing so share.
Forum: California 11-09-2018, 08:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,507
Posted By wjb
Not Kaiser, but I did ask my PMP from Palo Alto...

Not Kaiser, but I did ask my PMP from Palo Alto Medical Foundation/Sutter Health if he'd be game, and he was. I pointed him to the AOPA website and went through the drill. Frankly, it was a better...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-08-2018, 09:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,132
Posted By wjb
... But, they do have those shirts that they wear...

... But, they do have those shirts that they wear at their Oshkosh boot that say (approximately) "We're not happy until you're broke" ... that's serious chutzpah!
Forum: RV-10 11-08-2018, 09:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 644
Posted By wjb
Patch antennas, such as GPS antennas, benefit...

Patch antennas, such as GPS antennas, benefit greatly from being on a ground plane, like the top of the tail cone. It has the benefit also of being 25 to 32 mils thick, and in no need of a fancy...
Forum: RV-14 11-05-2018, 11:06 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 63,247
Posted By wjb
N.I.C.E! Congrats Chris!

N.I.C.E! Congrats Chris!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-04-2018, 04:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 938
Posted By wjb
+1 for Stein; love mine!

+1 for Stein; love mine!
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-03-2018, 05:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 831
Posted By wjb
Asymmetric top cowl trimming?

Hi Guys,

I'm using DanH's cowl trimming technique http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=971560&postcount=2) and have set up equal gaps on the left and right inlets per Dan's...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-01-2018, 10:05 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 16,531
Posted By wjb
I'm using a Powerwerx 2 USB charger. It fits in...

I'm using a Powerwerx 2 USB charger. It fits in a round hole and has faston tabs on the back. It does the internal regulation to 5V for USB...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-23-2018, 10:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 725
Posted By wjb
This is great info ... trimming my spinner for a...

This is great info ... trimming my spinner for a CS Hartzell is in my near future. Thanks for sharing your experiences.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-23-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 536
Posted By wjb
Nice! Always happy to help.

Nice! Always happy to help.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-22-2018, 10:19 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,215
Posted By wjb
Just to add my $0.02 (inflation adjusted) I was...

Just to add my $0.02 (inflation adjusted)

I was initially inclined to use a VP-X -- neat system! --- but, as I was designing my avionics stack, it became clear or me that when in flight, if some...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-22-2018, 05:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 536
Posted By wjb
Here's how I wired mine up .. works...

Here's how I wired mine up .. works great!

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-q9Dxvhf/0/1d6ec579/XL/i-q9Dxvhf-XL.jpg
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-21-2018, 09:00 PM
Replies: 959
Views: 473,726
Posted By wjb
Congrats Dave! I hung my engine a few months...

Congrats Dave! I hung my engine a few months ago, and am now working to fit the baffles and cowls. I had no problem with a "heavy nose" yet but I haven't put the prop on yet. I have a 5 gal bucket...
Forum: RV-10 10-11-2018, 10:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,034
Posted By wjb
The trick I used for my 7 is to screw in a set...

The trick I used for my 7 is to screw in a set screw to limit the depth of penetration of the tiedown ring shaft. This way, you can get the tiedown ring flang (if you have one) right up against the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-08-2018, 08:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 808
Posted By wjb
.. Looks like I'm moving mine now to the outer...

.. Looks like I'm moving mine now to the outer inspection plate. Thanks G3Xperts!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-07-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 808
Posted By wjb
Based on VAF research and wisdom, I'm planning on...

Based on VAF research and wisdom, I'm planning on installing my OAT in the middle of the inboard inspection plate on the bottom of the wing ... no actual flight data yet.

Anyone else have flight...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-03-2018, 09:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 935
Posted By wjb
I have the Dynon converters, too, but haven't...

I have the Dynon converters, too, but haven't tested them yet.

One way to play with them is to put a test load on them and measure the output voltage. Rzbill quotes 180 pF empty, 360 pF full...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-03-2018, 09:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,037
Posted By wjb
Confirmed; I ran into this on my -7; I suggested...

Confirmed; I ran into this on my -7; I suggested to Van's that they should make a note on the drawing to this effect.
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