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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-30-2019, 06:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,293
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Simple to do with a vise. Replace the broken...

Simple to do with a vise.

Replace the broken one and fabricate a set of replacements to keep in your flyaway kit.
Forum: Midwest 11-30-2019, 04:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 607
Posted By Kyle Boatright
The reality is you'll finish it MUCH faster if...

The reality is you'll finish it MUCH faster if you can work on it at home. Food is closer. A restroom is closer. The couch and a beer are closer for when you make a mistake. It is easier to heat...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2019, 03:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 542
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Can you get a hotstrip near the corner of the...

Can you get a hotstrip near the corner of the pan? Aluminum conducts heat pretty well, so the exact location of the strip isn't critical.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2019, 07:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 237
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Gretz Heated Pitot - Need Instructions

Years ago, I got a deal on a second hand Gretz heated pitot.

Unfortunately, when I pulled it off the shelf this evening, there are/were no instructions and I can't find instructions online other...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-29-2019, 06:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,231
Posted By Kyle Boatright
It would be helpful if the OP would supply a bit...

It would be helpful if the OP would supply a bit of feedback on the temperatures his parts were subject to while curing. More paint will just blush again if that was the problem and it remains cold...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-28-2019, 09:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,231
Posted By Kyle Boatright
This is good advice if the paint blushed. I would...

This is good advice if the paint blushed. I would suggest starting with 1200 and finishing with 2000 grit before buffing. In this case (blush) you don't need to remove much material.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-28-2019, 12:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,231
Posted By Kyle Boatright
That can happen if the paint cures at a...

That can happen if the paint cures at a relatively low temperature. How warm or cold was it in the 8 (?) hours following paint application?

Alternately, this can happen (to some extent) if you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,728
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Nice write up. I saw a guy in a T-6 give a bunch...

Nice write up.

I saw a guy in a T-6 give a bunch of landing aircraft a scare at a fly-in once upon a time. He was sitting perpendicular to the runway, located right at the normal touch-down point...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-28-2019, 11:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 769
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I have a fixture I made of PVC and pipe...

I have a fixture I made of PVC and pipe insulation that fits over the rudder and vertical stab. It has worked well for years and does a pretty good job of preventing leveraged point loads on the...
Forum: RV-10 11-27-2019, 07:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 457
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Like avionics, LED technology is improving...

Like avionics, LED technology is improving rapidly. Buy the light mount kit and blank light holder from Duckworks, install it as you're building your wings, then pick your light(s) near the end of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2019, 09:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,461
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Check to see what it contains. I'd stay away...

Check to see what it contains. I'd stay away from anything with alcohol in it.
Forum: Interiors 11-24-2019, 10:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,040
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Instead of painting the acrylic, why not put a...

Instead of painting the acrylic, why not put a layer of vinyl (your choice of colors) over the portion of the canopy you'd like to paint? That way, you wouldn't damage the canopy, and, if desired,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2019, 06:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 999
Posted By Kyle Boatright
A workable, but not ideal, solution is to do your...

A workable, but not ideal, solution is to do your final assembly on the ramp, but find a nearby hangar where you can keep a rolling toolbox and whatever the next pieces are you plan to install.
Forum: Propellers 11-24-2019, 06:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,558
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Why not have the existing prop repitched?

Why not have the existing prop repitched?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 564
Posted By Kyle Boatright
If the old tank is still attached, I'd draw pairs...

If the old tank is still attached, I'd draw pairs of lines that intersect over the centers of each existing hole. Then drill at the intersection.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-22-2019, 06:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,375
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I've used a 10x10 folding beach canopy (no...

I've used a 10x10 folding beach canopy (no sidewalls) when painting a lot of things. Wings and fuselage, not so much. A 10x20 would feel tight painting wings and fuselage, but it would be workable,...
Forum: RV-14 11-21-2019, 08:33 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,509
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Go with what you're comfortable with. The -14A's...

Go with what you're comfortable with. The -14A's nosegear design is robust and you'll have more potential buyers if you ever sell. I'd roll with that.
Forum: RV-14 11-21-2019, 07:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 395
Posted By Kyle Boatright
They don't all run the same path. The -10 and -14...

They don't all run the same path. The -10 and -14 run them down the middle, the others go down the sides (dunno about the -12). Either way, there are minor course corrections along the way which is...
Forum: RV-14 11-21-2019, 07:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 395
Posted By Kyle Boatright
That basic design has been proven in 10,000+...

That basic design has been proven in 10,000+ RV's. It works. That said, watch the bushings for signs of wear. I'm still at virtually zero wear after 1200 hours...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,604
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Plus he has written a series of articles in...

Plus he has written a series of articles in Kitplanes if you have access to their archives.
Forum: Painting your RV 11-20-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,506
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Probably not more durable. The vinyl trim on my...

Probably not more durable. The vinyl trim on my RV-6 (there's not much of it) is in much worse shape than the 18 year old paint.

I am also of the opinion that you still need to prime under vinyl to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2019, 08:16 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,139
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Back in the day, most all of us built our own...

Back in the day, most all of us built our own hoses, and even now, many people still do. I don't remember any failures from improper hose assembly.

I think TS Flightlines and others in the hose...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-17-2019, 08:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,747
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Spray foam has a bad history in filling wingtips....

Spray foam has a bad history in filling wingtips. It does weird expansion/contraction things. Use the search function and you'll find some examples.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2019, 08:37 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,139
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Testing thoughts: I built a test rig from a...

Testing thoughts:

I built a test rig from a rotary actuated hydraulic cylinder. I turned a wheel and a piston moved, creating pressure. It was an industrial component we were throwing out at work....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2019, 06:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 668
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Doesn't the roll bar land right in an area where...

Doesn't the roll bar land right in an area where the longeron has a bend? I know it did on the -6 and the plans instructed you to shim it to plumb.

That's what I'd do in your case.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2019, 06:56 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,139
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I made all the lines for my -6 using Earl's...

I made all the lines for my -6 using Earl's fittings and teflon lined stainless lines.

On the -10, I didn't feel like fooling with it and had Tom make the lines.

It all comes down to time vs money....
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-15-2019, 02:08 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 15,943
Posted By Kyle Boatright
NO. The metal prop for an O-320 is redlined at...

NO. The metal prop for an O-320 is redlined at 2600 RPM rpm. Do not overspeed it.
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-12-2019, 09:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 607
Posted By Kyle Boatright
All of the cylinders are probably hooked to the...

All of the cylinders are probably hooked to the rotary switch. You just turn the dial to "1" and the gauge shows what that cylinder is doing. Then rotate it to "2" and the gauge will read what's...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-12-2019, 08:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 607
Posted By Kyle Boatright
What ignition system are you running? The ADV...

What ignition system are you running? The ADV switch reminds me of the original Electroair systems where you could run fixed or variable timing at the flip of a switch. The 1-2-3-4 rotary switch...
Forum: Rocket 11-10-2019, 02:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,325
Posted By Kyle Boatright
The plans that came with my RV-6 showed small...

The plans that came with my RV-6 showed small springs holding up the gear leg fairings. The intersection fairings kept the gear leg fairings aligned.
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-06-2019, 08:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 766
Posted By Kyle Boatright
The newer kits had pre punched firewalls and pre...

The newer kits had pre punched firewalls and pre punched wing, aileron, and flap skins. I think the tail skins might have been pre punched too.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-03-2019, 12:04 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,271
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I've used a heating pad (human variety) as a...

I've used a heating pad (human variety) as a battery warmer over the years. I don't see why a dog heating pad wouldn't work just fine. Do you plan to throw a packing blanket (or equivalent) over...
Forum: RV-10 10-27-2019, 07:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 534
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I recommend painting the interior, installing the...

I recommend painting the interior, installing the cabin top, and finishing the doors and windows (all the way through cosmetic fiberglass work) before putting the airplane on its gear. That means...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-27-2019, 03:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,440
Posted By Kyle Boatright
$28K is a lot. I think you will find most...

$28K is a lot.

I think you will find most "green" RV-10's come in the low/mid teens. After that, there's the expense of stripping the old paint scheme, which is a rotten job and might add a couple...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2019, 12:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 633
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I chased mine for a couple of weeks before I...

I chased mine for a couple of weeks before I spent the money and time on a fuel pump. I pretty much ruled everything else out first, but only considered the pump to be the "likely" problem when I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 633
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Do you have a fuel pressure gauge? If you're...

Do you have a fuel pressure gauge? If you're losing pressure, it'll tell you.

When my fuel pump went bad a few years ago, it was only obvious in climb, presumably because the airplane's attitude...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-27-2019, 10:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,743
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Nobody can afford to build an RV-10 while keeping...

Nobody can afford to build an RV-10 while keeping his cuss jar current.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2019, 07:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,442
Posted By Kyle Boatright
That's kinda frightening with a >$100k...

That's kinda frightening with a >$100k investment, especially when you're uninsured during the flyoff phase - probably your highest risk period from a hull loss perspective. Is that common knowledge...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2019, 06:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 605
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Defer, defer, defer... You will spend the better...

Defer, defer, defer...

You will spend the better part of a year on your cabin top, windows, and doors, assuming you do all of your own work, including interior paint, exterior paint prep, etc. IMO,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-16-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,541
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Honestly, the time when you need a helper to...

Honestly, the time when you need a helper to rivet is pretty limited. I’d guess 20 hours or so on each of my projects.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-15-2019, 06:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,541
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Especially if you try to perfect the fiberglass...

Especially if you try to perfect the fiberglass on a -10. Just amazing.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-14-2019, 02:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 869
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I added a 696 to my panel a decade or so ago. To...

I added a 696 to my panel a decade or so ago.

To catch the chips, I laid towels and sheets all over the floorboards and interior of the aircraft. Canopy too.

On the panel itself, I made a diaper...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-13-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 402
Posted By Kyle Boatright
It was Positech. I had one originally (probably...

It was Positech. I had one originally (probably purchased in 1999 or 2000). I think they offered their re-core program in 2001 or 2002. In the interim (after suffering oil cooling problems) I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2019, 08:15 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,666
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I can't tell you if it is typical. I can tell you...

I can't tell you if it is typical. I can tell you that it is awful.
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-10-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 428
Posted By Kyle Boatright
You need helpers and padded sawhorses. Not...

You need helpers and padded sawhorses. Not dollies.

You carry the wings to the approximate location and set 'em on padded sawhorses. Then you remove the sawhorses and insert the wings, holding them...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2019, 06:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 570
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Sawhorses with padding. Ratchet and...

Sawhorses with padding.

Ratchet and sockets

Wrenches

Drifts to drive out the spar bolts.

Small hammer to help drive out the bolts.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-08-2019, 06:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 999
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Do you have any air dams in front of #1 and #2? ...

Do you have any air dams in front of #1 and #2? You might try some aluminum tape to see if that redirects air to #3. An air dam in front of #1 helped my #3 cylinder.
Forum: Primers 10-05-2019, 07:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,105
Posted By Kyle Boatright
There are less expensive options...

There are less expensive options here:

https://www.summitracing.com/search?SortBy=BestKeywordMatch&SortOrder=Ascending&keyword=paint%20respirator
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-03-2019, 09:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 967
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I used brake fluid from the local auto parts...

I used brake fluid from the local auto parts store in mine. The pint (?) cost $5 or so.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-02-2019, 06:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,838
Posted By Kyle Boatright
If squeezing the last fraction of a knot out is...

If squeezing the last fraction of a knot out is your ultimate goal, a small gap is your friend. But the price is a challenge getting the cowl on and off. I would go with 1/4” minimum. It is no fun...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2019, 02:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,131
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I remove the wheel, deflate the tire, then place...

I remove the wheel, deflate the tire, then place the wheel flat on the ground on a piece of cardboard or plywood. Then I stand on the sidewalls to break the bead loose.
Forum: RV-14 09-30-2019, 07:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,348
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Absolutely, as long as you're willing to store...

Absolutely, as long as you're willing to store completed assemblies elsewhere.

During the months while you're building the primary structure, nothing will be more than about 15' long, so you'll be...
Forum: Propellers 09-29-2019, 07:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 416
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I'd be tempted to pad it and put it in one of the...

I'd be tempted to pad it and put it in one of the large cardboard tubes that are used as concrete forms. They can be sourced at your local home improvement store.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-29-2019, 06:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,644
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Van's fairings are pretty good as are some of the...

Van's fairings are pretty good as are some of the third party fairings.

But making your own guarantees a good fit. Remember, every 5 minute shortcut you take on making the form or mold will cost...
Forum: Tools 09-29-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,246
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Cordless drills are fine. I drilled,...

Cordless drills are fine. I drilled, countersunk, and deburred most of the holes in my RV-6 with one and have used one exclusively on the RV-10. I just don't enjoy the noise of a single stage...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-28-2019, 06:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 561
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Apologies. That's what we have here. I'm still...

Apologies. That's what we have here.

I'm still on my first set after almost 19 years.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-28-2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 561
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Home Depot and Lowe’s both carry them here.

Home Depot and Lowe’s both carry them here.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-26-2019, 09:00 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 57,793
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I think what you want is enough material to touch...

I think what you want is enough material to touch the cowl plus an inch or maybe a bit less. Seals which are too long will cause the seal edge to bend down and away from the cowl after the point of...
Forum: RV-10 09-24-2019, 11:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 595
Posted By Kyle Boatright
The top item is either the shims and doublers for...

The top item is either the shims and doublers for around the baggage door or the doublers which are used in securing the cabin top to the fuselage.

I also see the smaller pieces which help hold fuel...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-22-2019, 08:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 950
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Most people seem to have solved this problem by...

Most people seem to have solved this problem by splitting the tip's trailing edge, aligning it, the re-gluing it. You'd have to de-rivet the rib for that to work and you'd have to change the rivet...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 09-20-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,239
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Whether you knew Mark or not, this should be a...

Whether you knew Mark or not, this should be a good event. The folks up at CZL (Calhoun, GA - 50 miles NW of Atlanta) are very GA friendly.
Forum: RV-10 09-20-2019, 01:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,106
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Same here.

Same here.
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