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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Today, 10:08 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 56,404
Posted By snopercod
Wow! Those 3000 grit Trizact discs really work...

Wow! Those 3000 grit Trizact discs really work well!

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/923/AsMOz0.jpg
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 02:00 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 56,404
Posted By snopercod
I can serve as a bad example!

DanH has put together a great thread here showing us all how it should be done. I'm just an amateur who hates painting, but maybe it would be useful for everybody if I posted a few examples of how it...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Yesterday, 12:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,338
Posted By snopercod
That's the smoking gun (no pun intended) for too...

That's the smoking gun (no pun intended) for too rich a mixture. I used to have a similar problem when the engine was very hot, like when idling on the ground waiting for takeoff on hot days.
Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 04:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 580
Posted By snopercod
You might be able to use a hair dryer to adjust...

You might be able to use a hair dryer to adjust the shape a bit.
Forum: RV-12 Yesterday, 04:16 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,009
Posted By snopercod
On my first landing, I floated for 4,000' :eek:...

On my first landing, I floated for 4,000' :eek: During my transition training we always landed at 85 Kts and I decided to add a few for good measure. It turned out that my static ports needed some...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-18-2018, 07:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 299
Posted By snopercod
I used an SAE Tee like this...

I used an SAE Tee like this (https://www.discounthydraulichose.com/product_p/6803-06-06-04.htm), only I think mine was Parker. I had a -2 AN fitting TIG welded into one of the ends and that is where...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2018, 04:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 907
Posted By snopercod
I calibrated my unit by the seat of my pants; In...

I calibrated my unit by the seat of my pants; In the angle calibration mode, I released the red button just before the stall when the controls got mushy and I felt a slight buffet. During the landing...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-16-2018, 04:37 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 17,142
Posted By snopercod
I like rivets. I actually have several of them in...

I like rivets. I actually have several of them in my plane. I should have pointed out the two rivets on my aileron trim tab :D I'm really looking forward to seeing your RV-9 and I'm sorry your...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-15-2018, 01:09 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 17,142
Posted By snopercod
Bill Repucci drove over from his work and met us...

Bill Repucci drove over from his work and met us at GMU for lunch today. (It's so sad that the poor guy has to work ;)) It was great to finally meet Bill and hear about his RV-9. The three RV...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2018, 03:48 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,717
Posted By snopercod
I remember two from the olden days. One starts...

I remember two from the olden days. One starts with Bad Boys and the other describes Batman doing something nasty to Robin on Yonder Gotham Building. Giggle...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,717
Posted By snopercod
Yes. When soldering, the solder wicks up the...

Yes. When soldering, the solder wicks up the stranded wire and causes a weak point where the solder ends. I've seen a lot of wires break at at that point.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-12-2018, 05:10 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,935
Posted By snopercod
Yup, I have one of those, too.

Yup, I have one of those, too.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-12-2018, 05:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,643
Posted By snopercod
What a great trip! Thanks for the writeup and the...

What a great trip! Thanks for the writeup and the photos. I hope you all had time to eat at Ray's Waterfront by the docks. It's awesome. OK, I'll bite, who's Jane?
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-12-2018, 04:46 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,935
Posted By snopercod
I installed large MOVs across my starter contacts...

I installed large MOVs across my starter contacts and - I'll probably be soundly flamed for this - I didn't run my starter solenoid in series with the master relay. It's on it's own separate circuit....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-11-2018, 05:02 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 56,404
Posted By snopercod
Thanks DanH

What Aluminum said! You photos and commentary really help us amateurs.
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-11-2018, 04:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,892
Posted By snopercod
I would contact Vetterman.

I would contact Vetterman.
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-11-2018, 08:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,892
Posted By snopercod
Here's how I did mine. The crossover exhaust was...

Here's how I did mine. The crossover exhaust was made by Custom Aircraft Parts (http://www.customaircraft.com/) in El Cajon, CA and I've been very happy with it. There's about 1" of clearance top and...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-10-2018, 03:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,892
Posted By snopercod
Your cockpit will be a lot quieter and the belly...

Your cockpit will be a lot quieter and the belly will be a lot cleaner if you put down-turns on those pipes.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-10-2018, 04:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,554
Posted By snopercod
Very impressive work! You will get a lot less...

Very impressive work! You will get a lot less pressure drop with those nice, smooth transitions. I did something similar on my plane, but split the plenum into two 2" inlets - one on either side of...
Forum: Safety 06-10-2018, 04:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 964
Posted By snopercod
Don't beat yourself up. I did that once, too....

Don't beat yourself up. I did that once, too. It's easy to do.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-09-2018, 04:04 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 56,404
Posted By snopercod
You are not alone. DanH is looking for a new host...

You are not alone. DanH is looking for a new host for his photos.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2018, 02:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 926
Posted By snopercod
Sounds to me like you need a rotary switch:...

Sounds to me like you need a rotary switch: OFF-LANDING-WIG/WAG-STROBE
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-09-2018, 01:32 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 56,404
Posted By snopercod
Razor Blade Trick

So today I used the razor blade trick to taper down the new paint. It worked pretty well but I have two recommendations. First, putting the razor blade in a vice and using a steel rod to curl over...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-08-2018, 02:10 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 56,404
Posted By snopercod
Sorry, I was misspelling it. It's Ful-Thane...

Sorry, I was misspelling it. It's Ful-Thane (http://www.axaltacs.com/content/dam/NA/HQ/Public/Nason/Documents/TDS/NSN-TDS-Ful-Thane-IB-Quality-Eng.pdf) and is a "urethane single-stage topcoat". I...
Forum: ADS-B 06-08-2018, 12:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 607
Posted By snopercod
What is done at my airport is the maintenance...

What is done at my airport is the maintenance shop at the FBO sets up a date and everybody needing a transponder check or pitot/static check shows up on that day. The avionics shop with the equipment...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-08-2018, 12:34 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 56,404
Posted By snopercod
What grit do you start out with for a run?

What grit do you start out with for a run?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-08-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 56,404
Posted By snopercod
Nib File

Oh! That looks very handy. Thanks for the tip!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-08-2018, 11:27 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 56,404
Posted By snopercod
A Run Razor...

A Run Razor (https://www.amazon.com/Motor-Guard-MSTL15525-Razor-Shaving/dp/B00946NFBC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1528478852&sr=8-2&keywords=run+razor+shaving+tool), perhaps? I have one of those but it's...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-08-2018, 10:07 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 56,404
Posted By snopercod
Yes. I guess I should have, but I really didn't...

Yes. I guess I should have, but I really didn't want to paint the entire cowling top. I guess I'll try the razor blade trick discussed earlier. Thanks for the suggestions.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-08-2018, 07:34 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 56,404
Posted By snopercod
Blending

Anyone know the best way to blend something like this? It's single stage Full-Thane.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/923/13bxiC.jpg
Forum: Southeast 06-08-2018, 05:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 499
Posted By snopercod
There's a RV-4 guy at Asheville who does...

There's a RV-4 guy at Asheville who does formation flying.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 06-07-2018, 05:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,033
Posted By snopercod
That's something I never thought of. I don't want...

That's something I never thought of. I don't want to embarrass anyone, but how does one lose a fuel cap?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-07-2018, 01:38 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 56,404
Posted By snopercod
Dan, is there any chance we can get your original...

Dan, is there any chance we can get your original photos back?
Forum: RV-12 06-06-2018, 03:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,710
Posted By snopercod
Great writeup!

What a great writeup! The photos were amazing, and you commentary had me chuckling. Thanks for the link!
Forum: Safety 06-05-2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,506
Posted By snopercod
Well the "Medium" (blue) Loctite isn't very...

Well the "Medium" (blue) Loctite isn't very difficult to break free. I don't understand why you don't recommend using it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,476
Posted By snopercod
I never believed it until spent two full years...

I never believed it until spent two full years sanding/filling/primering/sanding/primering/filling/ over and over (The curse of a fiberglass airplane). I was pretty much a broken man after that...
Forum: Safety 06-05-2018, 11:14 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,506
Posted By snopercod
What are your thoughts on Loctite?

What are your thoughts on Loctite?
Forum: ADS-B 06-05-2018, 05:23 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 10,233
Posted By snopercod
I had that happen recently. The altitude being...

I had that happen recently. The altitude being sent was off by 2,000' IIRC. Turned out to be a loose connection to the encoder.

Interesting trivia regarding the anonymous mode and FlightAware: If...
Forum: Safety 06-05-2018, 05:08 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,506
Posted By snopercod
On my inboard gear door - a high vibration area...

On my inboard gear door - a high vibration area on takeoff - I found a loose jamb nut which allowed the rod end to partially unscrew. I didn't notice it but my tail-cam video showed that the door...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 06-03-2018, 01:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,257
Posted By snopercod
This is a great idea, but I'm not visualizing how...

This is a great idea, but I'm not visualizing how it would all fit together on my carbureted O-290-D2. My intake tubes have flanges on the ends. So the new billet pieces (not sure what you call them)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2018, 01:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,969
Posted By snopercod
Being able to power your camera and record audio...

Being able to power your camera and record audio simultaneously is a real benefit. I can't do that on my Garmin Virb unless I make my own cable. The battery life on the Garmin is maybe 3 hrs. if I'm...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-01-2018, 05:22 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 17,142
Posted By snopercod
Will do, but we'd like to see your plane! The...

Will do, but we'd like to see your plane! The B-17 will be at GMU tomorrow and Sunday, too, for anybody that's interested.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-01-2018, 01:55 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 17,142
Posted By snopercod
The monsoon season finally let up after two weeks...

The monsoon season finally let up after two weeks of solid rain, so Darwin and I took the opportunity to fly to GMU for lunch and to get some photos with the EAA...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-30-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,040
Posted By snopercod
Wow! That's really something!

Wow! That's really something!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2018, 03:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 529
Posted By snopercod
I recently emailed some ADS-B antenna questions...

I recently emailed some ADS-B antenna questions to Don Pansier (Delta Pop) and he took the time to answer them in great detail. If I ever need an antenna, I'll definitely buy it from him.
Forum: ADS-B 05-28-2018, 06:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 417
Posted By snopercod
It should come up in the Configuration mode if...

It should come up in the Configuration mode if you click GDL-82 on the first screen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YTIdVMZjFg
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-27-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,373
Posted By snopercod
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/924/...

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/924/wS3oeF.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2018, 02:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,969
Posted By snopercod
Whatever camera you choose, you're gonna' need a...

Whatever camera you choose, you're gonna' need a massive hard drive for your videos. Those videos take up several Gigs each. I've filled up 3TB already.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-27-2018, 02:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 373
Posted By snopercod
An old machinist trick: When drilling brass,...

An old machinist trick: When drilling brass, round off the corners of the drill bit with a stone. That keeps the bit from "grabbing". That's what I did when I drilled out the nozzle in my MA-3SPA....
Forum: COMM 05-25-2018, 05:22 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,060
Posted By snopercod
I finally found some more detailed information on...

I finally found some more detailed information on my Archer SA-005 transponder antenna. Source (https://www.cumulus-soaring.com/misc/sportcraft/SA005.pdf)Since Garmin specifies "VSWR < 1.7:1 at 978...
Forum: COMM 05-24-2018, 05:11 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,060
Posted By snopercod
Thanks, Bob. There's a lot of black magic...

Thanks, Bob. There's a lot of black magic involved here. If I only had an Anritsu antenna analyzer, but the $4,000 price is prohibitive.
Forum: COMM 05-24-2018, 12:45 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,060
Posted By snopercod
Thanks for that. I think those are called "blade"...

Thanks for that. I think those are called "blade" antennas and are supposed to be broadband. I wish I had the equipment to play around with these various antennas. I made up a ground plane for my UAT...
Forum: COMM 05-24-2018, 10:54 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,060
Posted By snopercod
For the record, I measured some transponder...

For the record, I measured some transponder antennas today. From the face of the ground plane to the tip of the ball was:

1090 MHz quarter wave spike antenna = 2.43" (4.86" for half wave)
978 UAT...
Forum: COMM 05-23-2018, 04:32 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,060
Posted By snopercod
I really didn't state it correctly. The figure...

I really didn't state it correctly. The figure eight radiation pattern has nulls off the ends of the antenna - up and down in my installation. The problem I have is that the antenna is printed on a...
Forum: COMM 05-23-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,060
Posted By snopercod
OK, I got my transponder/UAT recertified today....

OK, I got my transponder/UAT recertified today. Signal strength was fine front to back, but lower (but acceptable) side to side. That's due to the figure eight radiation pattern of my half-wave...
Forum: COMM 05-22-2018, 04:02 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,060
Posted By snopercod
I have anonymous mode <evil grin>

I have anonymous mode <evil grin>
Forum: COMM 05-22-2018, 02:05 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,060
Posted By snopercod
That makes a lot of sense. That's probably the...

That makes a lot of sense. That's probably the explanation for this wacky system. Also, like you said, in 2020 the ground stations will only be needed for weather.
Forum: COMM 05-22-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,060
Posted By snopercod
I'm still having trouble with that. Wasn't the...

I'm still having trouble with that. Wasn't the whole idea behind this ADS-B system "free-flight" so that we no longer needed ATC radar for traffic separation? Maybe there's a technical reason for the...
Forum: COMM 05-22-2018, 11:39 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,060
Posted By snopercod
I just figured that out. Duh... On the map above,...

I just figured that out. Duh... On the map above, the darker areas are Radar Coverage and the light green are ADS-B coverage, both at 500' AGL. Even at 1.500' AGL where I was mostly flying, I was out...
Forum: COMM 05-21-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,060
Posted By snopercod
One would think that they'd be eager to show...

One would think that they'd be eager to show themselves to us "little guys", but then they mostly fly IFR and are used to ATC providing separation. I suppose this will all sort itself out in 2020...
Forum: COMM 05-21-2018, 06:07 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,060
Posted By snopercod
That's the way I did it, and the coax connector...

That's the way I did it, and the coax connector is facing forward. One advantage to a half-wave dipole antenna in the ADS-B world is that it receives signals equally from above and below. Mine is...
Forum: COMM 05-21-2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,060
Posted By snopercod
Here's the ground track of my recent flight to...

Here's the ground track of my recent flight to Pickens [LQK] overlaid on the coverage map. I was a "Client" only 41% of the time. I was at 4,500' most of the way. There is a second ground station in...
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