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Forum: RV-7/7A 01-12-2020, 08:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 602
Posted By Girraf
Yes and No. The only control surface on the 7...

Yes and No. The only control surface on the 7 with a riveted trailing edge is the rudder. Everything else (elevators, flaps, and ailerons) are folded.
Forum: RV-14 01-06-2020, 07:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 327
Posted By Girraf
Just as he said. The pilot on the countersink...

Just as he said. The pilot on the countersink cutter engages nicely in the funnel/threaded portion of the nutplate to act as a centering device. Some builders have opted to create a jig to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-05-2020, 09:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,178
Posted By Girraf
Every theoretical wing swap evolution would...

Every theoretical wing swap evolution would probably trigger another phase 1 type of event.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2020, 07:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 651
Posted By Girraf
Congrats! I too lurked for a while to help me...

Congrats! I too lurked for a while to help me figure out if building was right for me. This forum was the nudge I needed and it continues to be a valuable source through my project. Don't...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-03-2020, 09:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,505
Posted By Girraf
I have some 450 Cleco-lock clecos from ATS and...

I have some 450 Cleco-lock clecos from ATS and theyíve never given me a problem. Purchased in a few different lots over the span of 18 months so presumably not all from the same manufacturing batch....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-28-2019, 09:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,233
Posted By Girraf
I would never pull a cylinder based on a single...

I would never pull a cylinder based on a single compression test. And yes, multiple compression tests in a row isn't the same as doing a compression test after another hour of flight
Forum: Primers 12-26-2019, 08:27 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 28,521
Posted By Girraf
I've seen it done like that before. Builders...

I've seen it done like that before. Builders have masked off exterior surfaced of skin that get covered by a lap joint (ie. L/R wing skin joint, fwd and rear aileron skins at the spar, upper and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-25-2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 620
Posted By Girraf
You were more heavy handed than necessary. That...

You were more heavy handed than necessary. That said, I don't think what you did warrants replacement. I'll have to look at mine again to see how aggressive I was.
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-24-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,346
Posted By Girraf
This is exactly how I got my build going. My...

This is exactly how I got my build going. My unfinished basement makes a great workspace because its here at home and climate controlled. I'm about to start my fuselage here soon and even some of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-22-2019, 07:17 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,331
Posted By Girraf
I started my project with a loose breakdown...

I started my project with a loose breakdown between airframe/powerplant/avionics at (33k/33k/33k) for a rough 100k. I'm also fully expecting some cost creep in there so if I come in around 120k for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2019, 05:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,350
Posted By Girraf
Took our dog flying for the first time a few...

Took our dog flying for the first time a few months ago in my cherokee. He is quite spastic (Australian Shepherd), but with my wife sitting in the back seat holding him, he did just fine. Wasn't...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-09-2019, 08:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,505
Posted By Girraf
A seasoned builder saw a dimpled nutplate on my...

A seasoned builder saw a dimpled nutplate on my project and asked why in the world I would do that. Told me about NAS1097 rivets. I started using them and never looked back.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2019, 08:47 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,208
Posted By Girraf
Hard to be unique when even the most under...

Hard to be unique when even the most under utilized character shows up 6700+ times.

I think uniqueness is derived more so from the assembly of the all potential characters than simply picking the...
Forum: Tools 12-06-2019, 08:51 PM
Replies: 10
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Views: 955
Posted By Girraf
Bought many tools from ATS (lots of clecos, cleco...

Bought many tools from ATS (lots of clecos, cleco clamps, rivet gun, palm drill, drill bits)....always been pleased.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-06-2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,551
Posted By Girraf
I'm probably in the "deburr more than I need to"...

I'm probably in the "deburr more than I need to" category. I too wonder if I'm spending too much time doing it but on the other hand I hear from experienced builders that a big chunk of the build...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-30-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 978
Posted By Girraf
Sent the photos over to Vans. The agreed the...

Sent the photos over to Vans. The agreed the result was less than ideal but as I suspected, they (Gary) suggested leaving things be as it wasn't likely to cause an issue in the future.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-24-2019, 09:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,576
Posted By Girraf
May be strange coming from another user who just...

May be strange coming from another user who just today asked a similar question albeit for blind rivets......but I wouldn't even think twice here. Those look more than adequate. There will be so...
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 11-24-2019, 08:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,842
Posted By Girraf
Sheesh...What did that buck look like?

Sheesh...What did that buck look like?
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-24-2019, 02:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 978
Posted By Girraf
Drill out or Build on (leading edge ribs)

I went ahead an decided to use MSP cherry rivets from the start for my leading edge ribs to spar web. I had no interest in the purist approach using solid rivets when an easier solution is...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-12-2019, 09:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 425
Posted By Girraf
MK-319BS are the flush blind rivets I have used...

MK-319BS are the flush blind rivets I have used in place of AN426AD3-3.5.
Forum: RV-14 10-19-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,469
Posted By Girraf
I'm building in my basement. The climate...

I'm building in my basement. The climate controlled space has been a wonderful build space but the fuselage will have to be done in the garage when large parts start coming together. I only have a...
Forum: Primers 10-05-2019, 09:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,973
Posted By Girraf
I've heard P60G2 is tinted green only in the US. ...

I've heard P60G2 is tinted green only in the US. I use the stuff and can confirm it is green. Overseas however, there isn't a color tint, so the quickbuilds from the Philippines don't exhibit the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2019, 07:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 750
Posted By Girraf
I wouldn't even think of giving someone 30-40k...

I wouldn't even think of giving someone 30-40k without then owning something for that money. That's a stiff deposit for the right to essentially rent the airplane.

On the flip side, do you really...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-30-2019, 07:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,424
Posted By Girraf
I bought my tools separately. Don't know if that...

I bought my tools separately. Don't know if that was cost effective but it avoided buying things in a kit that I didn't want. Jason Ellis (palamedes here on VAF) put together a tool list that I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2019, 05:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,048
Posted By Girraf
my wedge tool will only move the puller head...

my wedge tool will only move the puller head about 15 degrees off the vertical.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-22-2019, 07:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,751
Posted By Girraf
That's super minor. Buff out the sharp edges of...

That's super minor. Buff out the sharp edges of the scar on the spar web with a scotch brite and touch up with primer.

I'm in the go plane category myself. If its looks pretty in the end, all the...
Forum: Northeast 09-21-2019, 11:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 799
Posted By Girraf
I drop into 69N once a year to visit my college...

I drop into 69N once a year to visit my college roommate. Neat airport with the Lehigh water gap immediately north. There is a real gentle hike called "bake oven" about 7 miles west of the airport...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2019, 09:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 895
Posted By Girraf
How could that be possible if full quickbuild...

How could that be possible if full quickbuild kits still meet the 51% rule?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2019, 08:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 895
Posted By Girraf
Immediately after finishing all my wing rib prep,...

Immediately after finishing all my wing rib prep, I semi-jokingly suggested to Van's they offer something like a quickbuild light option that did exactly as your proposing. Having now experienced...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-23-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 952
Posted By Girraf
Quite fancy. Let us know if you come across...

Quite fancy. Let us know if you come across other times it was handy to have. I went far more low tech and bent that portion of the tab with my hands.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-23-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,263
Posted By Girraf
I (and many others) had this same problem. I...

I (and many others) had this same problem. I fixed it by adjusting the bend radius and location of the flange coming off the root rib. In particular, I moved the apex of the flange bend in such a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-23-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,299
Posted By Girraf
I find this forum (and supporting online build...

I find this forum (and supporting online build logs) to be an indispensable supplement to the instructions. With the z brackets in particular, I spent the most non-build research time trying to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-12-2019, 03:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 691
Posted By Girraf
Reversing stiffener orientation on tanks

I've looked at a lot of build logs and everyone seems to have installed the stiffeners according the drawings (with the vertical member toward the aft side). I match drilled mine to the skins in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2019, 07:55 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,236
Posted By Girraf
Mike bullock(RV-7) and Jason Ellis (RV-10) were...

Mike bullock(RV-7) and Jason Ellis (RV-10) were the guys who helped me see that its in the realm of possible with their build log/ videos. My wife and I also got our first RV rides in an RV-6...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2019, 07:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,454
Posted By Girraf
If Van's thought reamers were really necessary, I...

If Van's thought reamers were really necessary, I figure they would have told us to use them. I stick with drill bits, but what do I know.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-19-2019, 07:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 959
Posted By Girraf
Appreciate the feedback. Iím cruising right...

Appreciate the feedback. Iím cruising right along.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-16-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 959
Posted By Girraf
Wing skin Gap

Right wing is clecoed up and I have a 1/32" gap from root to tip between my fuel tank/leading edge sub-assemblies and the main wing top skins. The gap between the tank an leading edge at the splice...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-07-2019, 01:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 571
Posted By Girraf
I got the same oil canning when I dimpled the...

I got the same oil canning when I dimpled the doubler plate. I powered through the challenges of squeezing the nutplate rivets onto the then wavy doubler plate. I did not try to correct the problem...
Forum: Southeast 06-23-2019, 08:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,791
Posted By Girraf
Someone here is building I think a 7 in Ozark, AL.

Someone here is building I think a 7 in Ozark, AL.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2019, 07:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 395
Posted By Girraf
Pro tip: People with peanut allergies can eat...

Pro tip: People with peanut allergies can eat things cooked in peanut oil. The processing into oil removes the allergen. Of course my wife is the only data point for that but that's the literature...
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-09-2019, 06:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,705
Posted By Girraf
I was under dimpling when I started too. I...

I was under dimpling when I started too. I didn't get the help I needed until another builder pointed out my error, but fortunately for me I hadn't started riveted more than a couple skin rivets at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2019, 07:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,332
Posted By Girraf
I was hoping there would be a trip report on...

I was hoping there would be a trip report on this...Thanks for the summary. After reading the course description, I was a little concerned it would have been heavy on paperwork/history so I'm happy...
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-07-2019, 05:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,559
Posted By Girraf
Congrats Markus. I had the same excitement when...

Congrats Markus. I had the same excitement when I built my practice project. Its a great ice breaker into the build world. Look forward to seeing it finished and your new outlook.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-02-2019, 07:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,192
Posted By Girraf
I believe Vans updated the drawings but not the...

I believe Vans updated the drawings but not the instructions. I just went back and re-read them and sure enough they say to center that hole in the center of the bend radius which is how it was done...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-28-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,334
Posted By Girraf
Not ideal but if those holes are cause to scrap...

Not ideal but if those holes are cause to scrap the parts, I'd be shocked and would have to re-evaluate my own standards of acceptability in my project. The worst offense I can tell is hole #1 on...
Forum: Tools 05-24-2019, 11:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 974
Posted By Girraf
I started with a 5 gal oilless model (that I...

I started with a 5 gal oilless model (that I already owned) and it worked perfectly fine. I treated myself to a Kobalt brand 2 stage 30 gallon oiled model from Lowes with my wing kit to enhance my...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-23-2019, 10:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,136
Posted By Girraf
I'd guess that 90% of drilling operations for...

I'd guess that 90% of drilling operations for this whole plane will be in place, and a drill press will be of no help in those situations.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-22-2019, 03:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,136
Posted By Girraf
I built my empennage with only an electric drill...

I built my empennage with only an electric drill and a pancake compressor running my rivet gun and squeezer. Worked just fine and I believe would continue to work, just with some limitations.

As...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-21-2019, 07:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,705
Posted By Girraf
Did you enlarge the wrong hole? Why arenít both...

Did you enlarge the wrong hole? Why arenít both the big holes for the relief notch not tangent to your vertical line there? Bottom one looks ok but the top on has me puzzled
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2019, 03:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,120
Posted By Girraf
Keepin it simple....Love it.

Keepin it simple....Love it.
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-09-2019, 08:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,705
Posted By Girraf
My plans showed the doublers very similar but...

My plans showed the doublers very similar but have call outs indicating that the edges where they are connected are the bottoms and the outside edges are the tops which helps you get them oriented on...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-04-2019, 04:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,712
Posted By Girraf
I track my shop time in a spreadsheet each day...

I track my shop time in a spreadsheet each day with the days activities. I snap a bunch of photos with the phone and upload them to my google drive regularly, but only a handful include me because...
Forum: RV-14 04-28-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,245
Posted By Girraf
I saw photos just a few weeks ago where someone...

I saw photos just a few weeks ago where someone corrected a similar mistake by flowing metal into the hole with an appropriate welding tool, dressing smooth, and re-drilling. That's the route I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-28-2019, 04:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,192
Posted By Girraf
Nice one! As long as you can either form the...

Nice one!

As long as you can either form the shop head or get the manufactured head to sit flat, its probably fine. Might even be able to grind a little flat spot on the manufactured head if you...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-27-2019, 09:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,192
Posted By Girraf
By the time you have the skin on the structure to...

By the time you have the skin on the structure to mark the hole, your probably match drilling anyway. The fit is snug but i didn't have any problem with it.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-27-2019, 09:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,231
Posted By Girraf
I didn't build the tool box, but he aileron...

I didn't build the tool box, but he aileron practice kit that I built at an EAA workshop was pulled off the shelf a few times during my empennage build to practice new techniques before attempting...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-27-2019, 09:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,192
Posted By Girraf
You didn't ask me, but I'll tell you anyway. I...

You didn't ask me, but I'll tell you anyway. I left those angles untrimmed until I match drilled the skin to the spar. You just have to deal with a little binding/interference with the root rib...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-27-2019, 04:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,192
Posted By Girraf
I never saw the old plans, but I figured they...

I never saw the old plans, but I figured they changed the guidance when they released the service bulletin. When I was researching build logs (pre Service bulletin), I noticed the notch was much...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2019, 04:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,354
Posted By Girraf
I immediately noticed the puff of smoke when I...

I immediately noticed the puff of smoke when I started using my squeezer. I'd love to hear an explanation for that!
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-21-2019, 09:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,192
Posted By Girraf
I have to disagree with Larry on this one. My...

I have to disagree with Larry on this one. My plans show the center of that relief hole squarely on the web of the HS-702 spar, not in the vertex of the flange bend. I remember debating this for a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-21-2019, 09:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 664
Posted By Girraf
Elevator rod end position

Instructions call out a distance of 13/16 (26/32") , but not greater than 7/8" (28/32") from the spar doubler plate to the center of the bearing. Does anyone have any good reasons for using one over...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2019, 07:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 666
Posted By Girraf
I did riblets as well but I ended putting the web...

I did riblets as well but I ended putting the web of the rib on the interior side of trim tab so the flanges were accessible which enabled me to set solid rivets through the control horn area. I...
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