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Forum: Electrical Systems Today, 04:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 88
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 Yesterday, 08:00 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 451,345
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, 09:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 732
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, 07:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 428
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, 11:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 428
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, 08:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 575
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, 08:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 556
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.
Forum: RV-14 10-02-2018, 08:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,716
Posted By wjb
From a previous DanH post: it's 9 oz glass...

From a previous DanH post: it's 9 oz glass impregnated with Permatex - put in place wet. The aluminum baffles go over this, per plans. I'm baffling my IO-360 now, and have been scrubbing all...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-01-2018, 08:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 982
Posted By wjb
Ahh .. these are not "good 'ole fashioned" LEDs, ...

Ahh .. these are not "good 'ole fashioned" LEDs, they say so in the title:

LTH5MM12V Series 5mm (T-1 3/4) Through Hole LED Built in Resistor for 12VDC.

They have a built-in resistor / current...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-01-2018, 04:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 982
Posted By wjb
Hi Larry, This is what you would do to figure...

Hi Larry,

This is what you would do to figure out the size of resistor to limit the current:

Each forward biased (ie, light "on") has about a 0.7V drop across its terminals. For your application,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2018, 09:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 740
Posted By wjb
I did some GPS testing at Holloman AFB in the...

I did some GPS testing at Holloman AFB in the same valley as the Trinity site ... we had unfettered access to the area (up to the fences around the actual site, of course). It was a bit unnerving to...
Forum: Tools 09-19-2018, 09:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,203
Posted By wjb
I have a 10" Craftsman bandsaw (~$150), also...

I have a 10" Craftsman bandsaw (~$150), also designed for wood. I ordered some Lenox 10/14t bi-metal blades to fit, and am happy. It would be nicer if it would go slower, especially for...
Forum: GPS 09-12-2018, 03:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 995
Posted By wjb
There are some export regulations on GPS...

There are some export regulations on GPS receivers, however, that probably all manufactures will have to address if they want to export the devices:

15 CFR, Subtitle B, Chapter VII, Subchapter C,...
Forum: GPS 09-10-2018, 08:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 995
Posted By wjb
GPS has lots of challenges in urban environments...

GPS has lots of challenges in urban environments (reflections, satellite shadowing, etc) ... anyone in a big city curses their phone when that can't do turn by turn navigation among the big...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-09-2018, 06:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 965
Posted By wjb
Hi Ryan, Like the others said, just rivet them...

Hi Ryan,

Like the others said, just rivet them together. Mine looked very similar, but once you rivet them to the bars, you'll be fine.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-04-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 586
Posted By wjb
Yes, you do need to fully configure the...

Yes, you do need to fully configure the transponder in the setup menu, as noted above.

Also, I found that I had to set up the comm ports as follows to make everything happy. The GPS needs to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2018, 08:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,353
Posted By wjb
Here's an alternate method (bottom first...

Here's an alternate method (bottom first method)

http://myrv8.com/2015/08/hanging-the-engine/

I did this in 45 mins, solo. A total non event. Take a look and see if this works for you. I agree;...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-27-2018, 07:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,196
Posted By wjb
I agree with the earlier posters that 98% can be...

I agree with the earlier posters that 98% can be done solo. When needed, I've enlisted the help of interested friends (and kids) to shoot the impossible-to-do-alone rivets. I'll train them on some...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-25-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,657
Posted By wjb
Hey, Ryan ... is that my squeezer in your avatar...

Hey, Ryan ... is that my squeezer in your avatar photo??? ;-)

Yea, I had to order a new set, too. Not for this reason, but because the edge distance on the tapered end wasn't up to snuff.

You've...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2018, 10:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,586
Posted By wjb
I did this exact thing. My forest of tabs was...

I did this exact thing. My forest of tabs was "too big" so I cut it. 2/3rds on the firewall and 1/3 on the back of the panel, with a good tie from it to the mother on the firewall. As long as you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2018, 09:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,475
Posted By wjb
Nice work Rachel! Keep flying ... and building! ...

Nice work Rachel! Keep flying ... and building! Congratulations.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2018, 12:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,586
Posted By wjb
Here's mine, all loaded up. The bolt goes...

Here's mine, all loaded up. The bolt goes through the firewall to tie to the battery ground point

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-gXcPTMn/0/be293b62/M/i-gXcPTMn-M.jpg
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-17-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 451,345
Posted By wjb
I was dreading this op. I heard the horror...

I was dreading this op. I heard the horror stories. And, never being in the Navy, I expected that I didn't have proper vocabulary to get the baby hung successfully.

However, I came across this...
Forum: California 08-16-2018, 08:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,197
Posted By wjb
Here's an update .. the Bravo changed today. The...

Here's an update .. the Bravo changed today. The sectional now actually does show the critical VFR corridors around SFO Bravo, a key element of the Bay Tour.

Here are some presentations focused...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,267
Posted By wjb
I followed the instructions ... bottom out and...

I followed the instructions ... bottom out and torque to AN7 values; 40 foot pounds-ish. Then adjust the nut so you can put in the cotter pin.
Forum: California 08-15-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,197
Posted By wjb
Yea, the "Bay Tour" is not on the chart, but the...

Yea, the "Bay Tour" is not on the chart, but the controllers know the drill. It's generally a clockwise circuit (at least starting from the peninsula) up past SFO, over SF, GGB, Alcatraz, (other...
Forum: California 08-14-2018, 09:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,197
Posted By wjb
June can be foggy, but not so bad at KPAO if you...

June can be foggy, but not so bad at KPAO if you plan to arrive any time after noon. There are some significant Bravo changes from SFO, but if you arrive from the east (ie, via KLVK; Livermore) you...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-14-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,101
Posted By wjb
Tell me about it. After building for a while and...

Tell me about it. After building for a while and learning what quality is an is not, I'm sometimes amazed at the hack jobs sometimes seen on rental planes done by certified shops. I've seen fix-up...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-14-2018, 09:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,712
Posted By wjb
Excellent application of "measure twice, drill...

Excellent application of "measure twice, drill once (or zero)"

I'm interested in what's not happy; mine lined up quite nicely when I drilled the tail (though, I measured about 10,000 times to be...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-14-2018, 09:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 759
Posted By wjb
Welcome aboard! The 7 is a great ship, and...

Welcome aboard! The 7 is a great ship, and you'll enjoy the journey. LOTS of help here on VAF ... just search and ask!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-12-2018, 05:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 609
Posted By wjb
Interference between prop governor oil line and PlanePower AL12 alternator

Hi VAFers,

I'm installing a PlanePower AL12-60 alternator on my IO-360-M1B and find that the body of the alternator contacts the prop governor oil line (aft mounted prop gov) when I install the belt...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-11-2018, 10:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,204
Posted By wjb
Yup, those are all missing ... and what's with...

Yup, those are all missing ... and what's with the pop rivets? I did a slow build; all those should be set by now...I set mine before riveting the top plate on top of the longerons (but before the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2018, 09:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,160
Posted By wjb
Jesse will be a great info source ... pick his...

Jesse will be a great info source ... pick his brain!

The avionics install step is a big one; very little guidance from Van's here. I'm an electrical engineer and am very comfortable with doing...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-01-2018, 11:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,785
Posted By wjb
Thanks for the writeup, Caleb! I did my first...

Thanks for the writeup, Caleb! I did my first OSH trip last year (via commercial spam 737's) and had a fantastic time. The RV7's getting closer to flight and I'm looking forward to taking my...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-16-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 24,613
Posted By wjb
Progress!

It's been a while since I've posted any status, but thing have been proceeding quietly (if not somewhat slowly)

G3X panel is up and running! I had to build an "extra tall" panel (+1 inch on the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-08-2018, 10:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,000
Posted By wjb
Post op report: The plumber's pipe dressing...

Post op report: The plumber's pipe dressing tape/sandpaper did the trick ... it took about 15 mins a side to remove enough material for the bearings to slide on.

Now, the baby has new shoes! ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-08-2018, 08:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,000
Posted By wjb
Thanks for the tips! Looks like I'll open a cold...

Thanks for the tips! Looks like I'll open a cold can of elbow grease at get to it....
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-07-2018, 06:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,000
Posted By wjb
Too tight main axel/bering fit .. hints?

Hi Folks,

I'm attempting to put the wheels on the gear, but find that both main axels are bit oversized and the bearings will not slide on (even with some light encouragement)

Anyone else see...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-29-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 896
Posted By wjb
They seem to line up pretty well on my wings,...

They seem to line up pretty well on my wings, too, but like others said, I used the the most distant pair to do my alignment. Dump "A"!
Forum: RV-14 06-28-2018, 07:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,000
Posted By wjb
My IO-360 mounts from the FF kit say Lord PN...

My IO-360 mounts from the FF kit say Lord PN J9613-40, Vans PN "EA DYNA VI-STD"
Forum: California 06-27-2018, 11:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,380
Posted By wjb
Thanks for the info; I should be there in 6-12...

Thanks for the info; I should be there in 6-12 months!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-27-2018, 11:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,106
Posted By wjb
Nice nice nice!

Nice nice nice!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2018, 11:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,825
Posted By wjb
Oh .. yea; 35psi for #3's, 40psi for #4's with...

Oh .. yea; 35psi for #3's, 40psi for #4's with my setup. Completely destroyed a flap skin by forgetting to switch to the regulator, and tried to shoot rivets at 125psi. Severe sailor language...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-26-2018, 08:44 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 15,578
Posted By wjb
[QUOTE=Gash;1269454]Vlad wins the internet for...

[QUOTE=Gash;1269454]Vlad wins the internet for today!


That's a cool gif!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,825
Posted By wjb
Also, how you hold the gun helps alot ... this is...

Also, how you hold the gun helps alot ... this is my favorite position; trigger activated by the ring finger .. much more stable this way for...
Forum: RV-14 06-24-2018, 11:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,117
Posted By wjb
As others have said: "with fiberglass, nothing is...

As others have said: "with fiberglass, nothing is permanent" With aluminum, drill a hole wrong and it stays wrong. With fiberglass, just fill and try again! It is a very flexible, if not messy,...
Forum: RV-12 06-24-2018, 11:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,333
Posted By wjb
BID is pretty squirrelly ... I put the cut pieces...

BID is pretty squirrelly ... I put the cut pieces on a piece of 2 mil polypropylene sheet (aviation paint isle at any HW store) ... wet it there with epoxy and sandwich it with another piece of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2018, 11:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 890
Posted By wjb
My canopy is almost done, but it took a lot of...

My canopy is almost done, but it took a lot of work to get it done

Some suggestions/experiences:

1) Check out what I found out about the front skin / deck. You need to get the gap right, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2018, 11:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,217
Posted By wjb
Just FYI ... the Van's .dxf drawings of the panel...

Just FYI ... the Van's .dxf drawings of the panel show the blank WITHOUT the bend ... the actual panel is about 1 inch shorter with the bend at the bottom (guess how I know).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2018, 11:19 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,305
Posted By wjb
Just to pile on.... crimp, crimp, crimp. The...

Just to pile on.... crimp, crimp, crimp.



The electrical connection is excellent, the termination is fast, and mechanical robustness are all winners.


If it's good enough for satellites and the...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-07-2018, 10:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 858
Posted By wjb
Very nice; thanks for posting.

Very nice; thanks for posting.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-28-2018, 07:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,290
Posted By wjb
Congrats! Great video and great flight. I hope...

Congrats! Great video and great flight. I hope my first flight goes half as well...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-26-2018, 11:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,392
Posted By wjb
+1 for the info; I'm at the same point, too!

+1 for the info; I'm at the same point, too!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-20-2018, 08:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,604
Posted By wjb
You don't seem to be getting west enough .. check...

You don't seem to be getting west enough .. check out CA's Shelter Cove, and then come down to SF area and buzz the GG Bridge and Alcatraz .. super views from coastal CA. Lots of RV'ers out...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-20-2018, 07:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,910
Posted By wjb
Hey, let us know if you show up at KHAF (just...

Hey, let us know if you show up at KHAF (just south of SF on the coast). My lady loves taildraggers, too! Have a great trip; looking forward to reading the pireps.
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-20-2018, 07:04 PM
Replies: 257
Views: 37,862
Posted By wjb
For deburring, I find a Roloc disk (blue usually)...

For deburring, I find a Roloc disk (blue usually) in the angle grinder works really well. No self-mutilation required at all.... I bought a box, and it lasted through the wings and fuse.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2018, 08:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,524
Posted By wjb
So I thought, it's a 7. Looking at your sig,...

So I thought, it's a 7. Looking at your sig, bingo! Me, too, btw. And for solo flights, I have a place to put stuff....
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-09-2018, 10:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,110
Posted By wjb
I ran into the issue that Van's posts the panel...

I ran into the issue that Van's posts the panel profiles in .dxf so, ostensibly, you can use them to lay out your panel. Long story, short: The Van's .dxf show the panel flat, w/o the bend. The...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-05-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 790
Posted By wjb
Good idea!

Good idea!
Forum: RV-14 05-03-2018, 09:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,113
Posted By wjb
JetFlex WR (water reducible) is very nice, too. ...

JetFlex WR (water reducible) is very nice, too. I comes out of the can like peanut butter in a OSH winter, but actually applies well and is very tough. Nice stuff. I'm shooting mine on top of SS...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2018, 11:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,450
Posted By wjb
There was some cross-control involved ... some...

There was some cross-control involved ... some alternate aileron to keep the bank "relatively flat" in the turn -- a low bank, skidding turn. Agreed, not like regular slip.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-30-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,450
Posted By wjb
Yea ... I just saw the video again right in time...

Yea ... I just saw the video again right in time for a BFR. We went up in a Super D and did some of these; it took a lot of input to get it to break ... and boy it felt strange cross-contolling so...
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