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Forum: RV-12 08-05-2018, 06:00 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,381
Posted By DaveWelch
Hi Joe, We all fully understand your focus to...

Hi Joe,
We all fully understand your focus to finish and look forward to seeing your finished airplane!
Thanks,
Dave
Forum: RV-12 08-01-2018, 08:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,381
Posted By DaveWelch
The OP question

I keep the wing tie downs in the map box and leave the tail one installed. It has saved some skin scrapes while loading on a trailer.
Hadnít thought about the corrosion, now Iíll have to go look.
Forum: RV-12 08-01-2018, 08:49 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,381
Posted By DaveWelch
Very very nice Joe. Much better look than those...

Very very nice Joe. Much better look than those cheesy steel loops I got Lowe’s aviation supply. So...what would a fellow -12 builder have to spend to obtain 3 of ‘em? If you just want to “rough...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2018, 05:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,193
Posted By DaveWelch
They sure have, Bob. Yet we’re still crashing...

They sure have, Bob. Yet we’re still crashing airplanes.
I think any time and any way we can inject safety into our conversations and conscienceness it is a good thing. Never know what little tidbit...
Forum: Safety 07-09-2018, 09:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,689
Posted By DaveWelch
Well Tony, Did you get the answer(s) you...

Well Tony, Did you get the answer(s) you expected?
Hope you didnít expect the gang would make it easy <grin>
Full Disclosure: I take our dog to our airport too. We take him for walks on a leash and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2018, 08:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,193
Posted By DaveWelch
Thank-you Ed! Good stuff. Even for us VFR low...

Thank-you Ed! Good stuff.
Even for us VFR low aní slow folks there are plenty of challenges that deserve more careful consideration than they often get (speaking for a friend) when we donít fly...
Forum: RV-12 06-24-2018, 12:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,993
Posted By DaveWelch
Rutan cloth

FWIW, offering my (far from expert) experience...
I also ordered the Rutan cloth from ACS (couldn't find the uni-cloth recommended in the KAI at the time)
The Rutan cloth did a great job...
Forum: RV-12 06-24-2018, 11:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,201
Posted By DaveWelch
new radiator...

Recommend you call Lockwood.
I had to replace my radiator before I even made first flight (my fault, long sad story)
At that time (mid '16) Van's didn't sell the radiator and recommended Lockwood.
It...
Forum: RV-12 05-28-2018, 09:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,409
Posted By DaveWelch
On second thought, I'd recommend cutting it out...

On second thought, I'd recommend cutting it out and glassing in an area that gives you some clearance as you first mentioned and others have recommended also. That's what I did during the original...
Forum: RV-12 05-24-2018, 08:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,902
Posted By DaveWelch
Clecoes

As I recall, the Kit Assembly Instructions (KAI) has a Table of recommended tools and supplies in Chapter 5 I think.

Along with the regular-style clecoes, the Cleveland Kit included some clecoes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 428
Views: 100,873
Posted By DaveWelch
We never forget our "first one"...

The title was "Eight Hours to Solo".
Cannot remember the author's name.
It was a book in the tiny "library", really just 3 bookshelves in our one-room country school. The story was about a young man...
Forum: RV-12 03-13-2018, 07:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,384
Posted By DaveWelch
Don't cut any metal yet

I wouldn't cut or shave any metal yet until you're certain all else is according to plan. I don't recall the interference you describe being often discussed.
Can you post a picture of your strut...
Forum: RV-12 03-13-2018, 07:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,295
Posted By DaveWelch
Very Functional

Looks like it'll work Vlad, but I think the padlock needs a fairing <grin>

Hope to see you at Moontown again this summer (3rd Saturdays) or early September EAA Fly-In.
Forum: RV-12 02-15-2018, 09:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 816
Posted By DaveWelch
Another perspective

Jeff,
I agree that youíll have the skills and knowledge to build any part of the kit next. At the time I was building, the wing kit was available first, so we all ďcut our teethĒ on them. If...
Forum: RV-12 02-07-2018, 09:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,638
Posted By DaveWelch
No harm...

I figured the top hole and mount might be useful later, so I tapped it per instructions and put a rivet in the upper skin above. Itís another minuscule weight savings and the threads are there if...
Forum: RV-12 02-03-2018, 11:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 607
Posted By DaveWelch
Intermittent noise

Have you called Garmin?
I had an intermittent display problem that seemed to be Time/Temp related. They aknowledged a firmware issue that affected some units in a particular S/N range. Sent me a...
Forum: Tools 01-29-2018, 05:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,896
Posted By DaveWelch
More tools

Randy, youíre not doing it right. What you need is two carts and two sets of tools ;)
Forum: RV-12 12-14-2017, 08:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,004
Posted By DaveWelch
Yup, that's the "drill". I'm sure there have...

Yup, that's the "drill". I'm sure there have been many innovative ways to tackle this. All of 'em I could imagine involved growing an extra arm and and having grip strength that is only a distant...
Forum: RV-12 12-13-2017, 09:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,004
Posted By DaveWelch
Good deal

Glad it worked for you. The other "challenge" I remember having was to clamp the flange flat against the spar so that there would be no gap as I was riveting. Took a few trials to get it to hold...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2017, 08:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,170
Posted By DaveWelch
Welcome Katie!

Look forward to working with you!
Forum: RV-12 12-11-2017, 08:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,004
Posted By DaveWelch
Yup

Ricks description jogged my memory, thatís exactly what I did also. The flat die gives you just enough offset to get it done and youíll have to look close to see any difference on the Mfg head. As...
Forum: RV-12 12-10-2017, 08:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,786
Posted By DaveWelch
2 cents

Hi Bob,
I'm not near my plane nor the plans, so I looked at Van's site and pulled up the drawing. I remember this is an area where I had to "walk away for a bit", clear my head and start fresh. A...
Forum: RV-12 10-20-2017, 09:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,572
Posted By DaveWelch
Clearance

Hmmm...I see clecoes.
Iíd recommend that you get both fairing halves mated up and finish mounting in their final position before trimming the stabilator skins or making other adjustments for...
Forum: RV-12 10-15-2017, 05:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 726
Posted By DaveWelch
Danger Will Robinson!...

Tacco,
Whoo Boy...you should get a lot of discussion and opinions about this.
Here's mine.
First, read carefully the thread titled "Flaperon Induced Roll" (or close) which is active right now in this...
Forum: RV-12 10-14-2017, 01:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,639
Posted By DaveWelch
Tony, As always, very helpful and much...

Tony,
As always, very helpful and much appreciated!
Dave
Forum: RV-12 09-28-2017, 08:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,579
Posted By DaveWelch
I had a hard time finding the Anderson Powerpole...

I had a hard time finding the Anderson Powerpole until someone suggested a Radio Control Model shop. Bingo! They also had the crimper, heavy wire, and assembled the whole thing for me.
Forum: RV-12 09-12-2017, 10:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,395
Posted By DaveWelch
2nd look

I had to look twice also.
Finally saw the lettering on all of them. In some cases you can't see the lettering straight-on but it reveals itself "in shadow" of the light at an angle.
Also, a careful...
Forum: RV-10 09-12-2017, 10:07 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,205
Posted By DaveWelch
Electric Tractor

Sam,
Drop by Hangar "E" at Moontown this Saturday, you can see what Mark made that might give you a jump start on the tractor conversion.
Dave
Forum: RV-12 08-25-2017, 10:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,694
Posted By DaveWelch
My understanding has been that, although perhaps...

My understanding has been that, although perhaps counterintuitive, the best strategy is to try to get the prop stopped (stalled) if you have a dead engine. Reason is that it takes energy to keep it...
Forum: RV-12 08-23-2017, 07:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,840
Posted By DaveWelch
I've been debating whether to reply at all to...

I've been debating whether to reply at all to N456TS.
No offense was intended.
I don't recall ever attacking or intentionally offending anyone in these forums, there is simply no reason to do...
Forum: RV-12 08-15-2017, 09:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,840
Posted By DaveWelch
One note of caution. I recall a recent thread in...

One note of caution. I recall a recent thread in these forums about headset noise that was eventually discovered to be coming from a bargain priced 12v-USB power adapter. For my money, I'd get the...
Forum: RV-12 08-12-2017, 11:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,414
Posted By DaveWelch
Reminds me of an old joke about a guy who moved...

Reminds me of an old joke about a guy who moved from one neighborhood to another and the quality of both neighborhoods were improved :rolleyes:.
Good to have you back on the home turf Scott!
Forum: RV-12 08-12-2017, 11:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,151
Posted By DaveWelch
Whether you can remain ELSA is a question for...

Whether you can remain ELSA is a question for Van's. They can tell you if that feature will be in the 12is plans or will be an option. If so, whether you "should" is entirely up to you. If you're...
Forum: RV-12 08-12-2017, 11:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,109
Posted By DaveWelch
Assuming equal lead times, sufficient workspace,...

Assuming equal lead times, sufficient workspace, storage space, etc...either way is fine.
The wings store on edge up against a wall or hung flat from a ceiling.
Regardless of build sequence, I'd...
Forum: RV-12 08-11-2017, 09:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,660
Posted By DaveWelch
My apologies, I should have suggested earlier...

My apologies, I should have suggested earlier that you do a search for "oil temp" in the RV-12 forums. What I just found suggests you don't have much of an issue, but you'll want to be sure you're...
Forum: RV-12 08-11-2017, 09:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,660
Posted By DaveWelch
Hi Thom, I'm not familiar with the plane you...

Hi Thom,
I'm not familiar with the plane you bought nor the original builder.
Might be helpful is you can tell us a little more about your plane, e.g. kit # and was it built E-LSA or EAB? When was...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-25-2017, 09:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 657
Posted By DaveWelch
I'm not near my books. Does the Rotax Parts...

I'm not near my books. Does the Rotax Parts Manual specify a sealant there?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2017, 09:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,534
Posted By DaveWelch
Have you considered a Torque Screwdriver? Down...

Have you considered a Torque Screwdriver? Down in the single and low double-digit torque values they are easy to use and do not require the "swing radius" of a wrench. I bought an adjustable one...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2017, 08:20 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,337
Posted By DaveWelch
I think this one is more Haiku-ish. I like it.

I think this one is more Haiku-ish. I like it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2017, 10:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,278
Posted By DaveWelch
True

True, but just in case...
Wouldn't be the first time one of us was working from an outdated set of plans.
And yes, fuel lube and similar stuff can be handy to hold gaskets in place when assembling...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2017, 07:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,278
Posted By DaveWelch
+1 for the Loctite 567. I used "Fuel Lube"...

+1 for the Loctite 567. I used "Fuel Lube" actually EZ-turn as per the instructions on Kit #121 a few years back. Since then, Van's changed the instructions (and section 5 also?). They said...
Forum: RV-12 06-14-2017, 10:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,733
Posted By DaveWelch
Safer

It makes sense I suppose if you have a cable failure in cruise. It's a real pain when you're trying to slow down and get down to a short strip as the RPMs creep up on you.
Forum: RV-12 06-13-2017, 07:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,733
Posted By DaveWelch
Thank-you John, I remember noticing that...

Thank-you John,
I remember noticing that difference before and had forgotten.
I'll pay more careful attention during my third, hopefully final, mechanical sync!
Clear Skies,
dave
Forum: RV-12 06-12-2017, 09:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,733
Posted By DaveWelch
should be simple

Thanks Ric, that's what I thought too. But it isn't working out that way for me. Like "squeezing a balloon". I'm starting over again and will (again) follow the procedure exactly. Must have...
Forum: RV-12 06-12-2017, 09:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,733
Posted By DaveWelch
carb sync saga (you have to say it fast 3 times)

Thanks guys,

I meant to swap the lines tonight but forgot. Great suggestion.

The "CarbTune" (not CarbMate) is an analog tool sorta like having 2 columns of mercury to observe as you do the sync...
Forum: RV-12 06-12-2017, 12:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,733
Posted By DaveWelch
ROTAX Carb Sync question

Installed new Throttle Cable and worked through the mechanical sync procedures.

Attempting Carb Sync with Carbtune (2-column) vacuum gauge marked in centimeters of mercury (cm-Hg). Have also...
Forum: RV-12 05-26-2017, 09:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 856
Posted By DaveWelch
Dave, just call Garmin. I had a similar problem...

Dave, just call Garmin. I had a similar problem with my GTR200. They replaced my radio even though it was technically out of warranty. Said the company gives the support team some latitude with...
Forum: RV-12 05-22-2017, 09:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,064
Posted By DaveWelch
<sound of forehead slap> Awesome Joe!

<sound of forehead slap>
Awesome Joe!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2017, 04:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 912
Posted By DaveWelch
Protect them during build

Good point Scott.
My pilot side button cover was gone well before first flight.
How about after we install them, recommending we tape a paper cup or cardboard tube over top of the grips during the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2017, 09:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 912
Posted By DaveWelch
What my mighty -12 used looked (before it...

What my mighty -12 used looked (before it disappeared) like a black pencil eraser. I'll look up the OTTO for a rainy day project.
Forum: RV-12 04-12-2017, 09:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,315
Posted By DaveWelch
Check the Front

Ted,
I had a similar experience, only leaked when full. Only spotted the leak when I pulled the passenger seat forward and stuck my head in front of the tank. Leak was hiding behind the "cross...
Forum: RV-12 04-04-2017, 08:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,800
Posted By DaveWelch
OK, just one more thing...

Regarding muffler to Oil Cooler clearance...
At some point, Van's revised the exhaust pipes to provide more space for airflow behind the oil cooler.
If you have one of the older kits, you may want to...
Forum: RV-12 04-04-2017, 08:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,800
Posted By DaveWelch
On second thought...

I re-read your post and believe I was misinterpreting you question (wish it were the first time this has happened!). Nevertheless I'll stand by the earlier counsel to be patient and read instructions...
Forum: RV-12 04-04-2017, 08:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,800
Posted By DaveWelch
Stick to the plans, all will be revealed...

Fellows,
If I understand your question and picture correctly, here's whats going to happen. As you proceed thru the build, you will be following a process that helps you trim and position the upper...
Forum: RV-12 02-28-2017, 09:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,795
Posted By DaveWelch
Wing removal

I found that standing upright beside the fuse is more comfortable than kneeling on the wings. And safer because I didn't have to climb up and down. With a bit of practice we learned to remove and...
Forum: Safety 02-13-2017, 09:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,909
Posted By DaveWelch
More proof...

...that if you carry an umbrella, no rain!

Many thanks to the OP. Great planning, knowledge of your aircraft, back up systems, and eyes out the window!

I'm now challenged to go thru the same...
Forum: RV-12 01-29-2017, 07:13 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 14,613
Posted By DaveWelch
Visit North Alabama!

Awesome and inspiring guys! Understand not being able to get your hands on the plane <grin>. We finished our -12 in September and have gotten airborne at EVERY opportunity.

Come up to Moontown...
Forum: RV-12 01-05-2017, 09:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,187
Posted By DaveWelch
Congratulations Don! No feeling compares does...

Congratulations Don! No feeling compares does it?
Will look forward to hearing more about your engine and performance.
Dave
Forum: RV-10 12-22-2016, 06:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,082
Posted By DaveWelch
Hi Steve, We'll be in FL visiting family,...

Hi Steve,
We'll be in FL visiting family, otherwise would have been glad to link up.
Good news is that there are a LOT of RVs in this area.
Holiday weekend might reduce the activity a bit, but if...
Forum: RV-12 12-18-2016, 11:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,231
Posted By DaveWelch
Talking Elevator?

I don't think we have one of those on our 12's
Forum: Reviews 12-15-2016, 07:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,087
Posted By DaveWelch
GTR 200 Support was Terrific

I'll add my praises and sincere Thanks to the guys at Garmin Support.
I had a GTR 200 start acting strange after only 3 months and 40 hours of operation (display went blank randomly during...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2016, 06:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,852
Posted By DaveWelch
Perm #3 Aviation

Just a (un-informed) guess on my part, but if they say the product is for aviation use, they may not have had alcohol in mind when they formulated it (way back when?). Avgas didn't, and doesn't,...
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