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Forum: RV-8/8A 06-14-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,656
Posted By SgtZim
Me2

I'm also concerned about this fit. IF I were to cut to the theoretical trim lines marked on the canopy, it would be considerably longer than the frame and the spot on the forward fuselage where the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-27-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,797
Posted By SgtZim
I was told that some pillowing is normal there,...

I was told that some pillowing is normal there, and some can be allieved by breaking the edge of the lower fuselage skin. I did get the "pillows" to even out some by careful sequencing as I final...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-14-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,797
Posted By SgtZim
wondering about this too

I know this is an older post, but I'm now doing my fairings and I just match drilled those holes between the fuselage skin and wing.

My issue/question is about the fit of the overlapping skins. ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-10-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 726
Posted By SgtZim
Red face I think I got it.

Thanks again for the tips. I spent the morning making long tubing into short tubes and flares, but I got a pretty good result. I did go with the sand filling tip, and used the flaring tool...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-10-2018, 06:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 726
Posted By SgtZim
I can't speak about the 7, but that first bend...

I can't speak about the 7, but that first bend out of the fuselage was not a problem. Where I'm having the issue is where the fitting exits the leading edge of the tank. I have some weird...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-09-2018, 04:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 726
Posted By SgtZim
fuel line from flop tube tank

Anyone have a good tip on making this bend? From the tank fitting - turn 90 within 1.5" to go through the hole in the tank fitting. My flaring tool needs 3/4" to grip the tube + the fitting sleeve...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-03-2018, 05:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,096
Posted By SgtZim
Thanks for the advice. Probably am overthinking...

Thanks for the advice. Probably am overthinking this one. Maybe just a sub-optimal tip - the vendor really slopped a lot of extra glass and resin into the trailing edge which forced the angle there...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-02-2018, 11:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,761
Posted By SgtZim
confession

I goofed: I predrilled the 1/4" hole in the fuselage bracket and then tried match drilling into the tank bracket with less than optimum results.

http://i63.tinypic.com/2m85d2w.jpg

What I SHOULD...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-02-2018, 11:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,096
Posted By SgtZim
Improving wingtip fit?

As I'm trial fitting the wingtips, and especially when adding the rib, it looks like there is noticeable distortion when riveting the curved tip to a flat rib. I'm considering filling in that gap...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-30-2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,761
Posted By SgtZim
[QUOTE=RV8RIVETER;673461]I had some plexi from...

[QUOTE=RV8RIVETER;673461]I had some plexi from Home Depot and made a clear template. Easy to see the holes, drill from the outsie and then transfer to the bracket.

That is sheer genius!
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 04-25-2018, 07:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 643
Posted By SgtZim
I saw this article on the EAA...

I saw this article on the EAA...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-25-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 646
Posted By SgtZim
Thanks all!

Thanks all!
Forum: RV-14 04-24-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,560
Posted By SgtZim
Ditto Steinair - they have the pins and insertion...

Ditto Steinair - they have the pins and insertion removal tools.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-23-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 646
Posted By SgtZim
how to: pulling fuel filter

Is there a good trick to pulling the fuel filter for inspection and cleaning. I have the standard Van's configuration of Airflow Performance filter and pump - RV-8 and fuel injected engine. with...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2018, 05:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,298
Posted By SgtZim
So you drilled through canopy and frame (clecos...

So you drilled through canopy and frame (clecos and washers to hold) and just skipped the rivets/screws?
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-05-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,782
Posted By SgtZim
oops

Just to bring this back up on the radar. I started to read this post and jumped on the first thing I read - ordered the "wrong" rivets which was very easy to do since Aircraft Spruce has lots of...
Forum: Reviews 04-02-2018, 01:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,926
Posted By SgtZim
May I ask who you are with Shane?

May I ask who you are with Shane?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-30-2018, 02:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,463
Posted By SgtZim
Thanks! Kind of makes sense but I'm not an A or...

Thanks! Kind of makes sense but I'm not an A or P (yet) :D
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-30-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,463
Posted By SgtZim
flywheel to hub alignment

Hi, basic question here. Does the 0 on the flywheel match to the (smeared) 0 on the hub?

http://i65.tinypic.com/25f3bj5.jpg

http://i66.tinypic.com/2hgwwzl.jpg

Thanks
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-25-2018, 02:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,277
Posted By SgtZim
I think mounting the board inside keeps it in a...

I think mounting the board inside keeps it in a more stable / dry environment. I wired mine into a GMA245 audio panel and also had to tone it down with a resistor. I had also briefly considered...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-21-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,997
Posted By SgtZim
Thanks for all your comments! Thanks Mark for...

Thanks for all your comments! Thanks Mark for the link! How did I miss that page!?

One of the strange things to me about the Champ takeoff (grass) was holding the stick full forward for several...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-20-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,997
Posted By SgtZim
Describe a normal takeoff and landing :)

Hi all,

Could anyone do a quick verbal brief on what a normal takeoff and landing are like in an 8?

I just finished a fresh tailwheel endorsement in an Aeronca Champ - 90% on a grass runway, and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-19-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 11,534
Posted By SgtZim
Cite an accident please?

I can't find any instances so far of a plane crash due to plastic bag or other fod ingestion. One case in England came up in my search, but investigators said the bag was stuffed in the engine prior...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-14-2018, 06:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,632
Posted By SgtZim
ow, time to mix up some epoxy then I hope...

ow, time to mix up some epoxy then

I hope you can get them back into service. :)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-13-2018, 07:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,632
Posted By SgtZim
Sounds like Bose has good customer service - for...

Sounds like Bose has good customer service - for $1000 they should. I'd send 'em in before attempting my own repairs. Even if you didn't buy them new, give it a try. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2018, 07:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,284
Posted By SgtZim
jd vents on an 8?

I'd really like to have the nice JD vents, but I don't see a reasonable way to use them on the RV-8. I have the fuselage mostly done and the vents per plans pass through the landing gear...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-06-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,855
Posted By SgtZim
photocells

Thanks for your comment Fitz. I was hoping the photocells would be all that's needed. I'm not confident I could have successfully connected all the Garmin boxes to a common lighting bus without...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,660
Posted By SgtZim
I'm not an expert, but in theory it could be...

I'm not an expert, but in theory it could be possible to "make" oil if you had a really screwed up fuel pump allowing some fuel to enter the oil system. I think I read of this happening but you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2018, 08:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,927
Posted By SgtZim
Thanks

Thanks all! I hope we can keep gathering datapoints on this -

Of those responding:

11% of those using Sikaflex got cracks
19% of those using rivets got cracks.

Still a fairly small sample, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2018, 05:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,927
Posted By SgtZim
Thanks guys. And the best summary / source so...

Thanks guys. And the best summary / source so far is here: http://www.matronics.com/wiki/index.php/Gluing_Your_Canopy
Thanks to Rob Prior for compiling all that info!
I think I'm getting a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2018, 03:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,927
Posted By SgtZim
Best canopy method poll

I'm seeing a lot of stories about cracked canopies and as I'm about to decide which route, it would be really helpful to anyone at this point to get a better idea of the best way to install a long...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-18-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,289
Posted By SgtZim
Good discussion. One thing that may have been...

Good discussion. One thing that may have been overlooked in the original calculations - you need to also look at the overall change in length of the plex vs steel, not just the short runs between...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-17-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 13,033
Posted By SgtZim
[/QUOTE] However despite all of the above, the...

[/QUOTE]
However despite all of the above, the main reason I would be very cautious about using the Sikaflex approach is because it may be bonded to Vans powder coating which itself has no known...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2018, 05:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 856
Posted By SgtZim
Thanks for the replies! Beautiful view from...

Thanks for the replies! Beautiful view from your back yard Ron!

I'm just looking for a reasonable way to do this test without excavating at the airport - I'd really rather not put fuel in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2018, 08:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 856
Posted By SgtZim
Fuel flow test

Been reading Firewall Forward and AC 90-89, planning things to do as I finish up. Does anyone (RV builders) dig a pit for the tail, and/or block up their plane to "takeoff " attitude to measure...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-08-2018, 08:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 588
Posted By SgtZim
Thanks, the "toughness" factor had not occurred...

Thanks, the "toughness" factor had not occurred to me - was just thinking heat and sealing out fumes.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-05-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 588
Posted By SgtZim
Sealing the vent flange on baffle

The OP plans call for fuel tank sealant on the screen and vent flange, and I'm fresh out of that expensive goo. Anyone see a potential problem using Permatex red rated at 650 F, vs Pro-seal rated at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2017, 08:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 849
Posted By SgtZim
Infinity grips have a set screw that rides in a...

Infinity grips have a set screw that rides in a groove on the base of the stick. It will move to whatever clock position you want if you loosen the screw. I suppose if you wanted, you could replace...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-28-2017, 07:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 686
Posted By SgtZim
Might be worth a shot. I like the idea of...

Might be worth a shot. I like the idea of drilling the forward plate first with the holes exactly where I want them / correct edge distance.

Van's revised instructions has a detailed description...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-27-2017, 06:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 686
Posted By SgtZim
spinner install

I don't see a lot of recent discussion on drilling the spinner, and since the instruction sheet describes the spinner as translucent, I should sand off the dark gelcoat so I can see the spinner...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-08-2017, 09:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,465
Posted By SgtZim
Thank you all for the comments! I'll put it on...

Thank you all for the comments! I'll put it on the shopping list.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-06-2017, 04:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,465
Posted By SgtZim
food grade anti seize

Anyone use this goop? I found the Lycoming manual calls for this when you install a new oil filter. My shelf of various lubes, gasket material, thread sealants.... is getting pretty extensive and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-31-2017, 08:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 805
Posted By SgtZim
Thanks guys. I did find the general torque...

Thanks guys. I did find the general torque tables in ssp-1776 finally, however I still don't know exactly the size and thread of the oil plug though I'm sure I can get that eventually.

I found the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-30-2017, 06:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 805
Posted By SgtZim
Basic mx info Lycoming

Is there a good reference for doing the basic maintenance on my Lycoming?

Just to do the oil change - I've spent several hours chasing around the manual that came with the engine, their online...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2017, 03:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 741
Posted By SgtZim
Thanks to Gil and Don.... I was looking for the...

Thanks to Gil and Don.... I was looking for the same thing.
Forum: COMM 10-23-2017, 04:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 649
Posted By SgtZim
Thanks Vic. I appreciate the advice!

Thanks Vic. I appreciate the advice!
Forum: COMM 10-23-2017, 05:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 649
Posted By SgtZim
adding a joint to com coax?

I'm finishing up the installation of radios and boxes, thinking forward to final assembly and it would make it faster and easier if I "break" the coax at the wing / fuselage joint. I'm using Archer...
Forum: Safety 10-19-2017, 08:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,447
Posted By SgtZim
Thumbs up Thanks for the write up. I think this is the...

Thanks for the write up. I think this is the first time I've heard of someone opening the canopy that far in flight - this is also a very good thing to know. I would like to hear from the pilots of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-15-2017, 11:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,263
Posted By SgtZim
I'm just finishing the hardware installation, and...

I'm just finishing the hardware installation, and I did the update to the GTN. Being kind of a cheapskate (after spending many Gs on the system) and since I won't be ready to fly until sometime late...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-11-2017, 11:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 800
Posted By SgtZim
Thanks Ron!

Thanks Ron!
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-11-2017, 11:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 800
Posted By SgtZim
Aft seat cushion (Van's)

Does the aft cushion get a slot cut for the crotch strap, or do most folks using Van's cushions just squish the front of the cushion and route the strap up front? Adjusting that strap would seem...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-21-2017, 12:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 484
Posted By SgtZim
connecting stall warn to gma 245

My email to "g3xpert@garmin.com" no longer goes through, so I tried their web based email thingy, but maybe folks here have done something similar:

I'm trying to ask the G3X guys how I should...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-05-2017, 09:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 548
Posted By SgtZim
Converting to fixed pitch redux, again

Hi all. I know this subject has been around for a while - I searched and read all the old posts I think.

I am interested in any recent experiences with this job and any difficulties that might...
Forum: RV-10 08-29-2017, 12:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 494
Posted By SgtZim
I'm building an 8, so don't know. Check the...

I'm building an 8, so don't know. Check the rivet callout sheet - they may have you install a different type of rivet here?

Give 'em a phone call - they should answer the phones in a couple of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-21-2017, 03:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,029
Posted By SgtZim
I'm still building so, fwiw: I'm using one CPC...

I'm still building so, fwiw: I'm using one CPC connector for the wires out the right wing to the servo because I want a really good all in one connector for the array of data bus wires and controls...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-20-2017, 04:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,076
Posted By SgtZim
Call Van's support line, they are very good at...

Call Van's support line, they are very good at clearing things up like this. My kit has had a few punched hole errors and they always send me replacement parts quickly. Your "missing " hole should...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-13-2017, 11:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 841
Posted By SgtZim
Thanks Walt. I did get a response from one of...

Thanks Walt. I did get a response from one of the G3Xperts but he did not understand that I was asking about grounding power lead shields. I since decided to just run plain wires to the servos...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-07-2017, 04:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 841
Posted By SgtZim
Thanks gentlemen, that makes things much clearer.

Thanks gentlemen, that makes things much clearer.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-07-2017, 11:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 841
Posted By SgtZim
G3X grounding (power and ground)

I tried to send an email to G3xpert@garmin.com and it got bounced back.
Here's my question:

The manual says it's best to ground (power ground) all LRUs together at the same place - no local...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-31-2017, 11:27 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 22,367
Posted By SgtZim
Nice work! I don't think it was good planning on...

Nice work! I don't think it was good planning on my part, but the ribs were an excellent winter project - I could do that in my basement. If you're still working, take a couple of ribs to work and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-31-2017, 11:21 AM
Replies: 654
Views: 627,585
Posted By SgtZim
Nicely squeezed. :)

Nicely squeezed. :)
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-17-2017, 03:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 862
Posted By SgtZim
One other thing I tried - I took a piece of test...

One other thing I tried - I took a piece of test wire and clipped it to the neg post and the ground post on the firewall to short it. Then I measured the volts from the same two points - 0 volts,...
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