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Forum: RV-10 05-27-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 424
Views: 375,817
Posted By szicree
Shoulder Belts Appear Inadequate

Andy,

Congrats on the milestone.

I so hate to be that guy, but the first thing I thought when I saw your photo of the little guys was just how worthless those shoulder belts would be in a crash. I...
Forum: RV-12 08-04-2013, 03:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,845
Posted By szicree
As a point of reference, I have a torque...

As a point of reference, I have a torque screwdriver and can easily get 25 inch pounds of torque with one hand twisting.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-20-2013, 07:29 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,287
Posted By szicree
My engine came from the factory with very loose...

My engine came from the factory with very loose primer fittings in the heads. Worth checking if you have them.
Forum: RV-4 07-17-2013, 07:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,101
Posted By szicree
If you've never built an RV, it would be a very...

If you've never built an RV, it would be a very bad idea to deviate from the standard order. The kits get progressively more complex and the manual gets increasingly brief. A screw up on the rudder...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2013, 05:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,015
Posted By szicree
Aren't those fittings flared? If so, they get no...

Aren't those fittings flared? If so, they get no sealant.
Forum: Painting your RV 02-21-2013, 06:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,290
Posted By szicree
I have a lot of trouble believing that to coat a...

I have a lot of trouble believing that to coat a whole car in this goop only adds 1.5 lbs. I mean, what does even one rattle can weigh? I've seen people using several gallons to cover a car.
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-10-2013, 11:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,068
Posted By szicree
My 50 Y.O. eyeballs get a little worse each year....

My 50 Y.O. eyeballs get a little worse each year. It'd be a shame to go to all that trouble only to find it inadequate two years from now. I say get some good glasses and build on.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2013, 11:23 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 10,155
Posted By szicree
A few months ago I was stopped at a traffic light...

A few months ago I was stopped at a traffic light when a distracted uninsured driver with no assets plowed straight into the back of my car. The fact that he saves money by not buying insurance does...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2012, 06:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,241
Posted By szicree
Depending on your spraygun, you're probably only...

Depending on your spraygun, you're probably only putting about 2/3 on the surface. Of that, a whole lot is solvent that's going to evaporate off. I sat down once and did a very crude estimate of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2012, 04:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,860
Posted By szicree
Not sure if it's true or not...but I'm not riding...

Not sure if it's true or not...but I'm not riding in it.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-16-2012, 07:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,044
Posted By szicree
Don't use the close tolerance bolts until final...

Don't use the close tolerance bolts until final assembly; they're too hard to get in and out.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2012, 09:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,559
Posted By szicree
Here's my old -4 in flattened urethane. Pretty...

Here's my old -4 in flattened urethane. Pretty hard to get it to lay down evenly IMHO. I don't own the plane now so I can't comment on durability.http://i47.tinypic.com/29617c6.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2012, 09:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,277
Posted By szicree
Step one: knock up yer wife Step two: wait about...

Step one: knock up yer wife
Step two: wait about 4 years
Step three: pay 4-year-old a dollar to sort them
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2012, 09:06 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,692
Posted By szicree
Suppose a guy's grandpa flew for the other side....

Suppose a guy's grandpa flew for the other side. Can he not commemorate that service? I see nothing wrong with it; those guys were just as brave and sacrificed just as much as ours.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-10-2012, 07:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,381
Posted By szicree
Beautiful RV-4!

This just reminded me of what I already knew: The -4 is the best looking RV.
Forum: RV-4 10-09-2012, 11:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,313
Posted By szicree
If you feed from both tanks and one runs dry...

If you feed from both tanks and one runs dry (unports), the pump will simply draw air from that tank.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2012, 03:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,363
Posted By szicree
As somebody selling a non-rv project, I must...

As somebody selling a non-rv project, I must agree wholeheartedly.

Probably ranks right up there with "If I take you to dinner and a movie will you consider sleeping with me?".
Forum: Fiberglass 10-03-2012, 04:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,738
Posted By szicree
Search for "scarf".

Search for "scarf".
Forum: RV-12 09-09-2012, 06:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,781
Posted By szicree
Keep the crow's foot perpendicular to the wrench...

Keep the crow's foot perpendicular to the wrench handle and no formula is needed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2012, 04:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,605
Posted By szicree
Failing to neutralize elevator before starting...

Failing to neutralize elevator before starting roll will have you extremely nose low by the time you're inverted. Failing to pitch up enough will do similar.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2012, 05:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,358
Posted By szicree
Cut the flight short at the very first hint of...

Cut the flight short at the very first hint of motion sickness; don't try to push through it -- you can't. Maybe just flights around the pattern at first. It's not just about looking outside, it's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2012, 10:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,510
Posted By szicree
Geez Bob, way to ruin a good rant :p

Geez Bob, way to ruin a good rant :p
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2012, 09:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,510
Posted By szicree
Sure is. Almost makes a fella wanna throw a bunch...

Sure is. Almost makes a fella wanna throw a bunch of tea in a harbor. :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2012, 09:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,299
Posted By szicree
Please forgive me cuz it's been a long while for...

Please forgive me cuz it's been a long while for me, but I remember that spar carry through and spar stub as being very narrow top to bottom. I can't really picture pulling the spar down a half inch...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2012, 09:02 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 31,092
Posted By szicree
Have you looked closely at wheel alignment? I...

Have you looked closely at wheel alignment? I realize it's unlikely, but I'll bet a grossly misaligned wheel could cause a plane to roll/yaw.
Forum: RV-12 08-19-2012, 09:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,882
Posted By szicree
Again, this is a PUBLIC forum.

Again, this is a PUBLIC forum.
Forum: RV-12 08-19-2012, 09:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,882
Posted By szicree
Well said. I would also add that it's probably...

Well said. I would also add that it's probably unwise to discuss ways to circumvent the spirit of a particular regulation on a very popular public forum.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2012, 05:12 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 31,092
Posted By szicree
Forgive me if you've done this, but have you...

Forgive me if you've done this, but have you pulled the plane out in the open, walked well out in front of it and just taken a good look at it? Look carefully for symmetry of wing tips, h-stab, gear,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2012, 12:40 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 31,092
Posted By szicree
Yes. The flap actuator rod connects to a...

Yes. The flap actuator rod connects to a builder-fabricated plate on the inboard end of the flap. If the hole on this plate is not the same distance from the hinge line on both flaps you would get...
Forum: Alternative Engines 08-15-2012, 12:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,511
Posted By szicree
An extra 75 pounds on the nose will require an...

An extra 75 pounds on the nose will require an appropriate counter weight somewhere aft of CG. The result is a plane with greater moment of inertia around the pitch and yaw axis -- often not a good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2012, 03:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,001
Posted By szicree
If you paint the screws separately, good luck...

If you paint the screws separately, good luck installing them without messing them up. I say torque em and paint. There is a tool designed to cut the paint around the screw head if you ever have to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2012, 03:01 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 31,092
Posted By szicree
Regarding the torque on the motor mounts, it...

Regarding the torque on the motor mounts, it really wouldn't make a difference. The preload on the rubbers is determined by the length of the metal sleeve in the center. Once the hardware bottoms out...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2012, 09:18 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 31,092
Posted By szicree
Elevator and flaps are close to centerline so...

Elevator and flaps are close to centerline so have less impact than screwed up ailerons. Any chance your wing tips are an issue?
Forum: RV-10 08-12-2012, 05:26 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 9,389
Posted By szicree
Are you sure they're actually chipped? It looks...

Are you sure they're actually chipped? It looks more to me like the manufactured head got pummeled, causing its perimeter to expand outward and split from the stretch.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2012, 09:28 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 11,580
Posted By szicree
Intentional blister?

Suppose I put a dry flush rivet in the bottom of a soda can, prime and paint it, fill with avgas, put a lid on top and leave it in backyard for a while. Will I get a blister? Just curious if such a...
Forum: Safety 08-10-2012, 10:04 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,007
Posted By szicree
Confusion

The Stinson crash happened in June of this year, not ten years ago. Somebody's confused.
Forum: Safety 08-09-2012, 10:12 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,007
Posted By szicree
Glad everyone is well, but...

I just can't go along with the whole "airpocket" and "piloting skill" stuff. It would all sound plausible if not for the very clear video record of what actually happened. Too hot, too high, too...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2012, 08:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 11,580
Posted By szicree
I'm no engineer, but I think a cutout that size...

I'm no engineer, but I think a cutout that size on the tank ribs would very significantly reduce wing strength.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2012, 05:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,978
Posted By szicree
If there were a way to have a robot do the first...

If there were a way to have a robot do the first flights I'd say go for it. Unfortunately its not really an option (yet) so we're forced to endanger a human. Putting a second person into the mix is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-15-2012, 05:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,869
Posted By szicree
Not quite what you asked, but...

have you considered a GRT EIS for about $1000? it would take the place of all those engine gauges and the tach too. It will do all four cylinders and give fuel flow info. Best of all it will flash a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2012, 02:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,400
Posted By szicree
I bet if you lower the tail a wee bit you can get...

I bet if you lower the tail a wee bit you can get everything to line right up :D. I agree with the others -- leave it.
Forum: Safety 07-01-2012, 04:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,478
Posted By szicree
This whole "always" thing got me thinking about...

This whole "always" thing got me thinking about this scene from...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-30-2012, 10:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,488
Posted By szicree
Fuel pump going bad? Fuel filter clogged?...

Fuel pump going bad? Fuel filter clogged? Partially clogged vent? I'd go with stuff that is most likely to occur with normal wear and tear.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2012, 07:40 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 17,688
Posted By szicree
There is no difficulty understanding the...

There is no difficulty understanding the difference here. The fact is that if you tighten these sealed bearings only hand tight, they will, with a very small amount of wear, begin to turn on the axle...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2012, 03:59 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 17,688
Posted By szicree
Based on your company videos I am led to believe...

Based on your company videos I am led to believe that the nose wheel does get a spacer. Why is it desirable on the front but not needed on the mains? In fact, the video says that the front gets...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2012, 06:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,256
Posted By szicree
I like the idea. I included a date so all could...

I like the idea. I included a date so all could remind (shame) me if (when) I forget.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2012, 10:14 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,753
Posted By szicree
Ok, you got me. I just donated after slacking off...

Ok, you got me. I just donated after slacking off for quite a while. I'm no longer an RV guy, and am not even current, but still find a ton of useful info on here for my current build. The knowledge...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2012, 10:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,435
Posted By szicree
I know it's a long shot, but if/when that zip tie...

I know it's a long shot, but if/when that zip tie slides off, that little piece of aluminum is bouncing around back there with a lot of exposed terminals.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-06-2012, 03:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 837
Posted By szicree
I'm no expert but I think the tefzel is to...

I'm no expert but I think the tefzel is to prevent heat inside the wire from igniting the insulation, not to protect the conductor from outside flames.
Forum: Safety 06-03-2012, 05:20 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 29,263
Posted By szicree
Polar moment (or moment of inertia) is an...

Polar moment (or moment of inertia) is an attribute of the object even when at rest. The angular momentum only appears when the object gets spinning. To get the thing to stop spinning, you've got to...
Forum: RV-3 06-02-2012, 04:17 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 114,733
Posted By szicree
You just gotta make some magazine covers with...

You just gotta make some magazine covers with that machine!
Forum: Safety 05-30-2012, 09:23 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 29,263
Posted By szicree
So suppose I'm doing accelerated stalls as part...

So suppose I'm doing accelerated stalls as part of my phase one "tests". I assume this is to make sure the plane reacts predictably in the stall. But suppose it doesn't. What then? Isn't the whole...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2012, 09:02 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,290
Posted By szicree
I don't see it happening

Panel, wiring, and plumbing take quite a while. The build manual has very little to say about these areas so the head scratching goes up considerably.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2012, 07:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,735
Posted By szicree
I teach math at Mt. San Antonio College. We have...

I teach math at Mt. San Antonio College. We have a very well equipped aviation shop. I'm sure you could find an A/P student who could help. Heck, the shop even has an old RV (i think a -7) that they...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2012, 05:49 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 29,453
Posted By szicree
Old thread but here's a (possibly) new idea. Find...

Old thread but here's a (possibly) new idea. Find a set of blistered tanks that are being discarded (a wrecked plane, maybe). Then pressurize em real good to see if the blisters grow. Alternatively,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2012, 09:50 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 12,808
Posted By szicree
This is the part that makes me sick to my...

This is the part that makes me sick to my stomach. Going in, the lawyers know that many of these parties bear zero responsibility, but they also know that some will settle just to avoid the costs of...
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-28-2012, 07:14 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 19,442
Posted By szicree
Such a thing does not exist, at least not in...

Such a thing does not exist, at least not in America.
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-28-2012, 06:51 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 19,442
Posted By szicree
I think the accepted way to establish the value...

I think the accepted way to establish the value of an item is to see what it's selling for.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-26-2012, 09:15 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 16,225
Posted By szicree
Makes me want my old car back

In my 20's I had a 69 GTO with a 400 cubic inch V8. Dark green with rusted wheel wells, but it sure wasn't fussy about oil.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-19-2012, 07:43 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 16,225
Posted By szicree
While building my engine at the Superior build...

While building my engine at the Superior build school I was chastised for nearly dropping their $800 ring compressor, which was simply a big C-shaped chunk of aluminum with a tapered inner bore. I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-09-2012, 10:53 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,203
Posted By szicree
The issue of "non-structural" can be a bit gray...

The issue of "non-structural" can be a bit gray as well. For example, I think Vans has taken the position that the aileron bellcrank inspection covers are structural. Furthermore, I'd hate to see the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2012, 11:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,682
Posted By szicree
Auto body supply places have rubber squeegees...

Auto body supply places have rubber squeegees that are like a rubber sanding block but about 3/16 thick. They are used for squeegeeing off water when wet sanding clearcoat (so that you can see where...
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