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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2018, 07:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 914
Posted By wirejock
Alodine Sluice

Here's how I did it. After a few weeks, the water evaporates and very little is left. I take it to the haz mat disposal. You are correct. Nasty stuff. Use protective gear at all...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 914
Posted By wirejock
Bon Ami

Try scrubbing with Bon Ami. Find it near Comet and Ajax. Very similar except no Clorox.
Scrub with scotch brite till the studs change to a darker color. Very quick. Maybe a minute. Rinse well. Dry...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2018, 09:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 486
Posted By wirejock
Dry life

What is "dry life"?
Cure time varies with mix and temp.
Figure at least 2-3 days. A week or more is better before adding pressure to test.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 06:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 813
Posted By wirejock
Storage building

Our county limit is 120 sq ft. I bought a Tuft Shed. Built on site. Excess is in the shed.
My airplane parts are in the garage.
Forum: Tools 04-18-2018, 08:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 393
Posted By wirejock
Rivet gauge

One caveat
The gauges are intended to measure minimum shop head height by holding them vertical to the surface and sliding over the shop head. If the gauge doesn't touch, it's overdrive of less than...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2018, 06:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 398
Posted By wirejock
Building or painting

For building (riveting, drilling, etc) I use a 1/4 line long enough to cover my work area.
For painting (HVLP) I use a 3/8" line.
Maybe it doesn't matter. I've sprayed with the 1/4" with no problems.
Forum: RV-10 04-15-2018, 02:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 582
Posted By wirejock
Welcome

Jerry
Welcome and congratulations.
I manage a Google Group of Vans Builders/Owners in an around Colorado (also a few outside). Currently 20+. Every model is represented including the RV10.
If you...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-12-2018, 09:50 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 57,789
Posted By wirejock
Photos and data

+1 here. I would like to see the mods and data. This is such an awesome web site, it's a shame photos are so temporary. I started saving stuff I need to pdf files so I have a reference later. Some of...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-10-2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 816
Posted By wirejock
Google Group

Don. Welcome. I manage a Google Group of Colorado (plus a few outside) RV builders/owners. If you would like to join, shoot me an e-mail from a Google account. My address is in my signature...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2018, 08:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 372
Posted By wirejock
Relief notch

The other spot builders find troublesome are the two relief notches in each spar.
Start by marking the location but center punch for the hole right in the center of the vertex between flange and web....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2018, 11:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 698
Posted By wirejock
Bench mounting

+1. I should have mentioned that. The two 1000 benches have predrilled holes for various tools like a vice, bending brake, etc but nothing permanently mounted. They get moved around a lot and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2018, 08:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 698
Posted By wirejock
EAA Benches

I built two EAA benches plus a third from the leftover. I would do it again.
I use a section of 1/4" plywood with a hole for the back rivet plate when needed. Pretty seldom used. The C-frame needs...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2018, 10:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 581
Posted By wirejock
Vans

Vans sells Flamemaster sealant (2 hour Proseal) in 3.5 oz. They also have a 1 oz but it's 30 minute.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-03-2018, 09:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,365
Posted By wirejock
Installing panel

Reviving an old thread.
I have the Oversize Panel. It's been cut and match drilled to the existing panel. I made an end shape template to get the correct dimension for the outboard bottom ends....
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-02-2018, 12:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 745
Posted By wirejock
Finishing the finishing kit

I'm creeping up on the canopy. Several items I've noticed.
You will eventually have to rivet the aft top skins but working tail forward will be the best order till you have to rivet the top skins for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,212
Posted By wirejock
V-block

I center punch. Then use a tiny bit like #50 to drill a hole and move up incrementally. Tiny bit is less likely to wander from a punch mark. A V-block helps but not necessary.
Forum: Primers 03-31-2018, 01:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 717
Posted By wirejock
Greenish/grey

Sorry. I stand corrected. Never actually seen a QB inside.
I love the stuff but mine is green with a very light hint of gold.
Forum: Primers 03-31-2018, 08:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 717
Posted By wirejock
QB wash primer

Vans uses Sherwin Williams P60G2 Wash Primer on QB kits. They're mix is greenish/grey. The mix available to us is greenish gold. Lots of info on Vans website plus there some photos of a sample...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-30-2018, 06:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 582
Posted By wirejock
Gotchas

No. Definitely no such place. A few of us ( me included) wojld never escape!
Post your moment to the Gotchas thread so the next builder can learn.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2018, 01:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,315
Posted By wirejock
Builder's risk

I did as a few others. When the value started making me nervous, I got a Builders Risk policy.
It happened right about when the engine was purchased and the fuse substantially complete.
The policy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2018, 09:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 517
Posted By wirejock
Vans Oversize panel

Vans makes an oversize panel for 6,7 &9. It's 2" taller than stock. It's a rectangular blank so you have to match cut and drill it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,000
Posted By wirejock
Starch

Check out my blog for Kitplane tips. One is using corn starch on the hands before putting on gloves. I keep it in an old foot powder...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-27-2018, 08:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 830
Posted By wirejock
Drill bushing

Buy a piece of brass tubing. Cut a piece about 1/2 the length of a #41 bit. Use it as a drill bushing.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-26-2018, 04:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,133
Posted By wirejock
FOR box

Yes. I looked up the dimensions. Those boxes are huge!
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-26-2018, 08:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 574
Posted By wirejock
Tank install

I did. So far it hasn't been an issue. Wings have been mated and removed. You do need them I place to fit the root fairing. My bird is at Finishing Kit stage so take my advise for the $.02 it's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 596
Posted By wirejock
Residue

I don't think it will weaken the aluminum but I do believe the area is prone to start corrosion so the white residue should be scuffed away with maroon scotchbrite and primer or Alodine.
If you want...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-21-2018, 08:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 699
Posted By wirejock
Tank skin fit

Assuming the ribs are not causing the issue, the problem you describe is common and you're method to resolve it is correct.

Here's "the z-bracket method" I used.
First mark a center line on each...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2018, 04:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 467
Posted By wirejock
Blog

I'm on the slow side. Lots of hours documented because I log every minute in the shop and I'm a bit OCD. Good number to see the high extreme. Figure 1/2 my numbers if you build fast and don't prime....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2018, 08:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 278
Posted By wirejock
Google Group

Dan. Welcome. If you need local assistance, I manage a Google Group of Colorado builder/owners. If you want to join, send me an e-mail from a Google e-mail account.
Build on
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Forum: Electrical Systems 03-18-2018, 01:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,962
Posted By wirejock
Aircraft Spruce

Is this the same?
https://m.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/elpages/eadualusbpanel.php?clickkey=6431
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-15-2018, 12:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,308
Posted By wirejock
PC file

Brilliant. E-mail sent.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-14-2018, 05:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,170
Posted By wirejock
Static port

I will add to the confusion. I modified the SafeAir ports. Vans location.
Lots of threads on the mod. Basically the SafeAir port is drilled to accommodate the Vans rivet. It allows the use of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2018, 06:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 959
Posted By wirejock
Prep work

Hopefully, someone with the experience you mention will reply, but just in case...

You might find someone with some P60G2. Shoot several samples. Wait a day or two. Scuff. Shoot one with Akzo and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2018, 05:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 959
Posted By wirejock
Alumiprep

Personally, I would leave the P60G2. I sprayed my entire SB inside with it. Since I was shooting, I simply applied the Jet Flex within 30 minutes. If you want to spray over it, scuff for mechanical...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2018, 06:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,251
Posted By wirejock
Washers

I had to use a mix of thick, thin and no washers to get them perfectly smooth.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-04-2018, 06:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 807
Posted By wirejock
Drill bushing

Go to the hardware store. Buy one of each size brass tubing up to 1/4" OD.
Cut a length off each shorter than the bit that fits the smallest tube. Probably #41.
Insert them inside each other so the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-04-2018, 08:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,589
Posted By wirejock
Jig or brake

The parts in the quote are for a jig to build the elevators and ailerons. There are some photos of the jig in use on the "EMPENNAGE" page of my blog.
You mention bending the trailing edge. That would...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-27-2018, 04:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,024
Posted By wirejock
Tanks

I wouldn't build tanks without wings. Very tricky to get the z-brackets and rear baffle drilled perfectly without the wing. Just my $.02
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2018, 10:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 986
Posted By wirejock
Pete Howell

Anyone know where this article resides? Google can't find anything. I would love to read it.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-26-2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,133
Posted By wirejock
Cardboard mock up

Ivan, Thanks.
I planned to do the same. What goes in the hole in the subpanel on the right?
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-26-2018, 09:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,024
Posted By wirejock
Jig for me

Necessary? Maybe not but you need some way of holding the substructure till it's riveted and stable enough to be moved around. I've seen some built mobile jig. Best of both worlds. Holds the wing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2018, 08:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,251
Posted By wirejock
Long bolt option

You didn't ask but worth mentioning. Instead of bolts on either side of each pedal, buy AN3-56 bolts and secure them with castle nut and cotter pin. The pedal moves much smoother.
Make sure the outer...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-25-2018, 06:54 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 63,661
Posted By wirejock
F7108A Center Forward Fuselage Rib, DWG 24

There's a "Gotcha" on the cabin substructure. Maybe common to both Slider and tipper but for sure on the slider. I assume it is because the Firewall is common to both and the substructure is...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-23-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 383
Posted By wirejock
Thanks

Thank you Ray. Nice to know I'm on the right track.
I made a set of bars for that sort of thing. They really come in useful. 3/16" hole holds dimple dies. I drilled an old flush set as well so the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2018, 08:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,471
Posted By wirejock
I plan to. I'm a long way from worrying about...

I plan to. I'm a long way from worrying about Phase 1. Sorry if I mislead anyone. My previous posting has been edited.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2018, 07:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,471
Posted By wirejock
Test Pilot

I plan to take lots of training but I'm not experienced in dealing with issues that might come up.
I will be reviewing the A.C. 90-116 and fly in accordance.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-22-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 383
Posted By wirejock
F-7108A Forward Center Fuselage Rib, DWG 24

Edit
I believe the reason for this is slider vs tipper. The firewall is common to both but can'tbe drilled because the substructure is different. Therefore, the rib can'tbe drilled either. Solution...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-22-2018, 04:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,133
Posted By wirejock
Idea

That's cool. Not a slider but easy to modify to a slider.
Thanks Bill.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,849
Posted By wirejock
Rave

They all deserve a Rave. The ladies are a welcome voice and have always been more than professional.
I told my staff to smile when they answer a call. The customer can hear it in the voice.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-20-2018, 04:17 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 63,661
Posted By wirejock
Cabin Fuel yank Vent Lines, DWG 36, DWG 24

Pay close attention to the cabin components when fabricating the Fuel Tank Vent Lines inside the fuse. The line makes a jiggle so it doesn't interfere with F7105B-R&L Outboard Sub Panels. I just...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-19-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,133
Posted By wirejock
Looking for web pages and photos of panel & cabin forward

I'm building the cabin forward and trying to plan the panel. Two Skyview HDX.
Also trying to plan the substructure for the panel to accommodate electronics.
I've looked through the "Panel" thread but...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-17-2018, 05:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,447
Posted By wirejock
Incidence

I seem to remember this in a search. Basically the consensus was make them both the same at the measurement point in the plans. I did ask about sweep and was told make them the same. A call to Vans...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2018, 04:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 553
Posted By wirejock
Windshield washer hose

Beat me. Windshield washer hose also works if you can't find the clear stuff.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-14-2018, 08:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,428
Posted By wirejock
Service Bulletin

If it were a safety issue, wouldn't Vans issue a Service Bulletin? So it must be a modification to the kit.
Forum: Texas (North) 02-13-2018, 08:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 372
Posted By wirejock
Source

Contact Sherwin Williams. They have a list of suppliers.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-13-2018, 08:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,428
Posted By wirejock
Mystery part

Check the inventory. It should have a description for the part.
Call Vans and ask. It may be important.
From the part number, it looks like a newer addition.
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-12-2018, 08:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 582
Posted By wirejock
HS riveting

I think the 7 & 8 HS are the same if not very similar. Follow the manual sequence.
I did build a jig for the elevators and ailerons but it was not required. If you have enough Clekos, plug every...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-10-2018, 06:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,694
Posted By wirejock
Dolly creeper

Go to Harbor Fright and buy two movers dollies. Bolt the old creeper frame to them. Much higher and roll over anything.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-08-2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 1,786
Views: 880,145
Posted By wirejock
Aft skins

I fit! Maybe a good dog house for when Sweetie gets mad at me.
http://i63.tinypic.com/160br55.jpg
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-08-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,738
Posted By wirejock
I'm in.

I'm in for the next production run.
Set of four for Lycoming IO360M1B
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2018, 04:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,727
Posted By wirejock
Congratulations

That's a cool story. Congratulations. Now Build On!
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-07-2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 871
Posted By wirejock
Forstner

I would use a Forstner bit. Whole set from Harbor Fright is pretty cheap.
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