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Old 05-06-2018, 09:19 AM
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$8.45 plus shipping according to the parts list.

It probably won't be the last piece you repurchase. And you will sleep better at night.
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Old 05-06-2018, 10:25 AM
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If your goal is to assemble an aircraft kit, buy the new part. If your goal is to learn to build an airplane, develop the skills to do so.
This is a really minor ding that should easily work out, if it needs to be worked out at all. ( I donít accept dinged webbing but thatís just me).
If fixing this yourself risks keeping you up at night, by all means buy a new part. However, if you donít have the skills to know what an airworthy part is, I would suggest you develop them. You may need them in the future unless you intend to have someone else inspect your airplane, part by part, assembly by assembly as you build (not a bad idea until you learn). You need to know what is ďokĒ and what is not. This is part of the learning process.
This isnít about money or shipping time. Itís about how you want to proceed and what your end goal is. That decision is up to you and there isnít a right or wrong answer except it needs to be a sound part. How that gets done, fix, repair, fabricate new yourself, or simply replace the part, or not, is up to you, but donít just run out and buy a new part unless your goal is just to move on. Many experienced builders do this for times sake when something is really messed up, but this part can probably be fixed in a few minutes just judging off of the one picture.
Back in the day, if you completed a Vanís kit, you developed an impressive set of skills. Today it seems more about fancy interiors, paint, and avionics than it does about sheet metal, and that is ok too. We wouldnít have so many really nice machines flying if the kits didnít assemble as well as they do today.
Good luck on your path and have fun with your build.
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Old 05-06-2018, 11:31 AM
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I agree that if you are uncomfortable making the decision you can just replace the part. You won't learn much that way though and you still have a long way to go.

There are other options as some have listed. A good one is to take it to your local EAA chapter to have a tech counselor look at it.

They may say...

-Good to go.

-Here's how to fix it.
..Easy, just clean up the separation between the flanges, no cracks.
..Harder, add a doubler.

-Replace it.
..Here's how to make a new one.
..Buy a new one.

A good option for future goofs as well. And there are more in your future!

Good luck.
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Old 05-06-2018, 12:29 PM
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Good to be cautious, but how is that rib loaded when in use?

It mainly serves in compression and I don't think much stretch or bending takes place in the vicinity of the deformation.

I'd lightly "massage" it back flat with a small wood mallet, or soft faced hammer.

Pay a little attention to polish the inside of the radius in case they were stretched more than is "comfortable" for the metal.

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Old 05-06-2018, 03:48 PM
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Default Thank you all

I'm humbled by all the thoughtful responses. I kept inspecting the part and came to the realization that the bend was very slight when it happened. And based on what it's being used for, the lack of any issue with it fitting in between the skin as designed, and the nearly negligible effort to massage the web to nearly new, I'm going to use the part and move on. As folks mentioned, so far the hardest part to learn is not the actual assembly, but maintaining a high standard but realizing that is not perfection.
Thanks again.
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Old 05-06-2018, 04:06 PM
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Rich,

Welcome to my world! I am an aircraft structural engineer (stress analysis) and I constantly struggle with this type of decision whenever I accidently add a new design feature to a part. It's my opinion (backed by my experience but not by any numbers at all) that the -14 is very solidly built with enough safety margin to accept some defects.

However, I almost always order new parts if for the sole reason that I sleep better knowing that "new feature" isn't there anymore. Especially so if the part is cheap (which this one is - I know because I messed up some holes on this very part) and the shipping time is short (2 days for me).
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Old 05-06-2018, 07:00 PM
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Default fix it and inspect for cracks

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With experience, you will reform that part, inspect, use it or not and make your decision.
If it where me, I would use my back rivet plate or anvil and try to work the web back into shape with a flush set. If the original damage didnít stretch the skin too much, it might just bend right back. Since it bent at the break in the flange, check that area for any cracks. If it doesnít work out, order another part. It wonít take long to try and you gain some good experience.
This is what I would do. GENTLY with flush set, or wood block and mallet.
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Old 05-06-2018, 08:33 PM
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Sounds like you have it done. Do you have pics of it?
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Old 05-07-2018, 07:47 PM
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Default Updated pic

Took barely no massaging to make it seem new. Attached a pic, but had already primed



Sent for a new one anyway, but pretty happy with this.
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:44 AM
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I wouldnít hesitate to use it. Good job.
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