Originally Posted by KeithB
Donít overlook the value of Section 5 in the plans. I read this section twice before starting, and then forgot 75% of what I read because I didnít need it for a while or didnít realize the value imbedded. I was constantly finding things (tricks and tips) in Section 5 after the fact that I could have found there much easier rather than searching on VAF or google.
When I started my build I did the same thing. This is my first airplane build so I started the learning curve almost at the bottom. The everyday operations of building are for the most part contained in Section 5.
I'd also suggest you read as many other builders blogs as you can. Some are rich in detail and can help you through a difficult part of your build. I really appreciated reading blogs that went past the mandated listing of completed operations and talked about the challenges encountered and the thought process of how to solve them.
However, take everything you read with a grain of salt. Most of us are not professional mechanics who do this day in and day out. I've seen some horrible advice (example: "Hey guys! You know how when you mark a part with a Sharpie, but it comes off when you wipe it with solvent? Just get an engraving pen and etch the part number on the part!") and some very good advice. Learning to tell the difference is something you acquire only with experience.
Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. Enjoy the journey!