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Old 02-15-2006, 07:58 PM
apatti apatti is offline
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Default Newbie Hint #?

Don't wait for Van's to have a "sale".
Warner Robins, GA
Phase I complete
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Old 02-15-2006, 08:17 PM
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Quote: After watching you drill a hole in your finger the helper should never say "I thought it looked like you were going to do that."

Do listen to your own inner voice that says "I should remove that layout line for the holes before I accidentally cut along it" (ask me how I know). If the voice says "Hold up - something isn't right" Listen to it!
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Old 02-15-2006, 08:35 PM
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Default Get organized

Always put your tools back in their rightful place after each use. I worked a little over 1200 hours on a quickbuild (about average). 200 hrs. can be attributed to "hunting for tools".
RV9A N489JE - Flying
Eagle Neck Airpark
Shellmans Bluff, Georgia
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:30 AM
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Make sure your air hose is securely latched into the quick-connect BEFORE opening the air valve. Can you say "Strikes with the speed of a snake"?

Rick Schwandt
RV-9A Fuselage
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Old 02-16-2006, 07:03 AM
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Don't ship something big, like a horizontal stabilizer skin, half way cross the country 2nd Day Air unless you REALLY need it in 2 days... Ugh.

Ken Monville
RV-8 - Wings, sold
RV-8 - 2nd project in planning
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Old 02-16-2006, 07:36 AM
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You can't undrill a hole...unless you're working in fiberglass!!


Dry Micro is your BEST friend!

Paul F. Dye
Editor in Chief - KITPLANES Magazine
RV-8 - N188PD - "Valkyrie"
RV-6 (By Marriage) - N164MS - "Mikey"
RV-3B - N13PL - "Tsamsiyu"
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Old 02-16-2006, 07:56 AM
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Default 5 pairs of cleco pliers

Cleco pliers are bashful types. If you only have two they will hide from you and each other. By having 5 they will stay out in the open living with the comfort of others and be available for use anytime.
Darwin N. Barrie
Chandler AZ
RV-7 N717EE-Flying (Sold)
RV-7 N707EE-Building
EMS Bell 407,
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Old 02-16-2006, 08:12 AM
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fly on the lookout, they can and will scare the #$% out of you!

"what? who me? no...i'm not scared of no stinking fly cutter!"

clamp it down, clamp it again, clamp it again, and finally clamp it down!!!
Chad Jensen
RV-7, 5 yr build, flew it 68 hours, sold it, miss it.
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Old 02-16-2006, 09:47 AM
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Default Undocumented properties of rivets

Rivets have several undocumented properties:

A single dropped rivet will accelerate to the speed of light, becoming invisible just before contacting the floor. Upon contact, the rivet will automatically seek the most inaccessible location available preferably where it can be seen but not retrieved easily.

A group of dropped rivets cannot quite achieve the speed of light. Instead, on contact they will disperse themselves into a pattern ensuring coverage of the maximum area possible and seeking the most inaccessible locations available.

Rivets left in a pants pocket will remain in the pocket during wash. In the clothes dryer, they will be irresistibly attracted to the dimples of the dryer drum, which are slightly oversized for AN426 rivets. The maximum dispersion rule described above applies here also.
Jim Sherblon

-7 Slider Finishing Kit

Stuck in Lodi CA
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Old 02-16-2006, 09:58 AM
Derrell Derrell is offline
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When drilling the canopy skirts an extra set of hands are handy. Insist on your helper (son) use a wood block as a backer. Yep! I drilled my helper's finger.

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