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Old 11-30-2017, 08:34 PM
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Default Avionics: Everything is 2 days ...

Wow, even with a prefab panel and harness there are so many small things you need it's hard to prepare. Everything is going slow having to order a bit of this a bit of that one of those and two of these. Learning how to build this connector, use a solder sleeve, build that connector. Routing wires is an art form. Shipping is killing me and my tool count is going up again daily! How many different crimping tools can one own anyway?
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Old 11-30-2017, 08:42 PM
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How many different crimping tools can one own anyway?
One less than you will end up needing
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Old 11-30-2017, 08:56 PM
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Think how much quicker your second build will be though!
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Old 12-01-2017, 06:08 AM
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I'm in the same boat. I've spent maybe $700 on bits and pieces, tools etc to wire up the avionics and it all fits in a very (emphasis on very) small box. Just like everything on the plane, when you show it to someone, they say, pffft that cant take long. Then you describe the steps you go thru to just rivet one rivet, or in this case, make one wire connection and its ridiculous.

In the builders club, the secret handshake is actually the silent "head-nod of knowing".....earned by doing, not by talking.

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Old 12-01-2017, 10:36 AM
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This is why the homebuilder's math (90% + 90% = 100%) is actually true.....
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Old 12-01-2017, 11:24 AM
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Yep .... we all understand, especially the shipping part. The good news is that even with all the crimpers and specialty tools, wire, connectors, fittings, switches, etc; the total cost of wiring is peanuts compared with the other major task areas. For me it was the least cost by a wide margin. Part of the frustration results from timing .... all this "stuff" comes later in the build when u thought you had all the tools you needed!
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Old 12-01-2017, 11:28 AM
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Default Wiring Lessons Learned

Nearing seven years and 950 hours, even though my -8A operates flawlessly, the one thing about the build I regret is not taking the time/attention to detail installing the wiring. Its not the ops its the really excess frustrating troubleshooting time that drives me nuts.

From unreadable labels, to sloppy wire runs, to stupid cut-it-too-short decisions, there is a lot of room for improvement, if and when I can convince the wife that I need another airplane. At least I'll have the specialized used-it-once tools and a zillion bit parts for the job.
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:13 PM
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I gained some avionics skills in the 90s that I put into use helping others while I was building at another airport. Now that I have moved my finished plane, I've had to start acquiring 2 sets of crimpers and various supplies to support other builds. It helps that I get paid for my help!
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:51 PM
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It's alive .. and didn't explode .. woohoo!

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Old 12-01-2017, 04:58 PM
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Congratulations. Lighting it up is one of the most gratifying milestones.
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