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Old 12-30-2010, 07:09 AM
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There have also been issues with wobbily steps (the cause of which is open to debate, do a search and you can read more). Putting in an access hatch allows for future access if wobbily step syndrome occurs. Of course you can always go without and drill out the floor if you need to, but this is one of those an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure kind of things IMO.
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Old 12-30-2010, 06:16 PM
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I worried about this for some time also but today was the day of reckoning and I decided to install per Van's method with a #30 locate hole above and and below, and if the time comes where I ever need to remove the step, I will either open the holes up to to 3/4" to gain access to the bolt & nut, or just cut out and install an access plate at that time. I will re-weld the crappy current welds on the steps prior to permanent installation so they will probably never need to come out,,,,, and if they do its no big deal. I have found with the previous plane I built that those little added ounces you add here and there add up quick and I am trying to keep this one light.
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:46 PM
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Keeping it light will work especially well in this instance.
How about weld a MS21042 lock nut to the step tube on the top side.
Remove some aluminum about an inch in diameter to gain access on the bottom and your installation will probably be lighter than stock.
This is what I would do, if I had not already finished that part.
Your idea of drilling a pilot hole at this time is a great idea for future maintenance.
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