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Old 12-04-2015, 04:28 PM
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Dave, No still on the cruise with the Rubin's. We will have a VAF hat sighting at the Panama Canal soon!
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Old 05-13-2018, 05:54 PM
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Default Seal Fuselage Spar Openings…

I removed my wings last week while performing an inspection and remembered a post about adding foam rubber to the root rib in order to seal the fuselage spar opening. So I cut foam 1.5” wide and thick enough to protrude ½” beyond the edge of the wing skin. Foam pieces are full height of the root rib. One piece of foam on each side of the spar is held in place with double-side tape against the root rib. When the wing is slid in place the foam rubber compresses by ½” and seals the spar cutout in the fuselage. Full test will be next winter but reduction in airflow in the cabin is very noticeable. I think this is going to work a charm...
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:26 PM
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I'll be real interested in how that works out. I tried something similar with weather stripping and it didn't have much of an effect.
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:30 PM
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I'll be real interested in how that works out. I tried something similar with weather stripping and it didn't have much of an effect.
Tom

You live in Florida. Maybe wrong approach for you. Try installing add'l vents...
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Old 05-14-2018, 04:59 AM
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Oh, don't need it at all while down here. Up north in November or so, another story ...
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:48 PM
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Somebody asked me for a photo quite some time ago. Had the wings off earlier in the year, took a pic and then didn't get around to posting. Was still working out how to upload photos - think I've cracked now, or at least I hope so! These seals work a treat.

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Old 05-14-2018, 08:31 PM
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Nice! Thanks for posting that. It’s about time to commence the condition inspection on ours. Perfect time to stick in some foam blocks.
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:37 AM
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I would suggest that the aluminum surfaces underlying any such foam blocks be coated with corrosion-resistant paint -- as it appears Jack above (or is it down-under?) has done. Over a period of time, the foam has the potential to entrap and hold moisture against the aluminum leading to possible corrosion.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:09 AM
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If there is one thing my airplane is not short of, it's paint. Trust me.
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Old 05-15-2018, 04:02 PM
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Can’t take the credit for the paint - I didn’t build it. The guy did protect the airframe very well. It was his third RV and he certainly knew what he was doing by the time he got to the this one - I’m the beneficiary of great workmanship!

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