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Old 01-02-2018, 02:34 PM
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Default Aileron Push Rod Boots?

A friend asked if I was installing boots where the push rods enter the fuselage at the wing root. Anybody doing this? Did you make your own?
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Old 01-02-2018, 02:35 PM
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I believe Abby at Flightline Interiors was working on some for the 14.
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Old 01-02-2018, 03:05 PM
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I did this on my -6A to reduce cold air. Got some lightweight rubberized fabric from local place and sewed up a pair and glued in place to the fuselage side wall. I tied the fabric through a slot sewn in the fabric around the control rod to cinch the fabric to the rod. Check and double check for clearances.

They can be bought from various sources, but most glider folks who have been using boots on the controls for years like myself make them at home.
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On 2 planes now I'd installed them. I just take a set of Tyvek coveralls from the Home Depot paint department, cut the sleeves off just above the wrist and about 8 inches up the sleeve. Then zip tie it around the pushrod and make a small circle of aluminum the size of the sidewall opening and glue it with RTV / pop rivets in place to hold it to the sidewall.
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I got mine from Abby, and it made a dramatic difference in reducing cold air entry. Her's are very nicely made.
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I purchased a set from someone that is made out of nylon windbreaker material. Very light and works great.
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I purchased a set from someone that is made out of nylon windbreaker material. Very light and works great.
Another material used by the glider guys is chamois leather, soft and flexible and glues well with contact cement.
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On 2 planes now I'd installed them. I just take a set of Tyvek coveralls from the Home Depot paint department, cut the sleeves off just above the wrist and about 8 inches up the sleeve. Then zip tie it around the pushrod and make a small circle of aluminum the size of the sidewall opening and glue it with RTV / pop rivets in place to hold it to the sidewall.
I did just about the same thing.
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Thrift store. Child's rain coat. Use the sleeves.
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Thank you to everyone. This certainly gives me something else to think about.
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