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Old 02-15-2006, 11:53 AM
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...idea emailed to me by Terry Ruprecht. Great idea for a thread


RV Beginner Builder Hint #1:
When a small shiny tool rolls out of place on the work table, do NOT reach over lightning-like and move it back by the shiny end. It may be a soldering iron.

RV Beginner Builder Hint #2:
Unusual smells in the shop may include burning skin.
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Old 02-15-2006, 12:12 PM
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RV Beginner Builder Hint #3:
Always double check your drill bit size. For example, it's easy for a builder to confuse #12 and #21 drill bits, however the rivet you put in the resulting hole has an eye for such things and will complain loudly.
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Old 02-15-2006, 12:27 PM
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RV Beginner Builder Hint #4:
You're going to drill a whole in yourself at some point. Try to use a small bit, so it won't hurt as much. (I didn't!)
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Old 02-15-2006, 12:35 PM
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After you make two mistakes in a row, take a breather. Otherwise you're likely to make a third.

(We should put these in fortune cookies.)
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Old 02-15-2006, 12:37 PM
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Beginner tip #5...

While using your cool pneumatic squeezer, never rest your finger on the trigger while dimpling, unless, of course an extra hole in a random location is desired..

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Old 02-15-2006, 01:04 PM
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#6:
The new builder should be ever vigilant to not put the 1/8" male dimple die and the 3/32" female dimple die in the pnuematic squeezer - unless of course they want to buy a new die set and spend much time cursing.
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Old 02-15-2006, 01:27 PM
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#7 Always disconnect the pneumatic squeezer from the air line while changing dies! ( I haven't squeezed/dimpled my finger yet, but just the thought makes me cringe.)
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Old 02-15-2006, 02:24 PM
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#8. Never prime parts with a subpar compressor...lest the internal compressor regulator fails and causes a chain reaction in which your spray gun trigger fails and instantly vaporizes all your primer that subsequently drifts down the driveway onto your wife's car. If you don't heed my advise you may end up stripping wax/washing/rewaxing your wife's car at 3 am on a weeknight.

#9. Always, ALWAYS wear gloves if you are working within one foot of the firewall. As they say...'like butter'.
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Old 02-15-2006, 02:29 PM
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#10 ... at least the wooden homebuilt rule does not apply... "Don't bleed on the work"
Acetone is a good blood remover from expoxy primed parts...

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Old 02-15-2006, 02:33 PM
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#11 When somebody starts talking about primer, run for the hills.
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