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Forum: Fiberglass Yesterday, 07:47 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 158,678
Posted By BillL
So, Dan, is your vacuum pump regulated? What...

So, Dan, is your vacuum pump regulated? What depression are you using? My pump would suck the foam down flat :D:eek::o
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 06:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 811
Posted By BillL
I have done a number of these and use the...

I have done a number of these and use the spreadsheet you reference. It is a jewel!

Let me start at the beginning. Get the engine and oil warm and stable. It takes me at least 30 min. Then select...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 06:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,120
Posted By BillL
I put mine up on departing the runway to avoid...

I put mine up on departing the runway to avoid FOD. I might put them down if around non-RV people, if that ever happens.
Forum: Fiberglass Yesterday, 06:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 234
Posted By BillL
Talk a little about what you are trying to do.

You can check DanH posts, he did the inlet and the exit chute aft. I made a couple of new exit chutes for my James cowl. No flange. It was a lot more work than I expected to yield a really smooth...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2020, 08:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,114
Posted By BillL
I am happy to hear a couple of expert aero guys...

I am happy to hear a couple of expert aero guys talk about the intersection radius.

Here is my 7 with the James pants. I was concerned and thinking about fitting the Vans PR pants to get some...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-06-2020, 06:00 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,743
Posted By BillL
I was surprised after testing rubbing alcohol...

I was surprised after testing rubbing alcohol (IPA) on my tip lens. Just had wild hair and tested a scrap piece before a scratch removal/polish exercise. I had mixed a water based spray solution of...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-06-2020, 05:32 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,743
Posted By BillL
You guys should check the SDS of these.

Check the SDS just so you know (mostly) what is being used.

I have been trying seeking a canopy cleaner that does not erode, melt, leave a haze, and leaves the canopy crystal clear, so this is an...
Forum: RV-14 08-05-2020, 08:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 706
Posted By BillL
Anything can be polished.

I don't know about the 14, but the 7 lenses are melted with isopropyl alcohol.

I took some (many) scratches out with a series of sand paper then polishing with 3m #3, #2, and #1 cut and buff polish...
Forum: Safety 08-05-2020, 04:13 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,041
Posted By BillL
Thanks, Scott

Scott has applied outstanding skills for thread-upset-recovery. :D

Applause . . .
Forum: Primers 08-05-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,012
Posted By BillL
Call it an intellectual pursuit . . .

Mike, I take no issue with your statement or experience. I have searched extensively but not found any paint testing that has shown any available primer that equals the corrosion resistance of the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-04-2020, 04:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,798
Posted By BillL
Yes, good discussion on this . . . precious...

Yes, good discussion on this . . . precious metal companies use ounce, troy for all transactions and discussions.

Now, I wonder what the OP really wanted?
Forum: Safety 08-04-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,041
Posted By BillL
***Disregard this comment. I mistakenly thought...

***Disregard this comment. I mistakenly thought the spacers were the final condition not "corrected"***
Steve, the 1" off-set for the vertical loads transferred from the HS to the fuse will add a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-04-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,798
Posted By BillL
Maybe, but why is an ounce of GOLD have more mass...

Maybe, but why is an ounce of GOLD have more mass (heavier on earth) than an ounce of LEAD?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-04-2020, 06:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,798
Posted By BillL
Good for you, Bill !!

A+

Now, lets talk about expansion ratio and why it is directly related to Cr and efficiency on the PV diagram. :D

Next, we will cover variable valve timing to yield an effectively longer power...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-03-2020, 09:37 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,934
Posted By BillL
Scott - Check Your PM Please

I sent an off topic note about flight hours per day.

Thanks, Bill
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2020, 05:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,950
Posted By BillL
Interesting design and got a relatively good...

Interesting design and got a relatively good review (https://6moons.com/audioreviews/cornu/cornu_2.html).

I have a tuner and nice FM antenna at the hangar wanting for speakers. Maybe some Realistic...
Forum: Primers 08-01-2020, 08:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,012
Posted By BillL
Please substantiate.

Please provide references for genuine corrosion testing that included 2024 to justify this statement.
Forum: California 08-01-2020, 07:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 503
Posted By BillL
+1

Call them as I think they do fabricating and have small pieces not on the website.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-28-2020, 05:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 657
Posted By BillL
Make sure the screws are long enough to get...

Make sure the screws are long enough to get though the nut plates. You can slightly squeeze the aft part of the nut plates to firm up the locking feature until they can be replaced.

Are you using...
Forum: Fiberglass 07-27-2020, 07:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,591
Posted By BillL
No perfect method??

My paint shop guys really did not like the flexing. Concerns (and history) of paint cracking in handling and my issue of distortion of the originally intended shape. There are a lot of ways to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2020, 05:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,047
Posted By BillL
I am getting comfortable back in the cockpit...

I am getting comfortable back in the cockpit after the months in the paint shop. First set some waypoints and practiced the finer points of VNAV descents with multiple WPT's, linking into an LP...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-26-2020, 03:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 800
Posted By BillL
Short Answer - Maybe

The Stein fittings and other acceptable ones use stainless retainers within. Cheap fittings have plastic retainers. The hard SAE tubing we use may not mate will with a cheap version.

I have used...
Forum: Fiberglass 07-24-2020, 08:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,591
Posted By BillL
Best laid plans and all, why not take a strip of...

Best laid plans and all, why not take a strip of pink rigid insulation and cut with a table saw in the cross section shape of a triangle. Sand the peak to round a little then stick it to the interior...
Forum: RV-14 07-23-2020, 07:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 459
Posted By BillL
Use the torque value for the diameter of the...

Use the torque value for the diameter of the fastener (screw) adding the resistance of the nut plate as you would for a nylock. .
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-22-2020, 06:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 593
Posted By BillL
Congrats, good to celebrate any milestone!! I...

Congrats, good to celebrate any milestone!!

I installed my engine mount to the hanging engine, about 10 min, then spent the next hour+ finding/making wrenches and positions to do the torque and get...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-19-2020, 02:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,714
Posted By BillL
Here is a DIY tool I thought would be a good...

Here is a DIY tool I thought would be a good candidate design. I don't have any dimensions.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-19-2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 24,391
Posted By BillL
Custom CNC milled, unfortunately. They are pretty...

Custom CNC milled, unfortunately. They are pretty aren't they . . . :D

I have been thinking for years about the challenge of mating ducts to the Vans cowl. After looking a some printed RV part porn...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-18-2020, 01:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 850
Posted By BillL
Yes, you are correct for that (12180N) alternator...

Yes, you are correct for that (12180N) alternator it is not a "field" wire providing power (volts X amps) but just a voltage sense for turn-on by the regulator. The regulator picks up volts (and...
Forum: ADS-B 07-17-2020, 03:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,473
Posted By BillL
It is enlightening to know it is possible to...

It is enlightening to know it is possible to become someone else if needed. ;) To protect the innocent that is.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-16-2020, 04:38 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 78,353
Posted By BillL
IF you have gotten this far - -

Here is a summary of the thread in a single downloadable document. Feel free to make improvements. I will send you the WORD file to do so. With the new VAF server it is now possible to post as a PDF....
Forum: Tools 07-16-2020, 04:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,337
Posted By BillL
This post is not just a Tim-the-Tool-Man arg arg...

This post is not just a Tim-the-Tool-Man arg arg arg thing. The larger receiver means larger surface area, and longer times between compressor cycles. Both mean better cooling and less likelihood...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2020, 06:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 504
Posted By BillL
FYI

I suggest you put a strip of UHMW tape down the upper and lower sides of the gear leg. At 130 hrs I took my fairings off and they were shaped like a banana. AND, the glass was wearing into the powder...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2020, 06:45 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,106
Posted By BillL
Pretty good numbers except paint. The way you are...

Pretty good numbers except paint. The way you are going, paint will easily be double + some extra from that budget. VOE
Forum: RV-10 07-15-2020, 08:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,624
Posted By BillL
Oil under the cowl comes from somewhere and...

Oil under the cowl comes from somewhere and primarily goes down. Let the plane sit and come back and look very carefully from the bottom of the engine with a good light (may need mirror) look for...
Forum: Autopilots 07-15-2020, 08:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,107
Posted By BillL
If it is like the Garmin... it should be...

If it is like the Garmin... it should be disconnect / CWS. Press for one second=disengage, and three seconds = CWS - Dynon may be different.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-14-2020, 08:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,840
Posted By BillL
I'll second that guess.

I'll second that guess.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-14-2020, 04:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,462
Posted By BillL
Is that what you call those exhaust restrictors?

Is that what you call those exhaust restrictors?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-14-2020, 06:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 431
Posted By BillL
Yep, the heads and case heat up and increase the...

Yep, the heads and case heat up and increase the clearance, then as the seats wear they get tighter - so no need to second guess the recommendation.

Good when hot, good when cold - good when young...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-14-2020, 05:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,348
Posted By BillL
I have an M1B but two Slick mags. Are you WOT? ...

I have an M1B but two Slick mags. Are you WOT? CS prop? If so you are really low in RPM by my experience. But . . . I have found the following in no particular order:

A - as I lean, one plug will...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-13-2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,051
Posted By BillL
This (and more) is covered in "Better Aerobatics"...

This (and more) is covered in "Better Aerobatics" by Alan Cassidy. He explains this quite well. I am an engineer but keeping full power to yield less airspeed on the down loop was counterintuitive to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2020, 05:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,180
Posted By BillL
Lord purchased new from Vans, and have only 130...

Lord purchased new from Vans, and have only 130 hrs. Maybe 5 yrs old.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-12-2020, 04:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 701
Posted By BillL
The G3Expert is best equipped to answer this....

The G3Expert is best equipped to answer this.

Meanwhile, is your fuel rate near correct? GPH? It must be reading extremely low. Like 50 miles/gal.

Where in eastern Iowa are you? I just hopped...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-12-2020, 04:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,644
Posted By BillL
Absolutely! I stand corrected - - -

Absolutely! I stand corrected - - -
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-12-2020, 04:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 486
Posted By BillL
I have wondered about that Tim, and already had...

I have wondered about that Tim, and already had to replace mine. I was thinking some A123 cells that are the LiFePO formation so the stock TWC charging would match the cell needs.

Is this factor or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,156
Posted By BillL
My 7 is a little smaller but pulled it up on the...

My 7 is a little smaller but pulled it up on the tilting flatbed car hauler ropes tied to the engine mounts at the gear legs. Had a team of 5 friends and we briefed ahead, each pitched in a helped...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2020, 06:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,180
Posted By BillL
I have had a prop/engine whirl mode with my 7,...

I have had a prop/engine whirl mode with my 7, IO360 M1B engine w/Hartzell composite prop. The spinner moves 1/4" off center. It has occurred at low rpm after a gentle bounce on the runway. Has...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-10-2020, 05:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,644
Posted By BillL
Never mind . . . . . .

Never mind . . . . . .
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-08-2020, 09:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,742
Posted By BillL
This is how I learned when to quit, perfection.

This is how I learned when to quit, perfection.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-08-2020, 09:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,251
Posted By BillL
You may be able to go back on ATCLive and find...

You may be able to go back on ATCLive and find your communications. I have done that locally as the ATC frequency was broadcast.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 07-07-2020, 06:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 284
Posted By BillL
Maybe . .

I might have some parts you can use. Do you know what they look like? TT has a drawing of them and if you can identify the specific pieces you need, I will check. If I have them they will be yours....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-07-2020, 06:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,742
Posted By BillL
So there you have the list . . . knowing what to...

So there you have the list . . . knowing what to look for and then how to adjust it is the big thing. Like gaps, know how to identify from outside then shim to fix. There are lots of single visual...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2020, 07:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 741
Posted By BillL
+2 Excellent strength and very quick. Less cost...

+2 Excellent strength and very quick. Less cost than ruining an expensive dimple die. Works even on .025 stock.

Sorry I did not see your post there Bob, the NAS rivets are a 3 shank rivet with a 2...
Forum: RV-14 07-04-2020, 12:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,401
Posted By BillL
OK, just who is going to be the first to scuff...

OK, just who is going to be the first to scuff their paint job and add the golf ball dimples to test the speed? If roughness increases speed why don't universal rivets go faster than countersunk?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-30-2020, 08:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 592
Posted By BillL
The prop changes pitch by pressure and the...

The prop changes pitch by pressure and the pressure at 1600-1700 rpm is not that high. So, if it suddenly dropped off, then either the oil pressure (it would be obvious from the engine gauge) is low...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-30-2020, 08:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,380
Posted By BillL
That was my first thought as well. I did not see...

That was my first thought as well. I did not see the emp detail but assume it was there.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-30-2020, 06:01 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,957
Posted By BillL
Thanks Don!!!

Don, thanks for pushing me to investigate the check valves further. I did not go with the duck bill valves as packaging was more machining than I wanted, but did find a Minnesota company that makes...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-29-2020, 08:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,339
Posted By BillL
Break, strip, drill (what ever order works) and move on.

I would go directly to breaking the head off and replacing the underlying nut plate. If it strips out then drill, like Steve said. Then just remove the nut plate with screw stuck in it.

Fiddling...
Forum: Propellers 06-29-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,636
Posted By BillL
Near miss - - good news!! The debris would have...

Near miss - - good news!! The debris would have to get through the front crank bearing, into the sump in order to get back in the governor screen. You are good to go!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-28-2020, 05:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 878
Posted By BillL
Thumbs up He looks happy in his new home!!

He looks happy in his new home!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2020, 09:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 764
Posted By BillL
Walt, This will validate the transponder is...

Walt, This will validate the transponder is getting the altitude, but not necessarily reporting with the ADSB output. The transponder I was referring to (GTX327) had an accurate readout of altitude...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2020, 05:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 830
Posted By BillL
Thumbs up yep

+1 .
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-28-2020, 05:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,134
Posted By BillL
It sure is, esp at 14.5k! At max power, 2600, 8k...

It sure is, esp at 14.5k! At max power, 2600, 8k (DA), my 180 hp 7 is the same but higher FF. The BA prop is faster than my composite.

But - - I think Carl is has an 8, it's faster yet!
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