When you repair your airplanes, you often have to remove small nuts, bolts,
and screws to reach broken parts. ;ose items can be easily lost or pushed o;
the workbench during your repair. To prevent losing what you have on hand,
place a roll of masking tape on your workbench and deposit your hardware
parts inside. Not having to hunt for something that hit the floor and bounced
into a black hole also speeds your repair time.
Michael C. Gross, Mastic Beach, NY
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In a cold workshop, epoxy can get very thick and not run easily,
making it di;cult to mix accurately. I heat up my epoxy bottles
with a covering heat gun or a hair dryer. Place the bottles in a box
to contain the heat and, in a couple of minutes, the resin will thin.
Wait a little bit for the bottles to cool o;, then get your mixing cups
and mix the two parts together. ;e heated resin is easy to mix and
brush on, and penetrates the wood better. ;e heat does reduce
the working time a bit, so make your joints quickly before the resin
begins to gel.
Edwin Hawk, Smithville, OH
CERTIFICATE ON DEMAND
So that I don’t forget to bring my FAA certification card with me to
the field, I fold it up and put it inside the battery compartment of my
Dave Fishman, Ojai, CA
To precisely position and hold your wing ribs in place, use a small dot magnet
on one side of your wing rib and a metal right-angle square on the other.
;e magnet creates enough holding force to secure the rib firmly against the
square so that your hands are free to align the rib with the plans and glue it to a
spar. ;e magnet allows holds a slight downforce to keep the rib firmly in place
as the glue dries.
Jeff Grant, via email