While working on the last newsletter featuring the tail light adapter ring, I came across some old video that I had taken with the intent of making an instruction video. Today I edited it and put it on YouTube. Hopefully this will help others understand this handy little accessory.
Our April Online Builder Hangout focused on proper tube flaring techniques and tool use. Check it out below.
- Using the Parker Rolo Flare tool. Purpose of flare fittings, cautions in tube flaring.
- Link to the tool: http://www.cleavelandtool.com/Parker-…
- Question on how tight to torque flare nuts, see: https://www.vansaircraft.com/pdf/Torq…
- Question of single vs. double flare. DOT/FAA Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics Handbook states: “A double flare should be used on 5052-O and 6061-T aluminum alloy tubing for all sizes 1/8″ to 3/8″ O.D. This is necessary to prevent cutting off the flare and failure of the tube assembly under operating pressures.”
- To the question of hard vs. flex tube lines…As expected flex tube is used where movement is possible.
Also, sign up today for the May Hangout.
We’re trying a new broadcast platform this month, and you can participate live, starting at 5:30pm CDT from: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/aircraft-tool-chat
Once the session is over, we’ll be posting the content here as always!
If you participated in the March 2014 Hangout, you’ll know we had serious technical issues. Mike was able to re-record the core content so you will all be up to speed on the ins and outs of special dimple dies.
Here you go!
This session we discuss use of the DRDT and C-Frame, proper dimpling, reaming, the Boeing Quick Change Kit, and more! For more information, visit http://www.cleavelandtool.com
Cleaveland Aircraft Tool September Online Builder Hangout covers several methods and tools for deburring pre-punched skins. We also cover the different grades of grinder wheels used in deburring. There were several questions about drilling out rivets, so we covered a number of those as well.
Mike Lauritsen presents a couple of options when fabricating aluminum angle. He covers the use of manual and power tools from the hacksaw to the miter saw, filing, nibbling and grinding. Learn the basics of fabrication from plans, including layout and measurement. A handy overview for those just getting started or considering building an aluminum aircraft.
4:30 Starting fabrication of a rudder part
5:30 Intent – Where to start, what to do first, how to layout
11:00 Use your ruler backwards
13:30 Soft Jaws
14:30 Make your work comfortable
15:45 Rule of thumb for blade tooth pitch (1.5 teeth in material)
19:30 File types
23:30 The Power Tools
24:45 Miter Saw
25:26 Belt Sander
26:10 3M Deburring Wheel
26:45 Belt Sander Grit Question
27:19 Square Hole in Sheet Aluminum
28:42 Question about Technique for Landing Light
30:00 Nibbling Tool