Has anyone ever seen a Home Depot bolt on an airplane ? Or is it just an old wife's tale ?
I would also add, that for a slightly firmer and less spongy surface, you can use the Stewart systems primer. It’s not expensive. I have also considered experimenting with adding marble dust to the second coat of gripper to firm it up just a bit.
We currently have a fella at the airport that has one of these in his plane:I have seen some strange homebuilt airplane fixes. Big hardware store turnbuckle used as an adjustable bracket in the engine compartment. Telephone wire. Trailer tail light wire for strobes.
Just for the fabric. There is an ideal bit of firmness that the fabric ought to have. Strait gripper and latex in my opinion is just a bit shy of that, leaving it a little spongy feeling. As I wrote above the Stewart primer seems to take care of that, and white it’s not expensive, if I can firm up the gripper a tiny bit while still keeping its flexibility, then I have cheap winner.ToddK,
Are you thinking about doing that for the aluminum & steel parts? Anything that makes the paint more rigid on the fabric would be counterproductive, it seems to me.
I assume that's the Take Off/Land switch. Using EMT conduit would provide additional wire protection - especially in case of a prop strike. That way you'd still be able to land.
This is the same guy that had some leaky floats on his Rotax 503. Instead of paying the money for some new ones he decided to use some kind of sealer on the outside of the old ones. I told that would not work as the float weight would change but he insisted and pretty much thought I was an idiot that wasn't smart enough to outsmart those folks that were just trying to rip people off with ridiculous prices on new floats.I assume that's the Take Off/Land switch. Using EMT conduit would provide additional wire protection - especially in case of a prop strike. That way you'd still be able to land.