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Kurt Haller RV-9A
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Date:  11-5-2016
Number of Hours:  4.00
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Brief Description:  Securing the main roll bar support tube

Figuring out how to put the top fwd skin in place then bolt the main roll bar support tube was a head scratcher. Small magnets in a 3/8" socket and extension bars got the two bolts in quickly enough. Somehow, I got one of the nuts _and_ its washer on one of the bolts. But the last nut was going sideways until I decided to take the COM radio and SV D-700 out of the panel, which gave relatively easy access to bolts while seated in the cockpit.

The bolt heads on the other side are so close to the horizontal part of an extruded angle that I ground down the side of a 3/8" socket--effectively making it a 5-sided hex socket, so the bolt head could be held while the nuts were torqued.
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View of the torqued bolts

View of the torqued bolts

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Essentially the same view

Essentially the same view

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This view shows bolt nearest the subpanel

This view shows bolt nearest the subpanel

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