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Steve & Nancy Riffe
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Date:  8-26-2016
Number of Hours:  3.00
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Brief Description:  Glass dowel rods in tips-1

Yesterday, I picked up 8 pieces of 3/8” dowel rod,3 feet in length. I plan to use these to firm up the wing tips. The tips are not very stiff and it is easy to push in and flex them—these dowel rods should take care of that issue. I cut about 3 to 4 inches off of the first one, then I mixed up some T-88 structural adhesive. I applied the glue down one side of the dowel, then clamped it inside the right wing tip. Did the same thing for the left wing tip. Fast forward—glue dried and I added a second rod to each tip, just below the first one. While the glue was drying, I cut a number of fiberglass strips about 2.5” wide. I wet the strips and laid them in over the dowel rods—sounds simple, but it was a royal pain. The 6” or so that is in the very aft part of the tip is really difficult to access. You can’t see what you’re doing and the wetted glass strip sticks to rubber gloves real well. Anyhow, I got two strips of glass laid up over each of the two dowel rods on both tips. It doesn’t look pretty, but I suppose no one is going to remove the tips to look. So, half way done. Late today, I started on the last of the dowel rods—got the first one glued into the right tip. Hope to get one more done tonight if the glue sets quick enough. I don’t have enough clamps to do more than one rod at a time. I also lightly sanded both upper & lower cowling. The lower is ready for another coat of resin and the top is ready for a coat of sanding primer.
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Rods glued inside L. tip

Rods glued inside L. tip

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Rods glassed in

Rods glassed in

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Glued upper rod into R. tip

Glued upper rod into R. tip

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