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  1. Ah, I hadn't considered that, but I really like the idea. I've got a roll of bright yellow tape at the hangar, I'm going to put that there and see what it looks like.
  2. I replaced mine with the owner produced ones. It changed the pre-loads and put them out the top end of the allowed limits so we adjust those. It still took two hands to lock it into place while swinging the gear on jacks, I couldn't imagine trying to do that in the air. Somewhere along the line someone had added carpet to the box for the nose gear. It looks nice, but that extra little bit that the bar had to go forward now without the egg shape of the original block made it extremely difficult. I took a razor blade and cut the strip of carpet behind where the bar is and removed that piece of carpet. It is smooth and easy now to lock the bar in the down-lock block. It isn't pretty right now when the gear is up with that strip of carpet missing, but it is very functional. I will probably either paint that section gray to match the carpet or put in a piece of gray cloth (very thin) to match the carpet.
  3. Ah, you're the one who bought his plane, a very small world indeed! We were parked by you at U42 the beginning of the month and there was your plane again in St George when we got there on Saturday.
  4. Turbo for Tahoe, but SoCal to Salt Lake I don't think you need one. We've made the flight a lot of times. HEC-MMM-FFU and you can go at 9,500 on the way there and 10,500 on the way back. Phoenix you don't need the turbo either, no high rocks, the biggest ones are on either side of you through the Banning Pass but not an issue.
  5. I transitioned to the AdLog system a few years back. It is helpful at annual with the listings of AD's. For the log books I made a note in the old logs that subsequent entries would be in the AdLog. I can't remember the exact wording but could send a picture later, I think I'm meeting my wife at the hangar for lunch today. I seem to recall that AdLog actually had notes for the wording to put in your old log book, fuzzy memory from a couple years back.
  6. I'm not surprised. I think along the same lines as you mentioned in your other previous post. If I was looking I would just keep ending up back at your plane after looking at the others on the market. Eventually I would probably convince myself that even though the engine is over TBO, that really it is like a mid-time engine and worth the gamble that I would get another 1000 hours out of it. A few more times looking at the other ratty ones out there and I would be contacting you to make an offer and try to take it off your hands.
  7. Cheap furniture dolly from Harbor Freight, a piece of plywood, and three 90# bags of the cheapest quick-crete from Home Depot. When not in use it is wheeled under the big shelf in the corner of the hangar.
  8. Great to hear you're going to get out and play, and for a wonderful occasion. We flew to St George this weekend to visit my son whom we haven't seen since the end of December. We had a couple visits scheduled but then this virus came along and his work wouldn't allow him to associate with anyone from out of state. We also visited my wife's dad and his wife. They are both in their 70's. We met them at the park next to their house, some nice benches in the shade probably 8' or so apart. The weather was beautiful, and it was nice to visit, although strange not to give any hugs. They are both doing well. Washington County, with a very large population of seniors there in St George, shows 247 cases and no deaths. St George never really shut down, Dixie State where my son goes did go to online classes, but the kids still seemed to get together to do things. The parks had lots of folks, kids playing on the playgrounds, pickle ball courts, but you didn't see any older folks at the park. My wife and I were probably on the upper end of the age spectrum there. The older folks in town, according to my father-in-law, have all been very careful and haven't gone out much other than to pick up groceries or go for a walk. Grocery pickup is either pulling up and having them put in their trunk or a relative goes by the store and drops them off on the porch. Not trying to fuel a debate, just some observations. We may go visit my folks in Arizona in the next few weeks. We'll stay with one of my sisters instead of at my folks house like we normally do and just visit at a park or on the back porch outside. Again, it will be strange to visit family and not have the usual hugs, but such is the way things are currently.
  9. Seems every thread that has anything remotely to do with the virus devolves into the same thing... Unfortunately there are many other consequences than just deaths from the virus itself. This is not to get into a pissing match over whether the virus is serious. I've said it before, it is a complex situation that demands more than a one size fits all approach. California doctors say they've seen more deaths from suicide than coronavirus since lockdowns 600 Physicians Say Lockdowns Are A ‘Mass Casualty Incident’
  10. Oh, I have found something like these to be helpful in getting the safety wire for the oil screen lined up and through the hole in the sump. I've had mine for awhile so don't remember where I got them, but you can get them on Amazon or other sites. 12" Fishing Curved HEMOSTAT Forceps Locking Clamps Stainless Steel
  11. MS35769-21 The split in the copper goes against the engine.
  12. I agree completely, which is what I was trying to convey combining over bank with loading the wing (over bank/load up the wing). I know they are two different things, just not so good at explaining it. When I was flying the Cherokees for my PPL on more than one occasion I was banking 30° in the pattern, keeping the wing unloaded. My CFI didn't have a problem with it, he would refer to it as my "fighter pilot turn." He said it was fine if the wing stayed unloaded, but also said I probably didn't want to fly like that in my check-ride as the DPE might not like it.
  13. I was talking with my wife about this crash yesterday. I was talking about how a stall/spin in the pattern is almost guaranteed to not be survivable. She asked "So what do you do?" I said "Don't get too slow, don't over bank/load up the wing in a bank, stay coordinated." I'm still looking for that perfect flight where I didn't either make some kind of a mistake or have something I wish I had done just a little better. Fortunately none of the mistakes have had serious consequences. I do have some things I put into the "Never let it happen" category as the pilot. A stall in the pattern is in the "Never let it happen" category. I can recover from a lot of things in the pattern either by making adjustments or going around, too high/too fast/overshoot final, those are recoverable. A stall in the pattern, not so much.
  14. I have a brand new one still in the box. It's configured for my D with an O360-A1D. Was going to eventually put it in but I have an EDM-900 on the shelf now waiting to go in.
  15. A simple thing to check is if your prop cable has slipped, not allowing full travel to the stop on the governor. I had that happen a little after getting the plane. I thought it was related to changing plugs, but it was the cable that had slipped.