Tool Migration

tool migration

It could be happening right now, while you're safely at your desk or on your couch. It happens quietly, when your guard is down. Some say it is magical, others say...demonic. What am I talking about? Migrating tools! They are stealthy, these wrenches, drills and rivet guns. You place them in your toolbox, right where they belong - and the next thing you know - there they are, right back out in the open. The phenomena is unexplained, very much like the fact that a box of clecos placed in a closet will slowly disappear... but the population of coat hangers will increase... coincidence? I think not! Continue reading "Tool Migration"

Light it Up!

LED strip light

How many times have you been working in the depths of your aircraft's fuselage, a flashlight in your mouth, and a work light burning a hole in your trousers (and not providing any light while it was doing it) and wished for better lighting? I have been a cave explorer on and off throughout my life, and I'll tel you what - it was just a good preparation for working in a light airplane's fuselage! Continue reading "Light it Up!"

Necessary Tedium

There comes a time when you realize that your assortment of aircraft hardware has reached a point where you have to hunt and peck your way through every drawer to find what you want - when the shear variety of nuts, bolts, rivets, and what-nots have exceeded your personal memory capacity, and it takes longer to hunt something down that it does to figure out what you're looking for. When you reach that point, its time to make some labels! Continue reading "Necessary Tedium"

Large Hydraulics

schweiss hydraulic door

Oh heck--no, it's not an airplane part, and I wasn't cruising along at altitude, trying to stay awake - but it is definitely aviation related, since its part of our new workshop, so let's talk about large hydraulics that require gallons of fluid - and bleeding is a matter of pumping enough fluid to empty a four gallon reservoir. Along with working on airplanes, we've been slowly building a shop addition to our hangar, and part of that addition includes a hangar door big enough to roll airplanes in and out for work. Design restriction meant we needed to keep the building low, so the outside wall could only fit a nine-foot high door. Continue reading "Large Hydraulics"