Thursday, February 17, 2022
- Cut to length and test fit top stringer
- Practiced bending a string (excess from cut top stringer) for the rear two bottom stringers
- Researched and figured out how to handle side stringers at the door frame
- Researched and figured out how to handle bottom stringers at the front where the rear of the boot cowling will be
- Worked with Franz Lamers at MGL for my Xtreme EFIS. It was not remembering which screen you were last on between power on/off restarts. Turns out the internal CR-2032 battery was dead. Replaced it and all is now working properly.
Before fitting any stringers, we inspected them and based on a little damage decided which one should go where and in what orientation.
Turns out only 1 of the 7 had any real damage, this is a picture of one of the three or four places that were bad. Luckily it was all on one side and mostly to one end. So we chose it for the top stringer, the one that would be trimmed the most. Cut off most of the damage, but one spot remained. We put it inward, and the best side outward towards the fabric.
Cut and fit the top stringer, figuring out the side stringers
Marking the top string a tad long, will file to fit.
Filing top stringer to fit
Figuring how the stringers fit in various places.
Most places were self-explanatory, but the ends at the tail were a bit different than some videos I've seen, and we weren't too sure around the door. But, we got it all figured out!
Cleaning up a practice bend
This was the piece we cut off the top stringer. We crushed one side, used a conduit pipe bender to bend it upward. This needs to be done on the two bottom stringers at the rear.
The bending job didn't turn out as nice as I had hoped, so we are cleaning things up a bit on a Scotch Bright wheel.
The end result
Not the prettiest, but it's smooth and I think the fabric would be happy with it. We are going to bend the other side of this scrap to try again before bending one for real.