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10-20-2009 05:38 PM  8 years agoPost 1
FlaG8r

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Looking for some advice on canopy repair. Looking to repair the existing grommet holes (cover and re-drill) and repair some cracks.

I have some fiberglass mat, is the woven better? Also, will CA work to adhere this or is something else necessary? Thanks.

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10-20-2009 05:52 PM  8 years agoPost 2
SteveH

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I would put a piece of tape on the hole on the outside, then fill the hole from the inside with glass cloth and epoxy. You will still probably have to use some body filler like Bondo on the repair, then sand and paint.

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10-20-2009 05:55 PM  8 years agoPost 3
cdrking

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If you want it to look perfect do as suggested above. If you want to git-r-done and get flying and don't really care about looks just use cloth and CA. I have used both methods and they do work. I just like the quick method better. I just do this on my beater canopies.

Jeff

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10-20-2009 07:43 PM  8 years agoPost 4
playfair

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Fiberglass cloth and ultra-thin CA work wonders to reinforce and repair canopies. Work on the inside, and make sure all the oil is cleaned off real well.

If only the grommet holes are messed up, I have some "oversize" gromments that work great on Thundertiger and Align nitros.

It has a 1/8" post hole, and fits a 7/16" canopy hole.

Just file the current "elongated" holes round again with a file to just under 1/2" diameter, insert grommet, CA around the edge, and it's better than stock.

Have a bunch laying around, no idea where they came from, but let me know and I'll mail out a couple for a few bucks.


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10-20-2009 07:44 PM  8 years agoPost 5
Dood

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Wescanson

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Lets say you've got a Dave Yost canopy that somebody (me) stepped on?
Then what do you do?

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10-20-2009 11:50 PM  8 years agoPost 6
Bob Wales (RIP)

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Dood
[quote]Lets say you've got a Dave Yost canopy that somebody (me) stepped on?
Then what do you do?
Ductape

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10-21-2009 03:20 AM  8 years agoPost 7
krashtagain

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I saw an article in a mag a few days ago about using a fiber hinge and ca glue for a quick fix . Never tried it but it looked acceptable .

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10-21-2009 01:17 PM  8 years agoPost 8
MartyH

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What is a "fiber hinge"?

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10-21-2009 01:26 PM  8 years agoPost 9
Dilbeck

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A hot glue gun works wonders on cracks.

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10-21-2009 01:27 PM  8 years agoPost 10
FlaG8r

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In my case, these are not cracks, I am covering existing grommet holes and re-drilling.

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10-21-2009 01:48 PM  8 years agoPost 11
krashtagain

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What is a "fiber hinge"?
A hinge for an airplane control surface .

If you're not living on the edge you're just taking up space !

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10-21-2009 01:49 PM  8 years agoPost 12
broggyr

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What is a "fiber hinge"?
I believe it is these:
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bi...?&I=LXK110&P=ML

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irony [ay-ruh-nee', ay-er-nee'] adj.: Like goldy or bronzy, but made of iron

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10-21-2009 01:50 PM  8 years agoPost 13
krashtagain

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What broggy said .

If you're not living on the edge you're just taking up space !

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10-21-2009 09:51 PM  8 years agoPost 14
cba7824

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Here's your best solution if you have broken CF or FG blades laying around by cutting a small square section enough to fill in the hole and use epoxy, also to make the piece stronger, just apply thin CA on the inner section of the CF or FG. I've been flying over 20 flights with this method not running into issues so far and better then new actually! Hope this helps you any

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10-21-2009 11:01 PM  8 years agoPost 15
red_z06

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Dumont, NJ

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Above is exactly (well I use piece of old canopy) what I do on our T700s.

But I have done better repairs too. After cleaning the area, tape off the hole from outside with scotch tape. This tape will act as a mold so make it smooth. You mix 5min epoxy with FG powder (great planes sells it) and mix. You smear and fill the void and let it harden. That's it.

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10-23-2009 12:03 AM  8 years agoPost 16
u8mydog

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Ottawa, Ont

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I just use Kleenex on the inside of the canopy, then soak it with CA. Works wonders and is as strong as fiberglass cloth, in my opinion. Then re-drill/ream your hole for the grommet.

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