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02-01-2012 03:48 PM  6 years agoPost 1
Philfly

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It happened the other day; I use a foldable table at the field to prep and work on my helis! I was going to adjust my V-Bar, so out comes the laptop! Well it’s hard to see in direct sun, so I pull the table with my heli and laptop into the shade of my back door of my auto, when one leg on the table folds! OK I have 3 nano seconds to make a price comparison and save just one from its gravitational induced doom. With many extra parts on hand; I can fix the heli, not so with the laptop! So I grab the laptop and OTS (over the side) goes the heli. The only thing that happened when it hit the asphalt parking lot was to dent my 2 flights old FunTech pipe! Ouch, but not too bad, just nicks on a small dent on the side of the front dome. Here’s the cool part of this, as per urban legend states, I filled the pipe with water and placed it into the freezer! About 24 hours later the wife asks if I crashed in the kitchen, because there are heli parts in the freezer! Woops I might have forgotten it in there for a day or so longer! To my surprise the dent was almost completely pushed back to the original shape! With a little Mothers metal polishing compound, and some elbow grease, it is almost un-noticeable! Might keep this in mind if the need ever arises, and yes next time the wife might be asking why the laptop is in the freezer..

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02-01-2012 05:13 PM  6 years agoPost 2
Bob Wales (RIP)

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I have a dent in a Hatori pipe of mine and have been wanting to do the same thing just scared that it might blow out the weld or a baffle inside.

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02-01-2012 05:24 PM  6 years agoPost 3
Philfly

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Post Disclaimer:
Use this process at your own risk and never apply your tongue to any frozen aluminum surfaces!

I had the same concerns, but I had ordered a replacement pipe and this ugly duckling was just asking for the test! I have inspected the pipe, and have found no unwanted damage from the process! I am thinking someone needs to make a infomercial with a guy spitting and screaming about how great this process works!

Phil

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02-01-2012 05:27 PM  6 years agoPost 4
Bob Wales (RIP)

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What do you plug the end of the pipe with?

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02-01-2012 05:58 PM  6 years agoPost 5
Philfly

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Just like this!
I have a rubber deflector tube with an aftermarket aluminum plug to keep the oil off things during transportation, I turned it so the end faces the engine mounting flange, and I then plugged the pressure line with a small length of fuel tubing and stuck a small screw in the end of the tube! I filled the pipe by the engine mount flange hole with water and rotated it a few times, filling and rotating until I could not hear or feel any bubbles inside. I then filled it up until max capacity was obtained and stuck in the freezer with the engine mounting flange hole facing up, rubbed my belly three times and patted my head twice! The water was free to expand in the rubber tube and out of the engine mounting flange hole if it so needed too! The belly rub and head patting is optional, but I believe it might help!

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