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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 9:17 pm 
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I am looking into buying a H17 which has a broken socket (where the wing is inserted). The socket is cracked at the top and loose within the hull. How difficult is this to fix or should I keep looking for another 17?

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 Post subject: Wing tube repair
PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:45 pm 
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You can install an inspection port near the tube and do glass work on the inside through that. Not hard work.

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 Post subject: Re: Wing tube repair
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:45 am 
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mmiller wrote:
You can install an inspection port near the tube and do glass work on the inside through that. Not hard work.


What Matt means is that it is not that hard if you're a contortionist and have really tiny hands :wink:

Actually, I posted some real detail on this process in the H17 forum, boiled down to this:

I repaired one and then beefed up the ones that are NOT broken so that they would not break later.
I put three hose clamps around the tubes, one in the middle, the other two are about 3 inches from top and bottom. I figured these would provide real structural strength.
I epoxyed 3 layers with glass cloth OVER the hose clamps.

IMPORTANT: after you cut the holes for the inspection ports, do NOT install the bezel until you are done fiberglassing. The extra 1/2 inch diameter on the hole makes a big difference in how much you can do.

Again - look around for other posts by me and you will find everything you wanted to know - and some stuff you didn't want to know too :oops: :lol:

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