[amsat-bb] Drilling of a G-550 results!!!
lucleblanc6 at videotron.ca
Mon Nov 26 17:10:46 PST 2007
On 27 Nov 2007 at 1:24, Gennadi Klevtsov wrote:
> Hello Luc,
> in my G-500A the drain hole is exactly in the middle,
> between 2 half of rotor's housing. And it is bottom side,
> where boom goes through rotator.
> 73! Gennadi
> Monday, November 26, 2007, 6:36:18 PM, you wrote:
On 26 Nov 2007 at 13:38, Dave Guimont wrote:
> Luc, mine are up on the mast of course, 5500, and I've had the 5400's...
> So now I am going to make a guess...
> Can you crack the case open, a tad, and just let it drain out?
> As I remember one would have to have the rotor removed to do
> that...But I'm originally from Northern Minn, 50 miles further north,
> and I would have been a Canadian, and actually French-Canadian descent...
> So on the mast, drilling a hole would do no good until maybe a warm March day!!
> Again, I doing a lot of conjecture!!
> I've had my 5400's apart several times to relube, just watch the ball
End of soap show
Thank's again Gennadi and Dave for your inputs Eagle as landed!!! I finally get
through the rotor casing with a 3/16 drill bit and just before i found "the
drain hole" exactly where you tell Gennadi "NEVER INSTALLED THESES ROTOR WITH
THE DRAIN HOLE UPWARDS..."
As soon as the drill bit pass through the casing there was a fluid leakage who
stay flowing in a steady jet for 10 seconds!! and dripping for another 10
seconds with the aid of a metal wire inserted in the hole.
1-Probably a mess inside? rust? corrosion? mildew? and so on...
2-Upper hole plugged with a metal screw plus silicone
3-Struck something when drilling pass through the casing!!! (Not too lucky with
4-Meter does not move anymore probably a wire cut or the pot has been stabbed
Lets the weather return to the minus 0C again and just watch the rotor
Rotor will don't freeze in ice anymore (i hope) and i will have to rely on a
visual metering system in daylight and on something else overnight.
Thank's to my neighbour dog a Labrador moaning and barking after me at the end
of his chain during the whole operation... Just forget my pliers and screw-
driver down the tower!!! as i am not too lucky with my drilling probably the
same with my pitching...JOKE ;)
As we can pass in an episode of minus zero C temperature at any moment i don't
take any chance and i jump on this +C swing i just remember a past winter with
another rotor stuck as water fill in due to a crack in the casing not too happy
to have a beam always pointing towards nowhere.
To be continued...
Luc Leblanc VE2DWE
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