Hints for Homebuilders video series from EAA

Roger and I recently completed a series of short how-to videos for the EAA Hints for Homebuilders channel, a builder resource available to EAA members.  Charlie Becker, EAA Director of Communities & Homebuilt Community Manager, and Jim Soyk, EAA Senior Videographer and Editor (pictured below) visited us at the factory to record the video segments onsite. 

The purpose of the Hints for Homebuilders videos is to provide kit builders with useful tips and hints to help and simplify the building (and maintenance) experience. We recorded about a dozen segments during the day, including basic introductory pieces on building (such as the blind riveting and deburring videos below) as well as more specific tips, such as how to replace the nosewheel bungee.

Here's our first video, an introduction to using blind or pulled rivets (of course, all of you Zenith builders are intimately familiar with riveting!):

Our second video summarizes deburring for Zenith builders:

We hope you find these videos helpful and useful.  EAA will be releasing additional videos on a regular basis and I will try to list new ones here as they are released.

There are numerous useful topics covered in the EAA Hints for Homebuilders video series, including how-to help videos on weight and balance, bleeding your brakes, performing a fuel-flow test, etc. 

Now that Roger and I are "expert presenters" for videos, let us know if there are any specific topics you'd like to learn about, or if there is a how-to hint or tip that you'd like us to share with fellow builders and owners.

For more indepth how-to videos, I also recommend the HomebuiltHelp.com videos developed specifically for Zenith builders.

By the way, I highly recommend that all Zenith builders and owners join EAA (and maintain their membership).  The Experimental Aircraft Association offers builders and owners of kit aircraft with excellent resources and programs (offered free to members), and your annual membership dues directly support these programs and your freedom to build and fly your own aircraft.

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Comment by Zenith.Aero on September 8, 2014 at 10:39am

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