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ragtoplvr
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Re: Fuel Systems
ragtoplvr   7/18/2013 8:50:43 AM
I had a similar problem on my boat.  It would idle just fine but had no power.  The hub of the propeller where the exhaust flows was packed almost completley full of mud dauber wasp nests. 

 

Another time the tell tail water indicator, that indicates the water pump is working did not discharge any water.  It had a different species of wasp build nest in the tube. 

 

Last, there were the wasps that built nest in the hollow tube of the trailer. 

 

That one got me stung

Rod

far911
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Re: Vents can't be skipped
far911   7/18/2013 6:18:04 AM
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@TJ McDermott - That's a very informative post. Thanks for sharing. 

far911
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Re: Close attention pays off
far911   7/18/2013 6:15:59 AM
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@Eliizabeth - Cars are more forgiving in this regard since there's no danger of them falling off the sky. The consequences of not paying attention to car maintenance are much less severe. That said, it doesn't mean one should completely ignore the ordeal. It's alright if you skip a monthly maintenance check. 

far911
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Re: Fuel Systems
far911   7/18/2013 6:12:06 AM
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Great post Jake. I'd like to ask how often environmental variations like these botch up airplaces to create hindrances in flights? 

Elizabeth M
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Re: Close attention pays off
Elizabeth M   7/18/2013 5:41:38 AM
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I know what you mean, Ann. I am not so great about paying attention to my car--or at least historically I have not been so great. But these days I do try to listen carefully to the messages my vehicle is trying to send me to avert accidents or major breakdowns before they happen. It's a good lesson to learn!

a.saji
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Re: Vents can't be skipped
a.saji   7/18/2013 4:56:41 AM
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@McDermot: Yes indeed and the picture expresses more than 1000 words than it been expressed in words for sure.     

TJ McDermott
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Vents can't be skipped
TJ McDermott   7/18/2013 12:35:38 AM
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BRAVO on a rapid and correct deduction of the problem.  Fuel vents are absolutely necessary.  This link shows what happens just on the ground:

http://www.c141heaven.info/dotcom/61/pic_61_2778.php

Go down about 1/3 of the way, to the yellow background entry.  It describes what happens to a C141 with plugs installed in the vent lines.  The pictures that follow the yellow entries speak volumes.

 

 

Charles Murray
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Re: Close attention pays off
Charles Murray   7/17/2013 7:15:23 PM
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Wow. What an amazing story. It would be too easy to feel that puff of air, wonder if something's wrong, and then forget about it. As Rob said, the Sherlock Ohms in the author probably saved his life.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Close attention pays off
Ann R. Thryft   7/17/2013 12:57:37 PM
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Your comment reminds me about paying attention to engine and other under-hood sounds in one's own car. Since I don't have formal auto mechanics training, sounds in my car tell me things about its condition but not a lot: mostly "happy," "unhappy," or "danger!" On several occasions, this has saved me from an accident or worse while driving, including brakes starting to fail (more than once) and the radiator fan coming off. (Those were the days before I scheduled more frequent service and maintenance appointments.) Anyway, it pays to listen to our machines, especially if they operate in the air.

tekochip
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Excellent Find
tekochip   7/17/2013 12:48:14 PM
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Excellent find.  If you hadn't have found the problem, I doubt that the NTSB would have been able to find the cause while combing through your wreckage.


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