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Old 05-15-2007, 10:18 PM
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As a non builder I have to ask the question:
Why are the cowlings attached with screws instead of Dzus fasteners more commmon in certified applications.....?
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Old 05-15-2007, 10:50 PM
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I am a thinkin'......PRICE? But you can always upgrade should you choose.
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Old 05-15-2007, 11:43 PM
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I am a thinkin'......PRICE? But you can always upgrade should you choose.
Im a thinkin' they work with sheet metal, you can always use duct (Duck for Steve ) tape...
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Old 05-15-2007, 11:53 PM
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As a non builder I have to ask the question:
Why are the cowlings attached with screws instead of Dzus fasteners more commmon in certified applications.....?
Because that's what the plans called for. I've got Camlocs on all of my top cowling connections, and about 1/2 of the lower cowling. If I ever come across some round tuits, I'll replace my nutplates for the lower cowl with camlocs as well.

Plus, the 1/4 turn fasteners are a LOT more expensive than the screws, and ther e are a ton of them.
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Old 05-16-2007, 09:31 AM
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Plus, the 1/4 turn fasteners are a LOT more expensive than the screws, and ther e are a ton of them.
TELL me about it. I just bought 50 1/4 turn fasteners from Skybolt. $10 per unit.
I justified it by telling myself they're easier to install (adjustable), and they make it easier to take the cowling off.(Reads: More likely to look under the hood more often. SAFETY)
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Old 05-16-2007, 12:24 PM
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TELL me about it. I just bought 50 1/4 turn fasteners from Skybolt. $10 per unit.
I'm not sure what you bought, Jerry, but they must be some pretty fancy fasteners. The Camloc 2700's that I use are about $3-$4/unit. Still pricey, but a lot less than your $10.
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Old 05-17-2007, 09:13 AM
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I wish I'd used camlocks on my ballast doors and cowl. We used them on Chad's doors and found them very EZ to install. Having said this, let me add an idea that might help with the "It takes too long" syndrome. I found myself resisting doing jobs because it's "such a pain" to remove various things - the cowl, the spinner, the turbo heat shield - whatever, and I'd go into the jobs reluctantly. I solved this by timing each job. Now, faced with removing the cowl I can go into it with the knowledge that "it only takes 8 minutes".

Of course if I had camlocks it would only take 1 minute , but thats not the point I'm trying to make here. Whatever the recurring job is, time it so you know what the real effort required is. This helps put it in the proper perspective.
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Old 05-17-2007, 10:25 AM
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...The Camloc 2700's that I use are about $3-$4/unit. Still pricey, but a lot less than your $10.
Isn't it closer to $6-7$ each when you add in the cost of the receptacle?
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Old 05-17-2007, 11:04 AM
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I'm not sure what you bought, Jerry, but they must be some pretty fancy fasteners. The Camloc 2700's that I use are about $3-$4/unit. Still pricey, but a lot less than your $10.
Pretty fancy? Oh yeah! But IMO, worth the expense.The socket is adjustable in depth, which means no substrate thickness worries. (Makes installation MUCH easier.) Also, the studs will all be the same length, so the studs I leave as non-retained can be placed in any hole.

Click on "CLoc® Adjustable" at http://www.skybolt.com/

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