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[November 14, 2009]


One thing that has bothered me the whole build was how to protect my expensive radio stack from any moisture that may run down off the front of the canopy down onto 1000's of dollars of non-waterproof avionics. I went shopping today in Home Depots famous Aviation Aisle and found just what I needed -- some aluminum flashing used for siding of houses. It was right next to the gutter section at the Depot. You can see I made a nice protector out of three pieces. The top part is taped to the side part with waterproof metallic tape from the HVAC aisle.


Here is the flashing after I cut it up some. It is super thin and fits perfectly into my subpanel cutout.


On the front side of the subpanel, I used the tape to make a nice dam over the back of the audio panel. I will probably add some more later, but this was just a start. I still have a couple of functions to test out on the audio panel before I want to cover this up for good. But I feel 100% confident now that any water leak won't toast my avionics.


With that taken care of, I installed all of the connectors in the back of the avionics tray.


I didn't want to put my avionics in quite yet. My PS Engineering 7000B audio panels label was coming off the front. So I took it apart and used some glue to hold it down. With that drying, I installed an LED strip on the top of the canopy as a "Hood" lighting.


I ran the wires like so, using some GOOP to glue the wire to the canopy.


Cool! Looks great.


Wow, even better at night.


WOWOW! Even better when the flash is turned off.


I also wired up my NuLite's for my altimeter and airspeed indicator. Looks great.


Next I installed my second EFIS permanently.


Finally I wired up the DC point point (cigarette lighter) to a 10 Amp fuse on the main bus.

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