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Old 05-23-2003, 11:00 PM   #1
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I recently had a fuel tank pop open on me while flying my trainer. I was then looking at one of my other fuel tanks and the instructions on it said to seal the cap with silicone. Is this something I should have done? I haven't heard of that before.
Also, I was told to suck up the spilled fuel in my plane with corn starch. I did that, but was wondering if the fuselage would be now weakened by the fuel. I cleaned it up right away.
Any thoughts?


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Old 05-23-2003, 11:31 PM   #2
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the rubber stopper may soften in time, and the cap can loosen - I have had this happen a couple of times. Another cause with the plastic caps is that overtightening can strip the threads in the plastic, and cause the whole assembly to loosen. I always take the screw out, and replace it with a 2-56 bolt and cut a blind nut to fit on the fuel side. This will never strip.....

Fuel and balsa is not a good mix. It is a good practice to fuel proof the tank compartment with thinned epoxy, tite bond glue, or fuel proof paint. This prevents any spilled fuel from soaking into the wood, and gives you time to clean up the mess.....

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