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    WATER inside the plane when i washed it.

    I don't know what model you have so it may not be the same as my A23. On mine the intake goes into a plastic assembly with a low point on each side. This low point has a tube that runs through the cockpit wall and exits the belly. These are inside the cabin wall near the rudder peddles on each side. Unless you are really flexible you have to remove the seats to access these tubes. Likely your tubes are plugged, disconnected, broken, missing or something. It is a simple system but not easy to access or check by any means. Closing the vents will not cure your problem.

    Willis

    Trae McElwaney <gaboytm@yahoo.com> wrote:I washed my plane today and when I opened the door and looked inside I had water on the pilot/copilot floor. I did not have the fresh air vent closed.
    My Musketeer has the screen mesh opening in front of the windshield so I cant visually close this opening, so I am guessing that that if I were to close the vent the water will not get inside the plane? Also there must be a low point drain for the permanent opening of the screen mesh?


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    WATER inside the plane when i washed it.

    If it rains really hard I get water in my airplane too. It doesn't
    seem to leak too bad when I wash it. Maybe I haven't noticed. After
    40 years of flying, being out in the sun, etc. I'm not sure that I
    wouldn't leak either.

    I found that a good planecover sealed with Scotchgard or some such is
    a good way of preventing most leaks. Having the airplane in a hangar
    helps even more.


    --- In musketeermail@yahoogroups.com, Trae McElwaney <gaboytm@...>
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    > I washed my plane today and when I opened the door and looked
    inside I had water on the pilot/copilot floor. I did not have the
    fresh air vent closed.
    > My Musketeer has the screen mesh opening in front of the
    windshield so I cant visually close this opening, so I am guessing
    that that if I were to close the vent the water will not get inside
    the plane? Also there must be a low point drain for the permanent
    opening of the screen mesh?
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    WATER inside the plane when i washed it.

    And... one of those vents apparently also provides cooling air to the back
    of the radio stack area. My pilot-side unit (behind the left, forward-most,
    wall panel) got clogged at the drain tube/collector bowl junction, then
    apparently filled with water (before I got into a hangar). During a flight
    thereafter, one of my Narco radios went out. Trying to troubleshoot the
    problem, I discovered the clogged assembly. Water from that plugged tube my
    have been the culprit.

    Of course, it could have been coincidence, a 25 year old radio, or
    whatever... I wanted a new flip flop radio anyway!

    Rick Koch
    78 Sundowner





    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "WILLIS COOKE" <wrcooke@flash.net>
    To: "Trae McElwaney" <gaboytm@yahoo.com>; <musketeermail@yahoogroups.com>
    Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2006 10:06 PM
    Subject: Re: [musketeermail] WATER inside the plane when i washed it.


    >I don't know what model you have so it may not be the same as my A23. On
    >mine the intake goes into a plastic assembly with a low point on each
    >side. This low point has a tube that runs through the cockpit wall and
    >exits the belly. These are inside the cabin wall near the rudder peddles
    >on each side. Unless you are really flexible you have to remove the seats
    >to access these tubes. Likely your tubes are plugged, disconnected,
    >broken, missing or something. It is a simple system but not easy to
    >access or check by any means. Closing the vents will not cure your
    >problem.
    >
    > Willis
    >
    > Trae McElwaney <gaboytm@yahoo.com> wrote:I washed my plane today and when
    > I opened the door and looked inside I had water on the pilot/copilot
    > floor. I did not have the fresh air vent closed.
    > My Musketeer has the screen mesh opening in front of the windshield so I
    > cant visually close this opening, so I am guessing that that if I were to
    > close the vent the water will not get inside the plane? Also there must
    > be a low point drain for the permanent opening of the screen mesh?
    >
    >



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    WATER inside the plane when I washed it.

    Trae,
    In my '74 Sierra,there is a tubing drain from each screened cowling
    vent,that goes down behind the knee- side fuselage upholstery,and out the
    bottom of the fuselage.You can test it by putting some water in and watch it
    drain. When I first got my Sierra,I noticed my my floor carpets were soggy
    after a rain,in that cockpit area.I checked door seals,window
    caulking,etc.,but I found that the cause was that the tubing drain was
    dislodged from the the bottom of the screened cowling scoop.The water was
    streaming in there.I reconnected the tubing,and that eliminated the water
    ingress.
    Ray Griffin

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    Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2006 7:53 PM
    To: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [musketeermail] WATER inside the plane when i washed it.


    I washed my plane today and when I opened the door and looked inside I had
    water on the pilot/copilot floor. I did not have the fresh air vent closed.
    My Musketeer has the screen mesh opening in front of the windshield so I
    cant visually close this opening, so I am guessing that that if I were to
    close the vent the water will not get inside the plane? Also there must be a
    low point drain for the permanent opening of the screen mesh?


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