> Bob knows this well, but as a reminder for those less experienced....
> If you use the tail-down method, whether a weight, tail stand, or tie-down
> anchor, take care with how you get the tail down.

*** Or, better yet, don't use the tail-down method at all. Why do you
need to? You can raise the nose perfectly well with a scissor jack
under the nose gear per the Beech manual.

A "perfect" scissor jack can be made by putting a pad of epoxy putty
on top of an ordinary jack. Then put some plastic wrap on top of the
putty. Then you put the jack under the gear and raise
it gently until the putty smooshes in. Fifteen minutes later, the putty
is hard as a rock, and you have a jack with a top that exactly matches the

Of course, if you want to do any serious work, you then need to support
the nose with something better than a jack. Fabricating a cradle for the
firewall is a bit more of a project than one can describe in a short
email. Check the BAC & MM archives!

The only lifting equipment I am lacking at this time is something for
the wings. Anybody know if they can be supported with a pair of
plywood/carpet cradles? Or are the Beech jack pads the best bet?

- Jerry Kaidor ( jerry@tr2.com )

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