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    Firewall repair

    i have a damaged firewall i need to remove it whats the best way i would like it out in tact so i can make a template any thoughts?
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    RE: Firewall repair

    There is no 'simple' way to do it but if it were my plane, I would try a little gentle heat from a heat gun to see if I could pry it loose.

    Another thought... is this an ARF? If so, can you get into the back side of the firewall? I am wondering if it's put into place with some hot melt. Again, you could use heat (but not as much) and pick the chunks of hot melt off with a dental pick or something similar. Home Depot has something that could be used:

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lincoln-E...k#.Uda3z7TD-Ag

    You can find this at other home centers and woodworking stores as well, I'm willing to bet.

    I am sure that there are other really good ideas out there as well. When you reinstall the firewall, use 30-minute epoxy and take the time to fuel proof the bare balsa that is now exposed.

    Just my $.02.

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    RE: Firewall repair

    +1 use the heat gun. Arf's are put together with hotmelt glue and I have done this before. Just keep heating it until it comes loose
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    RE: Firewall repair

    I have pushed them back level and scabbed a new piece over the top. But it should come out with a little heat and some patience.

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    RE: Firewall repair

    Hi Pearljam, If the heat doesn't work a dremel tool and lots of patience.Calvi.
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    RE: Firewall repair

    Push on it from the rear with a board or tile in front to help "flatten it out.... There is your template - prior to removing it.
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