Builder Tip #74 from HomebuiltHELP 
Unique Tool for Cutting Fiberglass
Ready to install your engine cowl?
Need to trim and cut Fiberglass
At some point the engine cowl must be custom fitted to your aircraft. Very few cowls are available that don't need extensive trimming, fitting and cutting to provide a good fit to the fuselage. This effort requires cutting the fiberglass material that comprises not only cowls but also other components such as wing tips, fairings, wheel pants and more.

Traditional methods for cutting fiberglass include the use of somewhat dangerous cutting tools (high speed cutoff wheels) and production of clouds of hazardous fiberglass dust. Care must be taken for personal safety while working on this aspect of building your aircraft..

An inexpensive power tool can address these issues by removing the danger of cutting fingers or eye injury AND drastically reducing the fiberglass dust cloud. Take a look at this short video and see what tool may be an excellent alternative to use when you need to attack your fiberglass projects!
Video tip shows this tool safely cutting fiberglass
A multipurpose tool that just found another use!
Looking to see how other builders approach the daunting task of fitting cowls to their aircraft?

We have a double DVD set that is a collection of video demonstrations of fiberglass cowling installations that we have created over the years. This 2 DVD set shows 6 separate cowling installations on various kit planes.

Installing a cowling on a home built aircraft can be the least favorite task of the build - we hope this new DVD  release will provide builders with a better chance for success by watching the professional installers and observing their techniques and tools.

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