When I was doing this, I was referring to AC 43.13, the so-called "bible" of building and maintaining an airplane (order yours today!), specifically this page.
In fact, I was holding the page up to the plate as I figured out how to properly secure it. Compare:
The problem is: I'm not seeing much of a difference there.
I mention this because one of my RV-building buds sent me a note on Facebook.
Take a look at http://scootermcrad.blogspot.com/2011/04/how-to-safety-wire.html for some great examples of what it should look like.
It is definitely an art to figure out how to safety stuff properly. It shouldn't take you very long to redo those 4 bolts since they are extremely accessible. I learned from a local builder showing me the tricks to safetying. It sure was a lot easier to get some tips and tricks from him rather than my method of trial and mostly error!
I know he's probably right because he's highly regarded as a good builder, but I'm not seeing what it is that's different in the photos above and I presume he hasn't been on Facebook lately to see my return query.
So I am missing something really important here. But what is it?
Update 8/10/11 It should've looked like this. Many thanks for all of the advice.