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Greenley 11-25-2012 07:38 AM

distracted riveting
We hear all the time about the dangers of distracted driving. Maybe that "driving" also means driving rivets. I was showing the shop to some company and in a true moment of brilliance thought I would demo some riveting. I had this fuselage part ready for attaching platenuts, so I plugged in the rivet squeezer and went to work. Rivets, check, platenut, check, squeezer set, check, squeeze, see how easy that is. It is quick too, I can immediately squeeze the next rivets. Is there supposed to be one of those screw things on those rivets too? Uh..... Yes? So, I get to add a demonstration of how to drill out rivets. Talk about embarrasing. So this is my confession, I have officially joined the dumb stunt club.

They were beautifully squeezed :)

humptybump 11-25-2012 08:38 AM

Bill, at least th quality of the rivet workmanship is top notch.

sstellarv10 11-25-2012 11:47 AM

Been there, done that
Did it to the baggage floor, forgot the stiffeners:eek: I got a lot of rivet removal practice:D

Greg Arehart 11-25-2012 01:00 PM

"Well, *ahem* sometimes it is important to test fit the rivets and make certain that they are being squeezed properly before actually joining parts. Of course I'll drill these out and replace them with the permanent rivets later.":rolleyes:

humptybump 11-25-2012 01:32 PM

Thanks Greg - I totally missed that those were temporary rivets.

paul330 11-25-2012 05:43 PM

Hands up all those who haven't riveted air........... :o

aarvig 11-25-2012 05:54 PM

Been there done that. Thats the step back and scratch your head moment where you say..."something just doesn't look right."
It won't be the last time. By the way...nice looking rivets.

RV9A Bill 11-25-2012 06:31 PM

Practice drilling out rivets is really useful.

Greenley 11-25-2012 06:34 PM

I think its nice to hear I am not the only one. It sure left me wondering how on earth I could do such a thing. I only wish all my mistakes were as easily and cheaply fixed.

airguy 11-25-2012 07:29 PM

Just this afternoon I drilled out a half-dozen rivets that I set more than 2 years ago during a "less-than-fully-aware" moment....

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