Rudder shear clip LP4-3 gap issues
My wife and I joined the two rudder halves last night, and in the heat of battle on the clock with the ProSeal curing, I had an issue with some small gaps between the shear clips and the stiffeners after setting the LP4-3 blind rivets. I wasnít expecting ďpopĒ rivets to be difficult at all, and thought I was holding everything nice and tight as I squeezed the riveting tool. I donít believe the gap is due to the rivet expanding between the two parts, but more to the parts deforming a little and flaring away from each other. FWIW, It only seems to be an issue between the shear clips and the stiffeners, and not the rivet that joins the stiffeners to each other.
My first question is how to avoid this in the future. Was there a trick to using setting the LP4-3s that I didnít know?
The second question is whether I should try to replace the affected rivets. I realize itís difficult to answer without seeing a picture, and I donít have one right now. But in general, is a small gap like I described going to be a problem? Should I leave it, or try to remove and replace the rivets (which is probably possible, but will be a struggle now that the halves are joined a ProSeal will be cured)?
Last edited by missile29 : 02-15-2021 at 09:53 AM.