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Old 11-25-2012, 07:38 AM
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Greenley Greenley is offline
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Default 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
Bill Greenley
My RV-10 is now traveling, watch out world!!!!!!
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:38 AM
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Bill, at least th quality of the rivet workmanship is top notch.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:47 AM
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Default Been there, done that

Did it to the baggage floor, forgot the stiffeners I got a lot of rivet removal practice
Steve Stella
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:00 PM
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"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."
Greg Arehart
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:32 PM
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Thanks Greg - I totally missed that those were temporary rivets.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:43 PM
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Hands up all those who haven't riveted air...........
Mercy Air, White River FAWV
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:48 PM
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I was very pleased with the rivets I set (backriveted) in one of my aileron skins for the stiffeners. Beautiful! And it went fast too. Then I saw the pile of stiffeners off to the side. And that is when I realized my aileron skin had beautiful rivets but no stiffeners.

Welcome to the club. I was feeling kinda lonely. ;-)
Shannon Miller
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