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Old 10-14-2013, 04:52 PM
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Default Should I replace?

I accidentally ran the dremel across one of the nose ribs. As you can see the cut is fairly deep. I have tried some to sand out, but I am concerned that the metal will be very thin at the deepest point if I continue to try to sand out the cut. Should I just order a new one?

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Old 10-14-2013, 05:12 PM
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Default I would replace..

From the pic, it doesn't look like you've installed it. A rib is pretty cheap, so I'd replace it... No big deal.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:04 PM
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I'm no expert but if it was me I probably would.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:36 PM
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yep, I would replace that too. I think they are less than $20.
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:45 AM
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I would install the nose rib and keep building. If the scratch really bothers you fab a doubler plate and rivet it on over the damaged area.

I see no need to replace the rib.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:26 PM
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What Zilik said.........
Will be fine!

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Old 10-15-2013, 03:40 PM
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should I buff/sand out the gouge before riveting a doubler plate on?
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:59 PM
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Simply buff it and proceed.
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:13 AM
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for less than $20! whats your peace of mind worth?
easyer to replace now.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:17 AM
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Not saying that I wouldn't replace it or double it but the opinions of the following posters make an interesting observation.

Where do you draw the line?

For all of those who say "replace it", did you replace EVERY scratched, mis dimpled, oversized hole, smiley faced skin or whatever, in your project? (And if you did, are you done building yet?)

For those who say "no biggie, build on", did you NOT replace any errors on your project?

Personally, I have done both. There are things that you can let go, and there are things that need to be replaced for "peace of mind' reasons.

Everyone has their own "standard". If there is a question, pick up the phone and call Van's, that is why it is called "builders support".

So where do YOU draw the line?
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