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Old 01-13-2017, 08:32 PM
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Default Missing Rivets

Looking back from the baggage bulkhead into the tailcone for a final check before covering up that hole - look what I spotted. I dread getting my old body folded up and back in there to do a couple of rivets. How did I ever miss them? (the photo is sideways, that is the center bottom of the tailcone.)
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Old 01-13-2017, 08:49 PM
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I get my grandkid to climb back in the tail section for me. No way Im going there!!
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Old 01-13-2017, 09:34 PM
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In my first two annuals I found about 6 rivets I missed. I guess none were the golden BB,
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Old 01-13-2017, 09:43 PM
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Before you climb back to set those missing rivets, think about putting a stand under the aftmost tailcone bulkhead. Sure wouldn't want to accidentally turn it into a tail dragger!
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Old 01-13-2017, 10:34 PM
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What makes me so mad is that for 6 years of living with that thing, that I never noticed it when I could have fixed it easily, like before I got total knee replacements that don't bend as well. I too have found a half dozen missing rivets during final looks at it.
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Old 01-13-2017, 11:24 PM
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I found two missing rivets on the one I bought... during its fifth annual. Fortunately they were in an easily accessible spot. I'm sure I'll find the really difficult ones later.
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Old 01-13-2017, 11:57 PM
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I found 8 missing rivets in a tailcone bulkhead. I was just flipping through my photo album one evening when I spotted them. Fortunately they are still JUST accessible, planning on getting them done this pm then riveting the aft deck. Glad to know I'm not the only one, good luck!
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Old 01-14-2017, 09:13 AM
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A friend of mine who is always in a hurry, left a bunch of rivets out. He also left some clecos in rivet holes in another location. After he sold the plane, the mechanic who did the annual inspection found the items.
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Old 01-14-2017, 09:29 AM
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In defense of my pre-Alzheimer condition, I think what happens is when about to pull that last rivet in the string, the phone rings, or the wife calls for supper, and you never get back to that last one. Another problem, you cannot get the LP4-3 rivet into the hole, need an ice pick or a #30 drill, so you go on to the next - and the next - and finally forget about it.
None of which makes crawling back into that tunnel any more pleasant.
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Old 01-15-2017, 08:00 PM
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Those exact same two rivets were also missing on our previous 12 that we bought flying. When adding the ADSB antenna noticed a little movement from my weight, otherwise would never have noticed.
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