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Old 11-25-2012, 08:38 AM
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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
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:38 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, 12:47 PM
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Did it to the baggage floor, forgot the stiffeners I got a lot of rivet removal practice
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:00 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."
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:32 PM
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Thanks Greg - I totally missed that those were temporary rivets.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:43 PM
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Hands up all those who haven't riveted air...........
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:54 PM
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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.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:31 PM
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Practice drilling out rivets is really useful.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:34 PM
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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.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:29 PM
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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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