Thursday, September 17, 2015

Section: 9
Hours: 8

I set the flush rivets in the elevator counter balance skins with the squeezer. I initially had some trouble closing the gap between the skin and the rib, but then I remembered reading that if you insert a rubber washer over the rivet, the parts will get pulled together before the rivet head is formed. I found some washers in the plumbing section of Lowes that worked nicely. To ensure the skins and tip rib did not warp, I clamped them to the work table during the riveting operation.

Here's a video clip showing how the skins get pulled together when you use a rubber washer.

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