Tuesday October 3, 2006
Rudder Stiffener Riveting (Rudder)
1.2 Hours

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Tonight, I spent a while riveting 11 of the 16 rudder skin stiffeners to the rudder skins. These are really nice; because the rudder skins are two separate pieces of metal, you can back rivet the stiffeners to each skin. This consists of putting all of the (flush) rivets into the rudder skin, taping over them with rivet tape to keep them in place, and then flipping the skin over onto a steel plate. Then you "back rivet" the rivets in place by using the rivet gun on the shop head side of the rivet with the steel plate on the back providing a solid force against the factory head. The outside of these rivets come out beautiful.

Tonight I'll finish the other 5 stiffeners and then move on to the rudder skeleton.

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