Originally Posted by keitht
...I decided to reattach the ribs using Cherrymax rivets due to not feeling very proficient with an offset rivet set in a tight location despite setting a dozen or so rivets in a tightly spaced test piece with the offset tool in the rivet gun. Certainly a skill that I need to worked on.
I bought a bunch of cherry max rivets in both -4 and -5 in anticipation of doing this work, with the same fear. I ended up using all -4 normal rivets that Van's supplied with the SB kit.
What I found was that:
- with the HS flat on the table,
- the part I wanted to rivet on the bottom,
- good access to the area,
- putting the rivet gun in the larger area (manufactured head aft - yes I know!),
- thick cloth between the rivet gun and the skin,
- laying the rivet gun on the cloth directly (not trying to hold it in my hand),
- let the offset rivet set find it's natural location,
- take a lot of time to ensure the rivet gun is perpendicular to the work,
- take a deep breath,
- about a 1 sec blast (YMMV, depends on a lot of factors)
it went really well. I think I ended up with one small smiley, the rest were pretty good.
Strangely, the -4 rivets attaching the ribs were probably the most difficult, but I had almost full access. I have seen some rivet sets that look like giant crab claws out there somewhere - that would have been helpful for the last rivets.