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Old 05-18-2019, 11:52 AM
old84ag old84ag is offline
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Default Double drilled skin help

I don't even know how or when I did this. I was repairing a previous goof. The previous goof was on the horizontal stabilizer where the front spar mates with the reinforcement angle and the spar doubler. In replacing that mess I had to redrill the new inboard ribs. Somehow I didn't line everything up right.

Any ideas on going forward? Fix or replace?

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Old 05-18-2019, 01:09 PM
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Default Figure 8 hole

Ask Vans to be certain, but I think you can add a hole either side equally spaced while respecting edge distance. The offending hope maybe gets a rivet and some filler.
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:45 PM
old84ag old84ag is offline
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Well I did stay in a Holiday Inn. Maybe thatís the problem.

Iíll call Vanís Monday. Either for a fix or more parts.

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Old 05-18-2019, 02:54 PM
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Whenever I read the word "spar" I would suggest calling Vans, with good photos. IMHO that's more important than the skin shown here. You absolutely want spar repairs done correctly.
With that said, if it were I, I'd get new parts and start over. You'll always know you have those two holes close together, even if no one else does. Call it a learning experience.
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:07 PM
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I had a similar issue with the empennage skin with a dimple. The Official Vans answer was to drill two new holes either side. same spacing but in the middle so offending holes have the correct spacing to not be needed.

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Old 05-19-2019, 05:24 PM
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Agree with Pete. Two new holes and -3 rivets either side and epoxy over the buggered hole. Problem solved, especially if thatís the bottom of the skin.
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Old 05-19-2019, 05:34 PM
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Thanks for the good advice, I feel much better about it now. I'll post what Van's says after I call them.
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