Originally Posted by Allan Stern
Have you tried using riveting tape? It helps keep rivets in holes because if you get some heads sitting proud then the heads were not flush on the back rivet plate.
I always use rivet tape, whether backriveting or not. I love that stuff. But tape won't hold a rivet in place if it's not sitting flat on the backrivet plate and you hit it with a rivet gun.
Also, word to the wise, if you have one rivet sitting proud, it will prop the rest of them off of the backrivet plate. I never had this happen before, so I didn't think to check in between rivets. I'm sure that I just screwed one up and it caused the rest of the issues.
I wonder if a backrivet set with a stronger spring would have avoided this. I certainly applied plenty of pressure before pulling the trigger.
Anyhow, the results aren't perfect but perfect is the enemy of good enough, and the results are good enough to build on. Just need to cowboy up and move forward with the rib and bulkhead riveting.