Welp, I made a mistake drilling the counterbalance pipe on my left aileron tonight. I go into a bit more detail on my blog: http://theskunkwerx.com/rv7/assembli...-left-aileron/
Essentially, I did not have my drill at a good angle when I tried to match drill into the A-409 counterbalance pipe using the aileron leading edge skin as a guide. When I started drilling, I did not notice the bit "walking" on top of the pipe and it chewed up my the hole of my leading edge skin, elongating it. See these photos:
Here's the "results" of my bad drilling, with a ruler to show sizes.
And here is what it looks like with a cleco in the hole:
Its the second hole from the end, as you can see here:
Is this something I can fix, maybe with a larger rivet? I checked the actual pipe, and the drill only got a few thousands of the surface, just a barely scratching the surface of the pipe, so I am pretty confident the pipe is OK to reuse / fix. BUT, I am really concerned about that leading edge. I went ahead and countersunk the pipe and dimpled the skin to see what the blind rivet would look like in the hole, and it had some meat that it grabbed, but I wanted to run this by the brain trust here on the forums.
Is this fixable? Did I just ruin this nice leading edge? Can I just drill the hole larger and use a bigger blind rivet? If so, any size suggestions?
Here is a link to a really high resolution, large photo of the hole in the skin, dimpled, with a ruler next to it, in 1/32" markings to get an idea of how elongated the hole is. I'll just direct link to the image, so it doesn't cause this post to be huge: http://theskunkwerx.com/wp-content/u...316_203907.jpg