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Old 10-13-2018, 02:39 AM
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Default How to install the headset strap?

This might be a very trivial question but I am wondering how I can install the headset straps from Flightline Interior so that they last long time and that the self tapping screw does not wear out prematurely and leaving an ugly hole in the frame. I don't like the idea of that screw in this particular application.
Any tipps on that are greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-13-2018, 06:46 AM
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I don't recall inside diameter of snap, but perhaps a pop rivet would work? Maybe smaller size rivet? I understand your concern. I used sheetmetal screw and no problems after 350 hours use.

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Old 10-13-2018, 06:47 AM
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Guess it would have been a good place for a nut plate. How about a doubler secured with blind rivets, assuming you can pant it to match, or can it be slid behind the longeron cover? Or maybe a rivnut, if there’s enough clearance behind?
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Old 10-13-2018, 07:46 AM
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I too have 300 hours with the self-tapping screw and no signs of weakness.
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Old 10-13-2018, 02:13 PM
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Rivnut might work well.
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Old 10-13-2018, 02:29 PM
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Thanks a lot everyone. I will look into the rivnut idea or simply using a rivet.

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Tell me next time when you travel to Switzerland. I would very much like to give you a ride by airplane.
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Old 10-13-2018, 03:04 PM
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Let us know what works so some of us can steal shamelessly 😊
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