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Old 04-05-2017, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by JonJay View Post
Perhaps I was lucky, perhaps "back in the day" we didn't know what an OOPS rivet was, but I don't have a single one in my airframe. Not bragging. I messed up plenty, just didn't use an OOPS rivet as a strategy for a repair.
Yup. I heard about them when I was a neophyte and bought about 20 of each available length, thinking I might be botching a lot of rivets. I'm almost done with the aluminum work now on my RV-10 and I've got 2 in my entire airframe. Once you learn how to properly drill out rivets, it's a non-issue. The good news is rivets are cheap, so I wasn't out a bunch of money. They are handy. Vans should include a couple in the tail kits, when builders are first learning. Then again, they're in the business of selling replacement metal.
Mike Rettig
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Old 04-05-2017, 02:55 PM
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Default pre-squeeze!

If the hole is slightly enlarged but not big enough for the next size, you might try pre-squeezing a rivet.
Just take the next size longer rivet, if necessary, and just squeeze it in your squeezer a little. This will fatten up the rivet and likely fill the hole much better. Basically, a home made oops rivet.
good luck.
Steve Formhals
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Old 04-13-2017, 04:08 PM
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Cheers Guys

Some good and honest advice, because of the shape of the hole ,easiest thing was to come up one size, fits snug and theres ample side clearance

thanks Again

David [Ireland}
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