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Old 07-27-2017, 01:25 PM
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Default ?? confused ?? Page 12-02 Tail Fairing

On page 12-02 it calls to install nutplates with flush rivets for the tail fairing. I don't see a possible way to dimple the aft most nutplate rivet holes let alone rivet them, there is only about 1/2 to 3/4 inch of room in there, the tools/bucking bar/etc won't fit. Can anyone recall how they did this? Thanks for any guidance!
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Old 07-27-2017, 01:45 PM
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you can always countersink the rivets. If the skin is too thin for standard rivets use the 1097 small headed rivets. I use these all over the place for platenuts, easier, and faster then dimpling platelets.
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:26 PM
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I used a vise-grip dimple tool as I recall. I have some "nutplate" rivets I use in tight spots like that - this is a good example of where I use them.

They are cherry 3/32 rivets ( and work just fine for holding nutplates.

There is also a pop-rivet dimple tool that uses a nail to pull dimple dies together. I've used it a handful of times, but not all that impressed.
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