|Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:04 am Post subject: Rivets in backwards on elevator hinge brackets
This question was ask several years ago on the RV forum. Here is the answer:
Per the plans, on one of the hinge brackets (I think it may have been the elevator hinge) the plans specifically say which way to install the manufactured head. Well, I did it backwards. I think I put the shop head against the steel bracket and the manufactured head on the aluminum part which was logical to me.
So I called Van's, and asked if I needed to drill those rivets out.
At first, the "expert" said hmmmm, don't remember that or why it says that but he would check into it for me.
Later he called back to say no one know why those instructions read that way and I can ignore it and leave the rivets in place.
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Sent: Monday, June 22, 2020 7:13 PM
Subject: Rivets in backwards on elevator hinge brackets
I accidentally riveted the elevator hinge brackets on my RV-10 horizontal stabilizer rear spar with the manufactured head on the inside of the spar rather than on the hinge bracket side. The instructions clearly state to put the mfg head on the bracket side (I know, I know, read the directions before riveting, not after!) It was easier for my squeezer to work it that way, and I chose the easy way. So my question is does it really matter which way the rivet is installed? I would think it’s not an elevator swing clearance issue or a strength issue. So what am I missing?
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