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Date:  4-3-2016
Number of Hours:  2.60
Manual Reference:  p. 8-10
Brief Description:  Riveting Aft Deck

After clecoing the primed spacers and aft deck in place, I rechecked the fuselage for square and found that it was about 0.2 degrees out of square. I then un-clecoed one side of the aft deck and the ones through the spacers, then clecoed the aft top skin in place through every other hole. That pulled the fuselage to within 0.1 degrees of square, so I went ahead and re-clecoed the aft deck in place and started riveting.

It's been a while since I'd shot and bucked long -4 rivets, but I'd just finished driving some -5's so I thought it wouldn't be a problem. Wrong! Out of eight 4-8 rivets, I had to drill out and replace three. I guess the stars just weren't aligned for me riveting today, so I figured it was time to quit while I was still ahead...

Rivets Today: 8
Rivets Total: 11580
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