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Old 05-04-2010, 09:57 AM   #15
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How are the clecos used. Do you put them in as you are drilling the holes so that you can remove the pannel after drilling and clean the burrs. Or do you have to remove the pannel once drilled.
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:11 AM   #16
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How are the clecos used. Do you put them in as you are drilling the holes so that you can remove the pannel after drilling and clean the burrs. Or do you have to remove the pannel once drilled.
Yes, all of the above~

Clecos are used several different ways - they basically are temporary fasteners. We use them to:

1) hold the old panel to the new panel on the plywood table while drilling out the new panel's holes



2) temporarily hold an old panel in place after all the rivets have been drilled out



3) test-fit the new panel before putting sealer between them



4) hold the new panel in place while installing new rivets



5) hold things in place while you remove bits to work on them



6) hold the trim pieces in place while they are being re-installed



7) etc, etc, etc...

They are installed/removed with a pair of special "cleco pliers"...basically, clecos are are invaluable! You will always need about 20 more than you have on hand!

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Old 05-04-2010, 12:58 PM   #17
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Thank you so much for posting all of your help and pictures. You have been great. You guys look like pro's. I just ordered all of the stuff today to get started. I will keep you posted on my progress. I feel confident, but patience is the best virtue in this project. One thing you made me feel good about is that you are doing all of the work outside. I was concerned. I have a friend with a warehouse and he offered it to me to work on the trailer but all of my tools are here at my house. No mater how much you take with you you will always forget something and have to run back and forth. My shop here at the house is pretty complete. Just don't have the height clearance to move the trailer inside.

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Hey Steve,

How did this project turn out?
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