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Old 01-25-2012, 06:36 PM   #1
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Repair hint worth Repeating

To All doing any sheet metal riveting.

I believe it was on this site that I first read about Clecos, but not sure as I haunt most all vintage restoration sites.

In any event, if you don't know about Clecos, a removable, reusable holder wherever you can put a rivet, look it up.
I have just completed replacing my inner skin using Celcos, and it would have been a devil without them. In fact, with them I was able to reuse at least 99% of original holes. After lining up the first two or three the rest are so easy it's fun.
I repeat this hint as I had accidentaly discovered them and EVERYONE should know about them.

If it's ok to mention, I got mine through Aircraft Spruce, very reasonable shipping and execellent service. Don't forget the Cleco pliers, not that expensive and you really need them too.
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:56 PM   #2
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I love my clecos. They are almost as heavily used as the Demel....

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AirPart has them even cheaper BTW. The Yard Store sometimes has them used from Boeing very cheap.
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Old 01-26-2012, 06:16 PM   #3
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What is the "Demel"? Maybe something I would also find hand.

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Old 01-26-2012, 07:44 PM   #4
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I dont know what I would do without clecos. They are great, you cant have enough
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:09 PM   #5
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Dremel would be my guess.
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Yes, Clecos are very helpfull. With the use of a strap duplicator you can attach new sheet metal to the pre existing holes. Very cool. G
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Another something I haven't heard about. What is a strap duplicator? I reused my original "skins".
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new yankee peddler workshop

or something similar...my dad used to laugh at Norm Abrams cuz he would show you how to make a $2500 piece of furniture with a 1/4 million $ worth of tools. Tools do make the project easier, tho, no question. just LOL at our "expertise"!
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A strap duplicator is a cheap aircraft tool that allows you to slip the tool behind the new piece of sheet metal, find the existing hole in the old sheet metal and drill a hole in the exact spot you need it. It's basically a drill guide for blind holes. They come in different lengths. I got one from Aircraft Supply. It was $10 or 15 bucks I think.
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