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Old 05-13-2017, 05:02 PM   #1
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Fixed my first interior rivet hole

Yes, I know. Not that exciting. But it was to me. I've found 4-5 rivet heads on the floor over the past year, but I can't find the holes they came from. Last night I found one. So I broke out my trusty rivet tool and packet of assorted rivets, found one that fit, and voila! No more hole.

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Old 05-13-2017, 09:36 PM   #2
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Yes, they are fun. Now to find the others?

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Old 05-13-2017, 09:53 PM   #3
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Looks like a work of art! Next thing you know you wil be doing a shell off resto
All kidding aside, I can relate to your accomplishment. As a matter of fact, I still like using the rivet gun and now study the interior ceiling after trips in hopes of finding some work.
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Old 03-01-2018, 02:43 PM   #5
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Sometimes, when I'm feeling particularly cynical, I imagine some practical joker tech at the Mother Ship carefully scattering a few busted-off rivet heads and boogered-up screws of various lengths and types into somewhat inaccessible concealed places in the interior.

And, when those 'plants' come wandering out of hiding after a hard day's run over rough pavement, the frantic search begins...

The origin of the idea came from a cynical article in a 1960's 'Yachting" magazine, where the author described a sneaky method of winning a race. He suggested (tongue in cheek, I'm hoping) running a bronze screw into a piece of teak, buggering the head, and then yanking the screw out with a pry bar to prepare it. Then, when your rival is sailing heeled over in a hard turn, toss the screw onto the windward side of his sail. The screw will slide down the sail, hit the deck with a loud bang, and induce the crew into a panicked search for what critical part of the rigging hardware just let go...diverting their attention from racing, and letting the perpetrator sail smoothly by.
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