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Old 05-14-2021, 08:31 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Installing interior skins

Silly question:

HOW exactly do I install the interior skins? I know itís with rivets and Iím getting pop(pull) rivets

Do I line up where I am Placing the rivets with the holes in the ribs?

I have seen some people line the rivets with like an insulting tape to help keep the AS better insulated if I go this route how do I attach the skins to the ribs and find the holes?

I am new to this and almost ready to put my skins in, help/advice/or point me to another thread would be MUCH appreciated

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Old 05-14-2021, 09:25 AM   #2
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I think if I were using tape for as a thermal break on the ribs, I would do this: say itís a 12í x 4í sheet of aluminum going back in its original location. I would cleco a few places on the top side of the sheet. Then push it against the ribs and try a few lower holes with clecos. You can feel around with clecos. If you have the sheet lined up with the original holes, then remove the lower clecos leaving the top ones. I would lift up the bottom of the sheet and tape the ribs. Then push the sheet against the ribs and cleco the bottom going through the tape. After that, remove the top clecos and tape that. Cleco the top through the tape. The sheet should be aligned. Iím assuming youíre going back with 5/32 pop rivets since the original 1/8 rivet holes are stretched out? Anyway, thatís my thoughts. Any other methods out there? Good luck
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Thank you so much

They will be all new skins the trailer came fitted with no skins there why Iím wondering about best way to attach to the existing ribs and holes

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I think if I were using tape for as a thermal break on the ribs, I would do this: say itís a 12í x 4í sheet of aluminum going back in its original location. I would cleco a few places on the top side of the sheet. Then push it against the ribs and try a few lower holes with clecos. You can feel around with clecos. If you have the sheet lined up with the original holes, then remove the lower clecos leaving the top ones. I would lift up the bottom of the sheet and tape the ribs. Then push the sheet against the ribs and cleco the bottom going through the tape. After that, remove the top clecos and tape that. Cleco the top through the tape. The sheet should be aligned. Iím assuming youíre going back with 5/32 pop rivets since the original 1/8 rivet holes are stretched out? Anyway, thatís my thoughts. Any other methods out there? Good luck
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Old 05-14-2021, 04:45 PM   #4
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I donít know how anyone could possibly drill new holes in a sheet of new aluminum and match up to the existing holes in the ribs. I would just place the new sheet against the wall and drill/cleco as I went along. I would try and stagger the existing holes in the ribs and place the new rivets spaced evenly apart. Measure the existing rib holes and space your new rivets accordingly. Good luck
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If you have a small airport in the vicinity, check and see if they have an Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) chapter. Those folks build airplanes out of whole cloth and I bet you could get some ďhands onĒ guidance for cheap (maybe free). If no EAA, ask around to see if there isnít an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic around that you could hire for an hour or so to get you started.
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Hello, I just PM'd you, I'm just over in Green Mtn., glad to come take a look or help out....Mark D
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I donít know how anyone could possibly drill new holes in a sheet of new aluminum and match up to the existing holes in the ribs.
It is possible to reuse old rib holes with a Hole Finder or Strap Duplicator Tool, but not necessary.


It's kinda like a pair of tweezers with nub on one leg that goes in the old hole in the rib & a hole in the front that tells you where to drill the sheet for your new rivet hole. You put the sheet in between the two legs and use it as a guide to drill your new hole.We have one and got it at Aircraft Spruce. That and a few hundred "Clecos" come in real handy when replacing panels....I can't imagine replacing a panel without them.

Alternately, if you have your old panels, you can use them as templates for your new panels. We did that too.

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If you don't use the old holes, make sure your new ones are far enough away from the old ones so your pop rivets will have enough rib to grab onto. Otherwise, the holes will be too big for the rivet stems to catch the rib.

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Shari, thatís a neat little tool thatíll come in handy. Got to get me one. I can see that for perimeter holes in installing a new panel, but what about the holes in the field of the panel? I guess you would have to work from the bottom up? Still worth a try. The holes would have to line up perfectly to align the pop rivet shaft through the new hole in the panel and the existing hole in the rib.
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what year of airstream do you have? Do you have to make the end caps? That is going to be by far the hardest part if you do. I saw a YouTube video of someone building them. It helped me when I was putting mine back together because for some reason the original end caps did not fit back like they came out and I had to take them apart and re-rivet them back together as I installed them. Anyway, end caps go in first, then bottom sheets down each side, then middle, then top. I would not try to align the new panels with the old holes. seems near impossible. just try to stay away from the old holes. I just finished mine and it took over 2,000 rivets to put it back together. I bought a milwaukee 12v. rivet gun and I am glad I did.
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<snip> ...but what about the holes in the field of the panel?
That's where using the old panels for a template works better.



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