Removing Protective Plastic from Aluminum
Removing protective plastic from large sheets of aluminum can be difficult. Tim Hoversten from the EAA staff demonstrates the use of a heat gun and wood dowel to conveniently remove large sections of the protective plastic coating.
In Sheet Metal
Using Metal Shrinker
EAA Chapters Manager John Egan demonstrates the use of a metal shrinker. John also shows how he used a shrinker to bend the metal cap strips on the aluminum ribs he built for his scratchbuilt Super Cub.
Sheet Metal Snips
Cutting sheet metal can be made easy when using the properly designed snips for the application. Tracy Buttles from the EAA staff demonstrates how to use various types of handheld sheet metal snips.
Gun Riveting Basics
EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Bob Koehler demonstrates the basics of using a 2X rivet gun and bucking bar to properly set protruding and flush head rivets.
Drilling Out a Rivet
When you're riveting on your aircraft there's probably going to come a time when you get a rivet that doesn't quite set the way you want it. Joe Norris, EAA's flight training manager, demonstrates the proper way to drill out an offending rivet.
Building Aluminum Rib Jig
Scratch built Super Cub builder and EAA Chapters Manager John Egan shows the wing rib jig he built to assemble his built up aluminum wing ribs.
EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Bob Koehler likes to stock longer sized rivets then cut to size when needed. He demonstrates how to cut solid structural rivets to proper length prior to being set.