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
Bucking Bar Basics
EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Bob Koehler shows different types of bucking bars to set rivets. He reviews several designs and demonstrates their usage.
Pressure Testing Fuel Tank
Testing newly fabricated fuel tanks for leaks is always a good idea prior to flight. Tim Hoversten from the EAA staff demonstrates a simple technique to pressure test a welded aluminum fuel tank.
Flush Riveting with Hand Squeezer
EAA Technical Counselors and A&P/IA mechanics Dick and Bob Koehler demonstrate the use of a hand squeezer to dimple aluminum and then flush rivet two aluminum pieces together.
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.
Rivet Gauge for Shop Head
EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Bob Koehler demonstrates how to make a guage to measure the shop head of a rivet to ensure it has been properly set.
EAA Technical Counselors and A&P/IA mechanics Dick and Bob Koehler demonstrate back riveting using a back rivet set, steel plate and 2X rivet gun.