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
Fabricate Aluminum Rib Intercostal
Built up wing ribs have several component parts. In this video EAA chapter manager John Egan demonstrates how he fabricated an intercostal for his scratch built Super Cub aluminum ribs.
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.
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.
Identifying Good vs. Bad Rivets
EAA Technical Counselors and A&P/IA mechanics Dick and Bob Koehler show samples of properly and improperly installed rivets. They review why and gives tips to follow for proper installation.
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.
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.