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.
In Sheet Metal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.