Tue Oct 11 2011

Riveting steps

Today after meeting some other airplane builders for lunch, John Bowen came over to the house to help me rivet the steps on the plane. It was actually pretty tricky due to the cramped quarters for bucking, the partially curved surfaces, and the fact that I used flush rivets. It took about three hours, but we got both steps riveted.

We also riveted this bracket to the firewall before he had to head out. Thanks for the help, John!

After John left, I laid a bead of proseal along the junctions of the bottom and side skins. Using masking tape to, um, mask off the adjacent areas worked really well leaving a thin bead about 3/32 inch wide.

I also decided to wrap the steps with foam to save our shins from near-certain future harm.