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Rudder - 11/5/2005
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Countersinked the rudder trailing edge wedgeCountersinked the rudder trailing edge wedge
Couldn't sleep and got up early this morning. I decided to not to crank up the compressor. My neighbor said that he could hear the drill the other day. He wasn't complaining, just wanted to know how the project was going. So I decided to use my cordless drill to do the countersinking. After a few adjustments, I got the depth set correctly and started countersinking.
Mixed the proseal to apply to the trailing edge wedgeMixed the proseal to apply to the trailing edge wedge
This stuff is supposed to hold everything in place while the trailing edge of the rudder is being riveted (I guess). I've heard horror stories about this stuff, and ya' know what.....? Their right! It's hard to describe the consistency of this goo. Somewhere between snot and hot mozzarella cheese. The instructions say to put a thin line of it on the outside of the wedge and place it between the skins, then cleco everything down to a piece of aluminun angle. The instructions don't say whether the ($30) angled aluminum should go up or down. I opted for down, so I could have free access to wipe off any excess goo that oozed out on the aft edge.
Clecoed everything down to the aluminum angleClecoed everything down to the aluminum angle
Now for the waiting game. The goo will need two days to harden, then I will start riveting.
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