The first order of business today was to clean up the shop from yesterday’s battle with the landing gear. Today I was hoping to work on the bottom skins.
My buddies Jack and Matt were on hand to help. The first thing I needed to do was deburr and dimple the bottom skins where they attached to the flaps. Next I used RTV to secure the conduit to the ribs. This is important because overtime vibration and movement can cut through the conduit. I may go back once my new proseal arrives if the RTV looks like it might be weak. I probably could have been a little more prepared for this weekend.
Then we started riveting the bottom skins. The first step is to rivet the rear spar at the wing walk ribs. This requires a little dexterity. Vans advises that you work outward and forward in an L pattern. By far the worst are the rivets towards the rear spar on the wing walk doublers.