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Date:  10-23-2010
Number of Hours:  5.50
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Brief Description:  Left Wing - Finished all ribs + rear spar

Mixed blessings today: got lots of work done, but had several problems, too.

- The very first rib set I went to install today, I made DUMB mistake. With the wing across the sawhorses, and me sitting in a chair next to it, I can't see the forward ribs unless I look underneath the spar. I cleco'd and riveted the aft rib and THEN noticed I forgot the forward rib!!!!!!! Aaarrrgggghhhh!!!! Dummy!

- So drilled out the rivets and did it the right way.

- Then the pneumatic rivet puller began to act up, leaving the mandrel in the rivet, and in the rivet gun simultaneously; the mandrel would not break. The mandrel is held firmly in the teeth of the rivet puller, so it would not budge. Had to lay over the rivet puller to expose the (now bent over) mandrel, and cut it with the cutoff wheel on my Dremel. Then I cut the mandrel again, close to the rivet, so I could get a drill bit in there and drill it out.

- That happened 3 times before I gave up on the rivet puller. So I spent the night pulling all the rest of the rivets with a manual (squeeze) rivet puller. Tiring on the wrists and hands.

- But I did get all the ribs installed, and then the rear spar. So the left wing, and now Sheet W14, is complete.]

- Next I'll swap back to the right wing and install the Duckworks landing light.
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Installing the ribs.

Installing the ribs.

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About to rivet the rear spar to the aft root rib and the rest of the ribs.

About to rivet the rear spar to the aft root rib and the rest of the ribs.

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Skeleton of left wing complete!

Skeleton of left wing complete!

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