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Hello there! Currently in the constructing process of my zenith-701 and I am seeking some advice to secure (pound) the soft solid rivets on the elevator trailing edge. For these small soft rivets do I require a bucking bar, hammer riveter and air compressor? Or can they be secured in another manner-cheaper method? Any response applicable would be appreciated. Kerry
Kerry the Tatco squeezer I have came with several different size interchangeable heads, cupped and flat, and for those tiny soft trailing edge rivets I used the smallest cupped size. Zenith provides plenty of extra rivets in the kit so I practiced a few squeezes on a piece of scrap.
Brown Tools is a great place to buy tools such as a rivet squeezer. The owner will often reply to your questions directly about quality of tools and such.
There is a form question on setting these solid rivets without causing a wavey trailing edge, it might be worth a read. Setting these rivets is a breeze once you dial the squeezer in to the right clearance to give you the right diameter of shop head. Be sure the factory head is seated and the trailing edge skins are clamped well, cleco every second hole and squeeze between them. Even these soft solid rivets can be a pain to drill out.