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Tool Kit

December 16, 2010

Yesterday was a banner day.  I don’t have a lot of the tools that are really required to build a plane.  Because of this I ordered a tool kit from http://www.planetools.com a site in Wichita Kansas.  I purchased the Full RV Builders Tool Kit.  You can see the inventory of what it comes with online.  The PlaneTools kit has two components that the other kit vendors don’t include.  The pneumatic squeezer and the DRDT-2 dimpler.  Hand squeezing rivets is tiring and with most kits you receive a very basic hand squeezer that really takes a lot of pressure to get a good rivet.  The pneumatic squeezer takes the grunting out of the equation.  I still have to go play with it, but it seems like you just calibrate it for the rivet type you’re squeezing and you get a quality, consistent rivet each time.  The other kits also have the old style C-Frame dimpler that you have to whack with a hammer.  In using this kind of dimpler, I have found that the dimples are not consistent and the amount of whack you give the C-Frame is different with each dimple.  You set the DRDT for the desired dimple depth and you get the same dimple over and over again.

One thing to remember, regardless of the kit you get, this is just the tip of the iceberg.  I found out about reamers this morning.  So I’ll probably go buy a couple of those since they sound like a really good idea.  I’m sure that I’ll be ordering a 90-degree drill at some point…probably about 50-seconds after I find out I need it.  The list goes on and on.  I buy good quality tools, too.  A crappy tool does a crappy job, but a good tool works well and lasts a long time.  Anyway, cant wait to start smooshing rivets.  I have a Van’s Project kit that  I have left over from the SportAir workshop my wife and I attended.  But that will have to wait for next week.  We have a family trip coming up this weekend.

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