Standing Rigging

Inspecting Rivets and Screws for Trouble

One of the interesting conclusions from our testing was the surprising strength among all of the test fasteners when loaded in the shear. Even old fasteners, as old as 20 years or more, can continue to offer good service in small spars if maintained reasonably well and engineered with an adequate safety margin.

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A Riveting Report: Spar Fasteners

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DIY Rig Check

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