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This chapter covers basic machining and assembly operations, with an emphasis on hole preparation for mechanical fasteners. It describes manual, power feed, and automated drilling techniques as well as reaming and countersinking. It discusses various types of fasteners, including rivets, pins, and bolts, along with selection factors and special considerations for composite joints. It also includes information on interference-fit and blind fasteners as well as trimming operations, general assembly considerations, and sealing and painting procedures.

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