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Old 11-11-2010, 20:42   #16
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Besides Delmarrey's large rivet gun there is a medium size one that has the mechanism at right angles to the body.


- - For rivets go to: Search: pop rivets

- - If you were into large numbers of rivets you can buy them rivet makers direct but for small amounts Jamestown Distr is about the easiest.
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Old 11-11-2010, 20:45   #17
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another good sorce for information on rivets is the airstream fourms, allot of aircraft mechanics on there.
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Old 11-11-2010, 21:52   #18
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Rivetts

You will find that a "blind" rivett is waterproof and the other "Cheaper " rivetts are not so they have or can have a hole via the centre when the mandrel falls out , Check with your supplier and they should be able to advise you on the correct size and type you require
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Old 11-11-2010, 22:05   #19
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Links about rivets:

Rivet lecture: Rivet questions - Airstream Forums
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Entire forum section about rivets (at another board) just in case you have nothing better to read Ribs, Skins & Rivets - Airstream Forums

My personal experience: stay away from cheap rivets. They shear and are a mess to clean up after....
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If you want a rivet with a smooth head with no hole in it, buy shave head rivets. When they break off there's a little stub of the stud left sticking up. Snip it off close and touch it with a grinder or sandpaper to finish.
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Use ss rivets or machine screws to be safe. .
OK I put in machine screws. No nuts on them obviously as I can't get inside the boom. I didnt want self tapping screws because of the chafe of reefing lines inside.

They certainly look the part.

Thnka for the ideas.

I'll get some SS rivets in case theres trouble. 2,700 miles downwind will be a little testing for them.

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OK I put in machine screws. No nuts on them obviously as I can't get inside the boom. I didnt want self tapping screws because of the chafe of reefing lines inside.
I'm gald you posted this. My solid vang rivets have sheered off and I was going to put scrtews in and hadn't thought about the reef lines running in the boom.
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