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Old 12-06-2021, 18:18   #1
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Small “nosed” riveter?

I am helping a friend renovate a 1980-something Seaward 19’ Fox with a carbon fiber mast. The bottom 7 rivets that mount the sail channel to the mast have popped out (or corroded away) so I was planning to re-rivet the channel…However, the channel is only 3/8” wide, so my riveter nose is too wide to fit inside the channel to hold the rivet snuggly against the channel base to set the rivet. Does anyone know of a rivet tool that has a nose small enough to fit in the channel? Thanks!



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Re: Small “nosed” riveter?

Find some metal spacers or similar to provide the additional small-diameter distance. Eg: a stack of steel washers or nuts. Slide them onto the pop-rivet shaft before sticking it into the riveter.
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Re: Small “nosed” riveter?

Or you can use the top screw part of a spark plug as a spacer. It works like a charm.
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Re: Small “nosed” riveter?

Thank you Lake-Effect and Racer 1958. Great suggestions, will try them out today! And they beat the $2000+ electric hand riveter I found for professional production… seven rivets, divided into $2300.00 equals…
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Re: Small “nosed” riveter?

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Find some metal spacers or similar to provide the additional small-diameter distance. Eg: a stack of steel washers or nuts. Slide them onto the pop-rivet shaft before sticking it into the riveter.


I’ve always used steel spacers from the hardware store.

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