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Old 09-06-2015, 11:25 AM   #11
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Same, I use epoxy vs bondo.

Or use solid head rivets.

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Old 09-06-2015, 08:32 PM   #12
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Thank you for the info

I put some solar seal on the back of the rivets so when they pull in they take in a small amount of the stuff. I will go back to fill the holes in with some JB weld.

First time using a Air riveter, wow I like it.
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Old 09-06-2015, 09:13 PM   #13
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Thank you for the info

I put some solar seal on the back of the rivets so when they pull in they take in a small amount of the stuff. I will go back to fill the holes in with some JB weld.

First time using a Air riveter, wow I like it.
Which make and model riveter is it?
I have yet to oil my HF one to try it out.
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Old 09-06-2015, 09:21 PM   #14
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When there are a lot of rivets involved...an air riveter is a lifesaver.
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Old 09-07-2015, 08:00 AM   #15
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It is the HF rivet gun, got it with a 20% off coupon. So far around 30-40 SS 1/4 rivets, no problems yet. Yesterday was our first panel, we are starting from the back and working towards the front. Hopefully we can get three panels up toady. The full sized panels which are around 9.5-10 ft are going to be a challenge as it is just my Girlfriend and me. We are using some heavy duty magnets to help hold the panels in place. It worked very well for the small panel. We will see how the magnet works for the larger panel.
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It is the HF rivet gun, got it with a 20% off coupon. So far around 30-40 SS 1/4 rivets, no problems yet. Yesterday was our first panel, we are starting from the back and working towards the front. Hopefully we can get three panels up toady. The full sized panels which are around 9.5-10 ft are going to be a challenge as it is just my Girlfriend and me. We are using some heavy duty magnets to help hold the panels in place. It worked very well for the small panel. We will see how the magnet works for the larger panel.
Cool...
What method did you use for removing the bottom to add oil? I'm thinking I'll have to grid on it some.
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Old 09-07-2015, 11:10 PM   #17
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Forget removing the bottom as the thing is already filled with
oil. That's what we get for reading the instructions first. I took
mine back to HF and traded it for another one which I was able
to get open only to find it was full of oil. Must be something in
the translation from Chinese.
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A guy on youtube took his apart and it wasn't full but had some.
I figure I'll pop the bottom off and make sure its full.
They probably do come with oil already but due to their crappy QC they just write it into the instructions that you're supposed to oil it before use.

They love writing off flaws in owners manuals. Like my 2013 subaru that's "ok" burning a quart of oil every 1200 miles.
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:05 AM   #19
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I just unpacked it and started riveting. Did a quick search last night after working on the bus, seems someone got about 10K rivets done and did not check the oil. They had to adjust the jaws a couple of times though, thanks for pointing the oil thing out. Guess I should read the instructions first, ah no time for that right now.
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I'd say if the HF model can even make it through 2000 its worth the $70!
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