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Old 10-21-2012, 10:46 AM   #11
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Re: Rivet spacing

I have bought a few items from Harbor Frieght, I came to the conculsion that If I want the tool to last a lifetime I don't buy it from them. However if I just need it to do a couple projects the stuff works for that. It beats the heck out of the paying for the premium stuff just to have it set on the mantel as a show piece and never using it again, plus you can buy four of those for the cost of the premium ones.... Just my thoughts for what its worth.

On the rivet spacing my plan was to place a rivet back in the orginal holes however many it took. there is a reason that the builder did it, if they could have did less they would have. I'm not an engineer and can't afford to sleep in a Holiday Inn
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:10 AM   #12
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Re: Rivet spacing

I pretty much feel the same way about their tools. I dont think I will rivet a lot to be honest but maybe Im wrong. I see some other rivetors out there for like 2 and 300 dollars. I just dont see me making that investment for the skinning of the windows and other smaller things. Maybe Im wrong but but you guys will know if its a tool that needs a premium investment. I havent used on in 30+ yrs but I didnt have a bus then either?
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:35 AM   #13
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Re: Rivet spacing

A cool trick i read about getting your rivets spaced evenly around uneven surfaces: Take a wide rubber band + cut it. Take a Sharpie and make a bunch of marks evenly spaced-then stretch your rubber band around the area you need to mark out. Never tried it but it sounds logical.
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:40 AM   #14
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Re: Rivet spacing

Example...I allows buy my 4-1/2 grinders from northern,I get 2 for less than $50,I know I can abuse the hell out one.
I have used them til they smoke(oops) and they keep going.
I always have a spare when one dies I buy 1 more for $20 as a sapre they last me a couple years.well worth it.
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:42 AM   #15
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Re: Rivet spacing

Good hint. Ive done that with cutting pipeing on propane tanks to get the cuts straight? Good idea i can see it working here.
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:26 PM   #16
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Re: Rivet spacing

That is the rivet gun that we are using, and we have done probably 1500 rivets already. It works great but will snap the stem of the rivet if the pressure is to high. Other then that we have had no problems
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:28 PM   #17
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What pressure seems to work for your gun? I got gun today so we may rivet up some tomorrow
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:15 PM   #18
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Over 90 psi I started to have problems, so I set my regulator at 85 psi. I am pretty sure thats what it says right on the tool, so go figure eh... lol.
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Re: Rivet spacing

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What pressure seems to work for your gun? I got gun today so we may rivet up some tomorrow
Let me know how it works I'm getting old and weak in my old age I may just have to go and get one, this Manual labor is for the birds
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:00 PM   #20
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Re: Rivet spacing

Ill let you know on sunday how the riveter worked out. I got everything in order to punch some this weekend so we will see.

Question...

The maker suggests a #11 drill bit which is some odd ball size. I bought some 3/16 drill bits for this since I am using 3/16 rivets. They say the 3/16 will fit up to a 1/4 hole and close up?

You think I will have any issues?

Thanks again for everyones help.


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