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post #7 of Old 04-11-2013
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Re: Pop rivets: AL vs SS

Originally Posted by nestorph View Post
Any opinions are the use of aluminum vs. stainless steel pop rivets? I have a few items that I would like to fasten to my mast and boom. I've tapped out holes in the past and used SS screws but my heavy hand has occasionally stripped the hole. I've used AL pop rivets and find that they are more convenient. I came across a catalog entry for stainless steel rivets and was wondering if their greater strength is outweighed by the possibility of corrosion between them and the mast material.
Monel would be a good idea, but I would be concerned with halyards chafing on the protruding pieces for the ones on the mast.
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