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Irunbird 10-02-2012 04:21 PM

Setting a rivet into a tight spot
I'm drawing a blank on this one-- even google isn't much help, but I'm sure someone has had a similar problem. I need to set a rivet into a Ronstan clam cleat onto my aluminum boom (for the outhaul), but the depression for each hole is down into a wedge that is approximately 1/4" wide and I cannot fit the rivet gun anywhere close enough to the head of the rivet to capture the pin. I've thought about sliding a bushing over the end, but that may place the pin too far away from the ratchet mechanism in the rivet gun and result in no purchase (I haven't tried it yet, but may in the morning)... Or, should I just resort to using aluminum threadserts, stainless screws and Tefgel?


Faster 10-02-2012 04:28 PM

Re: Setting a rivet into a tight spot
Those recesses are intended for flat-head (or maybe pan-head) machine screws.. I can see the problem you'd be having.

I suspect you're going to want to use the screws and the tefgel.. should be easier if you ever need to remove/change things down the road too....

Irunbird 10-02-2012 05:03 PM

Re: Setting a rivet into a tight spot
Thanks, Faster- will do.

Tanley 10-02-2012 05:52 PM

Re: Setting a rivet into a tight spot
Take a look at rivnuts. They're typically used in the aviation industry and can be installed in some pretty tight places with the right tool.

Irunbird 10-02-2012 06:32 PM

Re: Setting a rivet into a tight spot
That looks interesting (just watched a youtube video). It looks to be more solid than threadserts- is that true? I've installed threadserts on a dinghy boom before, but I'm a bit hesitant on this one...

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