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04-02-2014 09:20 PM
SVTatia
Re: Looking for advice on removing the base of my mast *picture included*

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Originally Posted by SchockT View Post
You don't need to rivet it back on. You could use machine screws if you want. The rivets aren't load bearing, they are just there to hold the base in place when the mast is down.

Don't over think it!
....but use Teff Gel or something as good - or you won't be able to remove them next time... SS + AL = PITA
04-02-2014 08:52 PM
christian.hess
Re: Looking for advice on removing the base of my mast *picture included*

yeoup
04-02-2014 08:30 PM
SchockT
Re: Looking for advice on removing the base of my mast *picture included*

You don't need to rivet it back on. You could use machine screws if you want. The rivets aren't load bearing, they are just there to hold the base in place when the mast is down.

Don't over think it!
04-02-2014 08:18 PM
deniseO30
Re: Looking for advice on removing the base of my mast *picture included*

You can get the BIG pop rivet tool from harbor freight it's "good enough" for what you need to do. Heavy Duty 17-1/2" Hand Riveter With Collection Bottle


Oops! on the size of the picture!
04-02-2014 07:22 PM
E Be
Re: Looking for advice on removing the base of my mast *picture included*

I just want to remove the casting so I can run the wires. I've been at this for awhile and finally decided this route. I'm not planning on drilling the casting.

However thanks to corrosion I can get it off. Yikes.
04-02-2014 03:43 PM
mitiempo
Re: Looking for advice on removing the base of my mast *picture included*

I wouldn't remove it and drill the casting. Because of the tabernacle the wires will be exposed in any case. I would drill a hole in the mast and bring the wires out through a grommet.
04-02-2014 03:08 PM
E Be
Re: Looking for advice on removing the base of my mast *picture included*

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Originally Posted by christian.hess View Post
drill out then yeah choose your rivets...3 is simple, any friends with a rivet gun? and basically you could even glue it on if you want...
What kind of glue would you suggest?
04-02-2014 02:46 PM
E Be
Re: Looking for advice on removing the base of my mast *picture included*

Thanks for the advice guys. I'll be researching rivets tonight.

So I should stay away from simple pop rivets from Home Depot?
04-02-2014 01:56 PM
SVTatia
Re: Looking for advice on removing the base of my mast *picture included*

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Originally Posted by christian.hess View Post
drill out then yeah choose your rivets...3 is simple, any friends with a rivet gun? and basically you could even glue it on if you want...
+1

Also even though its all aluminum, be prepared for some corrosion, and be careful when removing it - I see some white stuff at the joint. I am not sure what kind of rivet you have now but use monel rivets for putting it back.
04-02-2014 01:13 PM
christian.hess
Re: Looking for advice on removing the base of my mast *picture included*

drill out then yeah choose your rivets...3 is simple, any friends with a rivet gun? and basically you could even glue it on if you want...
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