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aluminum boat rivet replacment #7086260
12/12/20 05:07 PM
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bought the new to me boat from my supervisor , got a good deal on it , it has a soft floor

then I realized the rear bench , the live well , the drivers bench and the steering console are all solid riveted into the boat over the top of the floor. having never done solid rivets I went looking

once you see how they work and how easy the air chisel sets them against a bucking bar it is not a difficult procedure. but one I am sure not that many people know about or they wouldn't sell so many products to seal them from the outside.

also not expensive at 8-12 cents each depending on size and the quantity you buy them in

figured I would share this one of you is likely to also need to know this



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Re: aluminum boat rivet replacment [Re: GREENCOUNTYPETE] #7086291
12/12/20 05:36 PM
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Here I thought everyone just replaced them with bolts and nuts loctited in.

Re: aluminum boat rivet replacment [Re: GREENCOUNTYPETE] #7086292
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GCP....I bet I hammered 5000 of them this past year. LOL I started out on one of my own small boats and word got out real fast I could do it for others. Slow right now, but have several waiting till after the Holidays for me to do them.

It does take two people for a lot of them, but simple as simple can be. I also learned real fast to wear hearing protection or your ears will ring for days.

Re: aluminum boat rivet replacment [Re: il.trapper] #7086565
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Originally Posted by il.trapper
GCP....I bet I hammered 5000 of them this past year. LOL I started out on one of my own small boats and word got out real fast I could do it for others. Slow right now, but have several waiting till after the Holidays for me to do them.

It does take two people for a lot of them, but simple as simple can be. I also learned real fast to wear hearing protection or your ears will ring for days.



are you using the air chisel with rivet bit at about 40psi or are you using a specific air riveter gun.

looks like most people are using the air chisel at about 40psi I watched one video where the guy said the chisel hammered too fast , I think that is why they reduce pressure to slow it down and he was justifying a 400 dollar kit.

it looks like they get big money for a bucking bar when it seems a 2 pound maul head would work just find


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Re: aluminum boat rivet replacment [Re: GREENCOUNTYPETE] #7086603
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A two pound head works fine. Two people can zip right along, make sure you order the right type of rivet head .
Depending on the make of boat be aware that some riveted seams also had a very thin gasket in between surfaces to help seal things.

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Re: aluminum boat rivet replacment [Re: GREENCOUNTYPETE] #7086897
12/13/20 02:00 AM
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I use a small cheap air chisel. I made the bit from a regular chisel cut off. I am running low pressure but I think it is higher than 40psi.

2lbs is about right for the anvil. Heavier won't hurt any but not needed.

No need for a 400.00 outfit. I bought a HF freight I think cost me 20 something bucks.

I get my rivets through a local supplier.

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