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Discussion in 'A-Frame PopUps' started by _WW_, Jul 11, 2019.
What is everyone's favorite rivet gun for doing mods to their A-frame?
Any of them with a swiveling head. Mines a Craftsman. I don't have a A frame, but can guarantee my TT has more rivets than any A frame made....lol
Yup, and mostly 3/16" rivets (when I am not using stainless steel screws or machine bolts)
I have used an air riveter for years that I bought from HF. I also have 2 manual ones but hardly ever use them.
and here is the result of one session, an external stiffener for a buckling roof "L"
Now with a taste of the riveting world I have a couple more questions. Do you really need a power riveter or will a manual rivet tool work for occasional stuff? Are you guys using aluminum rivets?
Aluminum rivets for aluminum framing and for no corrosion.
If you dare to rivet thru plastic/ABS be sure to use matching washers on the "far side" if that's the plastic side.
I agree with Anthony above
They make "expanding" or "exploding" rivets specifically for ABS and other semi-fragile plastics. These can be used from one side of the material without having access to the other side. The back side doesn't balloon like standard poprivets do, it folds out in three fingers to distribute the pressure.
I used aluminum rivets and backer washers to rivet the curtain slides on new curtains. Works really well too.
Alright guys! Thank you very much!
Once I get some mods done I'll be showing them off.