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jon boat rivets question

Postby Jangle » Sun Jun 22, 2014 9:02 pm

I'm about to take the center bench out of my boat the boat has a brace running under the bench but no rib up the side i am goin to put a rib up the side and would like to use the same rivet the is holding the rest of the ribs in place. Where can i buy this type of Rivet what are they called and how is the best way to install?
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Re: jon boat rivets question

Postby Mark F. Cheney » Sun Jun 22, 2014 9:14 pm

I buy mine at the local air port parts counter. I would assume that a good nut and bolt house could supply them too.

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Re: jon boat rivets question

Postby cjg » Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:45 am

I've found what I need here:
http://www.aircraftspruce.com/menus/ha/rivets.html

or on Ebay
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Re: jon boat rivets question

Postby j.digiacomo » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:15 am

http://www.hansonrivet.com/

Buy the bit for an air hammer and have at it.
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Re: jon boat rivets question

Postby Jangle » Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:30 pm

I am having trouble finding the solid rivets at any local stores would stainless nuts and bolts work
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Re: jon boat rivets question

Postby captainduckhead » Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:25 pm

I've used stainless nuts and bolts and they work ok. Make sure they're lock nuts. We call those blind rivets. Whether that's the correct term or not I don't know, it's just what everyone calls them. I've replaced 100's of them. It's a 2 person job. Most marinas that sell or repair aluminum boats will have them and they come in various sizes. The person working the parts counter at your local marina should be able to get them if they aren't right in stock. The install is the hard part. We have a guy inside the boat holding a heavy piece of steel against the rivet. The guy on the outside holds a flat punch against the rivet head and smashes it with a small sledge hammer. If you do the whole job without hitting yourself then you get a chocolate chip cookie.
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Re: jon boat rivets question

Postby j.digiacomo » Tue Jun 24, 2014 1:24 pm

i mail ordered my rivets. not ideal i know, but it beats having to drive around and look for them. they were there in 2 days cross country.
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Re: jon boat rivets question

Postby tknight006 » Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:06 pm

I just replaced some rivets in my rig.,, removed center bench as well. I found the 3\16 all aluminum rivets at ace hardware.

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Re: jon boat rivets question

Postby mudpack » Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:57 am

Do NOT use blind rivets, aka Pop rivets....for reasons that should be obvious. :biggrin:

Rivet setting is an art that requires some practice. I'd use up several on testing, you want every rivet in your boat...even the first...to be perfect.
If blind rivets worked on boats, you can be sure the manufacturers would be using the heck out of them; they are much, much faster/cheaper to install.
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Re: jon boat rivets question

Postby captainduckhead » Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:37 pm

Mud, I misspoke myself. You are correct. They are NOT blind rivets.
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