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Old 06-25-2019, 10:38 AM   #1
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Rivets Breaking off to long

I have been researching online but still am not having lucking solving my problem. I am using rivets purchased from Little House Customs to replace the rivets in our 1992 casita. I have used two different rivet pullers and the mandrels break off far to long, but they do seam to tighten enough that they are functional. I have been cutting off the excess mandrel but I'm worried if I ever have to replace these rivets again it is going to be very difficult to drill them out.

I would love to hear from those on suggestions of how to get the rivet to break in the proper location.

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Old 06-25-2019, 12:06 PM   #2
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I assume they are aluminum rivets. I have been using a lot of the 3/16 size and more than half the mandrels break off near the pullers in the gun. As long as they pull up tight they will be fine. I just cut them off with my grinder. If you have to drill one out, use a center punch first then drill slowly.
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I assume they are aluminum rivets. I have been using a lot of the 3/16 size and more than half the mandrels break off near the pullers in the gun. As long as they pull up tight they will be fine. I just cut them off with my grinder. If you have to drill one out, use a center punch first then drill slowly.

Yes they are the 3/16 inch aluminum rivets. Center punch is a good idea. Right now I cut them off even with the top of the snap cap base.
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Old 06-30-2019, 12:24 PM   #4
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Pull twice, break once?

I've found (other projects, not on the FG camper yet), that pulling the stud in small increments and re-gripping the stud each time breaks the stud off flush with, or internal to, the rivet.
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