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Old 10-18-2014, 07:06 AM   #15
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Quick question. Where do you buy rivets, cups and snap caps? I see them on the Scamp website, but thought there might be a more economical way to put a repair kit of assorted sizes together. In fact I thought I saw ready made kits available for sale, but can't remember where I saw them. Thanks!

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Old 10-18-2014, 09:03 AM   #16
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I looked into the battery operated rivet guns this past spring when I had lots of riveting to do and from what I saw many were in 700 - 1300 dollar range. If this had not been so, I certainly would have picked one up in short order! I think they're great but like pneumatic equipment, pricey for me on a single persons budget.


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I don't own one....
I was just pointing out that there are power riveters available.

Just googled "battery powered rivet gun" and WOW!!! the battery one I found was $900!! You can buy air powered ones from Amazon for 40 bucks and lever assisted ones from 20bucks.
They even make one which is an attachment to a power drill.
I agree that a major purchase just to replace one or two rivets every ten years would be a bit much!
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Quick question. Where do you buy rivets, cups and snap caps? I see them on the Scamp website, but thought there might be a more economical way to put a repair kit of assorted sizes together. In fact I thought I saw ready made kits available for sale, but can't remember where I saw them. Thanks!

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Scamp will sell kits with the right materials at competitive prices, but any "real" auto parts store should have pop rivets, especially the ones which sell body repair and paint supplies.
Your local hardware store should have snap caps and washers.

I lost the site I used to keep for reference but look here...


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Old 10-18-2014, 10:38 AM   #18
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I agree that a major purchase just to replace one or two rivets every ten years would be a bit much!
One or two every ten? I have a hundred to do after 26!
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I'll look at some auto parts stores. Thanks Floyd. Local hardware stores don't carry any that big, at least as far as I've found.

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I bought one of these today for additional leverage for stainless steel rivets (or for the weak and old )
$19 at Menards....
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Tom, Pro-Dec is cool and has a bunch of different apps. Floyd gave you the link for them.
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I bought one of these today for additional leverage for stainless steel rivets (or for the weak and old )
$19 at Menards....
Floyd, I think I'm going to have look into this gun as I'm getting into the weak and old group
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I used all stainless steel button head fasteners (hex drive) with the neoprene bonded washers and SS lock nuts on my Boler. The washers work excellent.

Bought all at Fastenal
Picking up this old thread,
Ian do you remember the sizes of all the nuts bolts and screws you used ?
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If you are going to have the time to get all the rivets done in a day or two then you could look into renting a riveter. You do need a compressor to power it.

They are not difficult to use, we have one here at the workshop. It is needed to pull the stainless steel rivets we assemble one of the products with.

On a side note the pins on stainless steel rivets can be recycled. We save them up from the jobs and take in a box full of them. Metal recyling ceters do pay a fair amount of money for stainless steel scrap. So save your old stainless steel pots, utensils and other odds and ends and get some cash for them.
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Picking up this old thread,
Ian do you remember the sizes of all the nuts bolts and screws you used ?
All #8 with lengths of 1/2", 3/4" and 1"

I did get some #6 but really didn't use any
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Floyd, I think I'm going to have look into this gun as I'm getting into the weak and old group
My Dr. told me "You can only tell how old your are by how many pills you have to take in one day".
I only take 6 a day so I guess that makes me middle aged.?.
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Old 04-02-2018, 06:40 AM   #27
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topic has been around

this debate screws vs rivits has been around for a bit. I prefer screws much simplier for me I just cut the rivet shove it outside I save my cap nut put the screw in with the new retainer and done.

seems I read I here a guy did all of his in 1/2 day with his granddaughters help using s/s screws

so far no one has his shorts in a wad when disagreeing that's a good thing!

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I have come across nutserts/ rivnuts or pop nuts. All the same thing. They are like a threaded rivet that you can bolt into. I used them where I might have to remove whatever is attached.
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