Hoping someone out there has the silver bullet response to this question; how on earth does one get the acorn nuts to stay on the rivet?
For more detail, I'm replacing some of the rivets that hold the shelving in our boler
. I read on FGRV about the right size rivet for this (3/16" diameter, 1/2 " grip) and thought I had the correct acorn size (10 32) as well.
Nothing works. With one person holding the acorn tight to the rivet on the inside of the boler
and another "shooting" the rivet from the outside, we are not able to hold it tight, and allow the rivet to expand into the acorn nut, thus holding it in place.
I understand this is merely cosmetic. But before I move over to SS bolts, and advice to try?
And to make matters more confusing, Oftentimes my rivet gun won't cut the rivet stem off! More grumbling...
If I do move to SS bolts, anyone know what length had worked for them (factoring the rubber washer outside, flat washer inside, then acorn bolt)?