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Old 11-18-2020, 12:24 PM   #1
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Rivet over 1.25" grip length

I'm trying to replace a partition in my 1997 16' Scamp. I have the part all ready and partially installed. I tried to rivet through the wall of the Scamp (which is how it was previously installed) but even the longest rivet from Scamp, 6-16 (grip length up to 1.25"), is not quite long enough to come through the wall and bracket in this area. Any suggestions on where I can find longer rivets, and not have to order 100 of them? I only need two of these longer rivets to finish this job.
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Old 11-18-2020, 01:57 PM   #2
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https://www.hansonrivet.com/rivets/b...blind-rivets/#

And an alternative, used by many, is to use 5/32" stainless steel machine screws and Nylock nuts. The screw heads will fit nicely inside the Snap Cap bases, and you not only will have a stronger connection, but you can readily get those machine screws in any lengths that you want.
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Old 11-18-2020, 02:11 PM   #3
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Thank you for that info! The link you included has a 100 rivet minimum order which is what I'm trying to avoid.
Maybe the machine screw is a better option in this case. Is that something I can get at a Lowes or Home Depot?
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Old 11-18-2020, 03:01 PM   #4
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A hundred rivets will cost about the same as three cups of coffee and will last a whole lot longer.

And, you can be generous and offer some to friends and neighbours.
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Old 11-18-2020, 06:25 PM   #5
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Thank you for that info! The link you included has a 100 rivet minimum order which is what I'm trying to avoid.
Maybe the machine screw is a better option in this case. Is that something I can get at a Lowes or Home Depot?
As Glenn said, rivets, (even in lots of 100,) are still relatively cheap, but to answer your other question, Yes, you should be able to get long machine screws at any hardware or "big box" stores.
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I have for years, bought the big box when I only needed a few. Sometimes this stands me in good stead otherwise I just end up with a lot of inventory. My current project of reviewing 50 years of collecting is tedious but not hard and keeps me out of the covid incubation taverns. The worst thing than fortunately only happens about once every five years is running onto a hardware store that’s closing for good and is in the last few days after the final price reductions are made.
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All I know for sure is that if I need three of a bolt, nut or screw, I will only have two of them and I'm off to Home Depot to buy another pack of five.
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Old 11-19-2020, 10:35 AM   #8
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I bought mine from Scamp when I replaced all the rivets and Snap caps. They use some real long ones in different places. I also took some longer ones and cut them down by pushing out the pin turn it around and put the pin back in the rivet then using wire strippers to cut just the tube. then flip the pin back around to install. the pin keeps the tube from crushing when you cut it.
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Old 11-19-2020, 11:41 AM   #9
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That long rivet you are looking for probably will not be particularly robust and the screw would probably be a much better fastener.
When I rebuilt my Scamp I used screws for everything except for attaching the belly band.
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:49 AM   #10
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I went ahead and used screws for this one. Found the ones that fit the acorn nuts and snap caps so it looks the same from the outside. Thanks all!
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Old 11-26-2020, 10:50 AM   #11
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What about something like these? Might be able to buy them a few at a time from Home Depot or the like. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07QG96JBS/...v_ov_lig_dp_it
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Try a Chicago Screw

Have you looked into a Chicago Screw yet? Do an Internet search on this and you’ll see a female threaded T-nut and a flat headed male threaded screw. Buy the longest screw possible and use an electrical connector crimp tool that has a screw cutter built in to custom cut the length.
These screws are typically used in leather work and are available through Tandy Leather. If their screw isn’t long enough you can go to the Big Box hardware stores or visit your local Ace Hardware as they usually have an extensive line of fasteners that you can buy as onesies.
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Old 12-02-2020, 08:34 PM   #13
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Ok, went to Lowe’s tonight and found the attached screw to replace your rivet.
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Chicago Screws...In my thinking, not the fastener of choice in my book. Just sayin'.
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