88755
Australia's largest renovations forum

Pop rivet gun help

Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Melbourne
    Age
    43
    Posts
    162

    Default Pop rivet gun help

    Hi all...hope some kind person might be able to help with my issue.

    I am building a gate, had steel frame hot dip galvanized, having spotted gum thicknessed to 10mm, bought 250 6-10 stainless rivets and all is looking good ready to go and now my issue....

    the bloody rivets are too big for my industrial family heirloom lazy tong rivet gun!

    The only nose piece is 1/8 and I need 3/16.

    I cannot come to buying a cheapy industrial pop rivet gun and cannot warrant spending up on quality riviter for 250 rivets.

    Are there any rivet guns that will do the 250 6-10 rivets and survive the experience that will not cost too much?

  2. #2
    2K Club Member chrisp's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    1,965

    Default

    There seem to be rivet guns and rivet guns. I have tried many to see which would pop a large steel rivet (they all seem to handle aluminium ones okay).

    What I did was go to a large Bunnings with several rivets in my pocket. When asking about a good riveter, they would pick out a model to show me. I'd then hand them a rivet and ask them to pop it. The lazy tongs didn't work. We tried lots and only one pair they had seemed truly capable of popping the bigger steel rivets.

    The best one was a "bolt cutter" like ones (they look like a big pair of pliers) that happily popped the biggest, hardest rivets. From memory, they weren't that expensive either.

  3. #3
    Old Chippy - 4K Club Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Canberra
    Age
    63
    Posts
    5,540

    Default

    Although many come with the assorted heads for different sizes some are not up to it with steel rivets. But for a small job you can simply use two pieces of pipe to extend the handles as often it is simply insufficient leverage. At a pinch I have used two shifting spanners (with the holes in the handle end) placed over the end of the gun to add leverage. Would be fiddly for 250 rivets though!
    Advice from me on this forum is general and for guidance based on information given by the member posing the question. Not to be used in place of professional advice from people appropriately qualified in the relevant field. All structural work must be approved and constructed to the BCA or other relevant standards by suitably licensed persons. The person doing the work and reading my advice accepts responsibility for ensuring the work done accords with the applicable law.

  4. #4
    Retired Marine Engineer 1K Club Member Ashore's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Newcastle
    Age
    63
    Posts
    1,638

    Default

    run a 3/16" drill through the 1/8" nose piece
    Ashore




    The trouble with life is there's no background music.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Melbourne
    Age
    43
    Posts
    162

    Default

    I did think is drilling out the nose piece to 3/16, but the 3/16 nose piece would be longer to push the jaws back enough to accept the 3/16 mandrel.

    bugger...anyone happy to rent their long handled riveter for beer? word of caution though..the 6-10 rivets might wear out the jaws.

  6. #6
    Old Chippy - 4K Club Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Canberra
    Age
    63
    Posts
    5,540

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by jimc View Post
    I did think is drilling out the nose piece to 3/16, but the 3/16 nose piece would be longer to push the jaws back enough to accept the 3/16 mandrel.

    bugger...anyone happy to rent their long handled riveter for beer? word of caution though..the 6-10 rivets might wear out the jaws.
    I know he's a former Naval engineer and giving an engineering solution, but I think Ashore might have been joking? (My Dah was in the Navy in WWII and his engineer mate was called 'Sludge' and sometimes 'Blackie' from days on end in the engine room!)

    I have to say my latest rivet gun which cost under $20 a couple of years ago and bought when I needed one quickly and is a chinese knock-off with multiple noses does 3/16 steel rivets no problems. Often need to use two-hands just to do that last tight 'pop', but that's not too hard.
    Advice from me on this forum is general and for guidance based on information given by the member posing the question. Not to be used in place of professional advice from people appropriately qualified in the relevant field. All structural work must be approved and constructed to the BCA or other relevant standards by suitably licensed persons. The person doing the work and reading my advice accepts responsibility for ensuring the work done accords with the applicable law.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    479

    Default Pop riveters

    Most marine shops will rent/lend proper concertina pop riveters in my experience (under 'Ship Chandler' in Yellow Pages), but if you aren't known to them ....

    Are there SS Tek screws? They would be much easier than drill/pop, drill/pop, drill/pop ... 250 times.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •