Electric pop rivet gun versus Air driven pop rivet gun, any suggestions ?

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  1. Oct 3, 2015 #21

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    I've attended a couple of EAA workshops and "Harbor Freight" is repeatedly mentioned. As a Canadian, where they are not represented, I was confused until it was explained to me. Everyone else knew them and used their tools but not their materials.
     
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    I need to install some blind rivets at the base of a bracket but the bracket gap is only a 1/2" wide.
    Anyone know of a blind rivet tool with a 1/2" diameter nose and or some shop trick I could apply?
     
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    I had a similar need a few months ago, but didn’t find anything. I hope that you have better luck.


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    How deep is the channel. Would it be possible to get a cheap pop riveter and grind both sides off so that it fits?
     
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    It's over an inch deep but your idea is worth a look
     
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    Been there done that and got a mug and T-shirt. :gig:

    This seems to illustrate what you are saying:

    http://www.eaavideo.org/detail/video/60653678001

    I've also used a "collar" that was flat on one end and angled on the other to assist with getting a good clean pull when working in tight places.

    FWIW,

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    If you have an air rivet gun...and compressor. the AD rivets (solid aluminum) are much less money than pull rivets.
     
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    Thanks, but my space is essentially two corners 1/2" apart
     
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    In my case I cannot reach both sides of the rivet, hence the blind rivets
     
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    let us know how it turns out.
     
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    It worked
    The aircraft rivets I had intended to use would not fit the tool because of the ribs on the mandrel so I used the steel rivets that came with it.
     
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    Great, if all else fails read the instructions (follow the plans)

    some of those tools come with multiple mandrels, you can use a washer if you need a smaller hole, (piece of steel with small drilled hole)

    the 4$ horror freight tool is cheap enough to take a grinding wheel to like in the EAA video, I am using one now when I can not get the bucking bar in for standard AD rivets. If you could use AD rivets the rivet set for a rivet gun is 3/8 to 1/2 dia.
     
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    Head in the Clouds mentioned Carpel Tunnel caused by a hand rivet gun. A friend of mine recently broke a tendon for the same reason. It required surgery and he is left with a middle finger that won’t quite extend fully (making it difficult to gesture at rude drivers in heavy traffic ;)). The doctor said that this is an increased risk as we age and that hard squeezing by hand should be avoided.
     
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    I recently did something wrong somewhere working on my ultralight, and now I have a problem with my middle finger on one hand. This finger is now 20% wider than it was, and the middle knuckle joint goes "clunk"as it moves through a certain angle. I don't know if this is age-related arthritis, "trigger finger", or a temporary ligament/joint inflammation from a shop injury. I'm not happy about it one bit.

    Fortunately I still have the middle finger on the other hand for communicating with other drivers.
     
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    you hope that is what it is but has happened to me and went away
     

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