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Old 08-12-2008, 01:07 PM   #29
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Ending the mystery of Olympic Rivets

Took some pix this morning. Below are a couple Olympic's next to a regular pop rivet. The one on the left has the rubber 'O' ring and the one in the center does not. It is recommended to order them without this ring as they deteriorate over time and end up leaking.
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Apply Vulkem around the post before inserting into the hole. Turn it a half of turn to spread the vulkem around to get a good seal. Use a regular rivet gun to install the Olympic. As the stem is pulled out the front of the rivet, the three arms extend to form the bond with the interior of the item(s) being secured. This photo shows partial compression.
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This shows the Olympic fully compressed. Notice the notch in the remaining post where the rivet is designed to break off above the rivet head. This will get trimmed and shaved later.
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In the case where you need to apply an Olympic next to a rib or where there is an obstruction on the backside, you can cut off one of the three legs before inserting into the hole and align the removed leg where the obstruction is. This also shows the post has been cut off with a heavy duty wire cutter right down to the rivet head.
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Next up is the rivet shaver. It is a high-priced but indispensable item if you have alot of Olympic's to install. If you only have a few Olympic's to install, either shave them down with the side of a Dremel cut-off wheel and a steady hand or borrow a shaver from a good friend.
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Here you can clearly see the Olympic stem after installation but before being trimmed and shaved.
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Here is the completed installation. The shaved post fills in the hole very nicely and is barely distinguishable from a buck rivet. Once polished, its next impossible to tell the difference.

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Thanks for the pix Fly!!! This will help when I do the needed work on the outside of GODSPEED.

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Perfect!

Awesome, thanks for the pictures and explanation, Brad. This is just the sort of primer that n00bs like me really need.

So, I take it you use some sort of trimmer to remove the "stem" before you use the shaver to smooth it all the way down, is that correct?
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No special trimming tool just your typical, run-of-the-mill wire cutters. Nothing fancy, its aluminum afterall, so it cuts really easily.

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Thanks!

This is terrific, Brad...many thanks.

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So who has the number to the place that makes these shavers? Where is the wholesale price?
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So who has the number to the place that makes these shavers? Where is the wholesale price?

Lots of luck on any kind of discount on the Rivet Shaver. I paid about $200 a few years ago.
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So who has the number to the place that makes these shavers? Where is the wholesale price?
We have the shavers.

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