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Old 03-31-2009, 05:09 PM   #15
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The site isn't as good as just calling the number and talking to him directly. Ask specifically for the 3x gun, rivet set, and bucking bar. You can't go wrong for the price with toolsez.

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And I'd ask for an assortment of rivet sets. Certainly the 5/32 universal, and a 1/8 universal as well. Kip could probably recommend a few more common ones that would be good to have. I you notice, in the complete sets that he's selling on that web page, he's include 12 different die. Some of them appear to be offset, which are useful in various applications. You'd probably never need all 12, but there might be some common ones that it would make sense to be sure the guy throws in, if you choose to go with toolsez.
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:36 PM   #16
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For the most part a short (3 1/2") 5/32 rivet set will work for 99.5% of the riveting that a typical Airstreamer will use. The only other sets, would be a short 5/32 offset, a flush set, and maybe a 1/8 short. Stay away from long sets and dogbone sets as they obsorb energy from the gun and you might have to step up to a 4X to overcome that offset.
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:18 PM   #17
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After reading this rivet gun forum, I think I must be the cheapest of all, but here is my question, I bought a ARROW Rivet gun at Home Depot, it no longer cuts or pops the rivets, is there an adjustment on this handgun?
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:09 PM   #18
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This is what I used and it did not cost me over $50. I has done the job for me. I bought it at Harbor Freight. You can order online.

- Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices

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Old 06-24-2009, 09:11 PM   #19
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:44 PM   #20
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Ok so I have been looking around for the cheapest rivet gun for the solid rivets around the bottom of the exterior. Now time is getting closer and I was looking through my dads tools and he has a air hammer that has a speed adjustment on the bottom....If I get the right tip and a bucking bar localy what would be the diffrence to the really expensive rivet gun ?
3X RIVET gun is your best bet. Adjustable air valve as well.
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:02 PM   #21
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I like that Aricraft supply. That is a nice rivet gun for a decent price.

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Old 06-24-2009, 10:29 PM   #22
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Ok so I have been looking around for the cheapest rivet gun for the solid rivets around the bottom of the exterior. Now time is getting closer and I was looking through my dads tools and he has a air hammer that has a speed adjustment on the bottom....If I get the right tip and a bucking bar localy what would be the diffrence to the really expensive rivet gun ?
I have done this. Helped a friend restore a Piper Cub using a cheap air chisel to set the rivets.

Cut the pressure down and go real slow with the air chisel. You want it to go "putt,,, putt,,, putt". 3 or 4 "putts" to set each rivet.

You will need the appropriate tip and bucking bar.
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:49 AM   #23
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After reading this rivet gun forum, I think I must be the cheapest of all, but here is my question, I bought a ARROW Rivet gun at Home Depot, it no longer cuts or pops the rivets, is there an adjustment on this handgun?
The 3X Rivet guns (we got ours at Brown Tool) are for bucked rivets. It sounds like the Arrow tool you bought at Home Depot is for pulled rivets....don't know about any adjustments on the Arrow, might be time for a new one ~

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I have done this. Helped a friend restore a Piper Cub using a cheap air chisel to set the rivets.

Cut the pressure down and go real slow with the air chisel. You want it to go "putt,,, putt,,, putt". 3 or 4 "putts" to set each rivet.

You will need the appropriate tip and bucking bar.
Just where are the rivets on a cub?
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Just where are the rivets on a cub?
We were installing a new firewall. It may not have been a Piper Cub but it was a small high wing monoplane of some kind. This was 20 years ago.
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:40 PM   #26
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After alot of searching, here is another kit I'm thinking of getting to get me started:

www.http://www.aircraft-tool.com/shop/detail.aspx?PRODUCT_ID=3XKT&ReturnPage=/shop/search_result.aspx?PageNo=1

Anyone here familiar with ATS rivet guns, or can recommend another starter kit?

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I'll be replacing the screen door on my TT in a week or so. There are two hinges, each with six rivets: 3 bucked, and 3 pop style, as you can see in the image below:



I don't have a rivet gun or bucking bar. Will I be OK using pop rivets on all six per hinge? The three pop rivets are used because the inner three are hidden behind the aluminum door panel on the side you don't see in the image.
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I'll be replacing the screen door on my TT in a week or so. There are two hinges, each with six rivets: 3 bucked, and 3 pop style, as you can see in the image below:



I don't have a rivet gun or bucking bar. Will I be OK using pop rivets on all six per hinge? The three pop rivets are used because the inner three are hidden behind the aluminum door panel on the side you don't see in the image.
The inside ones are bucked due to clearence. Pop rivets stick out too far. They can be used on the inside since they stick into the frame.
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