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Old 05-26-2013, 08:44 AM   #15
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Also, if you just need a pop rivet gun, you can get an adequate "hand-powered" one for $15-$20 at your local hardware store or on amazon. I did all of my pop riveting with a $15 one and unless you plan on restoring many trailers, it is probably all you will need for pop rivets.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:21 AM   #16
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:59 AM   #17
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I use a Marson HP2. I also have one from Home Depot with a swivel head which is handy for some applications. They are both in the $40 range and can take various sized rivets.

The problem with the cheaper pop rivet guns is after a while the jaws loose their grip on the rivet shaft causing it to jam or not work at all.
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Lew, I really like the stockings on yours.

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Old 05-26-2013, 11:16 AM   #19
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I also like the mid priced pop rivet guns with a swivel head as Lumatic suggests. The swivel allows you to get into many more places than a straight head.

That said, I have several pop rivet guns as the size and nose pieces and offset required on each different one usually allow me to find one which will get at that occasional impossible rivet location. One size does not fit all I have found. The really nice big professional ones are great, but too big to fit in a lot of locations. The swivel ones are the best single tool compromise.
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:18 AM   #20
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Lew, I really like the stockings on yours.

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Pat,

I really like where you're going with that comment but those, of course, are rubber hand grips.......

The black case on the left side actually catches the rivet pins after they pop off from the rivet. Keeps things neat and tidy!!!!
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I use a Marson HP2. I also have one from Home Depot with a swivel head which is handy for some applications. They are both in the $40 range and can take various sized rivets.

The problem with the cheaper pop rivet guns is after a while the jaws loose their grip on the rivet shaft causing it to jam or not work at all.
The Marston HP2 is a very good pop rivet gun kit.

We have a tough time getting enough of them.

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So, there is no easier way to get a buck rivet than a compressor, an air driven riveter and an extra pair of hands? I need to replace some rivets around our door that have to be low profile, the originals I guess are buck rivets.
Specifically for Globie64, for the rivets around your door you should use a rivet squeezer. Olympic or pop rivets won't work.
If you can touch both the head and tail of the rivet with your thumb and forefinger, then this is the way to go.

And it only requires one person, and no air compressor.

If you only have a few to do, a rivet set and a small hammer can also work in a pinch.
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Thanks Aluminitus, I'll check the rental place. I'm sure I can come up with a compressor and a friend.
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