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Old 12-16-2013, 01:29 PM   #1
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Frustrated riveter

Well, I've read the forums, watched utube, purchased professional tools to rivet, but...........
I don't seem to consistently do a good rivet...I many times end up with a small ring in the rivet head, or not enough grip (I think) and need to "gun" it twice. I seem to do better without sealant (parabond) do I need it?
Should the "bucker" push hard, or just apply pressure. What do I look for on the gun side to know if the pressure is right and how long to "gun" and not over seems to take very little...sorry for what seems to be an easy task, but I would like to learn to have rivets installed perfectly and without leaks. I think like anything else, it takes technique and practice... at least for an old guy like me....thanks from the Streampunk
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Old 12-16-2013, 01:51 PM   #2
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Proper riveting isn't easy. At least, that was my impression 30 years ago in airframe class in college (from which I changed majors because the physics kicked my butt). The smiley face was very common. Probably have to do a million or so to get the hang of it.
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