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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2004 10:35 pm 
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Ok Im attempting to retrofit my old mast with a comptip, (thants matt for the instructions) but Im having a terrible time with rivet tools, where can i find a tool strong enough to handle the Hobie Rivets?

I dont consider myself very handy, and this is my first experience with riveting, but the rivets supplied have sleaves that go over them in the hole, these are for added strengh? They seem to be the reason my rivet tools keep breaking..

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2004 6:19 am 
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Unless you're willing to sink $100+ into an industrial strength tool, I'd look at borrowing or renting one.

Murray's sells one for $90 (page 17 of their catalog) http://www.murrays.com.

Go a Google search for "blind rivet tools" - you'll get more results than you can shake a tiller at.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2004 8:07 am 
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I believe the sleeve you are speaking of go inside the holes first, and then the rivet sits inside it yes? If so, those are to keep water from seeping in through the rivet hole and keep the mast water tight. I would go through whatever effort I can to keep those sleeves intact as water in the mast can turn a simple capsize into a turtle.


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I also have heard of some people putting a light bead of silicone under the flange of the rivet sleeve and rivet itself for additional insurance. I couldn't tell you if this is necessary/effective or not, but its not a significant labor issue to do.

Anyone do this also?

Drej


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I got a $25 rivet tool from O'Reilly auto parts and it's worked fine for me. It is their 2nd-heaviest-duty one. The large industrial size was $75.

Anyway, I've pulled aluminum rivets with sleeves and stainless ones without sleeves no problemo. Good luck!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2004 6:12 pm 
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The Hobie Dealer in Austin Texas sold me one for 25 bucks too... and said thats all he ever uses!


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I too did a frame with stainless steel rivets and a $25 tool. At the end my hands couldn't have held the tiller they were so sore. However, it worked and I still have the tool (and the frame).

Next time, I want to find one I can attach to an air compressor :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 6:36 pm 
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I ended up ebaying one for 40bucks after shipping, its a heavyduty, sizzer type that will "easily pop 1/4ssteel rivets"

I'll let ya know how it works out
LUke


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