adjusting a pop riveter

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  1. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    my rivet gun breaks too soon. it leaves one end not mashed enough. how do you adjust the handle to make it break later?
     
  2. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If it is a manual riveter, squeeze once, release and push down again to get another bite closer to the rivet. Squeeze again until it breaks.
     

  3. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    thats the problem. i get about 2 or 3 bites and it still snaps early.
     
  4. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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  5. improvised_prepper

    improvised_prepper New Member

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    Premature snapulation? ;) I'm with the above poster, shorter rivets maybe?
     
  6. stratrider

    stratrider New Member

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    Check for correct tip attachment? There could just be a defect in the gun too. If all else fails put it on the yard sale list or deep six it.
     
  7. Dearhunter

    Dearhunter Supporting Member Supporter

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    I am an ole retired US Naval Aviation AMSC. Have shot and bucked a zillion rivets in my day. But, We rarely used blind rivets on aircraft.

    When shooting blind rivets. The length of the rivet in ratio to the thickness of the material is going to govern when the shaft will break off. I hope a cross reference chart came with your rivet kit. If not, you may find one on line.
     
  8. KG7IL

    KG7IL Well-Known Member

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    Isolate the problem.
    Have a buddy stop by with his gun and some of his rivets.

    Try your gun/his rivets and his gun/your rivets.

    Work the problem from there. I am guessing either 1) tight jaws on your gun or 2) bad run of cheap rivets.

    One of them deserves to go away.
     
  9. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    im going to test some different rivets. thanks...AMS.
    regards,
    PRC