Rivets are probably one of the most commonly used fasteners on sailboats. They hold bails on masts and booms, spreader mounts, trim, and much, much, more. Unfortunately, rivets don’t last forever (they last pretty darn close though), but in the event that you need to replace one, grab your Rivet Tool, watch the video above, and we’ll show you just how easy it is.
- Safety Glasses (safety first!)
- Rivet Tool
- Caliper or Gauge for Sizing the Hole
- The hardware you wish to rivet (Eyestrap, etc.)
Here’s the play by play from the video:
- Put your safety glasses on!
- With your already drilled holes, slip your unused rivet into the hole, with the part being riveted between the rivet head and the metal that will hold the rivet.
- Change the tip of the rivet tool to fit the rivet.
- Insert the tip and squeeze the handle.
- After about 2 to 3 pumps, the pin should have pulled out.
- Voila! The rivet is set.
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