(Topic ID: 145765)

Found new type rivet to install flash lamp covers to plastics


By joey__p__1966

3 years ago



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    #1 3 years ago

    Hi,
    Wanted to share what I found to rivet lamp covers to plastics while swapping old plastics with new . I found split rivets , 3mm shaft width and 5 or 6 mm long . Just push through using the old washer and took a punch and tapped the split to flare them out a good bit, then flipped the punch owner and taped the flat end of punch against the rivet to flatten a tad more . No expensive tool needed to put on a new set of plastics with rivet on lamp domes.
    Hope this helps someone , and I'm not repeating someone else's post here,
    JP

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    #2 3 years ago

    Nice. Where did you buy the rivets?

    #3 3 years ago

    BTW. forgot to mention, they are stainless steel and are not soft metal. They seem to hold very firm
    JP

    #4 3 years ago

    I bought at a old time hardware store here in Atlanta, in the bulk bins section, called split rivets.

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    #5 3 years ago

    Are you only doing this because you don't have a real rivet press? Or is there another benefit?

    #6 3 years ago

    I think not needing a press is benefit enough no?

    #7 3 years ago
    Quoted from SUPERBEE:

    I think not needing a press is benefit enough no?

    Agreed -- inexpensive hand tools are a plus for this kind of application.

    #8 3 years ago

    Anytime I can avoid spending a couple hundred bucks for a one time use tool, that a 13 cent rivet with a 2 dollar punch can take care of, I view as a success.
    If I did this for a living , buy the press, but for a frugal mo fo this was a huge deal for one single pin restore . If your cheap like me this info may one day be useful
    JP

    #9 3 years ago

    I agree 100 percent Joey. Your not being cheap, your being smart!!

    #10 3 years ago

    Hmm, I will have to look for these. Thank you.

    #11 3 years ago

    I've been using these for several years, and they work great. I buy them at the local ACE hardware, they come in multiple different lengths, and look identical to the original rivets that are used on playfields.

    The best thing is that they are sold as a loose stock item, so you can buy any assortment of sizes and they are just a few cents each.

    #12 3 years ago

    I have used this type rivit before. I get them from my local private owned hardware store.

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    #13 3 years ago

    Well done. They are also called 'Bifuricated rivets' . I could only find one type at my hardware store and they were too long. They were made from stainless steel so were too hard to cut. The guy said they are used for furniture upholstery.

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