(Topic ID: 195018)

Tightening rivits


By chaskett

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    Here's a stupid noob question... one of the A-Lane metal plate wall guides on my Mata Hari has a loose rivit. Its messing with the travel/flow of the ball as the guide bows out. Anybody have a good trick to tighten rivits without using pliers ir scratching the metal to hell? Don't really want to drill it out either.

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    #2 2 years ago

    I don't think that's a rivet, but rather a small nail that holds the metal foil against the wooden siderail. Undoubtedly the hole is a bit worn and is now too large. I would pry it out, and stick a bit of tooth-pick or other small wooden shim into the hole, and then put the nail back in. Should be easy enough to do without scratches.

    #3 2 years ago
    Quoted from Dr_Dude:

    I don't think that's a rivet, but rather a small nail that holds the metal foil against the wooden siderail. Undoubtedly the hole is a bit worn and is now too large. I would pry it out, and stick a bit of tooth-pick or other small wooden shim into the hole, and then put the nail back in. Should be easy enough to do without scratches.

    Thanks Dr_Dude! The nail is threaded like the below picture. Will it pry out easily? Was hoping I could do something without having to remove the lower left 1000 bumper assembly, but that's not looking bloody likely.

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    #4 2 years ago

    I would just get a long drift\metal rod and hammer it back in tight. Should be able to fit it in at an angle without dissasembly.

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