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Old 01-26-2022, 03:39 PM
Burndout11 Burndout11 is offline
 
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Has anyone come up with anything creative to do with all the leftover mandrels from all of the pull rivets? I’ve been collecting them along the way and now that I’m getting close to the bottom of the box, not sure what to do with them other than recycling them to collect about 6 bucks.
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Old 01-27-2022, 09:49 PM
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This post reminded me that I was obsessed with picking them up off my hangar floor after each operation so they wouldn’t end up in my tires!
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Old 01-28-2022, 12:56 AM
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First flight in 2015 and still wondering what to do with a bucket full of them.
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Old 01-28-2022, 05:19 AM
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I keep a handful in my tool box; they're perfect for tapping out the ball on a set blind rivet before drilling it out. Also good for other various punch duties.
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Old 01-28-2022, 08:06 AM
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I have mine all saved up for some kind of resin encased small furniture project once the airplane is done. Before the airplane my big hobby was woodworking, mostly fine furniture. All that equipment is mothballed right now but once the -12 is done it comes back out for sure. I'm not really a fan of all the popular resin stuff these days, but I can live with it for this application. I haven't decided exactly what, maybe a small table for the hangar or a foot stool around the house. Good conversation piece.
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Old 01-28-2022, 08:32 AM
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They go into the trash when I bother to pick them up.
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Old 01-28-2022, 08:40 AM
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They go into the trash when I bother to pick them up.
Easy pick-up with a magnet on a stick!
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Old 01-28-2022, 09:27 AM
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Easy pick-up with a magnet on a stick!
Nope - at least not the stainless ones you get with a Sonex kit….. The little wheeled magnet thingy from HF just pushes them around while they laugh….

What to do with them? Collect them all in a large clear plastic “jar” that come filled with snacks from COstco. Donate it to your EAA chapter as the centerpiece of a “guess how many rivets go into a <insert your favorite pulled-rivet Homebuilt> “ contest!

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Old 01-28-2022, 10:38 PM
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I have mine all saved up for some kind of resin encased small furniture project once the airplane is done. Before the airplane my big hobby was woodworking, mostly fine furniture. All that equipment is mothballed right now but once the -12 is done it comes back out for sure. I'm not really a fan of all the popular resin stuff these days, but I can live with it for this application. I haven't decided exactly what, maybe a small table for the hangar or a foot stool around the house. Good conversation piece.
I had a similar idea…. Was considering a resin covered workpiece for the shop.
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Old 01-30-2022, 08:47 AM
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"What to do with them? Collect them all in a large clear plastic “jar” that come filled with snacks from COstco. Donate it to your EAA chapter as the centerpiece of a “guess how many rivets go into a <insert your favorite pulled-rivet Homebuilt> “ contest!"
Quite a marvelous idea Paul!! I'll pass the idea to my flight club and put them in a container right away!
Glad I saved them, anyway.
it sort of, dunno, makes me trustworthy ;-)
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