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Old 09-19-2022, 08:30 PM
Canadian_JOY Canadian_JOY is offline
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Originally Posted by idubrov View Post
How big is big? Is 10" enough?
The 10" Knipex are plenty for #3 rivets. Just make sure you have the jaws perpendicular to the rivet body. They make squeezing rivets soooo easy.
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Old 09-20-2022, 09:41 AM
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Tape your bucking bar sides and/or put a piece of poster board against the skin to prevent scratching of the surfaces. If you have the swivel mushroom set on your rivet gun, switch to a fixed head mushroom set since it's not centered on the rivet head. I didn't use mine much, as I preferred the swivel type with the rubber shroud around it for 99.9% of riveting. But when you need it that 0.1% of the time, it'll do the trick.
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Old 09-20-2022, 03:26 PM
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Depending on the function of the nutplate and fastener, you may be able to get away with "dead soft" rivets, if setting with a wrench.
I used "dead soft" on nutplates around fiberglass, at the recommendation of my tech counsellor; think wingtip light lenses, etc.
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Old 09-20-2022, 05:05 PM
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I remember no good tool except the cubic$ pneumatic alligator squeezer. My avery worked kinda close to a wall/floor but very limited.

For nut plates the 3/32" CS pull rivets and a wedge under the anvil should work.

The Knipex sounds like a winner. I would use NAS rivets if solid as they are a massive time saver. Section 5 in the Vans instructions talks about them.
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Old 09-20-2022, 07:06 PM
nohoflyer nohoflyer is offline
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Originally Posted by mill2978 View Post
I used Knipex pliers to set most of my nut plates. Smooth jaws and parralel action make them a mini squeezer for flush rivets, esp in tight places like those.
What size do you have. I see 4-16 inch options.
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