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Old 12-18-2013, 06:29 PM
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Default Riveters Elbow

Just diagnosed. Also known as tennis elbow. No rivet gunning for 2 week, or more. Any advice for the next time?
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:42 PM
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Default I feel your pain

Either use a recoil-less rivet gun or get a goose neck gun. Ibuprofen helps. Going under the knife might be an option. I have a goose neck gun that keeps my hand directly behind the set. I can also swap hands. My left arm is in a little better shape. Photo of goose neck number 34 in signature
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:00 PM
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I think this May be a common problem for some of us. I got tennis elbow after about 8months of riveting. I remember Smitty talking about the same problem.
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:40 PM
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Excessive clecoing gave me problems back in the day. I learned to cleco left handed or at least alternate...
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:44 PM
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I had this last year fron cleco plyers, took six mo to heal, very painfull!
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:17 PM
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Do you grip the gun that hard that is rattles the elbow joint? Not a fact based comment, but would a softer grip still drive the rivets? Usually it is my wrist that gets me not the elbow.

It might sound clever to use the other hand. Maybe not too practical.

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Old 12-18-2013, 08:48 PM
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similar here, but diagnosed as bursitis. My elbows would get read and swollen. Most riveting was Ok, but when I had to reach excessively (solo rivet bottom wing skins) it caused me issues. Had to take a couple weeks off and do other work on the finish kit. Finally got the bottom skins done though. Very glad about that.
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Old 12-19-2013, 04:05 AM
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I have always been under the impression that the main reason for tennis/riveter elbow was squeezing too tightly on the grip, instead of pushing hard into the rivet.

Back in the day, when I had tennis elbow from actually playing tennis and racquetball, I was advised to not squeeze the "pi$$" out of the grips.

YMMV, and I am not an MD, nor do I play one on TV. No medical advice intended.
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Old 12-19-2013, 05:30 AM
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Hand your wife the gun and say "I'll do the hard part bucking on the inside"

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Old 12-19-2013, 05:34 AM
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Default Tennis Elbow

I have had Tennis Elbow several times in my life. Acupuncture treatments helped me heal more quickly.
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