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Is it possible to tighten up rivets by yourself? 07 Feb 2019 09:09 #93293

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Thanks everyone, much appreciated information !! This will have to be done before she goes back in. I did fill the boat up with water last fall and she only had a small leak up in the bow. I must have beat her up pretty good at AH. I think the leak is coming from the bow still. The boat seamed only to take on water when at the dock.

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Is it possible to tighten up rivets by yourself? 07 Feb 2019 01:50 #93289

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When inspecting a rivet for tightness look for any small 'grey' areas around the rivet. The grey is rivet and aluminum dust and shows those parts are moving against each other. I learned that from a fellow.
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Is it possible to tighten up rivets by yourself? 07 Feb 2019 01:44 #93288

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I'd say find a bucker or in my case, my 90 year old father in law used the gun and I crawled inside and bucked. I'd just say "YUUUUP" and he'd stop. Most of my leaks were at the seat supports. I drilled them out and replaced those rivets.
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Is it possible to tighten up rivets by yourself? 07 Feb 2019 01:24 #93287

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only if you can reach to buck and pound........otherwise it takes two.........ya need too find the loose ones, mark them, then with help (young lads fit in the tightest of places)......tightin them up.........filling the boat up with water, then look for the drips work......but ya can only put so much water in, great for the bottom........i raise and lower my trailer jack too find for and aft........my penny and a half

edit, didn't see Ricks post........carry on
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Is it possible to tighten up rivets by yourself? 07 Feb 2019 01:20 #93286

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It's not hard, but there probably isn't a good way to do it without the proper tools... a rivet gun, appropriate set, bucking bar, and most likely a helper. You might be able to improvise a bit on the tools, but your results might be less than optimal.

Once you have the tools, the leaks can easily be found by putting some water in the boat and marking the offending rivets

Decent quality used rivet guns are out there, and helpers can be trained. ;)
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Is it possible to tighten up rivets by yourself? 07 Feb 2019 01:06 #93284

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I loosed up a lot of rivets last fall at AH. I was taking on a lot of water when the boat sat overnight. is there a method I can try to tighten rivets up by myself?

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Marc

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