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How can I add rivets to an aluminum boat. I will only doing this once, so cheap tools are fine if they will do the job well. Also i may add 5200 around them for added security

 

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Are you just asking how to replace existing leaking rivets or are you trying to rivet something to the hull?

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6 minutes ago, Crappiebasser said:

Are you just asking how to replace existing leaking rivets or are you trying to rivet something to the hull?

I want to rivet a metal angle to support the plywood casting deck. I am not worried about leaking rivets, because i will be coating the boat in truck bed liner.

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Hitting the cup side with a pocket sledge while a buddy holds another sledge against the head always worked for me. Carriage bolts would be easier and still look like rivets though.

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8 minutes ago, Crappiebasser said:

Hitting the cup side with a pocket sledge while a buddy holds another sledge against the head always worked for me. Carriage bolts would be easier and still look like rivets though.

whats a pocket sledge and how much does it cost

 

 

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24 minutes ago, CrustyMono said:

whats a pocket sledge and how much does it cost

 

 

Just a small 2-4 lb sledge hammer with a short handle. Pretty cheap 

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Hitting are rivet with a hammer does nothing but flatten the rivet!

You have to swell the shank in the hole!

Weld it & be done! ;)

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If you're looking to add rivets to hold a support structure, I'd go buy a cheap riveting tool at harbor freight and some large pop rivets. Pretty cheap and if you're coating over them with truck bed liner anyway you won't have to worry about leaks. Otherwise bolts will work too. 

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When I remodeled my last 2 tins, I just used short 1/4" stainless bolts, flat washers and nylon lock nuts to attach things like that.  There were no leaking issues either.

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You can use bolts, some of these gasket washers may give you peace of mind 

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