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Having watched numerous videos about replacing rivets in aluminum boats, the thought occurred to me …….. why not just re-buck the existing rivets ? The idea of drilling out rivets that are spaced literally an inch apart seems a bit excessive . I`d think that a bit of leaning on the air hammer / drift combined with a good back up buck for a second or two just might be worth a try. Any one tried this approach ??

Jeff ( aka RACER )
 

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You can do it that way. Just make sure the 2 pieces you are riveting are flush with each other or the rivet will swell between the 2 pieces of metal. The rivet will be tight but not leak proof.
 

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" I`d just buy a new boat"...……….

Being a retired guy , it`s just not that easy. :cool:
 

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I spent many hours laying on the concrete holding the slug end on the bottom of the rivet while dad beat the top side on an old bass tracker, it can tighten them up and slow the leaking for sure.
 

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I`ll have to try the `tighten up `method. I don't expect to accomplish miracles , just slow things down a bit. If that doesn't work I`ll try to solicit a buck ($) from everyone . :cool:

Thanks for the suggestions.

Jeff
 
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