Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tool Talk Tuesday: Arrow Rivet Tool

Just call me Rosie the Riveter. Replacing the bracket on a downspout has opened up a whole new world to me.

First, I thought rivet guns would be unbelievably expensive or else something reserved for use with an air compressor. Either option would put me out of the running. A recent trip to the Home Depot proved both beliefs to be pure misconception on my part.

Essentially, I had a choice between two models, both under $20, and both essentially the same tool. I chose the least expensive Arrow RH200 for $17 and some change. For a few bucks more, I could have gotten a model with a swivel head. For what I need it for, it didn’t seem worth it.

I replaced a bracket on a downspout. And now that I know how easy it is, I can fix other things, like my gutter drains! The tool uses four rivet sizes: 3/32-inch, 1/8-inch, 5/32-inch, and 3/16-inch. It has all four nose attachments on board and even comes with a little wrench to make the change-out easy as it’s tucked inside a handy pocket built into the handgrip.

This rivet tool can be used to repair or attach a variety of objects including lawn furniture, metal cabinets, aluminum doors and windows, cooking utensils and baking pans, pails, ironing boards, metal mail boxes, toys, power tools, bicycles, motor scooters, electrical fixtures, automobile add-on and repairs; installing and repairing heating ducts, gutters, downspouts, air conditioners, and TV antennas.

Rivets come in both steel and aluminum depending on the intended use whether it’s metal to metal, canvas to canvas, or canvas or leather to metal. Or, in my case, aluminum to aluminum and plastic to aluminum. I can get by with aluminum rivets for both these applications. They're also available in short and long lengths.

You’d want steel for metal to metal and if you’re using textiles or other softer materials, you might also use washers specially designed for the job. One important tip: clamp the two surfaces together and drill a hole the same size as the rivet you're using before you try to power it into place!

So, for under $20, I now have another tool that can fix lots of different things around This D*mn House, is easy to use, and doesn’t need a lot of storage space. Sounds like love to me.


Ann said...

WHOA! Here you go again with that non-English speaking stuff.

Green Tag said...

Cool! With all the different types of cements and adhesives around, I'm glad to see the good old fashioned rivet is still being used by some people.
Kent Keith

Vicki said...

What's a rivet?

NV said...

Ann -- And I don't know what the diff is between AP flour and self-rising. So there you go.

Green -- Welcome! And thanks. I've just been introduced to the rivet gun but I think we're becoming fast friends.

V -- It's a round metal fastener you're likely to find on your gutters, on a kitchen gadget or on a lawn chair that attaches one surface to another. I never really thought about how many uses there could be!