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Old 08-11-2015, 06:05 PM   #31
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I've got a couple rivet guns, but I need an explanation of how one uses them without acquiring a third hand. The handle opens up so wide that it takes me two hands to compress it, which is a problem if I need a hand to hold the rivet in place ( as in riveting webbing - material that you can't just press the gun against ).
Little confused by that Glenn. The handles do open extra wide to release the waste stem of the rivet. Are you saying that when you put a new rivet in and lightly bring the handles together to grip and hold the rivet in place that the handles are too wide apart to use with one hand?

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Old 08-11-2015, 06:46 PM   #32
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Are you saying that when you put a new rivet in and lightly bring the handles together to grip and hold the rivet in place that the handles are too wide apart to use with one hand?

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Exactly. I don't think my hands are extremely small either. Was hoping there is a technique I was missing.
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Old 08-11-2015, 06:49 PM   #33
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I had the same problem with my Stanley MR33, and my hands are big.
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Old 08-11-2015, 06:59 PM   #34
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Nice job, Ron. Looks a lot like a Lotus Super 7.


So what's the joke; you have a perfectly good riveted box-frame-construction vehicle. It ought to handle it.
Maybe the wire wheels aren't up to it? Eh!
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Old 08-11-2015, 07:42 PM   #35
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The only consumer type pop riveter I have is an old English brand. I can use it one handed but I do have to choke up on the handle a bit. Glenn, it looks like you might have borrow my air riveter. It takes about one finger to use. When you have hundreds to do it's the only way.

Well, the car should look something like a Lotus Super 7, that was the goal. Actually, with trailer brakes and lots of power I think that it'd do just fine and besides, if the manufacturer (that's me) says it's fine for that weight why couldn't I do it?

Wire wheels, take about grass being greener on the other side of the fence. When I was young and poor I'd have given my right arm to have some. Then when I could afford them I found out they're not all they're cracked up to be. If they're in perfect condition, great, but if they need a tuneup, awful. The classic case of be careful what you wish for.

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Nice job, Ron. Looks a lot like a Lotus Super 7.


So what's the joke; you have a perfectly good riveted box-frame-construction vehicle. It ought to handle it.
Maybe the wire wheels aren't up to it? Eh!
Isn't that the car Patrick McGoohan drove during the opening credits of, "The Prisioner?"
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:33 PM   #38
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Indeed it is. I didn't want one because of that but because it's the closest thing to a street legal go-kart. Pure fun to drive.

Well the Stanley MR100CG purchased by the O.P. might be better for one handed operation with the nicely curved handles. Maybe she can post a product review of one handed operation.

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We had our trailer in to Escape Trailer Industries and they installed a grab bar for us without charge:

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I added an extra grab bar on my Escape 19 via the interior trim board which accepted wood screws and was able to reinforce the area. See post # 79 here Planned modifications for my 19'
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