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    Rivet Replacement

    After drilling out the rivets, assuming I don't have a rivet gun or whatever you wanna call it, what's another option for putting the case back together? Nuts and bolts? Glue? Wishes, hopes and prayers? What do a lot of you do to keep it together?

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    A hand rivet gun is inexpensive and rivets are cheap.... You *could* use something like JB Weld, but man that would be tough.

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    Ah, I see. I expected expensive and, as far as Lowe's and Home Depot go, no rivet gun appeared when I searched. What size rivets? 1/8"?

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    You could also try short bolts.

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    Do you have an Ace HArdware in your town?
    http://www.acehardware.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=rivet&origkw=rivet&sr=1

    I'll go out and get the dimensions of the rivets...

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    1/8th inch would be correct.

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    Yes, I do. One right up the street, I didn't think about looking through them. Now I see a rivet gun, thanks, Tech and Fusin (in-case the rivet's idea falls through, I'll look into the bolts idea).

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    Within the 1/8" rivets, you will have varyng depth rivets... you do not need the long ones, look for the short ones. Remember, you are pulling 2 sheets of steel together, they dont need to be long and deep.

    Happy hunting!

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    Haha, thanks for the advice. Turns out, I got a rivet gun. Just saved $14 that I didn't have. So, short aluminum or steel? My step-dad was saying aluminum, but figured I'd ask people who actually do this kinda stuff.

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    Alum works fine, I've not had any issues with either. Just depends on what you can find readily available. If you have both, alum is easier to pop.

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