Friday, September 30, 2011

Rivet Gun 101

 I picked up some cute one-gallon cans at Warrenton last week so that I could convert them into some sweet birdhouses. In the past, I connected the tin using screws. Today, my husband was home so I grabbed a quick lesson on the use of a rivet gun. OMG! They are so, so simple to use. I had absolutely no idea.
 This is what I accomplished after only 1 lesson!
 Our rivet gun belongs in a museum, but it still functions like it did when it was new.
To use the gun, simply drill an 1/8 inch hole in the pieces you wish to connect. Load an 1/8 inch rivet in the gun like the picture above. Stick the little peg in the hole you drilled, making sure that it rests snug against your project. Squeeze the handle several times until it "pops". Since they are aluminum, you could have the grip of an 80-year old and still manage it.

I am off to see what else I can rivet . . . 

Beyond The Picket Fence


Yvonne said...

I have forgotten how to use most tools. My DH showed me years ago and I used them for years, but you lose it if you don't use it, or at least I do. Now my tools are much smaller, like brushes. :)
You did great T! Keep it up! You are so creative.

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I want one, and what a fabulous birdhouse. Thanks for sharing at Beyond The Picket Fence.

Holly Loves Art said...

Oh yes riveting is FUN!!! Thanks for visiting my blog today. Hope you're having a nice Friday... happy weekend!

Attic Clutter said...

That is just the cutest birdhouse (:)
I love it Teresa..
love the wallpaper too(:)

Anji said...

Didn't think it could be as easy as that. Next time my future son-in-law visits I'll ask him to show me how.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Buffie said...

Super cute!
Thanks for the great idea!


Sandy Michelle said...

That is sooo cool!! Happy Fall!
Sandy xox

Sujay said...

This site is very good.Thank you.

Gaby Bee said...

What a cool idea! LOVE your birdhouse, Teresa!

Have a wonderful day!
Gaby xox

Anonymous said...

Your bird house is fabulous, love it! I have this linked to my bird houses post as well today, nice job!