I am restoring an old 5x7 Kodak view camera. In taking off the handle I straightened the split rivets that held it in place. I thought that it would be easy to find new split rivets to use on the camera, but I was wrong. Thus far, I cannot find split rivets apx. 7/16'' long with a shaft 1/16" wide. Does anyone know of a supplier for these non-industrial type rivets?
Well here's a lot of help...
I couldn't find them either... Wouldn't mind finding a source though...
What I used in their place was # 2 machine screws with washers, cur to proper length. The advantage is that the handle can be replaced again later. But it's not original... Looks just fine though...
The last I bought, I got from an Ace Hardware Store.
yep I have seen them there too at Ace Hardware.
If Ace doesn't carry them, check with a case & luggage supply. We used to buy them from the folks who sold handles, hinges & latches.
Machine screws will work fine, as has been suggested. #2 may be a bit light, so try a #4 and drilling it out to fit. Can also use acorn nuts (with loc-tite!) or lock nuts and washers. tim
And not all Ace stores are created equal, The local one in my neighborhood is OK, but the one a couple miles further down the road blows it away when it comes to metric & misc. hardware.
Can you use the type of rivit that you peen over instead of a screw?
Peening a rivit over when talking about a fragile 75 year old thin wooden camera is probably not a good idea ;-) Although you could of course do it with the right tools and care. I think I'd pass though and stick with the machine screws.
As to the mention above, I would beat that a #2 screw is stonger than that old split rivet! And my camera has 4 screws per side. Plenty strong enough for the handle.
As for those split rivits. Anyone know an on-line source for them???
We bought them from a supplier in California, I think around the L.A. area. Do a search of handles, hasps, clasps, hinges and see what comes up. tim
A company called "Spaenaur" probably has these. I tried to find a link, but this %$#@&!!! computer at work has foiled my best efforts.
I think http://www.spaenaur.com should work.
Another possible source is "McMaster Carr" ??