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The riveter and rivet need to be properly aligned in order to ensure maximum clench strength.

How to Tap and Rivet Into A Sailboat Spar

Single taps cost about $15, though you will need a handle. A small set (#8 through ¼-inch) sells for about $60. Carbon steel taps are fine for aluminum. High speed steel is required for stainless steel. Chose “starting” taps for typical through-threading work. Taper and bottoming taps are used sequentially for blind holes and are harder to start.

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