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Old 07-07-2012, 10:05 PM   #15
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I used one of the metal quick connect disk and shaved 54 rivets, took around 30 minuets.

I suspect the tool is faster but the price is fairly steep.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:08 AM   #16
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3/16" or 1/4" rivets? What is the drill bit size for each one?

I have the go-ahead from the wife to order the tool to smooth them down. I want to do this correctly since I am taking "George" in for painting next month!

I am going to clean off the surface in the morning before it gets too hot outside.
Exterior Olympic rivets are 5/32. Buy yourself a new univolt or 1/2 tire for the cost of the rivet shaver, that's IMHO a better way to spend $200. I only bought it, because I had thousands to shave...
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:35 AM   #17
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I have created an a/c "kit" that consists of two curved bow sections and two sections of Z channel to rivet around the hole where the old a/c was, so the new a/c has something to clamp to. I'll see if I can transfer photos from my phone to here.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:50 AM   #18
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Another option is to get some thinker aluminum (like stop sign thickness) and cut it a bit larger than the original flashing that was on it to cover the screw holes and give it plenty of surface area. When you screw down the large piece it will bow correctly and will create a strong platform for your new ac. You would need to cut a hole in it once it's on there, but that's easy. I completely removed my ac from the top and used thick aluminum and you can nearly walk on it if you are so inclined. Personally I would not use wood, but that's just me.
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:15 AM   #19
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I have created an a/c "kit" that consists of two curved bow sections and two sections of Z channel to rivet around the hole where the old a/c was, so the new a/c has something to clamp to. I'll see if I can transfer photos from my phone to here.
Okay, I got the photos, after the window of editing expired.
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:51 AM   #20
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Okay, I got the photos, after the window of editing expired.
That looks solid! Better than wood!
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:49 AM   #21
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Okay, I got the photos, after the window of editing expired.
Nice job Terry!
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:05 PM   #22
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You could put stainless screws in the holes or pop rivets. Seal them with Trempro-635 or something similar. No reason to use Olympic rivets just to fill a hole. Did they put in something between the skins around the vent opening to strengthen it? Most folks use wood to strengthen the box area. Airstream used some sort of channel to stiffen the box around the vent hole.

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Old 07-08-2012, 12:07 PM   #23
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A little off the top please!

Today I started cleaning the old Vulkem and caulking around the AC. I removed the old antenna post, antenna stand, and the old roof vent.

I forgot the stripper gloves so I still need to finish cleaning the surface when it is cooler.

There is not any support around the AC opening. I do have some 2x2 boards and some wood shims. I am going to frame the box around the hole before putting the AC unit back up.
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:03 PM   #24
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No leaks!

I am pleased to report that I finished my roof repairs and I have NO LEAKS after a solid day of rain!

I put the whole story and more pictures on my blog. The source of the leaks was the AC install and the old rivets that were left open or partially removed.

I really like the way the roof looks and the new Fan Tastic (A6000) fan will be a great addition.

I ended up using almost 100 Olympic rivets so I am glad I purchased the rivet shaver. The shaver was very expensive but I figured I saved a bunch by doing this job myself.
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:33 PM   #25
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Tell us a bit about your TV antenna!
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:12 PM   #26
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The unit sits between the spans and compresses the roof panels. The compression causes a big gap which lets in tons of water! The other issue is that the unit is flat and my roof is curved.
Fred,

I haven't looked but I'm guessing my 20' Argosy MH has the same issue you found with the original air conditioner install. I think I need to salvage some ceiling rib spacers from the 345 before the remains get hauled off.

Thanks for posting your findings.

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Old 09-11-2012, 06:56 AM   #27
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Tell us a bit about your TV antenna!
ditto that, Fred?
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:58 AM   #28
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Tell us a bit about your TV antenna!
The antenna is the Jack antenna by King Controls (thread).

It is designed for the digital TV signals. It has a signal meter and a rotating knob on the inside ceiling so there is no guessing about the signal strength. The wall outlet has a signal booster. I have heard very good things about the antenna. I also like the futuristic look!
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