Once you finish the 5th panel switch to the other side and repeat. Once you get to the center panel check your spacing, your left and right sides should be very close since you drilled them all together. Make any small adjustments on the 5th panel so that your center panel is dead center.
The center panel is riveted on both sides.
Ok here are some things I did different than others who have done this project.
1) I used 5/32 rivets, I just had way more black clecos. I had 100 and I still had to take a lot and move them forward.
2) Brace yourselves, I used 5/32 POP RIVETS. Yes I could have used Olympics, the expense and lack of a shaver dissuaded me. Yes I could have taken the whole thing down and bucked 350 or so rivets on each one. It was a lot of work just to get to this point and I am solo. So there you go, I used a HF pneumatic rivet gun and got those 350 rivets per endcap in quick and easy. The 5/32 pop rivets have a nice head size and actually look really good IMO.
Rear, I trimmed it straight across and regretted it afterward though it looks fine. It caused a slight gap on the sides and I should have just left it and let it go under the screen frame like the front. Only trim where needed under the window frame trim to keep it out of view.
Another photo before I put screen back in place.
This was a big project, albeit once I understood the process the front went much faster. Plan for 12-14 hours on your first one using this method if you are mildly handy. All you master aluminum artists out there be kind in your comments
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