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Old 08-12-2016, 11:07 AM   #1
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Riveted the floor to frame?

Has anyone tried riveting the wooden subfloor to the frame, rather than just bolting it? or instead of bolting it?

I am about to bolt the subfloor down and realized that it would be easier to rivet the sheets to the frame. Is there a problem doing this?
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Old 08-12-2016, 11:24 AM   #2
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I think of rivets for holding thin things together. Going through 5/8 plywood and (maybe) 1/8 steel as pretty thick for a pop rivet.....

But, good and pertinent question, as I'm a few weeks from doing as you say - laying plywood.
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Old 08-12-2016, 11:34 AM   #3
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I was wondering because they have rivets that are long. I was planning on sealing the seams, between the plywood with staples, like they had originally or else fibrglassing the seams. The rivets seem like a simple solution to holding it down.

If it doesn't work, though, tapping and bolting the floor is easy enough.

Thanks for the response
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The 70's trailers used a self-drilling, self tapping screw to hold the floor down. I bought new ones that were identical to the originals, and screwed down my floor quick and easy. I am certain that these screws have greater strength than a pop rivet would. Just remember that there si a lot of flex to your frame and movement to the complete structure. You don't want pop rivets shearing underneath your flooring and allowing your subfloor to float, rattle, and squeak.

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Old 08-12-2016, 02:45 PM   #5
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Thanks, That makes sense.
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The description on this page is very helpful

http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/...-p/vts-387.htm
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Though you do need to drill pilots for these ones I liked the larger heads. Personal choice.
http://odmrv.com/catalog/index.php?m...roducts_id=638

The ones ericpeltier mentioned can usually be found in the big orange or blue hardware store on the big wall of screws.
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Thanks again,
At those prices and with it being so simple, it just makes sense to do it correctly.

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You should use 1/4" x 1 7/16th inch wafer head screws to screw the subfloor to the frame everywhere but the perimeter. The perimeter should be bolted through the channel and subfloor with grade 5 or grade 8 1/4" bolts with nylock nuts.
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