Originally Posted by Bowmans
I'm with Dakota's Dad on that. And if the rivet doesn't quite fit, I'll wiggle the drill bit a little... Haven't had to do any Olympic rivets for the exterior yet so maybe an exact bit might be good there since you want a watertight seal.
Sorry, but when you "wiggle" the drill bit, your then far from making a precision hole, which is asking for water leaks, big time, on the exterior, and if used on the inside, things will quickly fail.
If a dealer did that when replacing sheet metal on your trailer, and you then , had water leaks, you would severely challenge their mechanical abilities and raise all kinds of devil.
If the factory did that when they built your trailer, you would have a piece of junk, inside and out.
Doing any job correctly, from the start, may cost a little more in tooling, but that's what gives a person considerable "pride in workmanship". Yes, numbered drill bits are a little harder to find and cost 2 to 3 cents more. WOW!!!
If I personally resorted to that kind of metal workmanship, I would have quit 43 years ago.
Granted, "good enough" is standards for many people as well as businesses, but in my book, "meeting factory standards or better," goes a long long way towards quality workmanship,and customer satisfaction.
There always has been "the correct tool" for any job, and there always will be. Using the wrong tool is usually caused by someone not knowing "what is the correct tool." This Forums is a great place to learn what to use and why.
Yes, I even hear that someone changed out a segment, used lots of Vulkem, to hold it in place, and no rivets
since they cost way too much money.
I am reasonably sure that the next owner of that trailer, will be very disappointed.
Correcting water leaks caused by poor workmanship, is an absolute waste of everyones money.
Water leak in any Airstream product, can still happen, for a variety of reasons, but drilling a wiggled hole for rivets, on the exterior, is inviting water leaks, on a "RED" carpet, "BIG TIME".
But, to each his own.