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Old 10-15-2004, 09:04 AM   #1
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drill size?

What drill size do I use to drill out rivets on the underbelly?
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Old 10-15-2004, 09:10 AM   #2
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Just use the same size as the pop rivet. Usually 1/8", unless they have been replaced with larger rivets by a previous owner.
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Drill sizes

There are three correct drill sizes for Airstream work.

# 30 for 1/8" pop rivets and the buck rivets

# 21 for installing Olympic rivets.

# 11 for installing 3/16 rivets.

Common machine shop practice says a 1/8" rivet will not fit in a 1/8" drilled hole. Doesn't matter what speed the drill bit turns at, or even if you used a drill press.

The drilled hole, when measured very carefully, will be ever so slightly triangular shaped, which is caused by the fluting or spiralling of the drill bits themselves.

Numbered drill bits sometimes are hard to find.

We were asked, a long time ago, to have those drills available as a kit, which we did.

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Andy,

The question was what drill to use to 'drill out' pop rivets. I agree with your coments on what drill size to use for putting in bucked rivets, but pop rivets are slightly undersized and a 1/8" drill is the proper drill for standard, hardware store, pop rivets.
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Old 10-15-2004, 04:20 PM   #5
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Andy,

The question was what drill to use to 'drill out' pop rivets. I agree with your coments on what drill size to use for putting in bucked rivets, but pop rivets are slightly undersized and a 1/8" drill is the proper drill for standard, hardware store, pop rivets.
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We use oversized bits 9/64" for drilling holes in aluminum for 1/8" aluminum rivets. As Andy says the hole isn't perfectly round. If you drill the hole with an 1/8" bit you will have trouble getting the rivet in the hole. As far as drilling out if the rivets on the belly pan are anything like mine were you will end up having to cut them out. Most of mine still had shanks hanging out of them. I suspect a PO because most of them were steel not aluminum.

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I'm just relating what I heard:

Hole size can be important in blind riveting. Too small a hole will, of course, make rivet insertion difficult. Too large a hole will reduce the shear and tensile strengths and it may even cause bulging or separation of the members by allowing the rivet to expand between them instead of on the blind side. Best practice is to follow the hole size recommendations provided. Also, avoid burrs in and around the holes.
- from http://www.emhart.com/products/pop/popex/factors.htm

I haven't had any problems fitting 1/8" pop rivets in 1/8" holes. On the other hand, I don't think using a 9/64" is a problem.
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I assume that you use a #21 for the 5/16 buck rivets??

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I assume that you use a #21 for the 5/16 buck rivets??

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Yeah, but I drill them first with either a #30 or 1/8", then ream them with the #21 using a pneumatic drill at high speed, followed by de-burring. Makes a really nice hole.

rivet size? I assume you meant 5/32".
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Thats what I thought - thanks!
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Dimensionally 1/8 " equals .125

# 30 equals .1285

9/64 equals .140625, which is "way" to large for a correct fit for a 1/8" pop rivet or a 1/8" buck rivet.

Excellent way to beg for water leaks, and, poor structural strength.

If it's worth doing, do it right. If it's not, then leave it alone.

Why is it we don't, sometimes, have the time to do it right, but manage to find time, when it's necessary to do it over again, because it wasn't done right, the first time?

Using the right tool, for the right job, always pays dividends, even drill bit sizes.

Wrong kind of job security........

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Using the right tool, for the right job, always pays dividends, even drill bit sizes.

Wrong kind of job security........

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I succumb. The max hole size for a 1/8" pop rivet is .131", so either a 1/8" or a #30 will work. 9/64" is way oversize.

We're still talking about belly pan pop rivets, aren't we?
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markdoane.

We have a 1997 Excella trailer in our shop, that is a good example of wrong tools.

The new owner was not aware that the previous owner had a severe collision damaging the front and left rear.

The current owner has mostly gutted the trailer so he can create his own design. In the process of removing the foam backed vinyl wall covering, he discovered considerable staining from water on some of the sheetmetal.

The causes, as we found them, was both the square and rectangular sky lights were cracked and leaking water. Unfortunately, the water came out on the floor and therefore was not initially noticed.

Secondly, the front window and both wrap windows were replaced along with one front segment, using olympic rivets.

Amazingly, we found that who ever did the work, used a 3/16 inch drill bit for all of those rivets, and did not use any tape or sealers. After completion, a small amount of Parbond was used on top of the windows "only".

Leaks?? Only a couple of hundred of them.

The fix? Drilling all new holes and covering the 3/16 holes with sealer.

Nice looking? Hardly, but the new owner cannot afford replacements.

The moral of this little story?

Use the right "tools".

Pays many dividends.

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I am in complete agreement!

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Dimensionally 1/8 " equals .125

# 30 equals .1285

9/64 equals .140625, which is "way" to large for a correct fit for a 1/8" pop rivet or a 1/8" buck rivet.

Excellent way to beg for water leaks, and, poor structural strength.

If it's worth doing, do it right. If it's not, then leave it alone.

Why is it we don't, sometimes, have the time to do it right, but manage to find time, when it's necessary to do it over again, because it wasn't done right, the first time?

Using the right tool, for the right job, always pays dividends, even drill bit sizes.

Wrong kind of job security........

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Andy,
I agree that the proper sized bit is critical especially when doing watertight or structural work. I probably should have clarified that the 9/64" bits are used on non watertight assemblies and the rivets are painted which adds a few thousandths to the equation. IMHO on the belly pan it is not as critical as somewhere else on the unit. But I do stand corrected

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