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Old 03-27-2019, 03:37 PM   #1
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Olympic rivets??

Are these poorly executed Olympic rivets or large head pop rivets?
Bottom line...PO or dealer installed when front cursed window broke. When I removed interior skin there was ample evidence of leaking; including rotten floor.
IF these are poorly installed Olympic rivets, I can see why some people hate them. It also looks like a poor caulking job as well.
I am not going to take a stick to that hornet's nest, but I don't have a problem with properly installed Olympics.

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Old 03-27-2019, 03:49 PM   #2
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They do look like poorly done Olympic rivets. If you can see the backside of the rivets, Olympic rivets have 3 legs which fold out from the body of the rivet to secure them. Buck rivets expand like a mushroom to secure them. If you are going to replace them with buck rivets, you will need to work on them from both sides.
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Old 03-27-2019, 04:55 PM   #3
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If olympic they wre not finished properly, when pin is snipped then has to be shaved, these lokk like not shaved or mabe pop rivets, they will leak, proper olympics should not leak, JC uses all most of time for skin repairs. When shaved the pin should not be visible these pins very noticable. IMO very poor sloppy work, I would replace asap. If interior is intact use olympics if open use bucked. I hae used many olympics never had leak & never looked this bad, many people cannot tell I used them.
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Old 03-27-2019, 05:05 PM   #4
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Poorly installed Olympic's for sure!! Did not shave correctly. As mentioned prior, you can reinstall Olympics if you don't have interior access, but shave them and you will have no problems. I have installed over 1000 of them and never had a leak. I put a dab of sealant on them when installing as well. Shavers cost money, but well worth owning if you own an Airstream. JMHO
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If you use Olympic Rivets, many of them come with a rubber gasket. Remove the gasket and use a dab of sealant as stated earlier. The gaskets will break down over time and cause the rivet to not be tight. I have used many of these rivets and never had a problem
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I have used Olympic tri fold rivets. I have had the mandrel break inside the rivet, not beyond the head so you can shave it down. Some say this is due to one of the three little legs hits something inside so the rivet doesn't expand properly. I had to drill out several Olympic rivets on a couple of exterior skin patches because the mandrel broke inside the rivet.

Maybe the folks who did the window repair said heck with it.

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Your post says you have the interior skin off. That allows you to use buck rivets. Pro's, no shaving, no short mandrel breakoff, stay tight, well sealed, superior strength, cheaper, perfect match better resale. Con's, can't think of one if you have access to the inside for the bucking bar. With that much water intrusion I'd look real close at the mating surfaces / seal between the window frame and exterior skin, & glass and frame.
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One downside to the bucked rivet is, one slip and you need a new window.
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Those look like poorly installed Cherrylock rivets. Take a picture on the inside to confirm.
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