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Old 07-23-2006, 07:05 PM   #1
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Rivet Alert--trim bands

I got a nasty little surprise yesterday when I started to work on a couple of the banana skins. The lower trim strip covering the top edge of the banana skin, the one from the door forward to the propane tanks, was almost totally disconnected. The bad thing was, it looked tight and ALL the pop rivet heads were in place and looked tight.

However, when I started to drill out the rivets, the two near the door were intact, but the next five in a row were all sheared, then one intact, two sheared, and then the last two were intact. No telling how soon it could have sheared the reaminder and fallen off.
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Old 07-23-2006, 08:27 PM   #2
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popped rivets

it's good timing for this thread. i was inspecting my trim and noticed my rear trim piece is about the same as your front. i have to replace my hot water heater and this will need removed to do so. that is how i noticed it. it did look well attached until a further look! i only thought there were pop rivets until i bought my rig. i'll have to chase some threads and get an education.

do rivets pop often? i9 have already re-popped two access doors and have noticed more loosening ones around different areas. maybe i shoudn't look to close. i'll have to do a full resto! not.

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Old 08-21-2006, 05:36 AM   #3
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Hey guys
Pop rivets are what you call mechanical rivets, meaning it has several parts to make them work, body,stem and lockig collor, in time they do work loose. and spin ( aircraft terms " working rivets" ) so it is common to see them spin and shear. just be careful drilling them out, because they want to spin, easiest way to drill head off and then take a punch and knocjk the rest of the rivet thru. be careful when hitting the stem thru, you might have to touch it with the drill again to knock off any burr.there is another side where you dont see, dont want to damage the hole and what is behind it,
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Old 08-21-2006, 06:56 AM   #4
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when i put my trim back on my '59 i was planning on using stainless screws, not that i'll be removing them or anything, but it seems like they'd hold better, especially if they hit the "C" channel. my trim may be different that yours, though. it's really thick (1/4"+).

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Old 08-21-2006, 08:38 AM   #5
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I think you will find your stainless screws rusting in short order. Marine grade may hold up but I'll defer to others on this.
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Old 08-21-2006, 11:47 PM   #6
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Pop-Rivet Monster is killing me!

Hey Y'all,
I have the same problem with alot of my trim bands. Even have some loose in the cabin areas (Wall covering and cabinets etc.). Where and what size are needed to replace? I have the rivet gun but no rivets. Looks like there are different colors too. I would need the white ones for my wall covering, brown for the cabinets an some kind of a copper or antique brass color? (I really don't know what the color is but as close a description as I can get) Any help appreciated!!!
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Old 08-22-2006, 07:31 AM   #7
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take a look at Lowes or Home Depot. they have everything you need.

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Thanks jp. I still don't know the sizes I need for each app...please adv.
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Most of the interior rivets are 1/8in. HDepot has the white ones.
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Look where they sell eavtrough in Lowes or Home Depot. They have the colored ones there
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Thanks for the info Uwe & Shacksman...I will go tomorrow and look. Much appreciated!
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Old 08-22-2006, 07:13 PM   #12
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Joseph Ace Hardware here in Oxford has them to. OOps I just noticed yall have moved.
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Hey Becky!

My wife is actually in Homewood right now. I am still in the area (Water Valley). Sorry we did not get to meet before Amy moved over there. I would still like to see your trailer and improvements! I haven't transferred over there yet since there are so many jobs being shuffled around right now, I can't seem to get transferred. Anyway, I am still working on the Argosy as I live in it! Good to hear from you!
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If you are continually shearing rivets, even a few every trip, it may be time for a new axle or shocks.

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