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Old 07-25-2009, 01:07 PM   #1
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RIVET Sizes and question?

Doing repair to pinstriping. Have to remove the metal "hold down" that keeps awning down i.e. there is a loop on awning that slips over the two headed metal fixture. Is that a big rivet I see holding the fixture? Can I just drill it out and replace with another #30 or 1/8" pop rivet? I'm not knowledgeable on rivets etc. so any guidance appreciated.
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Old 07-25-2009, 02:41 PM   #2
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What kind of awning is it? Contact the manufacturer so you can accurately describe the parts you are talking about. Perhaps they will have a manual or parts diagram. ZipDee is very helpful. Sorry, but I don't understand your description. Photo would pin it down.
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I am no expert on Airstream sheet metal repair, but on my trailer I believe the awning hook is fastened with Olympic rivets.
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I am no expert on Airstream sheet metal repair, but on my trailer I believe the awning hook is fastened with Olympic rivets.
Assuming this is a ZipDee. They did use Olympic Rivets. If that is the case I would use Olympic rivets over standard pop rivets. They spread inside to 3 large arms which gives more support. You can get them from Inland RV or an aircraft supply. They go in like regular pop rivets.
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ZipDee uses a rivet similar to the Olympic, but it does not have a rounded head and there is no shaving to be done afterwords.
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