Originally Posted by blkmagikca
Larry, unfortunately, there is no next size larger rivets - he has to stick with Olympic rivets as they are waterproof and look just like the bucked ones. Thus the patch is the only good long term solution.
I realize that the Olympic "shave rivet" has been the standard to replace the bucked rivet for a long time. However, you might want to check out this link.
Olympic does make shave rivets in several different diameters. Usually, the rivets on the awning rail are not visible from the ground, so if the head diameter were a few thousandths of an inch larger, it wouldn't make any difference, and it should be stronger.
To me at least, it would warrant looking into...for whatever it's worth.
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