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Old 06-22-2019, 09:43 AM   #1
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How do I fix this?

I believe an olympic rivet has popped out. I was wondering what needs to be done to repair this (tools, parts, etc.). I know how to replace rivets on the inside. But this is new to me.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-22-2019, 10:58 AM   #2
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Where on the trailer is this located? What is the size of the hole/ Os this hole in a line with other rivets?

You may be confusing Olypic rivets with bucked rivets. Bucked rivets are used during manufacture and you need access to both sides of the skin at the same time. The fix is probably an Olympic rivet which is like a blind (pop) rivet that has 3 arms that spread out on the inside to secure it. You only need a common rivet gun, With an Olympic rivet a piece of the shank will remain on the outside you need to cut off and file down and polish to match the other rivets. There is a special, expensive rivet shaver but how 1 rivet I would use a dremel tool. You could even use a file and sandpaper.

For interior rivets you could use pop rivets which are available with painted heads.
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Old 06-25-2019, 02:46 PM   #3
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its a rivet hole on the outside of the trailer that has popped out. it is in a line of other rivets that goes vertically up the side and is next to the stove exhaust vent. I thought they were called olympic rivets and understand they need access to both isdes to be used.

I am merely wondering what tools/parts I need to repair this. however that can be done. The ppoint is to seal the hole.
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Old 06-25-2019, 04:37 PM   #4
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its a rivet hole on the outside of the trailer that has popped out. it is in a line of other rivets that goes vertically up the side and is next to the stove exhaust vent. I thought they were called olympic rivets and understand they need access to both isdes to be used.



I am merely wondering what tools/parts I need to repair this. however that can be done. The ppoint is to seal the hole.


If itís on the outside skin in line with others, thatís a bucked rivet - itís ďbuckedĒ from the inside when the internal skins arenít on yet. Unless you lost all of them on a seam, you can fill that with an Olympic rivet - to make it look like an original bucked rivet, youíll need to shave it after installing for a smooth external finish.

You may want to apply some sikaflex sealant inside the hole before riveting to ensure the gap is watertight (someone might correct me on that if I selected the wrong product for that purpose...).

Do you know how you lost that particular rivet?
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The original rivets were bucked rivets, which need access from both sides to install.
An Olympic rivet works like a regular pop rivet, except the exterior head is made thicker so that it can be shaved to look solid. The rivet mandrel (the part that looks like a nail) is made so that it snaps off outside the rivet, so that the center of the head is left full. This needs to be machined off flush with the rivet head so that it looks like the other rivets. Machining the mandrel flush with the head fills the space between the mandrel and head so that it makes it almost indistinguishable from a bucked rivet, if it is done properly.
I installed one last year. I did not have an Olympic shaver tool, so I used a flat file and a grinding tool to shape mine free hand. It turned out ok.

This is the part you need:
http://odmrv.com/catalog/index.php?m...roducts_id=377

This is a link to a video that shows how they do it at Out of Doors Mart (with proper tools):
http://odmrv.net/Olympic/Olympic.php

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some Olympic rivets come with a rubber washer. If you get one with the washer, remove the washer and use sealant. I caulked in the hole before installing and also the whole interior end of the rivet.

Another video:
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Here's a video I did with my partner a few years back that shows the tools needed and just how those Olympic rivets works. Realistically though for one rivet you would be just fine to pop an Olympic in and Dremel the spindle off
https://youtu.be/lYmQsn6DlE4
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Thanks everyone, the rivets arrived today so I am going to fix it tomorrow. I do worry about using a grinder to shave it down, I'm not that stable!

I speculate it popped out due to a epic hail storm we had two years ago that did over $25k of damage to the trailer (I did get to see Jackson Center). the kitchen vent on the side of the photo was a casualty of that storm.

Thanks again,

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well here it is finished. I did practice "dremeling" on a couple of rivets before acutally doing this one. I found I had a Polishing head on the dremal too, so that helped. I like the fact that there is a dimple where it went in.

Thanks everyone for your help and directions.

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