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Old 10-21-2009, 02:58 PM   #15
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In your picture it appears that there is a rivet head under the bracket, and it appears that your bracket broke where a screw goes through it. I would guess that when the screw was tightened down it may have cracked the bottom of the bracket as the rivet head was keeping the bracket from seating properly. It could also be that the screw hole makes the bracket more prone to cracking at that point.

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Old 10-21-2009, 05:37 PM   #16
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When I install a new Zip-Dee, I take a wood chisel and lop off the heads of the bucked rivets that will be under that bracket. Those 3 rivets missing their heads are less of a concern than breaking the bracket.

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Old 10-22-2009, 07:28 AM   #17
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Awning Bracket

My awning got caught in a wind storm at a campground a couple of year ago and that same bracket was broken (as well as other parts bent up).
The replacment I noticed didn't sit flat on the skin of the trailer because of some rivet heads. Having an aviation background, I knew that because it was not flat the casting would have pressure points on it. Castings, even aluminum castings are brittle.
I then took a black marksalot (Sharpe) and made the contact side of the bracket blacket.
I put the screws in the bracket and started them in the skin of the trailer finger tight.
I pressed the bracket onto the side of the trailer and wiggled it. This scratched the black magic marker off the bracket where it was touching.
I removed the bracket from the trailer.
I took a Dremel tool with a ball shaped burr and removed metal from where the rivets had scratched the black magic marker off the bracket and re-blackened the bracket.
I inserted the screws into the bracket and started then in the trailer skin...
Be very careful not to remove any more metal than you absolutely have to.
Any good machinist knows what i did. The magic marker was handy, I had no Dykem or Prussian Blue handy.
I repeated this cycle until each rivet has it own little divet into the bracket and the bracket sat flush on the skin.
I applied the recommended gray sealer (I am having a senior moment and cannot remember the name of the recommended stuff) on the entire bottom, installed the screws and tightened the bracket down. I
I then reworked the other bracket.

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