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Old 10-15-2008, 09:31 PM   #15
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Old 10-16-2008, 08:26 PM   #16
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Looks clean - Did you also need a special tool for the rivet nuts you used for the two mount screws? Also assume you didn't need any access from the back then? Are both nuts floating in the new sheets, or did one hit the c-channel, or both? Just visualizing all I'll need before I tackle this next weekend....


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Old 10-17-2008, 05:59 AM   #17
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I bought the rivnuts and the assembly tool from the same place. Several places had installation tools that cost $70-$90. The one I used was only about $10. It's really simplet. It's a large hex nut with a slot in the side of it to hold the rivnut in place and then a hex head bolt that pulls the rivnut tight and collapses the wings of it. See this link.

Plusnut Blind Fasteners - Find Plusnuts Fasteners at Cardinal Components

When I used the tool and compressed the nut it pulled up real nice and tight. I was able to go through the c-channel as well as three layers of aluminum, so I feel like it's structurally pretty sound.


I've been helped so many times on these forums, it's nice to be able to help somebody else back.

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