Originally Posted by Marshall
Any recommended techniques or tips for drilling out those rivets as centered and efficiently as possible? I need to drill out a bunch and want to drill true so the old rivets come out easy and I don't damage the holes in the coach.
Several words of warning, when you want to take that window apart and reassemble it.
You will need far more than good luck. After you remove half the rivets, you may have to pull the frame apart with a fork lift, since the metal "joiner" bars will be severely corroded, and work against you. There is no need to take out the rivets on both sides of the seam.
Then there is the gasket problem. Airstream will not sell that gray vinyl gasket.
Then when you try to reassemble the window, you will find that it will not go back together, unless you perhaps try it with the same fork lift.
The bottom of the window will become very flexible and will never again make a good seal.
You can only reassemble the frame with buck rivets. If you use pop rivets, the back side of the rivets will interfer with the top and bottom closing properly.
You can, however, fasten some Lexan to the outside of the window sash (frame), with very small screws, along with a bead of sealer bewteen the Lexan and sash.
That won't look as good, but it will work.
The last resort is turn the glass loss into your trailer insurance company, or if you have no insurance on the trailer, then turn it into your homeowners insurance company, and replace the sash and glass. They come ready to install.
If your just trying to replace the vinyl, "DON'T."
Instead, clean the metal to vinyl to glass area so that it is chemically clean. Put a bead of the smooth type of Vulkem sealer from the metal to the glass, which hides the gasket, and gives you a life long, positive seal.
If yoy take the window apart and try to reassemble it, you will more than likely also "invent" several new "cuss" words.