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Old 09-21-2011, 02:37 PM   #1
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Rear Bed Wall Support Rivets

I am trying to figure out what size rivets hold the bed rails to the wall in my rear bedroom 81 Excella II. They look like they are 1/4" diameter rivets and they have about a 1/2" diameter head on them. Any reason I can't use sheet metal screws to hold them on the wall?

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Old 09-21-2011, 03:15 PM   #2
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No reason at all. I converted from crosswise queen bed to twins and my beds are supported by screws into the wall. You need to either predrill or use a driver to get the screws started. I use my battery drill. Trying to start screws by hand doesn't work well.
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Well I was thinking of using the existing rivet holes.

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Well I was thinking of using the existing rivet holes.
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No reason why not, as long as you use big enough screws so that the threads have a good bite.
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I am worried they might not be as strong are rivets.

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Old 09-21-2011, 10:33 PM   #6
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I am worried they might not be as strong are rivets.

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A steel screw is stronger than an aluminum rivet. The load is mostly in shear where steel screws are especially strong.
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Old 09-22-2011, 07:34 AM   #7
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I am worried about them pulling out of the aluminum not the screw failing in shear. I will try it and see what happens.

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