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Old 06-02-2016, 08:51 PM   #29
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Lath Screw replacing Popped Pop Rivets...

Post #28... sheet metal screw. Took it to Lowes and compared it with a hundred kinds and matched LATH SCREWs perfectly. As follows:

It was a Lath Screw #8 x 1/2". It uses a #2 Phillips head for an exact fit.
Lowes sells a package of 260 lath screws that appear to be polished aluminum, but hard and I have to say they are steel. When I am home and have a magnet I will see what metal I am working with.

The size works perfectly for length, measured from the top of the head to the sharp tip. The thread begin just a bit above the sharp tip. It tightens securely into the rivet hole and enters only a short distance. The indent is the same as those with the pop rivet... although looks nicer and difficult to see at a glance.

Builder Teks Lath Screws #21500, carton of 260, under $6.00 from Lowes. They come in a clear plastic, snap lid on one end to open, durable container. These will last me for as long as I own an Airstream. Although, it would be nicer if I did not need them at all.

They are probably a warranty item if I wanted to drive around the country and have each and every popped pop rivet replaced...

Used SIX lath screws yesterday. Only 254 left to go. I have a thread describing my experiences with using them and will post further comments once towing into the back country.

Lots of opinions have been made on the other thread in Interior Restorations.

Is this the cure for errant pop rivets? I think so. Time will tell and I am not bashful to report it was a good or bad idea. Am on the road this Saturday for the Summer Adventures.

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