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Old 12-28-2006, 03:02 PM   #1
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Mushroom plugs vs. Olympic rivets?

Has anyone used a "mushroom plug" as a rivet replacement? I called Hanson rivets to find an olympic rivet. I was unsure of the specifications, and hoped the Hanson sales persons may have had the same request many times before. Unfortunately, without the exact specifications I did not get a part number to order.

The sales person suggested a "mushroom plug", and stated many trailer restorers use this, and love it. Here is the link to their product page:

Hanson Rivet and Supply Co., Mushroom Plugs

I live in Long Beach, CA, are there any better sources (less expensive) to purchase the olympic rivets? Can anyone tell me the specifications for both exterior and interior replacements? I don't want to use the original style buck rivets if I don't have to.

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Old 12-28-2006, 03:17 PM   #2
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I'd stick with the Olympics for no other reason than they are tried & true and used by the factory when they make their repairs.

Check or for the appropriate ones if you aren't sure what to get.

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Old 12-28-2006, 03:30 PM   #3
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I second staying with the Olympic rivets and make sure you don't get the ones with the washer. The washer deteriorates over time leaving a loose rivet. Interior rivets are nothing more than standard aluminum pop rivets. While the factory may have different color pop rivets, I usually just paint over the heads to blend with the interior color. The Olympic rivets I ordered for the exterior easily fit in a 5/32" hole. If I drill out a rivet, I usually use a 9/64" drill bit to make sure I don't enlarge the existing hole any further.

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Old 12-28-2006, 03:37 PM   #4
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I think they would look awful. They are sized to cover a 3/16" rivet, quite a bit larger than the head of a 1/8" Brazier head solid rivet, or 5/32" Olympic.

The other problem is the method of installation. The stem is inserted into the hollow head of a pop rivet, and pop rivets usually snap off just below the head when you install them in thin metal.

I think they may be for semi trailers, rather than travel trailers.
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Old 12-28-2006, 03:55 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input. I guess the sales person's suggestion was not as popular as he thought! I will stick with the olympic rivets.

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Old 12-29-2006, 09:06 PM   #6
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Inland RV usually has the olympics for 20 bucks on sale for 100 quantity.
seems like a good deal for that many .I also use the olympics and the buck rivits too ,both very good.

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Use the Olympics where you see the original bucked rivets. You may see pop rivets used in places -- junction of sides to the belly wrap comes to mind. Be sure to use all-aluminum pop rivets and not those with the steel pulls.

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