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Old 05-15-2017, 09:37 AM   #1
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What's up with Olympic Rivets?

I have a couple of rivets I need to replace. I've been looking for a shaver and a supply of rivets. Everyone I checked for 5/32 Olympic rivets is out of stock except the Airstream store (at twice the price of everyone else). Has Airstream cornered the market?

Also, the rivets I need to replace are in the door frame and the slideout frame. Am I correct in assuming these are 5/32"?

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Old 05-24-2017, 12:28 PM   #2
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Following this thread. Can't find any 5/32 Olympic shaveables. I heard the manufacturer raised prices and minimums on suppliers to ridiculous amount.
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Old 05-24-2017, 01:05 PM   #3
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Interesting, because I just ordered and received pack of 5/32 Olympic rivets from VTS last week??
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Old 05-24-2017, 01:47 PM   #4
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So I finally found some today at http://bylerrivet.com/contact.aspx
They have about 20,000 in stock. $258/1000 ask for Fred (McGrath)
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Old 05-25-2017, 08:36 AM   #5
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VTS called me - they are sooo nice - and they will have them again in mid June. JayCee has had an order in since November and has been told July. If you need them before call Fred McGrath at Byler.
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Old 05-25-2017, 11:12 AM   #6
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I'm curious why you are replacing bucked rivets...did they shear or pop? Do you have accesss to the back sides?
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Old 05-25-2017, 12:46 PM   #7
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I'm curious why you are replacing bucked rivets...did they shear or pop? Do you have accesss to the back sides?
Yes, and No....
The heads popped off of one rivet in the entry door frame and one rivet on the skin near the slideout. It is odd, the shaft of the rivet is flush with the outside of the frame/skin. It's not like they sheared or receded due to movement of the structure. I don't have rear access to buck the replacements.

As I posted in another thread, I had the curbside rear lower curved segment replaced at Out of Doors Mart in NC after I damaged it on a concrete post in my driveway. They bid to use Olympic rivets, so I asked about buck rivets. They said they would do it, but it would be more expensive due to having to remove the interior panels to get access. When I checked with JC about the job, they said the same thing. OODM did a great job. To my eye at least, the Olympic rivets are indistinguishable from the bucked rivets in an adjacent line.

Bottom Line is I'm comfortable with a few Olympic rivets. I understand that they may not be as strong, but for one here and one there, I'm fine with it.

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Old 05-25-2017, 12:51 PM   #8
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Interesting, because I just ordered and received pack of 5/32 Olympic rivets from VTS last week??
When I looked just before I posted this (5/15) VTS was showing out of stock for the both styles of 5/32, and still are today. I'll keep watching.

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I was thinking I might need to remove my refrigerator vent cover ... bought the Airstream Rivet gun kit ...

So this got me to thinking i needed a small supply of rivets - like perhaps 200 of each size. I went to the VTS site and they're all out of stock.

Not knowing anything about rivets, I wondered which rivets are needed for what ... so on-topic, can anyone say if the 5/32 w/ neoprene gasket is the go-to rivet for exterior work? Or do you forego the neoprene gasket? And do you need to put any sealant on the rivets before popping them? Seems like it would be helpful to put a squirt of sikkaflex into/onto the hole before inserting the olympic rivet ...

Any advise?

Thanks so much!
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Hi AirHeds: I've never used the gasketed rivets. I do put a drop of sealant on the Olympic before I squeeze it. I use the Olympics on "decorative" jobs like my new Airstream plaque for the front of the trailer. I prefer the strength of a pop rivet if I can get away with it. I seal the pop rivets also.

Why someone hasn't developed a "shave-able" pop rivet where the mandrel snaps off above the rivet head like an Olympic, but would be much stronger than an Olympic is beyond me. The aircraft Q rivets are close, but at about $5 a piece I didn't even try one.

A bucked solid rivet is best, but like most of us, we don't have access to the back side for the bucking bar.

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So I finally found some today at http://bylerrivet.com/contact.aspx
They have about 20,000 in stock. $258/1000 ask for Fred (McGrath)
Glad I found this I'll be calling Monday! Hope I can get less than 1000!
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