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Old 03-29-2016, 09:16 AM   #71
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:39 AM   #72
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There are 550 rivets. 10 rows with 55 rivets in each panel. I keep telling myself to remember the end product
quick question, are you drilling out the rivets or something else?
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Old 03-31-2016, 07:15 AM   #73
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Nah, just popped out the mandrel and sheared em off with an air chisel!
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Old 03-31-2016, 11:00 AM   #74
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What's a mandrel?
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Old 03-31-2016, 11:20 AM   #75
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The mandrel is the thing in the center of the pop rivet that looks like a nail on a new unused rivet and is the piece of metal showing in the center of an installed pop rivet. Put a tool on it that looks like a stick of metal that's been narrowed down so the pointy end is about the same diameter as the mandrel (usually called a punch or a drift) and give it a couple good whacks with a hammer and you will push the mandrel out the back end of the rivet.

As usual, Google and YouTube are your friends. Google "how do pop rivets work" and prepare to be overwhelmed with information.
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Old 06-28-2018, 07:34 PM   #77
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Question Follow up question.

Newbie here just considering a retirement rv.
I have read about people removing rivets as described but no one seems to try drilling them out. Is there a reason for that?
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Newbie here just considering a retirement rv.
I have read about people removing rivets as described but no one seems to try drilling them out. Is there a reason for that?
Many of the rivets are closed end, so you need to pop a point somehow into each one to start a drill. It's not that it's hard to drill them out, it's just that there are a couple thousand of them and it's very time consuming removing them with a drill. It's just faster with an air chisel and a sharp chisel to minimize the time. I have over 100 rivets to remove on the outside rear cap base, I'm not looking forward to that job.
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Many of the rivets are closed end, so you need to pop a point somehow into each one to start a drill. It's not that it's hard to drill them out, it's just that there are a couple thousand of them and it's very time consuming removing them with a drill. It's just faster with an air chisel and a sharp chisel to minimize the time. I have over 100 rivets to remove on the outside rear cap base, I'm not looking forward to that job.
Thanks for the info
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Old 06-29-2018, 08:39 AM   #80
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There are 550 rivets. 10 rows with 55 rivets in each panel. I keep telling myself to remember the end product
Wow that's sooooo much work, I'm really glad my Thomas has screws holding the ceiling up
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