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Old 07-24-2012, 12:43 PM   #11
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Re: rivets vs self tapping screws

I used about 1500 of these
http://www.bylerrivet.com/products/i...ls.aspx?pid=42
and so far a couple hundred of these
http://www.bylerrivet.com/products/i...ls.aspx?pid=39

They are made so the nail breaks off even with the top of the rivet making them waterproof. I installed them with Harbor Freight air
rivet guns (note the 1/4 inch rivet takes the larger gun}

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Old 07-24-2012, 01:15 PM   #12
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Re: rivets vs self tapping screws

On my 1988 Wayne Lifestar, the entire inside panel system is fastened with screws. No less than a Gazillion. When riveting, I prefer solid rivets if you're not in a blind area. I just use my air chisel with a chisel cut flush that I drilled a nest into that approximates the size of the rivet head. Steel rivets are always better on steel but you can use aluminum in a pinch. Ebay is the absolute best source to buy rivets at the best price, and delivered right to your front door.
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:49 PM   #13
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Re: rivets vs self tapping screws

I have had several buses. Probably half of my buses had the interior panels held in place with screws. I usually remove about 8-12 feet of roof, then put it back together again.

I have used both screws and rivets with good success.

+1 for rolling a sealant onto the roof after calking and re-assembling everything.
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Re: rivets vs self tapping screws

Please review the rivet gun,I am curious how many rivets it will do before wearing out the jaws
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Please review the rivet gun,I am curious how many rivets it will do before wearing out the jaws
I've done about 1500 with mine, still works fine.
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Please review the rivet gun,I am curious how many rivets it will do before wearing out the jaws
I've done about 1500 with mine, still works fine.
Great info! thanks
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