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Old 07-23-2012, 05:16 PM   #1
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Re: rivets vs self tapping screws

using the large size rivets and also with an air riveter is what most people do, along with steel like 18 ga, heat a bit as it goes on.
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Re: rivets vs self tapping screws

Ever see an airplane screwed together?
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:19 PM   #3
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Ever see an airplane screwed together?
I have seen screwed airplanes, and a couple screwed together. But not assembled with screws....
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I have about a half dozen rivets that have had the heads snap off. They are in various places around the bus, but are all on the very edge of the roof just above/in the rain gutter. What is the recommendation for repairing or just sealing them? I've tried running a screw into the holes but it runs into the rivet body.

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Drill them out and rerivet with a slightly larger rivet. Is "rerivet" a word? I did my roof coating to the tops of my windows and covered all our roof rivets. Some were loose and I gooped elastometric caulk under the rivets, pushed them back in place (some required a tap from the hammer), smoothed caulk, let dry, re caulked & smoothed, let dry. Rolled Solarflex over it all.
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Re: rivets vs self tapping screws

I used 3/16" wide flange steel pop rivets that I bought at the local Menards. They only had about 3 boxes at a time (about $2 for 25 rivets), so you may need to order them online if you go that route.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:37 AM   #6
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only use the steel rivets, and at least 3/16 in size.
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Re: rivets vs self tapping screws

While it looks like you are leaning towards rivits, it should be noted that the self taping screws are meant to be used to hold tin on a building. The thread pitch on them is way too steep to withstand the riggors of highway travel in a constantly flexing bus--they will simply unwind and fall out. Because the rivits are spread out on either side of the metal, they allow for some movement although they too eventually give up but only after long service.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:58 AM   #8
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i really hate to disagree, but i have put self tapping screws on the exterior of busses for 25 years, and have not had any of them fall out that i know of in my previous 4 busses. I even have some on this bus - along with rivets as well. Regular sheet metal screws if the hole is driled the correct size is far better than the self tapping ones, but takes way more time...

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I just checked out the maine college page,I really dislike facebook,can you post some updates here also?

I am interested where this will go

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'49 That's what cool about this forum. We all have had different experiences and are able to share them. Hopefully the overall result will be better built and safer Skoolies. Jack
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