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Old 05-28-2020, 08:22 PM   #21
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So, what's a good quantity to get? 250, 500, 1000? I want plenty, but don't want to end up with more left over than I actually used.
I used just over 1500 rivets in total on my bus

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Old 05-28-2020, 09:05 PM   #22
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I ordered 500 short (don't remember grip range) 3/16" diameter, 1500 medium length, and 500 long. Then I also ordered about 600 various lengths of 1/4". Walk around and start counting how many rivets are actually on the bus, you'd be amazed at how fast the total grows. I originally guessed about 800. Not even close!
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Old 05-28-2020, 09:08 PM   #23
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Yes. 1500+ rivets just in 3/16". I also used a hundred or so 1/4"
I originally thought 500 should do it. Nope. I'll get another 500. Nope. Then I ran out of my third box of 500 ��
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Old 05-28-2020, 10:06 PM   #24
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My brother laughed at me when he called and asked how the bus was coming along and I told him I had to put about 2000 rivets in!
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Old 05-28-2020, 10:46 PM   #25
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I will post some pics soon. When I ordered my rivets price per piece got better as quantity went up, to the degree that some quantity increases resulted in a lot more rivets for not a bunch more money.
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I used just over 1500 rivets in total on my bus
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I ordered 500 short (don't remember grip range) 3/16" diameter, 1500 medium length, and 500 long. Then I also ordered about 600 various lengths of 1/4". Walk around and start counting how many rivets are actually on the bus, you'd be amazed at how fast the total grows. I originally guessed about 800. Not even close!
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Yes. 1500+ rivets just in 3/16". I also used a hundred or so 1/4"
I originally thought 500 should do it. Nope. I'll get another 500. Nope. Then I ran out of my third box of 500 ��
Thanks guys! Counting whats there is a great idea. Is 3/16 good enough for skinning the sides, or is 1/4 necessary?
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Old 05-29-2020, 05:13 AM   #26
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Thanks guys! Counting whats there is a great idea. Is 3/16 good enough for skinning the sides, or is 1/4 necessary?
3/16 is fine. You'll need a few 1/4" too.
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I use 14 ga for the rib extensions. 18 ga for the body paneling. All hot rolled.

SS closed end pop rivets are my choice.

Hopefully your bus isn't a Thomas. They're the toughest to raise properly and have it look good.

I'm sorry if this is a dumb question but does it matter what head type the rivet is? What would you recommend?
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I'm sorry if this is a dumb question but does it matter what head type the rivet is? What would you recommend?
Closed end pop rivets.
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I'm sorry if this is a dumb question but does it matter what head type the rivet is? What would you recommend?
I'm a bit late to this thread, but I drill the sidewall skin holes out to accommodate a 1/4 inch rivet. I've found I cannot rely on the existing holes being consistent in size, especially after removing rivets, so I don't use the 3/16th inch rivets. I drill them out, so that every new rivet I install goes in a hole which I know is properly sized. The drill bit is slightly larger than a 1/4 inch...but I forget the actual size right now...and it's still coffee time! The rivet dealers will either sell you the right sized drill bit or have a chart.

I use stainless 1/4 inch closed end rivets and I show them, and standard open end, rivets in one of our roof raise videos. I think it's this one:

https://youtu.be/kJZOA14ZsIo
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I'm a bit late to this thread, but I drill the sidewall skin holes out to accommodate a 1/4 inch rivet. I've found I cannot rely on the existing holes being consistent in size, especially after removing rivets, so I don't use the 3/16th inch rivets. I drill them out, so that every new rivet I install goes in a hole which I know is properly sized. The drill bit is slightly larger than a 1/4 inch...but I forget the actual size right now...and it's still coffee time! The rivet dealers will either sell you the right sized drill bit or have a chart.

I use stainless 1/4 inch closed end rivets and I show them, and standard open end, rivets in one of our roof raise videos. I think it's this one:

https://youtu.be/kJZOA14ZsIo
If drilling new holes for new metal I don't see the point in 1/4". But yeah- if using an existing hole I go to 1/4 too. Stainless closed end hi tensile.
for 1/4 you want size F.
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