Closed End Rivets???????????? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 05-13-2010, 06:21 PM   #1
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Hi there, I'm just wondering if anyone has used "closed end rivets". I debating on replacing some of my rivets with these ones. Does anyone have any pros or cons to these?? What are you suggestions???

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Old 05-13-2010, 08:34 PM   #2
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That's what I used to rebuild my Boler. So far they they have worked very well for several years with no additional sealing, of course it doesn't rain much here.

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Old 05-14-2010, 02:51 PM   #3
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They sound like a great idea

Guess I kind of made my own version when I replaced the the rivets on my Trillium.
I gave the rivet gun two pulls -stopping before the shank snapped - then cut it off flush with the rivet head using a Dremmel tool and a cut off disk. The aluminum is soft and kind of smooshes together.

Here is a picture of my furnace vent rehab and the sealed rivet heads.

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Old 05-30-2010, 02:57 PM   #4
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Closed-end blind rivets are commonly used in pressurized aircraft construction, but I'm not sure they'd be worth the cost -- Avex closed rivets are expensive -- for our trailers, which generally have plastic rivet covers and don't have to deal with variations in internal/external air pressure that would eventually loosen the rivet mandrel button. Here's what I do: when I use rivets instead of stainless-steel hardware I install standard aluminum blind rivets with rivet covers, use butyl tape between the rivet cover and fiberglass trailer wall, and fill the rivet with hot-melt glue from my glue gun.
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