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Old 03-03-2003, 06:32 AM   #15
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Glad you found the broken rivet ... well, no, not glad ... but hope you found your problem! (Although a broken rivet to a true fiberglasser, is a badge of honor ... besides, it's fun and easy to fix!)

As you said, remember to caulk the hole first, before inserting the new rivet. Remember to put on the snap cap base first!

Your wife sounds as busy as mine! I occasionally will draft a friend or stranger to help put in an acorned rivet!

Check the rest of your rivets, ok?

And like Pete (and others say), remember to vent your rig as much as comfortably possible during cold weather camping!

Keep us posted Roy!
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Old 03-03-2003, 08:16 PM   #16
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Noel -- thanks a million for the furnace filter idea. I thought I had tried everything to no avail on our 16ft Scamp fridge pilot light. You're a gentleman and a scholar!!

Concerning the bullet nuts. I use a vice-grip to hold the bullet head. Usually a person can positon the vice-grip so it will not allow the nut to turn. Then I can loosen it from the outside. Also a small squirt of wd-40 or similar before you try to loosen a stuborn nut is usually a help.
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Old 03-04-2003, 06:37 AM   #17
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Good tip for loosening a stubborn nut Loren!

I was talking about needing a second person to install an acorn nut pop rivet!

You usually need a second person on the inside to "push" on the rivet with a nut driver, while the first person uses both hands to "pop" the rivet from the outside.

Most important thing to remember is to caulk the hole before inserting the rivet. And to also remember to put the snap-cap base on the rivet before popping it!

(I'm embarassed to tell you how many times I've forgotten to put on the snap-cap base ... and having to drill out my recently installed rivet to do it right!)
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