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Old 08-17-2013, 11:21 PM   #1
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How do I remove rivets?

The poptop rim on my Campster has rivets (used, I guess, to hold the weatherstripping on in the corners only, so four small rivets. Weatherstripping is gone, I'm ready to replace it (once I solve that problem of the top staying up) but I need to get rid of those rivets.

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Old 08-18-2013, 08:33 AM   #2
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Yuk. Drilling them out is not something I hoped to do. How big a bit? One of the posts Tom linked said slightly smaller than the shaft. I'm afraid of cracking the fiberglass- it's thin and already stressed at the corners of the poptop.

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Yuk. Drilling them out is not something I hoped to do. How big a bit? One of the posts Tom linked said slightly smaller than the shaft. I'm afraid of cracking the fiberglass- it's thin and already stressed at the corners of the poptop.

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You want a drill bit just slightly LARGER than the shaft. You drill carefully and when the head is free, you can push the shaft through the hole. The key is to go slowly and gently.
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Thanks. Headed up soon to look for a bit and guesstimate what is slightly larger than the holes.
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Yuk. Drilling them out is not something I hoped to do. How big a bit? One of the posts Tom linked said slightly smaller than the shaft. I'm afraid of cracking the fiberglass- it's thin and already stressed at the corners of the poptop.

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The size of the hole isn't the issue, since you should not get that far in your drilling. Just go slow and the head will fall off the rivet, leaving the shaft.
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The size of the hole isn't the issue, since you should not get that far in your drilling. Just go slow and the head will fall off the rivet, leaving the shaft.
Not if the drill bit is smaller than the shaft of the rivet.
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Thought the size of the bit has been covered.
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Two down. The second one wouldn't pop out- the shaft is stuck and I basically filed it down with the Dremel. Two to go. It got too warm to work up on the top of the trailer.
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