My first rivet job! Reinstalled the eyebrow. - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-29-2016, 07:32 PM   #1
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My first rivet job! Reinstalled the eyebrow.

The eyebrow over our door leaks in the rain, as I discovered yesterday when it cloudburst on me while I was working on something in the trailer. Time to reinstall it! I sure hope I did it well...time will tell. My first time using a riveter and using butyl tape. A little messy, and maybe I will redo it, but I think it's much better than before! I'm waiting to test it until after I replace the door weather stripping.
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Old 05-29-2016, 07:46 PM   #2
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Leaking from these rivets raises the question: why put all these holes in the body when a suitable gutter can be applied with 3M VHB tape and NO holes. In 1979 this might have been the best way to do it, but in 2016 it is not. I wish I had the foresight to tell Evelands to leave the door gutter off on my 2015 model when I ordered it (like I did with the curtain rod holders).

Anyway glad you got it fixed.. doing your first rivet repair is a very empowering activity.
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Old 05-29-2016, 07:52 PM   #3
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Good job Jennifer!
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I agree! This didn't need to be riveted at all in the fist place. A good point to add to the "ordering new" list of mods for people.

This leak was actually the butyl tape shrinking out of place and leaving a gap between the tape and the fiberglass, so it just ran down to the door, which is of course missing a bit of weather stripping right there...perfect entrance zone. 37 years later...
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And thanks! I feel like riveting everything now. Watch out, house...
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Old 05-29-2016, 09:07 PM   #6
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Congrats on your first rivet job! While there are new approaches it is kind of hard to say rivets don't work after 30+ years.

Considering how common rivets are in a Scamp adding rivet repairs to your skill set is a big advantage.
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Old 05-29-2016, 09:32 PM   #7
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You Go Girl!!! My tool kit grew while waiting for Scamp to hatch, and I just had to try putting a rivet in a piece of wood. Now, hearing of your success, I must move 'change out front light fixture' up on my To Do List! Thanks for sharing, and I bet you've got that leak sealed right up.
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And thanks! I feel like riveting everything now. Watch out, house...
You go girl!! Well done.

Get up there and pull off all the hatch covers and reseal them! Good practise.
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They make a water proof rivet also neoprene under rivet head washers have a location and part number if needed for both, neoprene bonded backup washers for inside are available at marine locations used them on inside of bolts for the clearence lights for a no leak solution. Hope you do not need them your job looks great!
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Wait until you do some riveting with a pneumatic tool. Get it on sale and with a readily available 20 % coupon and save your hands while adding a bunch of smiles. My gal won't let me use mine she has taken over the setting of the rivets while I am now stuck as parts holder on the back side.

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Wait until you do some riveting with a pneumatic tool. Get it on sale and with a readily available 20 % coupon and save your hands while adding a bunch of smiles. My gal won't let me use mine she has taken over the setting of the rivets while I am now stuck as parts holder on the back side.

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Careful, she could replace you with a tool used by Rosie the Riveters.
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All just part of being domesticated I guess.
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Wait until you do some riveting with a pneumatic tool. Get it on sale and with a readily available 20 % coupon and save your hands while adding a bunch of smiles. My gal won't let me use mine she has taken over the setting of the rivets while I am now stuck as parts holder on the back side.

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