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Old 01-30-2014, 07:28 PM   #57
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Hi Mary and bob,

Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. Your number drill bits comment interests me because I noticed the McMaster peel rivets I ordered called for a number 5 drill bit. I just did some practicing the other night on a piece of PVC and all I used was a 3/16 drill bit. The rivet was a bit tight to fit in the hole despite it being a 3/16 rivet. I don't understand? Should I order number 5 from McMaster?

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Also Bob do you mean pinched the end of the rail in, as in crimped it with pliers so the awning doesn't slide off?

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Also Bob do you mean pinched the end of the rail in, as in crimped it with pliers so the awning doesn't slide off?

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Yes to this question. not a necessity though. The directions do say to put a screw through the rail and the awning at each end of the rail. Pinching the rail was me being over cautious. As for the #5 drill, it will be slightly larger than a 3/16 drill. I don't have a drill chart with me so can't quote the exact measurement, which would be in thousandths of an inch. I usually use a #11 or #12 drill which are slightly larger than 3/16 just to make it easier to insert the rivet. #5 is larger yet. I don't know if there is a reason for them recommending the #5 drill, it may have something to do with that type of rivet and how it opens. Maybe best idea is to follow their recommendation. Number drills may be difficult to find locally, especially individual ones rather than a set. An industrial supply company may have them.
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