Originally Posted by CampyTime
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?
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.