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Old 06-25-2013, 06:54 AM   #1
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So I took off the fluorescent light fixture behind the sink, but it left behind two bolt heads. I tried to get them off with a socket wrench, but they just spun and spun. I needed them off because I was installing the backsplash, so I just cut them off. Imagine my surprise when I could see daylight through the two little holes! I had no idea they were rivets! So, my question is...how do I fix this?

I was thinking I could drill out the back side of the rivets, and put in new ones through the new backsplash. Maybe even hang up a little basket there for little knick knacks. Or is that not a good idea?



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Old 06-25-2013, 06:59 AM   #2
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Newbie me of course has no fixes. But what you said sounds good. I want to follow this and see what the pros have done. I've wondered about this while I'm yanking stuff out. My lights all still work so I've left them. But I really want to replace them with something more up to date. I love your 'go get em'!!
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:29 AM   #3
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I ( Shawn) would just fill them back in. That would be 3 less holes in your egg!
I do like your "back splash", is that the plastic stuff? I was thinking about using that down the center of the ceiling but at 20 something a pop? I need something to cover around the ceiling fans I installed and thought that would look good.
Let us see the pic of it up when your done...
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:37 AM   #4
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Scamp sells rivets and the plastic cover caps and bases in their parts dept.

You could just put in new rivets and cap covers from the outside and on the inside. (You may need to get what are call "Reinforcement Washers" for the inside) It's a good idea to stock these caps as you may already be missing some due to weathering etc.

If you own a Scamp, also owning a pop-rivet tool is about as essential as having a trailer hitch. (Don't worry they are cheeeep.)
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:53 AM   #5
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I can see what Courtney is trying to do, wants a smooth flat surface to mount the b/splash. What you might do is instal the splash over the holes them drill thru same from outside and rerivit with hooks on inside to hang whatever or replace the light. this would eliminate the holes or having to patch them causing a repair look on the outside.
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:53 AM   #6
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I really wish I could just let this go, But I find myself returning to the photos, trying to find the third rivit on the inside. I like the idea of some hooks, I take it you are not putting the light fixture back up?
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:50 AM   #7
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Nope, going with LED pucks under cabinet.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:41 PM   #8
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I believe the outside picture is showing the two uppers are for the upper cabinet and the lower is just one end of the old light mounts. The second one is not visible from the outside shot.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:47 PM   #9
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. Imagine my surprise when I could see daylight through the two little holes! I had no idea they were rivets!
You will find that just about everything attached through the Scamp trailers shell is attached with rivets.
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Old 06-25-2013, 03:14 PM   #10
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Some epoxy in those holes, sand lightly and paint with a matching white. Done.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:10 PM   #11
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I removed that useless light too and hung a paper towel rack in its place using some of the origional holes. The holes I didnt use I put in new rivets and snap caps on the out side. Use a short rivet and it wont protrude much inside. the rivets hold nothing but the snap cap. No one knows how many snap caps there are supposed to be outside they just see covered snap caps. If you want really flush to the fiberglass put the rivet head in from the inside and Put the snap base on the outside. Any rivet sticking up higher than the base just file it down so you can get the cap on.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:47 PM   #12
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I too removed the light to install a backsplash. I put in new rivets and covered with caps on the exterior....just because it seemed the easiest :-)
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:56 PM   #13
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Here's my backsplash. Still deciding if I should extend the wiring and install an undermount light....so I have one row and a little trim left. I had to install a board (thin) to level the wall first to get a good bond. Peal and stick, but I used construction adhesive.
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I'm with David, fill the holes with two-part marine epoxy. It's water proof. If you wish you could put some caulk in a cap and place that over the hole. Or a little dab of paint.

Good luck with your decision!
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