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jodeb720

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Posted: 06/19/20 10:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I did this last fall.
The kids used the screen door as a hand rail and after pulling it enough times, the pot metal failed.
I found the replacement on the Lippert website, and got it a week or so later.
As others have said, I punched the center of each rivet, drilled it out with a very small drill bit - as a pilot hole, and then increase the bits until I could see the entire rivet.

Then took a punch an pushed it into the frame and it was done.

When I reinstalled, I used Pop Rivets and found some of the holes didn't line up. Drilled new holes in the door and the hinge.

If you have a 4-1/2" grinder, I would grind off the heads instead of drilling them out. You're less apt to make a mistake and it comes off much faster.

I did it at my RV storage place with my drill and rivet gun. It took me about 90 minutes for the hinges on frame and door.

Take your time and it's not difficult.

josh

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Posted: 06/19/20 11:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jodeb720 wrote:

As others have said, I punched the center of each rivet, drilled it out with a very small drill bit - as a pilot hole, and then increase the bits until I could see the entire rivet.

Then took a punch an pushed it into the frame and it was done.

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If you have a 4-1/2" grinder, I would grind off the heads instead of drilling them out. You're less apt to make a mistake and it comes off much faster.


In this (and similar) cases, I just started with a largeish drill bit, larger than the shaft of the rivet, and drill until the exposed head is detached from the shaft. Any excess drilling just chews up a bit of the flap of the hinge you're replacing anyhow. Of course, once headless, the body of the rivet has to be removed from the other side; or, in this case, pushed into the void of whatever is beyond the doorframe with a punch or whatever.





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