Should I send out announcements? You know, like those when you give birth to your firstborn or sign your life away on a new home.
I’m not afraid to do hard things. I’ll try almost anything as long as it doesn’t break the law or involve snakes. I’m a trial and error girl. But, this whole rivet thing kinda had me wigged out. So what do I do? I go to my number one resource of knowledge…..YouTube (runner up is Google). I watched a few videos on how to use a rivet gun. Forget all of the Airstream forums and videos. I needed to understand this rivet gun concept.
Here I am trying to cover up some small areas of rust in my belly pan, yes holes, and they want me to drill another hole to install a rivet? There’s so much to learn! What kind of rivet gun do I buy, and you mean there are rivets made from different materials? What material do I use to patch and which sealer do I buy? After a stop or two to Home Depot (who no longer sells rivet guns), I ended up with a rivet gun from Auto Zone. It came with 5 rivets of 4 different sizes. Instructions on the packaging could have been a little better. Thankfully, my teacher (YouTube) was able to get me going in the right direction. While at Auto Zone, I had picked up an extra box of aluminum rivets. I knew they needed to be 1/8″ according to what I had read from my “cry for help” post in Facebook. Uh, no one told me there were different sizes as far as length or span of rivet that comes together. I found this out later, the hard way.
I think that I have everything I need to get started:
- Aluminum sheeting/flashing- got this from Home Depot in the roofing aisle. You’ll need scissors or tin snips to cut it.
- Scissors for cutting aluminum flashing and opening the caulk
- Rivet Gun
- Rivets- aluminum and 1/8″
- Drill with drill bits to match the size of your rivets. Extra battery for the drill.
- Caulk- I’m not a pro on what to use. I ended up with some clear waterproof stuff and hope this works. I couldn’t get a consensus from the forums.
- Nail to stop up the caulk hole when done so that I could use it again later.
- Phone to record this monumental moment.
That’s about it, right? I have it all laid out and ready to go then realize that I forgot the caulk gun. Another trip back to the house a few blocks away, then back to the land where my Sterling is parked. Now I’m ready. I’ve got to do this! I mean, what’s the worse damage that I can do to my Oily Shack?
How did it go? I’ll let you watch for yourself. Just click here to see my snapchat recap!
Before I can continue with this job, I need more rivets….like in bulk! I can see me using this thing all over the place! #rivetlover #donehardthings #rivetsuccess