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Fasteners??? - Using existing holes in structure

I am beginning to install some strut along the side edges of the ceiling T-350 HR EL 9500#.

Using the outermost, closest to the wall ceiling holes which do not allow me to get behind the sheet metal to hold a fastener with a wrench.

Finally got a system down to make it happen with 3/8-16 rod, stop nuts and washers but this only the first 10 and with so many more to come, Gotta be a better way...

After plugging away and coming up with something that works, I remember than some-where somebody talked about just this problem and solving it with inserts. But I tucked that nugget of info to far back in my memory to remember it. Just spent and hour doing search an read....

...haven't come up with the post yet...

Anybody have a sense what I am referring to? Maybe point me in the right direction. (thought it was Ortin but could locate anything even on his great site, other than the 80/20 discussion.

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I bought a harbor freight tool which included a variety of insert sizes. It satisfied all my installation needs. Orton used a more substantial system with stronger split inserts.

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A search on RivNuts might yield some good discussion for you

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In my cargo, the threaded holes all over the walls are 6x1mm. You need a tap to clean the paint from the threads.

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In my cargo, the threaded holes all over the walls are 6x1mm. You need a tap to clean the paint from the threads.
Believe they are 8mm. I did not need a tap.

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Believe they are 8mm. I did not need a tap.


Some are 6mm, the ones on the B pillar by the slider are. The paint is there to keep them from coming loose 🤙

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A few 8mm, like near the rear doors. All the ones above the windows are 6mm, as are many by the slider and right below the windows. For reference; the tiedowns are held on with 8mm bolts.

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