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QUESTION: I need to replace a ripped garage door vent. I've bought and painted the new vent, but I don't know how to remove the old vents. They are held by tiny thumbtack-like nails (or screws, I'm not sure ) that have a circular hole in the middle of the head. I'm afraid if I pull them out I might damage the door.
What are these, screws or nails? And how can I pull them out? Thanks.


I need more info, is this an uninsulated door or insulated, who is the manufacturer, and a picture would be nice. Yours in doors,\


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QUESTION: It's an uninsulated door.

Hey Lou,

Thanks for the pic. Those are pop rivets. Take a 1/8" drill and drill in the hole until the rivet drills through. Try not to oversize the existing hole in the door and to the hardware store and purchase aluminum 1/8" rivets and a rivet tool. The doors we purchase from clopay has them actually made into them and the whole bottom section had to be replace if damaged.  Actually, years ago I did what you have for a customer. I bought a couple of heat vents and pop riveted them on like that.

Hope this helps,

Yours in doors.


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Mike Whitacre


I will not answer questions about garage door openers 20 years old or older as they are unsafe, PURCHASE A NEW ONE. How many cell phones have you owned in 20 years? I have 40 years in the garage door industry and have seen almost everything. I sat on the Wayne/Dalton dealers board in 1986,1987,and 1988. I am on the IDEA board of directors ( and am accredited by same. I will, to the best of my ability answer your questions on doors or openers. I will not deal with shinbuster type doors. Replace it if you have one! If your question is about stretch type springs, call an IDEA accredited dealer and have torsion springs installed.


I have been in the overhead door industry for 40 years. I have dealt with all major brands of garage doors and openers. I have been a member of the International Door Association for 25 years( My speacialty is working with and understanding stretch and torsion springs. However, I will never recommened a customer to deal with a garage door spring.

International Door Association, Door and Access Manufacturer's association, Institute of Door Education and Accreditation, American Legion

I have 2 years of collage , am on the IDEA board of directors, and if you didn't notice have been in the industry for 40 years!

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I recieved the Train the Trainer certification from the Institute of Door Education and Accreditation in April 2001.

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