Replacing a Wayside Exhibit Panel
The following steps explain how replace a panel in a full frame base with rivetts holding the top rail. This easy job takes less than 10 minutes with a few simple hand tools.
(Full-frame bases made before 2005 use rivets to hold the top rail. Bases made after 2009 use threaded security bolts to hold the top rail. See the NPS UniGuide Base Installation Video video for bases made between 2005-2008.)
1.Get a new replacement panel. Some parks keep backups on hand for their waysides. For panel replacement assistance contact Susan Haines (phone: 304-535-6033;
2. To replace a wayside exhibit
panel, three tools are needed: a hammer, pliers, and punch.
3. To replace the panel, first
remove the top edge of the frame.
4. The frame is secured with "drive
rivets," so called because they are secured by "driving"
a pin into them, then driving it all the way through to remove it.
5. Using the hammer and punch,
drive the center pin all the way through. (If you can catch and
save the pin, the rivet can be reused).
6. Using the pliers, on the underside
of the frame squeeze together the expanded prongs of the rivet,
then remove the rivet from the top (you might have to tap it from
7. Once all of the rivets are
removed (usually 3 on a standard frame) remove the frame piece and
slide the old panel out.
8. Clean debris from the bottom
channel of the frame (you can use the punch to do this), making
sure the “weep” holes on the bottom of the frame are
clear. The weep holes allow rainwater to drain, or weep, from the
9. After the frame is clean, slide
the new panel into place.
10. Put the top frame piece back
in place and secure it with the drive rivets. Place the rivet in
the hole, then use the hammer to drive the center pin into the rivet
until the pin is flush with the rivet head. This expands the prongs
on the underside, securing the rivet and frame.
11. Now, stand back and admire
the panel. Or, better yet, stand back and watch visitors enjoy the