Thread: Poor Rivet Job
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:40 PM
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Driling out rivets isn't fun, but one tip I will pass on is to use a slightly smaller drill bit. I have a full index of numbered bits. Using a #41 or #42 will get the rivet out and will (hopefully) not enlarge the hole if you keep it centered. Drill down enough to get the factory head off, then use some small needle nose pliers to grab the shop head and give it a gentle twist to loosen it up for removal. Pounding the drilled rivet out with a straight punch will bend things!
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