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Drilling out rivets?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by timbob, 14 Aug 2006.

  1. timbob


    Joined: 27 Nov 2002

    Posts: 3,097

    I've got some 6mm rivets I need to drill out. I'm not too fussed about the state of the holes when I've finished as I'm going to use some bolts and nuts upon replacement for ease of removal next time.

    Any tips - or is it a case of drilling through the things until you get to the other side, then using a hammer or whatever to get the remainder of the rivet out?
  2. Jonny69

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 3 May 2004

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    Location: Kapitalist Republik of Surrey

    With a pop rivet you can just drill off the head and the other half usually drops out. Normally the blighters decide to start spinning so you have to get a hold of the head with some pliers as you drill it.
  3. [SKR]Phoenix

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 Feb 2003

    Posts: 2,441

    Yep, always drilling the blighters out. Depends on the if the rivet has been painted over. They may be just enough to hold it. If you can't hold the back, try at an angle, but be careful because when the head pops off the drill may slip. Once the head has gone, use a punch and tap out the back.