How to open rivets

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How to open rivets
Pop rivets can be opened with a grinder or hand drill. (rivets pop en aluminium et leur reflet dans un mir image by jcm from

Pop rivets are essential components in sheet metal work. They are found in computer components, on cars and boats, in many gutter systems and in carports. Pop rivets are most commonly used to fasten two pieces of metal together, but they can also be used to fasten other materials. When a repair is necessary, a pop rivet may need to be removed. Removing a pop rivet is an easy process that can be accomplished with a simple grinder or hand drill.

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  1. 1

    Grind off the back of the rivet using a metal hand grinder.

  2. 2

    Pull the rivet from the hole if it does not fall out on its own. This method removes the rivet cleanly. The hole will remain the original size, so the repairs can be made and a new rivet installed.

  3. 3

    Drill out the head of the rivet with a drill if the back of the rivet cannot be easily reached. The rivet will fall out, but this removal method may enlarge the original hole that was drilled to install the rivet.

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