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Old 04-12-2002, 07:13 PM   #1
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Question Drilling out rivets...

I need to drill out some non-standard rivets so I can replace them with Olympic rivets. What size bit should I use? Is there a certain type or band that is best? I read some where to use aircraft grade tools? Is this true? If so, where can I find them?

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Old 04-12-2002, 09:08 PM   #2
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Get a nail punch and sharpen it to a fine point.
After punching the rivet dead center, use a 1/8 drill bit first, assuring you stay in the center.
Apply as little pressure as needed.
Next use a 5/32 bit using little pressure to avoid the shavings getting trapped between the metal.
The gold color bits work best for aluminum.
Use air pressure to blow out any remaining shavings. Fit the new olympic rivet prior to putting a dap of vulkem in the hole, in case you have to slightly enlarge the hole.
Once you gain experience, you can skip the 1/8" bit.

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Old 04-13-2002, 03:02 PM   #3
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Peter was my instructor in this process- I will have to post a photo of the results...put 4 rivets in my window where they had sheared off(?) don't know when or how.
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