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Old 04-12-2013, 08:26 PM   #15
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I'm no riveter, so I've been practicing on scrap. I shaved them off OK with a Dremel stone wheel. I then cut a hole the size of the rivet head in a scrap so I could sandpaper the heads without scratching the surroundings. So far so good.

Then when I tried to drill them out, everything was fine until the rivets started to spin. At that point the rivet head is stationary against the drill and both spin together. Gak!

Is that likely when I try to drill out the real thing?
Are spinning rivets because I did a poor job of practice riveting? Olympic RV 6607-5-5 rivets.
If my practice riveting is bad, can you suggest what I might be doing wrong?
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:04 AM   #16
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I'm no riveter, so I've been practicing on scrap. I shaved them off OK with a Dremel stone wheel. I then cut a hole the size of the rivet head in a scrap so I could sandpaper the heads without scratching the surroundings. So far so good.
For a few rivets a dremel or similar would be ok. If you've got literally hundreds of rivets to replace I'd strongly suggest the correct rivet shaver. Not the cheapest in the world but I'm totally glad that I bought one. Fast and easy and does it right the first time.

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Then when I tried to drill them out, everything was fine until the rivets started to spin. At that point the rivet head is stationary against the drill and both spin together. Gak!

Is that likely when I try to drill out the real thing?
Are spinning rivets because I did a poor job of practice riveting? Olympic RV 6607-5-5 rivets.
Not uncommon at all to have rivets spin, at least when drilling pop-rivets. Buck rivets don't spin nearly as often. Using the right size drill bit does help. Generally pop-rivets will require 1/8" drill bit.

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If my practice riveting is bad, can you suggest what I might be doing wrong?
Doesn't sound like you're doing anything wrong to me.

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