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Old 08-05-2011, 08:24 AM   #1
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Smoothing Down Rivets

Good Morning All!
A newbie question:
I put some pop rivets in some spots that needed them, and noticed a little part of the rivet sticks out. Is this normal?
Looking at previous threads, there is something called a rivet shaver mentioned, which I don't have (I don't even know what it is, or where to get one, frankly). Can I use something else, or maybe hacksaw or file these off?
Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:34 AM   #2
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Pop rivets should not have left the stem in. Perhaps you can grab & pull them out with pliers. IF they are Olympic rivets then a rivet shaver is the way to go. I got mine from Aircraft Tool Supply. It is expensive but does such a great job. Some forum members have had success using a Dremmel grinder. Do a search on rivets and you will come up with much material to look over.

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Old 08-05-2011, 09:13 AM   #3
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Smoothing Olympic Rivets

Thanks for the reply.
They are Olympic Rivets, which evidently leave a stem.
Can I just cut those off, I'd rather not have to buy a shaver tool, as I may not have a great need for such an expensive item.
Is there something else I can use?
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Old 08-05-2011, 09:21 AM   #4
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If you aren't putting to many in you can use a hand file to take that stem down. It goes fast The shaver is not cheap $200 Olympic HS310-5B Rivet Head Shaver

If you use a file be careful not to go to far or hit the your aluminum.

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Old 08-05-2011, 02:14 PM   #5
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A Dremel tool used carefully will work too, but we have a rivet shaver - it's more than worth the $$$ if you have more than a few dozen to do. At this point, I figure it has cost us right around 5 cents per rivet.

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