FAQ: How To Remove Plastic Blind Rivets?

Can you reuse plastic blind rivets?

Natually you can not reuse it. Hm. I’ve not experienced any problems with ‘uncleanliness’ of drilling out rivets. If you proceed carefully and measure before you start, so that you can choose the right drill bit, it should not damage the case at all.

What is the easiest way to remove rivets?

Find a cold chisel or a similarly blunt-edged tool (a slot-head screwdriver works just fine), place the sharp end of the tool against the rivet head’s edge then hit the other end of the tool with a hammer. Repeat until the rivet head is detached. Usually, the rivet can then be easily removed.

Are blind rivets plastic?

Plastic Rivets are precision-molded, all nylon, blind rivets that works very much like a bulbing style metal POP rivet. Plastic Rivets are ideal for non-conductive and non-corrosive environments.

Are rivets permanent?

A rivet is a permanent mechanical fastener. Because there is effectively a head on each end of an installed rivet, it can support tension loads. However, it is much more capable of supporting shear loads (loads perpendicular to the axis of the shaft).

Can you replace rivets with screws?

The need to replace rivets with screws may arise from a mechanical failure of the rivets or from a need for access behind some riveted sheet metal. It is your choice whether you utilize a simple sheet-metal screw or a short machine screw with a nut to hold the screw in place.

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Will a metal rivet gun work on plastic rivets?

That rivet tool works well. The plastic rivets hold better and are easier to install than the push-pins my RPI splash guards came with. I can’t speak for the longevity of the plastic rivets themselves as I only had my guards on for a month.

How do you remove heavy duty rivets?

The only way rivets can be removed is essentially by destroying them. The easiest way to do this is by “drilling out” the rivet –using friction from a drill bit to cut away at the inner wall of the fastener, separating the shaft from the head. I always recommend using titanium drill bits to do this.

How do you remove rivets without tools?

For smaller rivets, use a drill bit to drive through the surface. For stubborn rivets that you can’t drill through, grind off the head of the rivet, then bore through it. You could also use a hammer and chisel to break off the head of the rivet and drive it through the surface if you don’t have a drill.

Can blind rivets be self piercing?

There are several proprietary processes for self-piercing riveting, typically using a semi-tubular rivet, although solid rivets are also sometimes used. Blind rivets, for example, are used for car body assembly where access constraints mean that the joint can only be accessed from a single side.

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