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tully_mars posted 08-03-2002 08:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for tully_mars   Send Email to tully_mars  
I have never removed rivets before, how do you do this?? Drill them out and leave the backs in? I would not like to do that but need to finish up my 16' restoration. Thanks all..

BTW all, just got a new Montauk console from BW and about to get the deck redone.

Tully Mars

Dick posted 08-03-2002 08:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Just drill them out and don't worry about what falls. Fill all of the holes with Marine-Tex and install the new rub rail just like there had never been one there.

The rivits are probably 3/16" diameter so use a 3/16 or 1/4 bit, but fill all of the old holes so you have a solid surfase to drill for the new rivits.

Don't know what rub rail you are installing but with most patience, warm weather, quick clamps and a heat gun are in order.

whalersman posted 08-03-2002 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     
The backs, or butt ends of the rivets, must stay in unless you can get to the back side.
First of all you need to use the correct size drill for the rivet, example:
For a 1/8" rivet you would use a 1/8" drill,
5/32" rivet, 5/32" drill and so on.
Just drill into the center of the head of the rivet a little way (don't go all the way through the material the rivet is in, just the depth of the Rivet Head) until the head pops off. If the head does not Pop Off, then use the butt end of another drill the same size, stick it into the hole you drilled in the rivet, and pry the head of the rivet back and forth until it Pops Off.
I used to be a "Riviter" at Douglass Aircraft in my early, early years.
Piece of Cake,
whalersman posted 08-03-2002 09:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     
Sorry Dick,
I didn't mean to step on your toes.
I was compsoing my post slowly when you just got in there before me.
Dick posted 08-03-2002 09:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

No problem. Rub rail removal and installation is no fun and tully_mars will need all the help he can get.


tully_mars posted 08-04-2002 11:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
Ok all, thanks and did it with a drill. What a mess underneat let me tell you. Most of the rivets drilled out, but several did not and caused the drill to go sideways and make a bigger hole. Bummer, any suggestions on how to drill them the rest of the way?

Tully Mars

Tom W Clark posted 08-05-2002 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Once you've drilled the heads off the pop rivets there's not much you can do except just push the remainder into the foam and seal the holes.

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