Removing Blind Rivets Removing Blind Rivets

What You'll Need
Flat screwdriver or center punch
Hammer
Cutting tool with grinding wheel
Drill with metal bit (optional)

Blind rivets are usually tubular in shape and have a center mandrel to hold it in place. A tool is used to pull them into position, expand the blind end and then snap it off. As with most rivets this process is not meant to be reversible and removing blind rivets can be difficult. Use this guide to help you through the steps and tools required for the job.

Step 1 - Raise the Rivet Cap

This will not always work depending on the position the blind rivets are in and how well they are joined. It will however help if you can get it done. Place the screwdriver or center punch between the surface and the rivet cap. Use the hammer to force it in by tapping the other end. Once in position use the leverage to raise the cap from the surface.

Step 2 - Cut the Rivet Head

Once the head is above the surface use your cutting tools to sever it off and release the hold. Then just remove the rivet from the other end. When cutting the head, be mindful of not damaging the surface you are working with.

Step 3 - Drill the Rivet Head (optional)

If cutting the head is impossible due to the location or nature of the rivet, use your electric drill and a metal bit attachment to drill and destroy the head of the rivet. This is a messier alternative for removing a blind rivet but will get the job done.

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