Removing Rivets

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by Jan Zumwalt
ver 2013.10.26

References

AC 43.13-1B - Acceptable Methods, Techniques, and Practices - Aircraft Inspection and Repair
AC 43.13-2B - Acceptable Methods, Techniques, and Practices - Aircraft Inspection and Repair
Welding ALCOA Aluminum - Aluminum Company of America(1972 - 241 pages)
Riveting ALCOA Aluminum - Aluminum Company of America(1959 - 91 pages)
FFA-H-8083-31 - Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook - Airframe, Volume 1

Contents

Rivet Removal

Rivet Removal

Rivet removal is vary easy after just a few trys. The illustration below is self explanatory. One technique that has proven very successful is to use the same procedure with a good squared off pin punch. The sharp corner of a pin punch helps grab and snap the rivet head off.

With practice, center punching may not be necessary - particularly with larger diameter rivets. Flush rivets use the same technique but do not require preparation of a flat spot prior to drilling.

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