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    Drilled a rivet too far


    I didn't just stop at the head of the rivet, I went all the way through and now the original hole is oval shaped. Its a Toolbox Kit from Vans and just recently I got a 3x gun. When I tried to buck my first rivet of course it was crooked and I didn't realize I was suppose to drill just the head and not the whole rivet and now I have an oval shaped hole and I'm wondering what I can do to fix if there is a way I can.

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    The fix is to drill the hole for the next larger rivet. If the hole is close to the edge of a sheet, you have to make sure proper edge distance is maintained. They make boo-boo rivets, larger shank but same size head so you can install an oversize rivet and nobody will know by looking at the manufactured head.

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    Sounds like you are having a learning experience.

    May I suggest that before you go too much farther that you get some scrap aluminum and practice riveting two pieces together, and then drill out some rivets to polish your technique?

    I will offer the suggestion that when drilling out a rivet head, I first go at it with a drill bit at least one size smaller than the rivet hole. Once I know that the hole is centered, then I can either switch drill bits, or put a punch into the hole and try to snap the rivet head off.

    Best of luck,

    Wes

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    Ac 43.13-1b

    In the absence of manufacture's data, you may want to look at FAA Advisory Circular 43.13, Chapter 4, Section 4. 43.13-1B - Acceptable Methods, Techniques, and Practices - Aircraft Inspection and Repair

    http://www.faa.gov/regulations_polic...cumentID/99861

    Good luck!

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    Guys, re-read the post... He is building the TOOLBOX from Van's. Yes, a learning experience, not flight critical. Good info though.
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    I read the part about the tool box..... better to be pointed in the right direction early on.

    BTW: Rutan did something similar with the original vari-ez plans where you'd build a composite book end. Kinda neat way to start a project.

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    Best guide for drilling out solid rivets is Vern Little's...
    http://donsbushcaddy.com/sitebuilder...olidRivets.pdf
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