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Old 03-21-2007, 07:47 PM   #1
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How would you cut rivets in the computer case to take out the cd cage or something like that from inside the computer? I need to take out my cd cage and use it for something I"m making and I have no clue how to cut the rivets or take the cage out, the only thing holding it on are the rivets.
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:51 PM   #2
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umm, maybe if you have a pair of tin snips you can cut it off the case. If that doesn't work, or isn't concivable, is there a way you could pry it off? The only thing with prying is you might bend the cage (depending on the material)
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I believe if you drill out the center of the rivet you can remove it
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Yeah it would most likely bend, I thought of drilling holes through where the rivets are, and I did one but it didn't seem like it was moving, so I came on here to see if anyone knew a good way or how to without me screwing it up with my own ideas.
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:55 PM   #5
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^what do you mean it wasn't moving?
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yea u gotta drill em
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ya thats the only way I know how to get them out is to get a drill bit thats just slightly smaller than the hole the rivet is in and drill it right down the center...
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It wasn't moving because the bit was smaller than the hole, so there was still the outter part attached, it ended up working after i cut off a few minor peices that weren't on the cd cage.
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Hascet has the right answer.

use a drill on the top of the rivet to drill until the head comes off, then use a thin rod and a hammer to push the bottom part of the rivet (the bit that mushrooms) out from the top.

et voila the rivet is gone.
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