How do I cut or drill rivets on inside of door?

How do I cut or drill rivets on inside of door?

Postby GaryMacGuyver [OP] » June 7th 2021, 2:49pm

I'm having to change out a door because of a bent hinge and I'm wondering what's the best way to drill out all of these rivets holding everything in. It's hard to get a drill on one of these and it's hard to get a grinder down in there.
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Re: How do I cut or drill rivets on inside of door?

Postby sixsix » June 7th 2021, 5:42pm

Maybe take the door off first, I dunno...
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Re: How do I cut or drill rivets on inside of door?

Postby chevymaher » June 7th 2021, 7:46pm

Yes knock the pins out take the door off first.
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Re: How do I cut or drill rivets on inside of door?

Postby GaryMacGuyver [OP] » June 7th 2021, 8:02pm

the door is out
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Re: How do I cut or drill rivets on inside of door?

Postby tungtidetungtide is online! » June 7th 2021, 8:14pm

I just went through this. Those are some tough rivets. I ended up with a drill bit on the larger side. I was unable to center the bit so I ate away at about 1/2 of the rivet. Then I used a chisel to remove the rest of the rivet. I did this with the door on. I hope someone with a better way chimes in. I suspect rivet will go back in, but not at that point yet. Good luck.
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Re: How do I cut or drill rivets on inside of door?

Postby GaryMacGuyver [OP] » June 9th 2021, 9:48pm

a regular 4 inch grinding wheel is a bit too large, so I put a few gouges where no one will ever see them, then chiseled them out as you said. I am not looking foward to reinstalling the contents of my banged up door in this replacement I picked up. (it wasnt power windows like my broken hinge door)
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Re: How do I cut or drill rivets on inside of door?

Postby tungtidetungtide is online! » June 9th 2021, 11:12pm

Glad you got them off. A 4 inch grinding wheel? What happened to the drill bit idea? You are right no one will see it in the end.
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Re: How do I cut or drill rivets on inside of door?

Postby GaryMacGuyver [OP] » Yesterday, 7:35pm

my drill bit collection wasn't up to the task...I left my makita cordless drill on a jobsite and the crappy crapssman cordless I use at home got the wobbles and the gears started grinding...my dremel cutting wheels were useless..might buy this for next door https://ipatools.com/product/8120-diamo ... ktEALw_wcB
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Re: How do I cut or drill rivets on inside of door?

Postby stent » Today, 12:53am

sorry i'm late to the party & i'm not exactly sure where the rivets are located, but if you've got access to an air compressor, what about a mini die grinder (inline or right angle)??
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carbide burrs will chew up most anything without a lot of pressure being applied.
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Re: How do I cut or drill rivets on inside of door?

Postby sixsix » Today, 2:03am

stent wrote:sorry i'm late to the party & i'm not exactly sure where the rivets are located, but if you've got access to an air compressor, what about a mini die grinder (inline or right angle)??
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carbide burrs will chew up most anything without a lot of pressure being applied.

Now, c'mon, making all kinds of sense now.
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