Become a Master of Removing Rivets

Loyd's Rivet Drill Guide is used to remove rivets by drilling "dead center" rivet holes every time, regardless of the experience the person using them. Drilling the rivets just slightly off-center causes damage, which is costly to rework. The foot of the guide is placed around the surface of the rivet being worked on, allowing the drill to align perfectly over the head of the rivet. The operator needs to know the diameter of the rivet being drilled in order to select the applicable drill bit and guide from the kit for the task.

First, you must figure out which guide you're going to need for the particular rivet. The sets are designed one size under bore and hardened with C1144 steel, to ensure long life. You're going to use:

Drill Bit #41 and Guide for 3/32 Inch Diameter Rivets | Drill Bit #31 and Guide for 1/8 Inch Diameter Rivets | Drill Bit #21 and Guide for 5/32 Inch Diameter Rivets | Drill Bit #13 and Guide for 3/16 Inch Diameter Rivets | Drill Bit "D" (.246) and Guide for 1/4 Inch Diameter Rivets. Once you have selected your aircraft tool, you're then going to dip the drill bit in Boelube 70104, a coating lubricant. It is recommended that you apply this at least once for every rivet. The lube ensures minimal friction between the drill bit and the guide. Preventing them from getting hot extends the life of the drill and guide tool.

Now that your drill and guide are ready to go, start by setting the conical recess over the rivet head. Firmly, hold the guide with two fingers, and making sure there is no movement from side to side. Slide the drill bit into the tool and start drilling down onto the rivet. There is no need to drill past the thickness of the rivet head in depth. After the head is drilled, the rivet can be punched out with little effort. Making rivet removal easier for you with an effective aviation tool. Contact us today in Texas at (713) 855 1120 or (713 876 2122 for more information.