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I'm not sure how to call these things, but here's a photo to illustrate the bolts I am trying to remove to separate some parts of my new case I'm working on:



I just wish they were simple bolts with nuts, but no, they have to be these silly little things that appear innocent but are so difficult to take out!

I'm working on one in a hidden spot, trying to break it apart with wire cutters... but there's got to be a better way, right?

On the opposite side, they look like a metal ball encased in partial thin metal wrapping. I can cut off that wrapping, and a very small unthreaded bolt pops out. There's a through hole, but something's still holding the two parts together.
   
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post #2 of 6
Those are rivets.

Use a 3.2mm drill bit to remove them by drilling through the center part.
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Aha! So simple drilling, and that's it? No twisting of any sort?

edit: just looked it up now that I know the name! Thank you so much! smile.gif

http://www.overclock.net/t/337343/how-to-rivets-removing-and-replacing
Edited by ElevenEleven - 12/4/12 at 2:39pm
   
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Aha! So simple drilling, and that's it? No twisting of any sort?
edit: just looked it up now that I know the name! Thank you so much! smile.gif
http://www.overclock.net/t/337343/how-to-rivets-removing-and-replacing

Yup pretty simple. Be careful drilling them, they can be sharp and they may also catch the bit and spin. I would recommend replacing them with nuts and bolts if possible so you can disassemble it again.
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Thank you, I got a double drive bay out completely after some serious effort (had to use 2 different drill attachments of different diameters and drill at angles to get the rivets to separate, and some had to be helped with wire cutters.

I'd definitely like to take everything apart, especially because I'll be painting, but I'll have to look into small enough nuts and bolts. Ideally in a black color and small enough not to stick out far where they might interfere with components. And there are double rivets on the edges where the side doors slide in... I'm afraid bolts would interfere, for example.


Edited by ElevenEleven - 12/5/12 at 8:15am
   
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post #6 of 6
For reassembly, I would recommend riveting it back together. MNPCTech carries black pop rivets. For a rivet gun and standard rivets, it's hard to beat Harbor Freight if you have one nearby.
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