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07-04-2010, 12:29 AM
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How to remove the copper rivets from skates

is there a better way other than a chisel and hammer? we dont have anything special in our shop. we have a riveter and thats about it, but the copper rivets dont seem to come off using a chisel and hammer, its taking way too long

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07-04-2010, 06:25 AM
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Try using a drill and a bit the same size as the rivet shaft you're replacing or slightly larger. Slowly drill into the center of the rivet. You'll see the material start to be removed until the bottom side of the rivet is no longer attached. Go slowly, it's a cutting process, so if you get in a rush you can take too much.

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I have never done it before, but my guess would be find yourself a #40 drill bit, drill through the center(shanked portion) of the rivet about halfway or so. Use a 1/8 punch or so and tap out the rivet.

Since the boot is flimsy you probably would need something to back it up or you might risk damaging or tearing the boot.

I think you would be better served taking it to a skate or linen store and have them remove it for you.

(there might even be a special tool designed to remove it).

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Scratch that here you go, YT FTW:



There's your answer, simple hydraulic press

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File down the end of the rivet until it's flush to the copper washer. Then punch it out into the skate with a hammer and punch (or a nail or some kind of rod if you don't have a punch).

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There's your answer, simple hydraulic press
You mean using the right tool for the job? Yawn. A titanium drill bit will work just fine. Might not be as "clean" though.

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You mean using the right tool for the job? Yawn. A titanium drill bit will work just fine. Might not be as "clean" though.
Unless you have a lot of experience drilling, I wouldn't risk it.

And good luck finding a titanium drill bit, and spending the money for it.

(Although I know you're probably joking)

If you mis-drill the rivet, you could end up enlargening the hole which could case you more problems than you could imagine.

It is copper, so it should be a pretty soft drill. I would just use extra caution and practice before you drill it.

Or just play it on the safe-side and take to to someone who can do it right.

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is there a better way other than a chisel and hammer? we dont have anything special in our shop. we have a riveter and thats about it, but the copper rivets dont seem to come off using a chisel and hammer, its taking way too long
If you get good enough, a chisel and hammer only requires one strike and isn't too hard.

I used to do this all the time for myself and friends.. I had a mini skate shop setup in my basement for skate repairs and doing crossover work (ice to roller).

I had a press that did all of the work, but it didn't work with the damn copper rivets (I hate them).

Just get a dremel tool and it will crack them quickly. I used to change a tuuk with copper rivets using a dremel in maybe 5 minutes tops.

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thanks for the replies

yea we dont have that tool at the shop

im going to try it again tonight i have alot of the washer chipped off but its taking a while. it definitely wasnt going to come out with one hit though it was on


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Hey guys sorry for the revival but I have to change out some brand new tuuks today because the guy wants white ones (ugh... fashionistas) and I'm going to have to remove the copper rivets without damaging the black tuuks... I was thinking about just using the steel rivet remover on our riveting machine and poking a hole in the copper rivet. Do you think that will work?

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Please.. don't try and drill through the copper. Such a dumb idea, you're probably going to slip and drill a hole through your holder. Use a chisel and hammer, (but we don't have that copper removal tool at my shop shown in the video).

Once you can get underneath the washer, rip it off with pliers or whatever you can grip the washer firmly with. If you are just using a hammer to get the washer off, it will take forever.

Hammer the copper end into the boot.


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Please.. don't try and drill through the copper. Such a dumb idea, you're probably going to slip and drill a hole through your holder. Use a chisel and hammer, (but we don't have that copper removal tool at my shop shown in the video).

Once you can get underneath the washer, rip it off with pliers or whatever you can grip the washer firmly with.

Hammer the copper end into the boot
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This is what I do. Once you're practiced doing it, it only takes me about a minute per.

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Please.. don't try and drill through the copper. Such a dumb idea, you're probably going to slip and drill a hole through your holder. Use a chisel and hammer, (but we don't have that copper removal tool at my shop shown in the video).

Once you can get underneath the washer, rip it off with pliers or whatever you can grip the washer firmly with. If you are just using a hammer to get the washer off, it will take forever.

Hammer the copper end into the boot.
Yeah I actually used the "Spike" tool on the rivet machine (that's used to take steel rivets out of the boot) and it worked surprisingly well.

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I use a chisel to get part of the copper washer bent up, then I get under it with some end cutting pliers and clip through it. Then I can just rip it off and tap the copper through with a metal awl.

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Dremel tool. Very easy and clean to do

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You can use a small file if you don't have a dremel- it's quick and easy as well. That's what I use on Bauer coppers.

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so like is there there any benefit to doing this? or does it just look "cool" ?

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Does what look "cool?"

We're discussing removing copper rivets when blade holder or boot work has to be done, not something for looks.

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