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Old 04-10-2009, 04:27 AM   #1
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Does anyone have a good way to remove those plastic rivets that hold the plastic part of the lid to the sheet metal? I was going to try and save them, but i guess i could always cut them off and replace them with screws later. Anyone have any ideas?

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Old 04-10-2009, 04:40 AM   #2
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I have a mini pry bar/screwdriver type tool that did the trick. Don't have any idea when or why I bought it but it basically looks like a flat blade screwdriver bent 45 degrees with a small v shaped cut out on the end.

Something like this might do it as well Amazon.com: Pry Bar Mini 7": Home Improvement

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Old 04-10-2009, 11:19 AM   #3
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I just used a flat head screwdriver. But the whole assembly was old so many of them broke. I couldn't find replacements anywhere so I used screws to hold the old gasket back in place once I put it back together.

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Old 04-10-2009, 11:24 AM   #4
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My favorite pry/removal tool. Universal, and handy for everything.
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Old 04-10-2009, 02:20 PM   #5
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samc,
FYI - I'm pretty sure what you have is an interior trim removal tool for cars. You can get them from the HELP section in most parts houses. It's also great for removing plastic rivets from freezer lids! - Dwain

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Old 04-10-2009, 02:26 PM   #6
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I just used a flathead or a needlenose and pulled them out. Bobby_M removed them on his kegerator and reused them. Here is the video.

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Old 04-10-2009, 07:08 PM   #7
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wow thanks for all the good advice! Yeah the flat head screwdriver i was using wasn't cutting it. I probably just need to put a little more muscle into it. Maybe i'll stop by the hardware store and see if they have something a little more well suited. Thanks again!

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I love these for small things
Amazon.com: 4" Professional Tack Puller: Home Improvement

like when my wife decided to put together some Ikea free standing closets in the living room, before checking to see if they would actually make it through the door into the bedroom... getting the backing off of those was a piece of cake with a tack puller

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