OK, just so you know, i am not a complete idiot. I have worked with pop rivets many times before, on sailboats.
The rivets on sailboats are stainless steel. The method i used on the boat was to drill out the rivet with a bit that was a little smaller than the mandrel part. Once through, try to pull it out with needlenose pliers. If it didn't come out, try a larger bit. Repeat until rivet comes out.
I tried this today when replacing one of the vent pipe covers. However, when it came time to pry out the rivet, the head came off, and the "stem" fell into the hole and i could not get it out. This happened two more times, as once i had started, i had to remove them all because it's supposed to rain tonight. It's not that big of a deal as this is above the closet, where there is that carpeting. I can feel some of the rivets that fell through, and being anal about my Casita
, i will probably cut a small slit in the carpet and remove the offending rivets.
Anyone have a better method for removing aluminium rivets. It seems they are so soft that when i try to pry them out, they break and half the rivet falls in......
I'm sure there's a better way....
Thanks for any suggestions..