Rivets removal tool (rMBP & MBA keyboards)

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  1. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    I have a lot of people bringing to me MacBook Pro Retinas/MacBook Airs that has non-functioning keyboards (usually after liquid spills).

    Anyway, it's a pain to replace the keyboards on these models because once I remove the keyboards, a lot of rivets get left behind and I have to spend exorbitant amount of time removing them with needle-nose pliers.

    Has anyone found a tool more suitable for this task?
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    We typically drill them out, although I don't know if this is possible on a MBP.
     
  3. tubeexperience thread starter macrumors 68030

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    That sounds terrible.

    How do you know the holes will align with the keyboard or even be the right size holes?
     
  4. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    The drill bit used is slightly smaller than the size of the hole and it's simply to remove the flange of the the rivet so it's easy to remove.

    Like I said, it's what I've always done but I don't know if it's possible on a MBP.
     
  5. jerryk macrumors 68020

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    Drilling out rivets is pretty common. I have done it on motorcycles and airplanes. If you have the right sized bit it is quick and easy.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Given the tight tolerances of the laptop, it would be a tricky operation.
     
  7. jerryk macrumors 68020

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    Just have to be careful. If you are off a little bit on an airplane wing they leak fuel or crack, neither of which has a good outcome.
     

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