how to complete a chain despite complete rivet removal
if you aren't careful when using a chain tool and end up completely removing the rivet that you'd use to complete your new chain, here's one way to remedy the problem...
cut up a small square piece of potato, so that it fits just inside the first part of the chain tool. use the chain tool to poke a hole in it.
you'll end up with something that looks like this:
now, take your popped rivet and put it in the hole and line it up inside the chain tool, so that when you Slowly and Carefully tighten the chain tool you may drive the rivet back into place.
with patience and determination you'll once again have a complete chain without having to purchase a new one and starting over. phew!
i should say that it is probably not recommended to do this at all, do so at your own risk... you have a much higher probability of ending up with a chain with a 'tight link' than being more careful in the first place and not popping the rivet out.
if you do have a 'stiff' chain link, here's how to fix it: