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Common Rivet Types Discussed

(Last Updated On: March 30, 2018)

If you have been doing some sort of labor work whether at home or as a profession you will have encountered the need to fasten two pieces of metals together at some point and for that purpose your go to tool would have been a rivet. Rivets are a part of one of the oldest and the most reliable method to do this job till this day. They are simple to use, the basic concept behind rivets is that you insert a rivet through a hole and the shaft head of the rivet provides support at one end and the other end is just deformed to hold two pieces together.

Now as the time has passed there have been certain changes to the rivets as well. With new technology comes improvement, and these improvements have led to complexities and a wide range of rivets as well. Out of the wide range of rivets, we are going to discuss the most commonly used rivets and hopefully we will share some useful knowledge with our readers. So let’s get into it.

Blind Rivets

Blind rivets are the most simplest and easiest to deal with out of all the rivets available in the market. They are also known as pop rivets and they require access to only one side of the hole unlike solid rivets that require access to both sides of the hole to be able to create a joint. If you use blind rivets correctly and place them correctly you will get strong strength out of the joint you will create.

To get into details, blind rivets are manufactured in two pieces there’s a tubular rivet body itself and the setting mandrel. To install a blind rivet both pieces of the rivet are inserted in the hole by using a special rivet gun or rivet tool which is placed over the setting mandrel. This leads to the grips being squeezed and the mandrel to be pulled into rivet body which expands on the other side of the hole. Now at the end if the mandrel breaks off from the rivet body when the whole process is complete, you have correctly installed the blind rivet.

Tinner’s Rivet

Tinner’s rivets or also known as solid rivets are used for joining two metal sheets together that are not so thick. Made up of soft iron or steel, tinner’s rivets have a flat head. To create a joint using tinner’s rivet you have to have access to both sides of the hole. The rivet is inserted from the bottom if the plates you are joining together are horizontally placed. After rivet is inserted the flat head of the rivet is placed on the top. A tool specifically designed to install rivets (rivet set) is to be used next which has a dished depression larger than the rivet diameter. The tool is placed on the shaft of the rivet and hammered until the shaft is molded into flattened and rounded head.

How to Easily Install Rivet Joints?

If you are working on a big project and your project demands a lot of rivet joints to be installed then doing it manually will not only consume a lot of time but will require a lot  of effort as well. A manual hand rivet can also be of no use for dozens of rivet joint installations as your hands will suffer, there is a solution don’t worry. You can either get a pneumatic rivet gun or a rivet gun attachment for your drilling machine. This will speed up your work without compromising the quality.

Rivet Material

Keeping rivet material in mind is crucial when creating a rivet joint. You have to know about the material of sheets you want to join. If the sheets are made of steel then you should use steel rivets to create a joint. Same is the case with other materials, you should match the rivet and sheet material to create the strongest of joints. If the material is not matched then chances are one material will be softer than the other which will never allow for the joint to be of the highest strength.

Hope you find this publication useful.

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