POP RIVETS: WHAT ARE THEY AND WHAT DO THEY DO?


It's been more than 5,000 years since blacksmiths had to create rivets by hand, yet the basic shape and applications of rivets haven't altered much.

What has changed is that we now have a wider variety of rivets and rivet patterns that may be used in a variety of ways.


To withstand shear and tensile pressures and keep out moisture, rivets are an excellent choice.


Pop rivets, also known as blind rivets, are a type of rivet.


They are used in situations when access to the backside (blind side) of the pieces to be linked is restricted or non-existent.


What Is the Process?

There are two elements to a pop rivet. When referring to both parts, we often refer to them collectively as the "rivet body" or "shell" and "mandrel" (also known as the stem).


Hole drilling is used when access to both sides of a component is limited, so the pieces can be linked together. To secure the pieces, the pop rivet is then put through an already-drilled hole. With a pop rivet gun, you can pull in the mandrel, expanding and grabbing the components to be attached. The mandrel snaps into position after the rivet is firmly grasped. As a result, only a small portion of the joint is affected.

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