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POP Rivet Tools

Updated on October 24, 2013

How To Use A Pop Rivet Tool

Named after POP, the company that first marketed them, pop rivets are also known as blind rivets. These little fasteners are an easy way to hold two sheets of any material, like metal or wood, together without the use of nails or screws. Rivets consist of a piece of metal that is driven through a hole in the materials to be joined. The end of the metal is then expanded to keep it from backing out through the hole, making it more secure than nails or screws in low-friction materials like metals.

POP Rivet Tools - and Rivet Supplies

Pop Rivets
Pop Rivets

Why Pop Rivets?

Before pop rivets became available, riveting together two sheets of material required access to both the front and back surfaces. One person had to drive the rivet through its hole while the other person expanded the back side of the rivet to keep it in place. The pop rivet tool eliminated this need, allowing work to be done from only one side. The pop rivet consists of a hollow tube of metal that contains a central mandrel. The mandrel is a little wider than the hole in the tube. The pop rivet tool drives the mandrel through the tube, forcing it to expand and flare out on the back side of the materials being joined. The mandrel then breaks off inside the tube, leaving a solid connector between the two materials. Pop rivets are quick and easy to install, and they produce a solid joint as long as there is not so much weight and vibration on the joint that mandrel works free.

Pop Rivet
Pop Rivet

Safety First

When using a pop rivet gun, it's always important to keep safety in mind. Wear safety goggles or other appropriate eye protection. Never point a rivet tool at another person, and always use appropriate tools such as a drill to make the initial hole the rivet will go into.

Pop Rivet Tools
Pop Rivet Tools

How to Use a Pop Rivet Tool

To install rivets using pop rivet tools, you will need the pop rivet gun, rivets, a drill and bit of the same size as your rivets, and two sheets of metal or wood that you wish to joint together.

First, line up your materials very carefully in the way you want them to be joined. This is very important so that the hole where the rivet will be placed is in the right spot. Then, use the drill to make hole through both sheets to be joined. Place the long end of the rivet into the rivet gun and the short, wide end of the rivet into the hole you drilled. Then squeeze the handle. Pop rivet guns automatically snap off the end of the mandrel when the rivet is placed. If the mandrel doesn't snap off and you are left with an end sticking out, just squeeze the handle again to break it off.

Pop rivet tools come in many varieties, including hand-operated, electric, and pneumatic versions. Check the instructions carefully to make sure that you are handling pneumatic and electric versions properly. Rivet guns are easy to use and you will be using yours in no time!

How to Use a Pop Rivet Tool

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