Facts About Rivets - You Never Know

Rivets are simple to install and a versatile alternative to nuts and bolts. For those of you who have never encountered a rivet, it is a cylindrical piece of hardware with a “head” and “tail” on either end.

They come in various styles, sizes, and material which should be able to fit all your fastening needs. Once a rivet is installed with a hammer or other such tool for installation, the “tail” is flattened, creating a permanent fastening solution. We will discuss the different types of rivets and their best features.

  1. The blind rivet is reliable for heavy load usage. They are often used for blind holes and when they have limited access.

  2. Drive rivets offer a low-profile solution. It is a common type of blind rivet.

  3. Solid rivets are the original rivets. They are resistant to water, vibration, and other kinds of tampering, as well as most severe conditions like wind and rain.

  4. The split rivet is typically used for sensitive situations such as thin wood, veneers, plastic, and leather.

  5. Tubular and semi-tubular rivets are used for quick and easy installations.

  6. Threaded inserts and rivet nuts are strong and permanent options for integrating seamless fastening.

Rivets are versatile and used in a wide variety of industries. One of the biggest applications for rivets is in construction, whether for windows or wall installations, rivets are used everywhere.

Another common application is in transportation infrastructures, such as for building bridges and overpasses. Rivets are also used in woodworking, jewelry, aerospace, and aviation for all types of projects ranging from necklace clasps to aluminum alloy construction and aircraft assembly.


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