Rivet Guides


Rivet Guides

  • How rivets work?
    The material to be fastened together has a hole drilled (see recommended holes sizes in our downloadable catalog) through all the materials. With conventional rivets is strongly suggested the back-side or blind side material has the recommended hole size. The rivet is either fully inserted into the hole, OR fully inserted into the nose piece of the rivet tool, and then fully inserted into the application hole. In either case, it is important the rivet is fully inserted into the application hole and the rivet tool is fully against the head of the rivet BEFORE activation the rivet tool’s setting trigger. The rivet is “set” by the tools “jaws” gripping into the “nail” and pulling it into the tool, thus causing the “nail” head to bulge the rivet body blindside and clasp the materials together. The “nail” then breaks at a predetermined location once the strength required to “set” the rivet are reached. The tool with the broken or spent nail is now free from the “set” rivet and the nail is discarded. Our how to use blind rivets guide with our Cordless Rivet Tools. A blind rivet is a two piece assembly containing a “rivet body” and the setting “nail” (also referred to as “mandrel”). High speed wire forming machines, (headers), form solid wire into both the “rivet body” and/or “nail”.
  • Application materials? (what is being riveted together)?
    This how to use blind rivets guide offers both the rivet and the materials to be fastened will affect the ultimate joint strength. As a general rule, the rivet materials should have similar physical and mechanical properties as the materials to be fastened.
  • Hole size?
    It can be very important when using conventional blind rivets. Too small a hole will, of course, make rivet insertion difficult. Too large a hole may reduce joint strength and/or will require using a “back-up” washer on the blind side. Over-sized holes also may cause the nail head to pull into the hole, which can cause “high nail breaks”. It is a critical practice to follow the hole size recommendations provided. Also, avoid burrs in and around the holes. Our Ultimate Rivets eliminate these concerns as their performance fills over-sized holes and never expose “high nail breaks”. Notice the how to use blind rivets guide will not rank any exploding rivets well for safety concerns are present. The how to use blind rivet guide will also rank conventional rivets low in this regard due to their sensitivity to over-sized holes.
  • Durability & Strength?
    This how to use blind rivets guide will exhibit how strong and durable each rivet may be in your application. First determine the single-joint tensile and shear values required for the application. These are functions of total joint strength, fastener spacing, rivet material and diameter. Then refer to the “Shear” and “Tensile” columns on the product, (catalog) and select a blind rivet that provides the values required. The shear and tensile values listed in our catalog, and/or web site represent typical results. Actual application results may vary due to each applications conditions. aDP rivets are not certified for aerospace applications and such use is not recommended unless verification process is achieved.The how to use blind rivet guide will once again rank the Ultimate multigrip rivets as the best choice of this group for long lasting durability and strong joint strength. When reviewing this how to use blind rivets information keep in mind a great deal comes from real life applications.
    Safety is a major concern, especially when both the front and back side of the rivet are exposed. The finish side (front) should be smooth with only the smooth rivet head exposed. The back side, when exposed, is preferred to have a rounded, sealed upset rivet footprint. Notice once again certain types of rivet may not rank high in the how to use blind rivets guide when it comes to safety.
  • Ease of use? User friendly rivet?
    How easy it is to use and/or replace rivets. Many customers rate this as one of their top criteria and this how to use blind rivets guide provides the information. Frankly speaking, the Ultimate multigrip rivets are the easiest rivet to install and the user can do it with one hand and certainly doesn’t need help.
  • Cost?
    lso consider your total cost which includes installation, rework and labor. Review the how to use blind rivets information for help determining the best, easy to use and long lasting rivet type so you only have to install it once. Notice the costs (Rs) rankings within this how to use blind rivets guide.
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