The Advantages of having a Rivet Gun

A rivet gun in your toolbox can be a very good tool to have. There is no other tool on the market that will securely fasten metal parts together without having to have access to both sides of what you are working on.

Even though screws may be a substitute for pop rivets, one of the advantages of a pop rivet is the fact that it will pull the two parts together. By doing this it will give a much more stable joint. As well as the functional uses of a rivet gun the appearance of a rivet is much more smooth and professional looking than with regular screws and fasteners.

Sometimes rivets are referred to as “blind rivets.” The reason for this is that you do not need to have access to the rear of the materials you are working on as you do with other types of fasteners. The rivets come in different lengths, as the longer rivets will give you the ability to securely fasten thicker objects. It is often the case that rivets are used when working with sheet-metal, for example working with metal ducting or gutters and leaders. The only negative aspect of a rivet is that it will slightly protrude on the inside of the object, which can in some cases debris will catch on the protruding rivet. However this is also the case for other types of fasteners.

You should use washers in order to increase the strength of the joint on materials that are softer. It may be the case that you want to attach materials softer than metal by using rivets. Some examples of these softer materials can be leather, cardboard or plastics. When this is the case you should place a small washer onto the blind side of the rivet. This will greatly keep the materials held together as well as prevent the expanded end of the rivet from coming out the other side.

You can also repair door clip screws that are broken with rivets that are threaded. Many times the knurled screws that are used to tighten the clips on glass or screen doors break off. This is a great time to use the rivet gun as you can buy threaded rivets and then install them in the door to replace the ones that are broken. Carefully drill out the old rivets and then place the new ones in the same holes. IMPORTANT: Sometimes this may not work because the threaded rivet may not fit in the old hole, and do not make the hole larger as the threaded rivet may not hold. You can also drill a new hole for each rivet you install, but it will not be as attractive as using the preexisting holes.

Tips

When you squeeze the rivet with the gun, make sure not to squeeze too hard or you may distort the rivet. If you do this the screw will not properly thread. If you do make a mistake you may be able to fix it by getting the same size thread and using a self tapping screw. This type of screw has hardened tapered threads that are along its first few turnings. This will let the screw straighten threads that are damaged in the rivet.

Author: Jason Green