There are two types of rivets: solid rivets and pop rivets. Typically people use solid rivets over pop rivets. Pop rivets are easier to install but are also more expensive. They take more expertise to manufacture, and thus they cost more than solid rivets. They also do not last as long as solid rivets. Pop rivets also tend to loosen under prolonged vibrations. Because they are hollow, pop rivets each need to be sealed over to keep out corrosion and moisture. Sealing also improves the overall look of what you're riveting.
Getting Started With Riveting
So start with solid rivets. To drive in a solid rivet, you first insert the rivet into the rivet hole.
You then back up the protruding stem, known as the shank end, with a bucking bar.
Once the bucking bar is in place, you can drive the manufactured head in with the rivet gun.
As the rivet gun hammers in the rivet, the rivet swells and fills the hole tightly.
Subsequently, the shank end of the rivet flattens and forms a shophead.
If you use the rivet gun properly, the compressed rivet should lock the riveted parts together permanently.
Get Started With A Rivet Gun Kit
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