Before portable pop rivets came into the building picture, old-fashioned riveting had its share of history pages. This technique was utilized to create world-class structures like the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Shukhov Tower. It was an essential element in establishing reliable automotive chassis. Moreover, aircraft relied on its benefits such as high strength and light weight.
The modern counterpart of traditional rivets has allowed people to glue materials together by simply working on a single side of the project. Here’s how proper popping is done.
- Align your materials accurately. Make the necessary preparations for the initial steps of your work. Bring in the materials and ensure that there is appropriate alignment. If your setup includes the first material on top of the other then it will be advisable to use a clamp to establish stability.
- Create a perfect fit. Boring holes into the areas that require riveting is an integral step that needs attention to detail. Holes should be made all the way through both materials. Make it a point to check the drill bit and the rivet’s diameter. Measurements should coincide. Observe proper drill bit removal. This is done by allowing the tool to rotate as you pull it out thereby preventing the shape of the hole from being distorted.
- Choose the tool that suits your style. A riveting job can be accomplished with either a gun or a riveter. Generally, the head portion is attached to a pliers-like handle. A tight grip on the handles triggers the wheels to force the rivet towards the gun. The two surfaces involved are joined together via two motions, which include the flattening of the rivet’s head and the breaking of its pin. The pin’s separation is dictated by a predetermined weak spot. Check the compatibility of your tool’s nose piece with the shank of the rivet. The flange of the rivet should seat comfortably on the nose piece when the rivet is inserted.
- Load up nicely. Get the tool of your choice and put the pointed portion of the rivet on the front portion of the riveting gadget. As mentioned above, the head area of the rivet should make sufficient contact with the nose piece of the tool. Make sure that you’ve established a stable and firm attachment. This can be done by putting a little bit of pressure on the tool’s handle. Insert the whole setup into the holes that you’ve initially made.
- The pop will set you free. Start the actual riveting by placing enough pressure over the materials that you intend to unite. While doing so, give the handles the pull they need then release them for a while. Once you are assured that the head of the rivet has been tightly attached to the gun you can give the handles another pull. The steps should be done continuously. A popping sound marks the end of your riveting project. The gun will free itself from the secured rivet. You can attend to the other holes after letting what’s left of the rivet fall off from your tool.
Don’t forget to protect yourself when exposed to these situations. Safety glasses and gloves can safeguard your well-being.