Blind rivets or pop rivets, are cylindrical nail-like fasteners with a mandrel. Unlike other types of rivets, these rivets can be used to fasten wooden or plastic materials aside from metal. The name pop rivet is actually a popularized term for blind rivets. It is derived from the famous POP blind rivets manufactured by Emhart Teknologies. Pop rivets can fasten metals, wood, and plastic even if there is no access to the back part of the material. This set up is called blind setting. As long as the front part is accessible, the rivet can be set into place. Below are some of the best uses for blind rivets.
1. Building or Home Applications
Blind rivets can be used for different purposes at home. Many homes make use of gutters to lead rainwater down a drain. In gutter construction, nails may not be able to provide effective fastening. However, rivets provide a better alternative. These fasteners attach metal sheets together so easily and effectively. Installing fiberglass roofing, as well as doors and windows may also require the use of rivets. Other building or home applications that may require the use of rivets include installation of wind guards, hanger straps, window blinds and many more.
2. Attaching Nameplates and Signs
Nameplates and signs can be seen almost anywhere. Attaching nameplates or signs to a wall can be done in many ways. In cases where there is only access to one side of a structure, blind rivets can be used as fasteners instead.
3. Fastening Wall or Ceiling Decorations
Some types of wall decorations require a strong fastener for support. Framed pictures and framed paintings may easily fall off a wall without proper support. Other decorations that can be fastened using a blind rivet include Halloween or Christmas lanterns, bas reliefs, and any other type of ornamental objects.
4. Attaching Hinges
Hinges are used to attach doors, windows, appliances, shelves, and more. In order to attach the hinges to a wall, or a surface, one needs to use screws or nails. Instead of screws, some people make use of blind rivets as a replacement. Some hinges also come with rivets instead of screws.
5. Attaching Door Knobs, Drawer Pulls, and Handles
Drawers need drawer pulls, doors need knobs, and other pieces of furniture or equipment need handles. These objects can be attached using nails screws or rivets. In places where nails and screws are not applicable, rivets can be used instead.
6. Woodworking Applications
Rivets may also be used in many types of woodworking projects. Cabinets, shelves, lockers, wooden stands may require the use of rivets. Rivets provide secure fastening and are more durable than common nails and screws. Wood workers need to ensure that their finished products are sturdy. One way to do that is to make sure the fasteners are strong enough to hold the furniture in place.
7. Industrial Applications
Manufacturers of boats, aircraft, and other vehicles make use of blind rivets most of the time. In aircraft manufacturing, there are a lot of instances where only one side of a metal piece is accessible. The same is true with other types of vehicles. In these instances, manufactures use blind rivets.