How to Use a Rivet Nut Tool

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What You'll Need
Ratchet driven rivet nut tool
Grease or oil
Rivet nut
3/8 inch drive ratchet
Socket set
Adjustable wrench

A rivet nut tool is your best companion when your projects require installations that require having a rivet nut fastener. It will make sturdy installation jobs easier. This tool will allow your rivet nuts to be seated tighter as compared to other tools available since it is specially designed to do this task. Rivet nuts have far greater loads than any regular sheet metal screw. Thus, a rivet nut tool is highly recommended. There are also many other applications where you can use the rivet nut tool which will make this a worthwhile investment.

Step 1 - Tool Inspection

Before you start, it's important to inspect the rivet nut tool and the threads of the mandrel. Make sure that they are all intact. If the rivet nut tool hasn't been assembled just yet, proceed to the next step. If it is already assembled, proceed to the third step.

Step 2 - Rivet Nut Tool Assembly

Take your rivet nut tool and retract the slide completely. Locate the stud and install the rivet nut finger tightly into it. Do you see the provided hole in the tool? Install the stabilizing rod in there. After that, install the rivet nut in the drilled hole. Now, tighten the slide screw to let it slide back up the ramp. You may coat it with grease or put a few drops of oil in order to ease the process and operation of the rivet nut tool. The slide should be closed about 0 to 1/4 inch, depending on the material's thickness. This step will set the rivet nut.

Step 3 - Rivet Nut Threading

Once your tools are inspected and the tool assembled, it's time to thread the rivet nut into the mandrel. To do this, turn the rivet clockwise. Continue doing so until the flared head of the nut is sitting tightly against the bottom of holding nut of the tool.

Step 4 - Socket Placement

Look for the correct size of socket and place it onto the ratchet. The socket will be used for the drawing nut of the tool. You will also need to set the wrench in order to fit the lower holding nut.

Step 5 - Slide Rivet Nut

Slide the rivet nut into the hole of the metal you're working on. Make sure it is the correct size for the hole.

Step 6 - Hold Rivet Nut

When the rivet nut is already placed into the hole, hold it in place using your adjustable wrench. Take your socket and place it on the drawing nut.

Step 7 - Turn Ratchet

Turn your ratchet clockwise in order to draw the rivet nut towards the metal. While you do this, apply counter-clockwise pressure to the adjustable wrench holding it in place. Continue turning until the rivet nut is locked in place and securely screwed into the metal.

Step 8 - Remove Pressure from Mandrel

Once you're done turning the rivet nut, reverse the ratchet's direction to release the pressure from the mandrel. Turn the drawing nut counter-clockwise only with the use of your hands. This will remove the mandrel from the rivet nut that has been installed.

Step 9 - Install the Bolt

Last but not least, insert a bolt into the rivet nut and tighten it so that your rivet nut won't spin in the metal. If you are able to turn the rivet nut, it means you need to tighten it again.