Installing a Rivet Nut

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  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
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What You'll Need
Drill motor and bit
Rivet nut tool
Round file
Adjustable wrenches
Tape measure

A rivet nut is a tubular nut that is also often called a blind nut or a nut-sert. It is made of anodized aluminum, so it cannot conduct any electric current. Installing a rivet nut is simple enough to do. There are no complicated materials needed to install one.

Step 1 - Drill a Hole

The first step is to measure the rivet nut’s diameter using a tape measure. Using the drill motor and bit, drill a hole at the base of the material where you will install the rivet nut. The drill bit you will need should be 1/32 inch larger than the diameter of the nut. Remove any burrs from the newly drilled hole using a round file.

Step 2 - Place the Rivet Nut

Secure the rivet nut onto the rivet nut tool by turning the nut clockwise onto the mandrel of the tool. Place the rivet nut into the hole. Use one of the adjustable wrenches to hold the bottom of the nut. With the other adjustable wrench, turn the top nut clockwise until the rivet nut is properly in the hole. Hold the upper nut in place with the wrench while you turn the lower nut counterclockwise to release the rivet nut tool.