3 Tips for Working with Tubular Rivets 3 Tips for Working with Tubular Rivets
Tubular rivets are cylindrical headless rivets with a hole running co-axially through the center. The length of this hollow tube determines whether it is tubular or semi-tubular. The headless end is curled using a hammer or a riveting machine. These are mostly used for smaller and lighter loads as they cannot withstand a tremendous amount of pressure.
Tip1: Setting the Rivet
It is best to set the tubular or the semi-tubular rivet using a hand-held riveting machine. Using a hammer is the most convenient option but sometimes hammering can damage the material. In case of a tubular rivet the hollow end is flared and this keeps the rivet in place.
Tip 2: Marking
Before riveting two work pieces with a tubular rivet, always mark both of them and drill perpendicular holes on their surface. This ensures the rivet will go in properly and there will be less radial pressure on the rivet.
Tip 3: Checking
Once the rivet is in its place and you have set it, always check if the fit is loose or not. Many times the rivets can remain loose after setting it. Use the riveting machine or the hammer to set it properly and see that the rivet is firmly holding the two work pieces together.