Setting Solid Rivets Setting Solid Rivets

What You'll Need
Rivet gun
Solid rivets
Bucking bar

Solid rivets are a reliable type of fastener that has been around since the Bronze Age. They are typically used with a rivet gun or hammer and bucking bar. The compression forces the low end of the rivet to deform onto the bucking bar, providing good fastening for metal panels and other applications. Here are the steps to setting solid rivets.

Step 1 - Rivet Gun and Tip Attachment

Whether you are using a manual or air compressed rivet gun you need to make sure you have the correct tip attachment for the rivets you are using. The rivet should fit snuggly into the attachment and not be loose. A rivet gun will come with several attachments you can use. Load the rivet gun with a solid rivet.

Step 2 - Place the Bucking Bar in Position

Depending on the type of rivet gun you are using, you might need to also use a bucking bar. This bar is a piece of metal that will act as a counter to the solid rivets as they push through and cause them to deform. Place and hold the bucking bar at the opposite side of the materials you are trying to bind.

Step 3 - Use the Rivet Gun

If you’re using a manual rivet gun then apply enough force until you hear a crack. This means that the rivet has been pushed through and deformed in place. If you’re using a pneumatic one then just pull the trigger to nail the solid rivets in place.

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