17th October 2019


How do you measure a pop rivet?

First, measure the diameter of the rivet itself with a dial caliper. Then, just like measuring a bolt, measure from the underside of the rivet head to the end of the rivet. (CAREFUL!! Make sure you don't measure to the end of the nail or mandrel that goes through the rivet!)

Regarding this, what are pop rivets used for?

The pop rivet pliers are used to pull the pin through the rivet and as this happens the rivet is deformed slightly so that it joins the metal or plastic pieces. This is explained in detail below. This technique is used where the metal or plastic is thin and where the joint does not have to be very strong.

Can you use pop rivets on wood?

Since they are softer materials than metal (which is what pop rivets are traditionally used on) the process is slightly different. Start by drilling a hole the same diameter as your rivet. It will say on the box what the diameter is. Now, for wood or leather, you need to make sure to use rivet washers.

What size hole to drill for 1 4 Rivet?

Table 1.
Nom. Rivet Dia.Hole SizeDrill No.
1/80.129 - 0.133#30
5/320.160 - 0.164#20
3/160.192 - 0.196#11
1/40.257 - 0.261F
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