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Pop Rivets

Like all rivets, so-called pop rivets are a type of fastener, most often used wherever you need to create a permanent join between two plates or sheet materials. This is typically seen across a wide range of mechanical and industrial applications, where the priority is long-term stability and rigidity of the joint (such that it can't easily work loose over time, leading to structural failure).

Rivets can be used in metal, wood, plastics, and a wide range of other materials and surface types. They're particularly well suited to fastening and reinforcing thinner or more delicate (non-load bearing) sheets that often incorporate more fragile joints and seams.

Our extensive range of pop and blind rivets is supplied by leading brands including the original POP models, as well as Böllhoff, Richco and RS PRO.

How do pop rivets differ from other rivet types?

Pop rivets are a type of ‘blind' rivet - also known as a drive rivet - that are designed to be inserted and set from one side of the sheet or joint. Although the term ‘Pop' originated as a trademarked brand name, it has now become a somewhat generic term for this type of blind rivet.

The fixing action of a pop rivet is made possible thanks to a unique construction involving a pin or mandrel running through the tubular centre, which pulls out and deforms the blind end after insertion and then snaps off cleanly. This deformation process expands the riveted metal on one side of the pre-drilled holes in two or more aligned sheets, preventing removal once the piece has been seated and set.

What are pop rivets used for?

Depending on the specific demands of the application and environment, pop rivets can be an effective and reliable permanent replacement for a variety of welds, adhesives or bolts. Common examples include:

  • Building and construction - gutters, fibreglass roofing, hanger straps, windows, doors, window blinds, wind guards, and custom wall installations
  • Transportation and infrastructure - bridges, overpasses, and large-scale metal structures
  • Woodworking and decorative finishing - signage, hinges, photo frames, furniture, drawer pulls, doorknobs, and sturdy woodcraft
  • Fine metalwork and jewellery
  • Aviation, aerospace, and automotive

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