How Do Pop Rivets Work?

Advantages of “Blind” POP Rivets
The ability to set POP® rivets without the need for access at the back of the work makes their use mandatory in many instances. However, their many additional advantages make POP rivets the logical choice in numerous applications where the blind setting feature is not of primary importance, such as: 

  • Low in-place costs 
  • Fast assembly 
  • Low-cost, lightweight, easily portable tools 
  • Vibration-proof assembly 
  • No surface marring 
  • Exceptional versatility 
  • High grip and pull-up strengths 
  • Tamperproof 
  • Increased design flexibility 

How They Work

A blind POP rivet consist of two parts: the rivet body and, within the setting mandrel. As shown in the accompanying illustration at left: 

  1. The POP rivet body is inserted in a hole in the materials to be joined. 
  2. The tool is actuated and the jaws of the power-operated or manual POP® rivetool grip the mandrel of the rivet. 
  3. The rivet is set by pulling the mandrel head into the rivet body, expanding it, and forming a strong, tight, reliable joint. At a predetermined setting force, the mandrel breaks and falls away. 

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Typical Applications:

  • Air bags 
  • Appliances 
  • Overhead doors 
  • Truck trailers 
  • Acoustical ceiling 
  • Personal watercraft 
  • Overhead lighting 
  • RVs