Tools & Workshop

Radio: It's a Snap to Patch Metal with Pop Rivets

Do you need a quick and easy way to fasten a patch onto sheet metal? Pop rivets make it pretty easy to do so. They come in various sizes and, when installed correctly, create a strong, durable bond between the metal patch and the sheet you're attaching it to.

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Pop rivets work like this: First, you position the patch where you want it and drill holes around its perimeter. Next, working one hole at a time, you insert the long, nail-like end of the rivet into a special tool similar to pliers. Insert the rivet through a hole you've drilled and then squeeze the handles of the tool; that causes the ends of the rivet to flatten out and be drawn together. When the rivet is fully compressed, the nail-like end snaps off and is discarded.

Pop rivets are also called “blind rivets,” because of one very big plus: They can be used even when only one side of the material you're working with is accessible.

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