Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Solid Aluminum Rivets

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  • 2024-07-03
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Riveting is an essential technique in many industries, and aluminum rivets are particularly versatile due to their strength and corrosion resistance. Installing solid aluminum rivets may seem daunting, but with the right tools and steps, it’s a straightforward process.


Solid aluminum rivets (diameter and length to match application)

Rivet gun (handheld or pneumatic)

Drill bit (same diameter as rivet)

Protective gloves

Safety glasses


Step 1: Mark and Drill Hole

Position the pieces to be joined and mark the location where the rivet will be placed.

Clamp the pieces together securely.

Using a drill bit the same diameter as the rivet, drill a hole through both pieces.

Step 2: Deburr the Hole

Use a small file or deburring tool to remove any burrs or sharp edges around the hole. This will ensure a clean fit for the rivet.

Step 3: Insert Rivet into Tool

Select the appropriate rivet size and insert it into the rivet gun. Make sure the rivet is oriented correctly.

Step 4: Position Rivet in Hole

Position the rivet gun so that the rivet is aligned with the hole.

Gently push the rivet into the hole until it is fully seated.

Step 5: Pull Rivet Gun Trigger

Pull the trigger on the rivet gun to activate the setting process.

Continue pulling the trigger until the rivet is properly set.

Step 6: Remove Rivet Stem

Once the rivet is set, use a pair of pliers or a dedicated rivet stem remover to pull out the stem.

Step 7: Inspect the Riveted Joint

Inspect the riveted joint to ensure that it is secure and properly formed.


Use aluminum washers or spacers on softer materials to prevent the rivet from pulling through.

If you are new to riveting, it’s best to practice on scrap pieces first.

Always wear protective gloves and safety glasses when working with rivets.

For heavy-duty applications, consider using a pneumatic rivet gun for increased power.

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