How to Use Aluminium Pop Rivet

Aluminium pop rivets are used to connect two pieces of thin metal. Pop riveting is a technique that is used to join thin pieces of metal. Most pop rivet tools come with a variety of pop rivets.

The pin and the rivet are the two parts of a pop rivet. To drag the pin through the rivet, pop rivet pliers are used. This process will distort the rivet a little and makes it easy to join the metal or plastic pieces.

The metal pieces are held together using a clamp. A not so big hole is drilled through the pieces using a power drill. Then the pop rivet is placed in the pop rivet tool by fixing the rivet head into the gap and packed together. The pop rivet is like a peg with a large head. As you press the pop rivet, it pulls the shaft out of the pop rivet. This makes the head to expand on the back side of the metal.


Take safety precautions

Before you start using an aluminium pop rivet, you must take certain safety precautions. Wear safety glasses and gloves to avoid any accidents. When joining the sheets of metal or plastic, rivets might break, and may cause injury. Also, put down the materials before drilling holes, or proceed with the riveting if the metals are ready-drilled. The materials must rest in such a way that holes lie on top of each other to allow fitting of the rivet.

Inserting the rivet

After placing the materials in the right way, place the pop rivet onto the tool. Once the rivet is in place, the user can release the trigger to allow the tool to hold the rivet firmly in the pitch.

Mounting the rivet

The next step involves placing the rivet into the sheets of metal or plastic through the ready-drilled holes. Rivets should pass through the two sheets of metal at the same time. To confirm the right placement, press and then pull the handle of the manual pop rivet gun. After checking, let go of the handle. For this process to work hold the rivet tightly before drawing the handle once more. Repeat the procedure until the rivet snaps, which is a sign that the pin has broken and the rivet assemblage is locked.


When the pin snaps, the pop rivet tool automatically disengages from both the hole and rivet. The remaining piece of the pin stuck in the chuck drops out, allowing users to reload and continue working.