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    What is a POP Rivet Tool and What is It Used For?

    If you are looking for a permanent joint that will last and resist vibration, nothing compares to the reliability of a rivet. Rivets are easy to install and are a great substitute for screws or bolts because they don’t loosen over time. There are different types of rivets, but the pop rivet is one of the most popular. Depending on the type of rivet you’re using and the application, you need to choose the right pop rivet tool for proper installation.

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    How to Use a Pop Rivet Gun

    One of the most popular forms of blind rivets is pop rivets because they are easy to set and extremely strong. Pop rivets can be used for everything from construction applications to manufacturing to making lasting repairs. Pop rivets are effective in wood, metals, and even plastic, but you have to use a pop rivet gun to install them. There are different types of pop rivet tools, and it is important to choose the right tool for the application.

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    What Are Some Different Types of Rivets?

    Rivets have been used for more than 5,000 years, and although we have come a long way since blacksmiths had to forge rivets by hand, their basic shape and applications have not changed. What has changed is that we have more types of rivets and rivet designs that make them more versatile, with different features for specific applications.

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    3 Industries and the Blind Fasteners They Use

    Blind rivets have come a long way in the last 100 years. What makes blind rivets so useful in a wide range of industries is the fact that you can drive them in from only one side. Additionally, once sealed, they have excellent load-carrying capacity and are less prone to failure caused by vibration or corrosion.

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    Multi-Grip Rivets vs Standard Grip Rivets: Pros and Cons

    Above all, the rivets used on projects must be reliable and enduring. A fastener that fails can lead to more problems, so ensuring you have the right hardware for the job—and then doing the job right—is imperative.

    Beyond this, the choice of rivet can affect other critical work factors. How much will this rivet cost? How difficult will it be to install? Do I have the right rivet on hand for the job? Without the right answers to these questions, costs can add up.

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    What are Pop Rivets?

    Although the name “pop” is widely used as a generic term for blind rivets, it started out as a brand name for a specific style of rivet patented by the George Tucker Eyelet Company, which was acquired by the United Shoe Machinery Corporation (USM). USM later became part of STANLEY Engineered Fastener, which now owns the POP® trademark.

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    The Pros and Cons of Using a Cordless Rivet Gun

    Each tower of the Golden Gate Bridge contains 600,000 rivets. That number translates into an incredible amount of work before the invention of the cordless rivet gun. Even with modern technology, the number would be impressive—a testament to how vision and hard work can lead to something great.

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    Questions You Should Be Asking Potential Fastener Suppliers

    You’ve narrowed down your fastener specifications—but now you are wondering, “Which supplier should I use?”

    Having a supplier who truly knows the industry is crucial. You need a supplier who can source the right products from top manufacturers and who provides knowledgeable, high-quality customer service. In order to find out if you are talking with the right supplier, start by asking questions about a variety of topics.

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    [Infographic] How to Identify the Best Rivet Guns for Your Application

    When selecting a rivet gun, you have different designs and manufacturers to choose from, which makes it even harder to find the right tool.

    Review our infographic on the three steps for choosing the best rivet gun for your needs.

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    Key Things You Need to Know When Using a Huck Bolt

    Throughout the history of mechanical construction, there has always been a need for a completely permanent fastening system—one that essentially becomes a part of the piece on which it is used. Welding two objects together is one such fastening method, but it requires expert installers using high temperatures, gases, and heavy protective equipment, all of which make it difficult to accomplish, especially in hard-to-reach locations.

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