Dome head rivets, otherwise known as open-end rivets, are mainly used in applications with no access to the workpiece's rear (blindside). Open-end rivets are the most common type of blind rivets.
Blind rivets, also called "POP Rivets" after the brand that popularized them, have a two-piece construction; the rivet hat and the mandrel. Both the hat and mandrel are pre-assembled and ready to use. They are installed using a riveting tool to draw the mandrel, which causes the body to deform and clamp down on the workpieces, bringing them together. Upon reaching the designed clamping force, the mandrel snaps and is discarded. Once the mandrel is removed from the rivet's mandrel side, the domed head will be left exposed.
Rivets are measured in installed grip range and length. The Rivet size guide above can assist you in finding the right size rivets for your application. For more information on rivet sizing and blind rivets in general, visit our Fasteners 101 page on the subject: Blind Rivets.
Painted Colored Blind POP Rivets
Dome Head Open End Rivets in Various Colors
Painted dome blind rivets are available in many different color varieties including:
Each of the color options are a paint finish on the POP Rivets. Open end blind rivets are made from genuine fine-grade materials to insure consistent error free application from rivet to rivet. A special treatment applied to the rivet insures the mandrel will be encased by the rivet during application. These rivets ensure the quick joining of two materials while leaving behind a clean professional finish.
Painted pop rivets come in corrosion resistant 304 Stainless Steel or lightweight Aluminum.
Aluminum rivets should never be used with stainless steel: Corrosion may occur.
Interlocking Rivets for Heavy-Duty Applications
Structural Rivets create a stronger assembly than standard stainless steel pop rivets, because of the amount of force that they generate. Structural rivets are used to connect two pieces of material in a quick and efficient way. They are tubular, comprised of a hat and mandrel; the length of the mandrel is snapped off when installed.
Interlock Pop Rivets are available in 302 Stainless Steel which is considered the industry standard because of its corrosion resistant qualities. Both the hat and mandrel of the structural rivet are made of 302 Stainless Steel. Structural Rivets are available in 3/16" and 1/4" diameters, in #6-4 and #8-6 fastener callout sizes.
How To Install Rivets With A Lever Rivet Tool
Structural Rivet Installation With a Lever Riveter Transcript
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Bob: Welcome back to Albany County Fasteners, Fasteners 101. I'm Bob and today I'm going to demonstrate the installation of a structural rivet, stainless steel, with this monster tool.
So I have my Norseman. My 1/4 inch Norsemen-Viking CTD bit. It's a new bit. I'm just going to add some lubricant to it and then I'm just going to drill some holes to demonstrate the installation of a structural rivet.
That's one. This is 3/8" steel that we're going through. Two. We'll do three holes. Amazing bit. That's our third hole. So I have a structural rivet here. As you can see this rivet is stainless steel. This is one of the hardest rivets to put in place. Stainless steel does give you a little more resistance, but not as much as everybody thinks.
I have my bolt cutter type riveter tool and I'm going to install the the rivet. To put the rivet in here, you need to-you'll see it only goes so far in. It's important that the rivet sits all the way into the tool and the only way on this tool that the rivet will go all the way into the front of the nose is by opening the arms.
So I have opened the arms all the way and you saw that the rivet now falls all the way in place. I'm going to insert it into the hole and now I'm going to crimp the rivet. That's one...and two.
So it's a two-step process. I'm going to do three of these. That's the first one. I drilled three holes, and here's the second one. So as you can see the first one pulls, starts to pull, the back of the rivet in to lock it in and then the second one pulls the balance of the mandrel through and then once it reaches its breaking point it just snaps the mandrel off and then you get a flat surface.
And then I have the last one I'm going to do. Now you just, I don't know if you heard that but, the pieces of the mandrel that are left over are actually dropping in here. Into this little cup, and I'll show you once I finish putting this last rivet in.
So you have to, to get that to drop and clear the hole, you actually have to bring the arms all the way out. So I'm going to slide the other one in, lock that in place first, and then the second one.
So I put three of them in. All three are tightly fastened. This is a 3/8" piece of steel; this is only for demonstration purposes to show you how this tool can install your rivets very effectively.
I off-screwed the cup and these are the mandrels that have been cut off after the crimping process. Those are the three that I just did and I'll show you a close-up of the actual rivet. This is the finished side. I'm going to show you now-just waiting for focus here-and now I'm going to show you the back side.
That's the backside. There's no play in this it's very solid. It's in place and locked in.
So if you were fastening two pieces of structural steel together, this is the tool and you'll want a structural rivet.
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