Rivets, Blind Rivets & Rivet Nuts

At AlbanyCountyFasteners.com, we offer a wide selection of top-quality rivets, blind rivets, and rivet nuts to meet your fastening needs. As your trusted supplier, we strive to provide not only the best products but also the knowledge you need to make informed buying decisions.

Understanding Rivets, Blind Rivets & Rivet Nuts

Various applications use these versatile fasteners. Here's a quick overview:

  • Rivets: Permanent fasteners consisting of a head and a cylindrical shaft, used to join two or more materials together. Commonly used in construction, automotive, and aerospace industries for their strength and reliability
  • Blind Rivets: Fasteners that can be installed from one side of the material, making them ideal for applications with limited access. Popular in situations where the back of the material is not accessible for installation.
  • Rivet Nuts: Threaded inserts that provide a secure, removable fastening solution for thin materials. Perfect for applications where a strong, threaded connection is needed in thin materials like sheet metal.

Choosing the Right Fasteners for Your Project

When selecting parts, consider the following factors:

  • Material: Ensure the fastener material is compatible with the materials being joined and suitable for the application environment.
  • Size: Choose the appropriate diameter and grip range based on the thickness of the materials being fastened.
  • Head Style: Select the head style (dome, countersunk, or large flange) that best suits your project requirements and desired appearance.


Proper installation is key to achieving strong, reliable joints. Basic steps include:

  1. Drilling appropriately sized holes in the materials to be joined.
  2. Inserting the fastener into the hole.
  3. Using a rivet tool or installation tool to apply pressure, setting the fastener in place.
  4. Ensuring the fastener is securely installed and flush with the surface.

Consider the ease of installation and whether a tool is required for setting the fastener. Some may require a specific tool for proper installation, so make sure you have the necessary equipment on hand.

  • Strength: Evaluate the strength and load-bearing capacity of the fastener to ensure it can withstand the forces it will be subjected to in your application.
  • Corrosion Resistance: If your project will be exposed to harsh environments or moisture, choose fasteners with corrosion-resistant coatings to prevent rust and deterioration over time.
  • Compatibility: Ensure that the fasteners you choose are compatible with any existing hardware or components in your project to ensure a secure and reliable connection. By considering these factors, you can select the right fasteners for your project and ensure a strong, durable connection in thin materials like sheet metal.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between rivets, blind rivets, and rivet nuts?

Rivets are permanent fasteners installed from both sides of the material, while blind rivets can be installed from one side. Rivet nuts provide threaded inserts for removable fastening.

How do I choose the right size fastener for my project?

When connecting, match the material thickness and follow the manufacturer's guidelines for hole sizes and grip ranges.

Can rivets be used in high-vibration applications?

Yes, these fasteners are well-suited for high-vibration environments as they form strong, permanent connections that resist loosening.

What tools do I need to install rivets?

You'll need a drill to create holes and a pneumatic hammer or installation tool specific to the type of fastener you're using. We offer a range of tools to make installation easy.

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