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What are Rivets?

One of the oldest forms of fasteners for metal that is still being used today. This humble rivet has been seen in service through the entire world war and the construction of boats and airplanes, yet until this very moment there have been no modern replacement has been made.

Originally the rivets are used in making ships, and other huge structures like the bridges, they are put together using a very hot rivets, this is where the rivet is being heated until it was red hot, and then placed in the hole to join the two kinds of iron steel together.

It was then held in pace by the man with a metal tongues while other hit the other end of the rivet to Blind each hole. Then having it cooled down with the rivet that can contract, pulling the two together while its joined together.

Due to the heat and the hammering, this was very dangerous it was not without complication as to how to get the hot rivers to where they have to be and needed while it is being hot. An early example of this is the black and white pictures of men in the year 1900s making skyscrapers in New York and it can be very easy in making a hot rivet. These days the majority of those rivets in use are cold rivets that are all relatively small in size, as ships have steel hulls welded all together for more strength and even faster construction.

These days the majority of the rivets are using Cold rivets that are small in size as ships have the steel hulls being welded together for a stronger strength and faster construction. The bridges are now joined together with fasteners and not riveted. The modern cold rivets are now easily used by the home DIY person , you can purchase a pop riveting kit just about any DIY store.

These pop rivets are then placed in the hole that you must go through and the gun is now attached using a very moderate pressure the rivets will be tighten and the riveting gun crops off the excess rivet. These kind of rivets are now used in the aircraft industry both home built aircraft industry, the principle is the same and the problem can be the same as well.

How can one even fasten two pieces of curved aluminum, you can not weld an aluminum enough to even make it much more sustainable and strong enough, and thus we rely on rivets as a faster to hold each piece all together. This simply shows that rivets are proven to be useful and timeless thing to fasten two things. Imagine how can we survive if we do not have rivets to fasten things.

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