How do I install a rivet?

Answer

To install a rivet, clean all burrs and rough areas. Drill one hole through both pieces for each rivet. Ensure the rivet protrudes far enough to allow proper expansion of the rivet to lock the parts together. Open the handle of the rivet gun and insert the shank of the rivet through the mandrel. Squeeze the handles of the rivet gun until the rivet is compressed and the shank breaks off.
1 Additional Answer
To install pop rivets, you should first clean all burrs and rough areas away from the area that will be riveted and drill one hole through both pieces for each rivet by using a 1/8-inch bit for a 1/8-inch rivet, a 3/16-inch bit for a 3/16-inch rivet, or a 1/4-inch bit for a 1/4-inch rivet. You should then check the length of the rivet in the assembly and use the proper mandrel for the rivet and job. The next thing would be to open the handle and insert the shank of the rivet through the mandrel, Squeeze it until the rivet is compressed and the shank breaks off and finally check the fit.
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