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Blind Rivet Reference Guide

Blind Rivets, sometimes referred to as "POP" Rivets (POP® being a manufacturer of Rivets & Riveters) are constructed with a tubular shaped rivet body and built with a mandrel through the center. These rivets are intended to fit into a pre-drilled hole to connect two parts. To secure the two pieces the mandrel is drawn into the rivet with a rivet gun (rivet tool, riveter), this expands the blind end of the rivet and snaps the mandrel off.

Blind Rivets produce a strong, reliable vibration resistant connections between two materials.

The riveting and installation tools do not mar the surfaces of the material being joined.


Materials

Blind Rivets are constructed with two parts, the Rivet Body and Setting Mandrel. The Mandrel and Rivet Body materials can be combined in various combinations which can affect the strength and corrosion resistance of the fastener.

Common combinations are:

  • Steel Rivet & Steel Mandrel
  • Stainless Steel Rivet & Steel Mandrel
  • Stainless Steel Rivet & Stainless Steel Mandrel
  • Aluminum Rivet & Aluminum Mandrel
  • Aluminum Rivet & Steel Mandrel

Head Types

Blind Rivets have four standard head types, each of which includes features to suit specific requirements.

120° CountersunkLarge FlangeDome HeadClosed-End
These Blind Rivets are built for where a flush appearance is required.These Blind Rivets are built with a large bearing surface ideal for fastening soft and brittle materials such as plywood, plastics, and vinyl.These Blind Rivets are built with a low profile domed head that is double the diameter of others. This popular construction provides an adequate bearing surface for most applications.These Blind Rivets are built with a closed rivet body end. This closed-end feature provides excellent moisture resistance, 45% greater shear strength (over equivalent open-end rivets) and 100% mandrel retention.

Sizes

Hole Size & Drill #

Drill #Hole SizeRivet Dia.
#410.097" to 0.100"3/32"
#300.129" to 0.133"1/8"
#200.160" to 0.164"5/32"
#110.192" to 0.196"3/16"
F0.257" to 0.261"1/4"

Standard Sizes

Trade SizeRivet DiameterMax. Grip LengthRivet LengthGrip Range
323/32"1/8"0.2250.032" to 0.125"
343/32"1/4"0.3500.126" to 0.250"
363/32"3/8"0.4750.251" to 0.375"
411/8"1/16"0.1880.032" to 0.062"
421/8"1/8"0.2500.063" to 0.125"
431/8"3/16"0.3130.126" to 0.187"
441/8"1/4"0.3750.188" to 0.250"
451/8"5/16"0.4380.251" to 0.312"
461/8"3/8"0.5000.313" to 0.375"
481/8"1/2"0.6250.376" to 0.500"
4101/8"5/8"0.7500.501" to 0.625"
525/32"1/8"0.2750.063" to 0.125"
535/32"3/16"0.3380.126" to 0.187"
545/32"1/4"0.4000.188" to 0.250"
565/32"3/8"0.5250.251" to 0.375"
585/32"1/2"0.6500.376" to 0.500"
623/16"1/8"0.3000.063" to 0.125"
643/16"1/4"0.4250.126" to 0.250"
663/16"3/8"0.5500.251" to 0.375"
683/16"1/2"0.6750.376" to 0.500"
6103/16"5/8"0.8000.501" to 0.625"
6123/16"3/4"0.9250.626" to 0.750"
6143/16"7/8"1.0500.751" to 0.875"
6163/16"1"1.1750.876" to 1.000"
841/4"1/4"0.455/0.4950.063" to 0.250"
861/4"3/8"0.580/0.6200.251" to 0.375"
881/4"1/2"0.705/0.7450.376" to 0.500"
8101/4"5/8"0.830/0.8700.501" to 0.625"
8121/4"3/4"0.955/0.9950.626" to 0.750"
8141/4"7/8"1.080/1.1200.751" to 0.875"
8161/4"1"1.205/1.2450.876" to 1.000"


Understanding Part Numbers

Calgary Fasteners & Tools uses a standard three-part method of identifying rivets: "Proprietary Code" "Trade Size" "Proprietary Code"
See Table Below

Trade Sizes

To determine the Diameter of the Rivet and the Maximum Thickness of the Material to be Riveted (Max Grip Length) we use the standard "Trade Sizes" which are described as a number pair (two whole numbers), for example, 45, 32 or 810.

The first number is the Rivet Diameter in 32nds of an inch.
The first number is the Maximum Grip Length (Thickness of Material) in 16ths of an inch.

Example:
3= (3*(1/32))=3/32" x (2*(1/16))=1/8"
3/32" x 1/8"


AD32BS

Rivet Material
(For use with
Calgary Fasteners
Part Numbers ONLY)
Trade Size
(Expressed in two numbers)
Mandrel Material & Head Type
(For use with
Calgary Fasteners
Part Numbers ONLY)
AD:Aluminum Rivet
CD:Copper Rivet
SD:Steel Rivet
SSD:Stainless Steel Rivet
First Number:Rivet Diameter in 1/32"
Second NumberMax. Grip Length in 1/16"
BS:Dome Head Steel Mandrel
SSBS:Dome Head Stainless Steel Mandrel
ABS:Dome Head Aluminum Mandrel
AH:Closed-End Aluminum Mandrel

Last Updated: Feb 1, 2017
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