What are Solid Rivets?
Solid Rivets are “old school” fixings that join two materials together by using a technique dating back hundreds of years: archaeologists have even discovered antiquities with Solid Rivets that were still working effectively - and have found them on dig sites dating back as far as the Bronze Age!
Installing Solid Rivets
Solid Rivets are most often installed by hammering the headless end of the rivet with a hammer, deforming the end. As the head deforms and mushrooms out the body of the rivet effectively shortens, clamping the materials that are being joined in place; this process makes them a cold rivet, and much easier (and cheaper) to use than hot riveting.
It is possible to hammer the “head” or finished end of a Solid Rivet, but this takes a lot of practice as the material needs to be held off of the anvil slightly whilst hammering.