## How do I choose the right size pop rivet?

The length of the rivet should be equal to the thickness of both objects you are fastening, plus 1.5 times the diameter of the rivet’s stem. For example, a 1/2-inch diameter rivet being used to fasten two one-inch thick plates will have to be 2 3/4 inches long.

### How are pop rivets sizes?

The first number refers to the diameter of the rivet in 32nds of an inch. The second number refers to the maximum grip length in 16ths of an inch. Therefore a size 45 rivet is 4/32″ (1/8″) diameter with a 5/16″ maximum grip range.

**What are the strongest pop rivets?**

Also, aluminum rivets with aluminum mandrels are the least strong; aluminum rivets with steel mandrels are stronger; steel rivets with steel mandrels are stronger still; and stainless steel rivets with either steel or stainless steel mandrels are the strongest.

**How much weight can a pop rivet hold?**

McMaster rates pop rivets in tensile strength as well as shear strength. A 3/16″ aluminum blind pop rivet has a shear strength of 310lbs and a tensile strength of 500lbs.

## Are pop rivets stronger than screws?

For typical workshop applications, where pop rivets are usually used, threaded fasteners will provide superior strength. Pop rivets use a hollow shaft, reducing their ability to resist shear loads. The strength of the materials used also depends on the power of riveting tools available.

### Are rivets stronger than screws?

A benefit of the hollow shafts and softer metals used for pop rivets is that it makes removal relatively easy. A drill bit can be easily seated in the hollow end and used to remove the head. By contrast, solid rivets are perhaps the strongest mechanical fastener available.

**How do you calculate rivet diameter?**

The proper diameter rivet would be 3 x 0.060=0.180 inches. A 3/16” rivet (0.188 inches) should be used. The metal thickness is 0.060+0.060=0.12 inches, and 1.5D is 1.5 x 0.188 inch = 0.282 inches, so the total length would have to be 0.12 + 0.282=0.402 inches for the rivet.

**What size hole do I drill for a 4.8 mm rivet?**

Rivet Dimensions

d1 dia. | L | Drill Size |
---|---|---|

4.8mm | 10.0mm | 4.9mm |

4.8mm | 12.0mm | 4.9mm |

4.8mm | 14.0mm | 4.9mm |

4.8mm | 16.0mm | 4.9mm |

## How much weight can pop rivets hold?

A 3/16″ aluminum blind pop rivet has a shear strength of 310lbs and a tensile strength of 500lbs.