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Did you know that rivets we one of the most used tools for construction in Ancient Rome? That’s just one piece of the fascinating journey riveting has took throughout history. Whilst using our cordless rivet tool to fasten rivets in façade panels, you may have wondered where it all began. How did riveting become so prominent in all types of construction? And why are rivet tools called rivet tools in the first place?
Riveting is used in all types of construction with metal being the most common riveted material, however, wood, clay and fabric aren’t far behind on the list. But how did this tool get this name?
Well, we use this word because riveting two objects (usually metal) together is a simple and efficient way to create an almost permanent attachment. And it’s used outside the construction world, for example ‘when you’re riveted to something and unable to tear yourself away’, similar to the feeling when our new tools launch.
Over time, the result of this rivet method has become one of the strongest, most permanent ways of attachments. That’s why the Eiffel Tower in France with a height of 1,063 and built using 18,000 pieces of steel has all the pieces joined together using 2.5 million thermally assembled rivets. The notable uses of rivets throughout history don’t stop there, with the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the RMS Titanic all using them. In fact, 3,000,000 rivets were used in the construction of Titanic - 2 million of which were done by hand and 1 million were completed using a hydraulic hammer.
Basically, on installation, the rivet is placed in a punched or drilled hole, and the tail is upset, or bucked (i.e., deformed), so that it expands to about 1.5 times the original shaft diameter, holding the rivet in place.
Now we’ve clarified how the rivet made it to today – do you have any more interesting rivet facts? Or is there a part of the construction family you’d like to know more about? Let us know and join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter!
Inspired to go and get riveting? Check out our Hilti RT 6 rivet tool.
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