A solid rivet is a good way to attach two pieces of metal together without the use of welding. This is important if you are rebuilding a classic automobile, or creating something that does not need any strong welds. This rivet is a fastener that is a solid tube with a head that resembles a flat screw. There are different ways to install a solid rivet into a work piece, but they all depend on making a mushroom end so that it holds the two pieces together
These rivets are made up of a hollow shaft with a flared head on top of the shaft. To attach the rivet to the material, a special tool grabs the rod and pulls the rivet through a hole in the material, then flares the tip on the far side, keeping it from being pulled back through the hole.