How Rivet Nuts Work | Rivnut Installation on Your Campervan

If you are planning on going camping in the near future, it is important to have a camper van that can store all of your supplies. In some cases, it may be necessary to attach items to that van using a rivet nut. With this handy rivnut installation guide, suggested by our friend at Dafra, you can learn what a rivet nut is and how it works.

How Rivet Nuts Work

Rivet nuts are threaded and allow you to anchor items from one side. This makes them the perfect tool to attach just about anything that you want to your camper van regardless of how heavy it is. It also makes installation easier as you only need access to one side of the van. While the nut itself may be installed by hand, it is much easier to do so with the help of a rivet nut gun or setter. The nut setter is shaped like a gun and works by utilizing air pressure to put the net into place.

Using a Rivnut Tool

Like any other tool, you will want to know how to use a rivet nut tool safely. Ideally, you will inspect it or have someone else inspect it prior to use. This ensures that it has been put together properly as well as ensuring that there isn’t debris or anything else that hurt you. It may also be a good idea to spend some time learning how to use it. Taking just a few minutes to do so may ensure that you don’t damage the rivnut or damage the hole that you are trying to put it into.

How to Install Rivet Nuts

The first step in installing a rivet nut is to create a hole that is large enough for the nut to fit through. If you are lucky, there will be several holes in the side of the van that are large enough and are the same size as the nut itself. If you have a rivnut tool, you simply put it into the tool, put the nut into the hexagonal hole and then squeeze it into place.

The entire process should take only a few seconds to complete. The rivnut needs to go in straight as failing to do so could damage the hexagonal hole or deform the nut itself. A rivnut could be damaged if it is pulled out awkwardly as that could cause issues with the thread. It is also possible that the nut is damaged because it isn’t able to hold the weight of whatever is attached to it because it wasn’t properly installed.

Knowing how to use and install a rivnut can make it much easier to bring the things that you want or need the most on your next camping trip. Within seconds, the nut can be put into the camper van, and you can start attaching items quickly. Since the rivet nuts can stay in on a permanent basis, there is no need to worry about taking them out once they have been put in.

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