Matt Jackson | October 31, 2018

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A Riveting Way to Fasten Metal Flashing to Wood


A sweet treat for your bag of tricks — Happy Halloween!


Matt Jackson is at it again. Working on a custom home renovation, he learned a great tip from his sheet metal subcontractor for fastening sheet metal or coil stock to wood framing or trim. Sam Webb, owner of Division 7 Sheet Metal taught Matt to flip the mandrel part of a pop rivet to make a reverse-rivet.

The reverse-rivet is then used like a washer-head nail. Installed into a bed of silicone caulk and touched up with touch-up paint for a clean, finished rivet job. 


Step by step:

  1. Drill a hole approximately the depth and width of the mandrel
  2. Seal the hole with a dab of silicone caulk
  3. Reverse the mandrel on the rivet
  4. Drive the rivet home, tapping the mandrel into the hole first

Clean excess caulk with denatured alcohol.


—Matt Jackson is a master carpenter, remodeler, SketchUp Wiz, YouTuber, and contributing editor to ProTradeCraft. He lives and works in Rapid City, South Dakota. 



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