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    The Austin Hardware® Guide to Blind Rivets, Part One

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Feb 10, 2021 9:30:00 AM

    This is Part 1 of a 4-part series on Blind Rivets.

    What is a blind rivet? Simply put, it's a rivet that can be installed from just one side of the application, thus the term "blind."

    The development of blind rivets can be traced back to the aircraft industry.

    According to Assembly magazine,

    "The blind rivet was originally developed as a replacement fastener for solid rivets where service repair was required. Blind rivets also trace their roots to the aircraft industry. Before blind rivets were widely accepted, installation of solid aluminum rivets in fuselages, wings and other airframe components typically required two assemblers: one person with a rivet hammer on one side of the structure and a second person with a bucking bar on the other side. Since rivets were often inaccessible from both sides of the work, this assembly process was extremely slow and very time consuming."

    Continuing with the history lesson, blind rivets were initially dubbed "pop rivets" because of the popping sound made during installation when the stem (a.k.a. mandrel) breaks off. Later, the originating company branded its version of blind rivets as POP® rivets. To this day, blind rivets are generically known as "POP rivets," much the same way tissues are referred to by the prominent brand Kleenex. But in reality, while all POP® rivets are blind rivets, not all blind rivets are necessarily the POP® brand. Interestingly, while the roots of the original POP® fasteners live on, the company is now a part of STANLEY Engineered Fasteners, a division of Staley Black & Decker. 

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    New Year, Same Great Solutions For Your Business with Austin Hardware®

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Jan 8, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    Welcome to 2021!

    Our team at Austin Hardware® would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! A new year means new solutions, but with us, you can guarantee the same great service, quality, and commitment that we are known for. We look forward to helping you find new solutions for your business, streamline any current projects, help you with sourcing, your supply chain, and more. At Austin, we are your one-stop-shop. We thrive on helping customers, and partners like you streamline your business practices and work to provide top-notch solutions. If you are ready to learn more about our solutions for the new year, keep reading below...


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    Austin Hardware & Supply, Inc. Reaches Agreement with Tuma to Distribute Heavy Duty Drawer Slides

    Posted by Admin on Jan 10, 2019 11:14:00 PM

    Austin Hardware & Supply, Inc. has reached an agreement with Tuma to be their United States distributor of heavy and extra heavy duty drawer slides. 

    While Austin Hardware has supplied heavy duty drawer slides for many years, Tuma’s slides add to that offering, giving Austin the broadest offering of drawer slides to industrial and wheeled vehicle markets including the fire, rescue, and emergency vehicle industry as well as the utility and service body markets.


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    New Distribution Agreement

    Posted by Admin on Apr 18, 2018 11:32:00 PM

    Romeo, Mich., April 17, 2018 - L&L Products and Austin Hardware& Supply have jointly entered into an agreement for Austin Hardware & Supply to become an official distributor for L&L Products. Austin Hardware & Supply will focus on providing heat cured tapes, composite panel stiffeners, in addition to traditional adhesive and sealant technology. They provide a national network of warehouses, have the ability to provide Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) Services, and can strengthen the customer-vendor relationship by supplying adjacent technology for doors and enclosures.

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    The New AustinHardware.com

    Posted by Admin on Oct 20, 2017 7:33:00 AM

    Thank you for exploring our new site! 

    You play an important role as our partner, and we’re so grateful that you choose to do business with us. In addition to your purchase, we want you to be completely satisfied with your experience, so that’s why we’re proud to announce the new & improved austinhardware.com! Our streamlined user interface provides a more interactive experience allowing you to easily find the information you’re looking for. You can now purchase online, browse products, learn about our services, & much more.

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    The #1 High Abuse Industrial Liner & Protective Coating

    Posted by Admin on Mar 21, 2017 7:01:00 AM

    Did you know that Austin Hardware and Supply, Inc. carries the Scorpion line of Protective Coatings that can be used to line truck beds and other surfaces?

    Scorpion XO2 is a chemically engineered product that uses the best characteristics of polyurethane. This gives Scorpion incredible strength and when combined with their patented acrylic blend, adds ease of application and UV stability. The best part of the Scorpion System is that all coatings are applied with minimal, cost-effective equipment. Scorpion is a batch mix system, which allows the applicator to infinitely adjust critical factors such as dry time, texture, and color. Batch mixing also allows the applicator to introduce a number of granular additives for various effects.

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