If it could be done in the early 1800's,
it can be done now.
What is a Rivet?
A rivet is a permanent mechanical fastener. Before being installed, a rivet consists of a smooth cylindrical shaft with a head on one end. The end opposite the head is called the buck-tail. On installation the rivet is placed in a punched or drilled hole, and the tail is upset, or bucked, so that it expands to about 1.5 times the original shaft diameter, holding the rivet in place. To distinguish between the two ends of the rivet, the original head is called the factory head and the deformed end is called the shop head or buck-tail.
Susan R. Bauer, Inc. has the capabilities to install hot rivets as per historical preservation. We have done many truss bridge rehabilitations where the Historic Society and Preservation Society have required hot rivets to be installed. At our facility we can remove, repair and re-install hot rivets just as they were once done originally.