rivet (something) to (someone or something)

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rivet (something) to (someone or something)

1. To attach or fasten something very securely to something else, with or as with rivets. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rivet" and "to." We'll need to rivet a new handle to the door as soon as possible. They riveted a makeshift ladder to the side of the house.
2. To focus one's attention or gaze on someone or something else. A noun or pronoun is used between "rivet" and "to." I riveted my gaze on the television as the final seconds of the game ticked away. I don't think I could handle celebrity. Having thousands of people rivet their attention on me every day sounds like a nightmare. As I stood atop the Empire State Building, my eyes were riveted to the tiny specks of people on the ground below.
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In this project, I use rivets to attach the two straps and to reinforce the flat pocket corners.
Another issue is that the connections between these wall stud members only have a limited area of overlap between the two sections, which would allow for two rivets to be placed at each side of the connection.
Affected vehicles were potentially assembled with driver and/or front passenger powered seats that used improperly manufactured rivets to secure the seat slide rails to the forward seat feet.
If you do not have the means to weld in the rails you could use solid rivets to hold the rails in place.
The new all-electric process replaces an existing hydraulic process, whilst also supporting the transition from 2024 aluminum alloy rivets to 7050 aluminum alloy.
This granularity of control allowed for the idiosyncratic behavior of certain rivets to be overcome by creating a unique upset recipe for that particular fastener.
The first rivets to be installed are the two lower rear rivets.
I then used pop rivets to secure the rails to the receiver.
Some who don't have welders use solid rivets to attach them, but the most common method is to weld them in place with a MIG or resistance spot welder.
We had nine rivets to go, but I just could not pick up the tool again to do another rivet.
One theory about the sinking claims that the impact with the iceberg caused the heads of the rivets to break off and sections of Titanic to break up.
(Milwaukee) are designed to improve hydraulic control of tasks ranging from driving rivets to cutting lumber.