How to Install Grommets
Grommets have many uses in the world today, you may see them used to hang vinyl banners, or secure a tarp. Grommets or eyelets can be made from rubber, plastic and metal. They are made up of two parts, the washer (the flat ring) and the grommet (the indented inner ring). When installing the grommet, the inner ring is compressed over the flat ring to create a secure hold between the two pieces. There are a few methods to install grommets, some easier than others:
How to install grommets with Banner Ups method:
The easiest and most efficient method is to skip the grommets all together and use Banner Ups. This method does not require a hammer or a machine. You will need a pack of BravoTabs (adhesive grommet tabs) and an EZ Punch, and in a few easy steps you have a clean professional looking banner!
2. Apply it to the banner and fold!
Stick and fold the tab over onto the backside of the material, and press the two sides of the tab together to ensure adhesion.
4. Hang Banner
Run rope or zip tie through holes and hang your banner.
The estimated cost of supplies would be $85.00 the full kit with 100 tabs, 1 roll of Banner Ups Clear PowerTape (1.5″ x 36 yd roll), and 1 ea Banner Ups EZ Punch (heavy-duty hole punch sized right to tabs)
The total time required to perform instructions (including the time to prepare the supplies) with Banner Ups method is 2:00 minutes
How to install grommets with a grommet machine:
The next method is more traditional but more costly. If you are planning on installing numerous grommets, you may consider purchasing a grommet machine. Machines can cost upwards of $300 but can save you some time and energy.
1. Set up the grommet
The first step in most grommet machines is to insert the washer on the bottom and the grommet on the top of the opening.
Now press firmly down on the handle.
2. Place your banner material
Then place your banner material in between make sure it is properly aligned.
4. Ready to go!
Run rope through holes and hang your banner!
The estimated cost of supplies would be $200 for grommet press, $.05 per metal grommet
Grommet Machine, metal grommets, vinyl banner material
The total time required to perform instructions (including the time to prepare the supplies) is 7:30 minutes.
How to install grommets with a hammer
The last option is the old fashion way with a grommet die and a hammer. Needed for this method is a grommet tool kit which includes a die punch and a grommet setting anvil.
1. Hammer a hole
First you need to hammer a hole through your banner material using the die punch.
2. Place the grommet
Then place the grommet carefully on the anvil.
3. Secure the grommet
Next layer on your banner material and top it off with the washer and setting piece. It will take numerous hard hits with the hammer to secure the grommet in place. Keep in mind this method may be time-consuming.