• How to fit snap fasteners

    In this blog I will talk about the various different types of snap fasteners and how to fit each one. First of all we will familiarise ourselves with the correct terminology. 


    DOT snap fasteners cap socket post stud windscreen clip


    snap fasteners cap socket post stud how to fit

    So the main types of snap fasteners are the cap, the socket, the post and the stud. The stud can often come with a screw already attached like in the first picture. Like many canopy manufacturers we tend to sell and recommend the DOT brand fastener. Scovill in the US have been around for years and the most common material is brass nickel plated snaps. They are very good with marine environment. We also sell a 304 stainless range.


    Fitting a cap and socket also a post and stud

     How to fit snap fasteners (cap and socket, post and stud)

    1. Here I have four cards of canvas, our 3 piece snap fastener tool set , a cap, socket, post and stud.
    2. Take the hole cutting hole and simply strike with a hammer to create a hole. Use a piece or wood under the canvas for support and a cleaner cut.
    3. Insert the cap through the hole
    4.Turn over the canvas
    5. Place the socket onto the cap with the flat side against the canvas
    6. Using the closing / setting tool strike again with a hammer several times until the post is crimped against the inside of the socket
    7. Cap should be fully crimped for a nice tight fit 
    ***** The cap and socket are now ready to attach to a stud *****
    To attach canvas to canvas then you will need a post and a stud (without screw)
    8. Again cut a hole in the canvas and insert the post through the hole
    9. Place the stud over the post
    10. Strike the closing / setting tool with a hammer until the post is crimped tight
    11. The post and stud are now ready 
    12. You can attach the cap and socket from 1-7 with the post and stud 8-12. 
    If you require 3 pieces of canvas to join then you can use a gypsy stud. 
    gypsy snap fastener stud
    Using a similar technique as before we are using a gypsy stud and a socket this time. Once fitted, this part of canvas will attach between the cap and socket and the post and stud. Or you can use the gypsy stud to attached two pieces of canvas to one screw stud. 
    We also sell studs that require no holes to be drilled. They are our YKK snad fastener range. 
    YKK Snad fastener fasteners self adhesive studs
    They come in 2 types. 40mm white domed stud for flat surfaces or the 25mm clear flexi stud for curved surfaces. 
    YKK self adhesive snad fasteners are very popular on caravans in particular the wheel covers. They can be attached around the wheel cover without drilling and have no pointy edges that would catch or snag. Complete with a couple of snap fasteners they would make light work of holding up a wheel cover in the exact position you require. 
    Simply attach two snap fasteners (cap and socket) in each corner of you wheel cover then connect the snad fastener studs to the corners and peel of the self adhesive backing. Then just stick then were you require. 
    Here are a few more ideas for our snad fastener range. 
    All the fasteners mentioned above can be found in our shop. YKK Snad fastener ideas self adhesive snap fastenercaravan motorhome wheel cover self adhesive fasteners
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