Jan 21, 2010 at 10:39 am #1254326
Hey gang – I'm looking to implement a new system on my tarps for closing off the ends and need to find a good source.
I need high quality, long lasting plastic snaps, but I don't want sew on kind. There's the trouble. It's easy to find sew on snaps…
My wife and I have used cloth diapers on our little one and these (Fuzzybunz) have amazing snaps that are rugged and work well in wet environments (think of the original application) – if you know what I'm talking about, that's the sort I'm in search of.
Any ideas?Jan 21, 2010 at 11:11 am #1564826
Tim MarshallBPL Member
don't you have to buy a press to use this type of snap?
-TimJan 21, 2010 at 12:34 pm #1564855
Yes, I believe so. A hand press is only about $40.00. I sell a lot of tarps so it'd be worth it.
Here's what my searching has come up with thus far – any more thoughts would be great.Jan 21, 2010 at 1:01 pm #1564870
@vickrhinesLocale: Central Texas
My only question is, what is the release strength of these snaps? Neither supplier seems to provide that information.Jan 21, 2010 at 1:31 pm #1564884
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Hi Tim and all
> don't you have to buy a press to use this type of snap?
Yes, and no. You do need a tool of some sort to set the pin in the snaps, but you don't have to buy a whole press for this. A good drill-press with a clamped vice suffices.
The tooling needed is pretty simple. I made my own tooling out of 1/4" steel rod, as shown in my poncho article at
Alternately you could probably just buy the tool bits without the press.
The snaps are available from a variety of on-line sources such as
and I am sure many others.
Holding forces for plastic snaps – unknown, unspecified, and unspecifiable. For a start, it will depend hugely on the temperature of the plastic. Metal snaps can be specified.
CheersJan 21, 2010 at 1:31 pm #1564885
Bill FornshellBPL Member
@bfornshellLocale: Southern Texas
One of the members here offered a press and a bunch of snaps for sale about a week ago.
Don't look for it, I bought it.
This is the one I got:
Snaps:Jan 21, 2010 at 2:16 pm #1564915
Richard NisleyBPL Member
@richard295Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Vertical release pressure on the (3/8" #15) Scovill snap sets, in nickel, average 1.5 lbs.
Patagonia Micropuff vest (1/2" #20) snaps, in plastic, average 2.2 lbs.
Standard size (5/8" #24) DOT snap sets, in nickel, average 3 lbs.
I used Rochford standard (5/8" #24) sized hard action snap sets, in nickel, on my most recent DIY project. The four component pieces weighed 4.1 g (.14 oz) combined and the vertical release pressure averaged 7.1 lbs.Jan 21, 2010 at 2:52 pm #1564929
obx hikerBPL Member
@obxcolaLocale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
Richard the information you supply to this blog is really incredible. Thank you and no need to respond.Jan 21, 2010 at 7:49 pm #1565056
Thanks so much gang.
I also ran into one more, YKK snaps pointed me in their direction.
That large snap press looks nice. Once I get some samples and figure out what works for my application – I'll probably go ahead and get either that one or something similar. Thanks for the link.
Oh, and thanks very much for the tension numbers! Big help.
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