Material Sourcing - Plastic Snaps
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Scott Littlefield
(sclittlefield) - F

Locale: Northern Woods of Maine
Material Sourcing - Plastic Snaps on 01/21/2010 11:39:27 MST Print View

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?

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Material Sourcing - Plastic Snaps on 01/21/2010 12:11:48 MST Print View

don't you have to buy a press to use this type of snap?

-Tim

Scott Littlefield
(sclittlefield) - F

Locale: Northern Woods of Maine
snaps on 01/21/2010 13:34:00 MST Print View

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.

http://verybaby.com/notions/plastic-snaps-industrial-and-standard

http://www.kingrichardco.com/Snaps/plasticsnaps.htm

Edited by sclittlefield on 01/21/2010 13:34:52 MST.

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: snaps on 01/21/2010 14:01:44 MST Print View

My only question is, what is the release strength of these snaps? Neither supplier seems to provide that information.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Material Sourcing - Plastic Snaps on 01/21/2010 14:31:32 MST Print View

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
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/myog_mntn_poncho.html
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
http://myebestbuy.com/index.aspx
http://verybaby.com/notions/plastic-snaps-industrial-and-standard
http://thesnapstore.com/catalog/index.php
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.

Cheers

Edited by rcaffin on 01/21/2010 16:45:59 MST.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Re: Material Sourcing - Plastic Snaps on 01/21/2010 14:31:40 MST Print View

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:

Snap Press:

http://myebestbuy.com/hsf-1handpressmachines1set.aspx

Snaps:

http://thesnapstore.com/

Edited by bfornshell on 01/21/2010 15:36:50 MST.

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Snaps weight and release pressure on 01/21/2010 15:16:35 MST Print View

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.

Edited by richard295 on 01/21/2010 21:50:30 MST.

obx hiker
(obxcola) - MLife

Locale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
Nisley on 01/21/2010 15:52:53 MST Print View

Richard the information you supply to this blog is really incredible. Thank you and no need to respond.

Scott Littlefield
(sclittlefield) - F

Locale: Northern Woods of Maine
snaps on 01/21/2010 20:49:39 MST Print View

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.

http://thesnapstore.com/

Oh, and thanks very much for the tension numbers! Big help.

Edited by sclittlefield on 01/21/2010 20:50:13 MST.