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Repairs: Easy and cheap re-attaching of canopy snap fasteners

Have you had canopy fasteners coming off the frame and staying in the canopy thus creating a not-so watertight problem?

Don’t despair – I have a handy and easy way to fix it.

All gone

All gone

 
Just buy M4x15 screws, helical spring washers, M4 nyloc nuts and a 4.1 metal drill.

Carefully place the drill in the center of the existing broken-off rivet put your finger behind the metal band on the rivet and slowly start drilling. Within a second, you will notice that your rivet has come loose, as not much metal has been keeping in place anymore.

Slightly larger hole after drilling

Slightly larger hole after drilling

 
The hole should now be exactly the right size.

No problem!

No problem!

 
Now take the existing snap fastener out using a small screw driver. Then, if necessary, use small pliers to remove the upper part of the rivet from the snap fastener. No force is required doing this. The rivet leftovers are held in place by just a sliver of metal.

The hole in the snap fastener and metal band should be large enough for the screws you bought. Add the washer and nyloc nut, tighten the screw and you’re done.

Done!

Done!

 
If a first few of these have started coming off, it is best you just replace all of them in one session. It’s a quick and easy fix which will last forever.

Easy fix!

Easy fix!