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Old 06-17-2016, 06:25 PM   #1
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just a little something I hate

Is there a good solution or replacement for this bad, bad little fastener? Causes me trouble. I like to inspect and clean in there often and that fastener seems to be designed to fail.
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Easier just to buy a few spares.
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Some nylon expansion pins of that type have a center post that when pushed in expands them. Pulling the pin causes them to be easily removed. Look online or in auto parts stores.
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Old 06-19-2016, 07:41 PM   #4
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my side by side uses these kind of fasteners to hold the Tupperware together.. in my opinion they are only good for one or two uses.. I bought what I needed on either Amazon or ebay.... 50 pieces for $7.50 and mailed free... I now use them once... and if they're good I'll put them back in... otherwise I put new ones back in....

If this is on the OUTSIDE of your RV and the panel would fly off if they failed... they would be new each time I opened the panel...
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Apply new water proof grease, to the shaft of the fastener , every time you remove the vent. That makes the twisting of the fastener easy the next time.
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Apply new water proof grease, to the shaft of the fastener , every time you remove the vent. That makes the twisting of the fastener easy the next time.
...X2. I use a clear spray silicon and haven't broke one yet.
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There is a place in Canada called Spaenaur.com. They sell all types of fasteners. I would look for something that has a couple of small pins on the part that is inserted, then a quarter turn to lock in place.
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Perhaps a silly question, but do you normally remove those clips ? If they are turned, a quarter turn, the vent should come out with the clips still in place.
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Sorry guys - a death in my family kept me away. I actually hadn't thought of lubrication. I think it would have prevented the failure. I don't remove the fastener, but give it a quater-turn. The picture is of the junk piece after it failed. I check and clean behind the refrigerator very often and put a lot of stress on these insubstantial fasteners.
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