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Does anyone know of a tool sold to help re attaching "lift the dot" fittings on my dodger?

Jan 18, 2016
534
Catalina 387 Dana Point
And if you don't wanna put out the $$$$ for the tool, sailrite has much less expensive "hammer it into a block of AL" tools. Depends on how many you want to replace.

I've done hundreds. A decent tool is nice. A whack-it into a stop works for a few.
 

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Jul 7, 2010
490
Hunter 42 Sydney
Sorry guys- i was misunderstood- i want a tool that will help me pull the female onto the male post - it seems my sunbrella must have shrunk a bit and the fit is now super tight- its really hard to pull the canvas out far enough to click the female down onto the male post- surely someone must have developed a simple tool to assist with this most common problem???
 
Jan 29, 2010
58
Hunter 38 Ocean Gate, NJ
Sorry guys- i was misunderstood- i want a tool that will help me pull the female onto the male post - it seems my sunbrella must have shrunk a bit and the fit is now super tight- its really hard to pull the canvas out far enough to click the female down onto the male post- surely someone must have developed a simple tool to assist with this most common problem???
Did you wet the canvas? Sometimes that will loosen it up.
 
Oct 1, 2007
1,598
Hunter 44DS Pt. Judith
Sorry guys- i was misunderstood- i want a tool that will help me pull the female onto the male post - it seems my sunbrella must have shrunk a bit and the fit is now super tight- its really hard to pull the canvas out far enough to click the female down onto the male post- surely someone must have developed a simple tool to assist with this most common problem???
I have a tool that has a fork on one end, and a flat surface on the other end. Works great for the snaps you describe. I also have a ton of them on my dodger/enclosure.
 
Jun 1, 2009
1,299
Hunter 49 toronto
I have a tool that has a fork on one end, and a flat surface on the other end. Works great for the snaps you describe. I also have a ton of them on my dodger/enclosure.

get a pair of vice grips, and install blocks of 60 durometer jaws
 
Feb 8, 2014
1,250
Columbia 36 Muskegon
There is a tool for that. I think I saw one at WM when I worked there years ago. You could probably make one from a putty knife, cut a notch in the end to slide under the head of the snap. I use something similar on the tonneau cover on my truck. Be careful though, you could pop the head off the snap if you push too hard.