Snap Fastener for Blind Installations
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
A pair of openings in the head of a snap fastener straddle the fastener's shank and allow access of a special tool to the fastener's latching members to facilitate removal of the fastener. It is particularly useful in blind installation-type situations where the workpieces joined by the fastener are accessible from only one side. Molded plastic fastener 10 (Fig. 1) has at its top or head 11, an integrally formed resilient compression washer 12 which is concentric with the shank 13. Bifurcated resilient latch members 14 are integrally formed at the bottom of shank 13. Fastener 10, when inserted into the aligned openings (not shown) of two adjacent workpieces (not shown) clamps the latter together between the undersurface 12A of washer 12 and the latch surfaces 14A of members 14.