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Old 07-15-2011, 12:03 PM   #1
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What are these?

i have these studs above all the windows on my trailer. somebody told me they thought they were half of a type of clip used on boats? it looks as if a previous owner may have used them to attach some sort of awnings for the windows. i may try to do the same. but typing in a search for nipple thingies or boat studs took me to the dark damp recesses of the world wide web and although stimulating, shocking, and in some cases downright scary, i came up empty handed.
so does anybody have any idea what i should type into the serch bar to try and find these things?
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Old 07-15-2011, 12:05 PM   #2
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Over window grease zerts? lol
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Old 07-15-2011, 12:08 PM   #3
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Over window grease zerts? lol
that's kinda what they look like but they may take me to even wierder places than i've already been
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Old 07-15-2011, 12:15 PM   #4
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I've seen big grommets that have springy leaf catches in them that pop over studs that look a bit like that. The springs in the grommets grip the grooves in the studs. They kinda snap into place.

They kinda look like a big version of these, don't they?:

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Thats the same stud used on British convertables, I believe its called a Lift-the-dot fastener for the mate

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well gringo i think you got it! thank you. although a quick glance at the price of the tools used to install these things may have me running in the opposite direction. but at least now i have a starting point. thank you
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Gringo is right. they're "Lift-the Dot" fastener male side pieces. Notice they require center hole and four slits to install the female part. If you are going to do a bunch of them, it may be wise to buy or borrow the punch tool. They were probably for covers that were weighted and hung down over the windows for storage?
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Snap type fasteners...used by auto and marine shops. See tonneau covers.
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Dot Fasteners. Owning vintage British sports car I know. Maybe used to hold on window covers or awnings.

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