How to Remove Snap Fasteners

By Mason Howard
How to Remove Snap Fasteners
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Snap fasteners seem like a permanent fixture, but if you have clothing, accessories, or even a boat or hot tub cover that has worn or damaged snaps, removing them is a simple task. Careful removal will prevent any damage to the material. Snaps can be removed with a flat-head screwdriver or with a drill, depending on the type of snap.

Standard Snaps

Step 1

the snap, a flat surface
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Place the snap to be removed on a flat surface.

Step 2

the tip, a flat-head screwdriver, the post, the snap
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Wedge the tip of a flat-head screwdriver between the post of the snap and the clothing to loosen the snap socket.

Step 3

Wiggle, the screwdriver, the underside, the socket
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Wiggle the screwdriver all around the underside of the socket.

Step 4

the snap, the screwdriver, the stud, prong
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Flip the snap over and wedge the screwdriver between the stud or prong ring and the fabric.

Step 5

Wiggle, the screwdriver, the underside, the stud
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Wiggle the screwdriver all around the underside of the stud until the stud or prong ring and socket release from one another.

Step 6

these same directions, the snap post, its cap
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Follow these same directions to remove the snap post and its cap.

Heavy-Duty Snaps for Boat and Hot Tub Covers

Step 1

the snap, a flat, firm surface
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Place the snap to be removed on a flat, firm surface.

Step 2

a drill bit, your drill, the socket hole, the snap
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Insert a drill bit into your drill that is slightly larger than the socket hole of the snap.

Step 3

Drill, the socket, medium speed, light
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Drill into the socket using medium speed and by applying light to medium pressure. Drill until the lip of the socket grinds down enough to release from the stud.

About the Author

Mason Howard is an artist and writer in Minneapolis. Howard's work has been published in the "Creative Quarterly Journal of Art & Design" and "New American Paintings." He has also written for art exhibition catalogs and publications. Howard's recent writing includes covering popular culture, home improvement, cooking, health and fitness. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.