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  1. Foxbatkllr's Avatar
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    Mar 6, 2008, 7:46 PM - Cheap Boot Snap Installation Tutorial (PICS) #1

    Okay, so I didn't want to go to the cobbler and pay him to install some snaps in my boots for the shoe armor. I also didn't want to shell out a bunch of money for a professional snap setter. Here's the cheap as dirt method I came up with for installing the boot snaps.

    Step 1: Drill a hole in the heel of your boots where the snap will be installed.

    Step 2: Place the snap in the hole just like you would with any other snap.

    Step 3: Purchase a 2" C-Clamp from Home Depot for $3.97

    Step 4: Glue/Epoxy the pivoting end of the C-Clamp so that it won't move around when you clamp down.

    Step 5: Take a Regular Snap Setter and cut off the end with a metal cutting wheel on your dremel

    Step 6: Place the snap setter end into the snap just like you would any other time except now the setter is way too short to hit with a hammer.

    Step 7: Place the clamp over the snap and start screwing down onto the setter. It may take a couple of tries but you will get it.

    Step 8 (OPTIONAL): Epoxy the setter tip onto the clamp itself. It should increase stability, but your clamp will be permanently ruined (not too big of a loss considering it cost $4).









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    Mar 6, 2008, 8:56 PM - Re: Cheap Boot Snap Installation Tutorial (PICS) #2

    Hey what a cool idea! That's better than trying to bang it in the old way!
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    Mar 6, 2008, 8:58 PM - Re: Cheap Boot Snap Installation Tutorial (PICS) #3

    Yeah I tried banging it in the old way, but it's too difficult. I couldn't get a hard enough surface on the inside of the shoe.
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    Mar 6, 2008, 9:12 PM - Re: Cheap Boot Snap Installation Tutorial (PICS) #4

    so freakin cool...
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    Mar 6, 2008, 10:26 PM - Re: Cheap Boot Snap Installation Tutorial (PICS) #5

    Absolutely perfect! It was always a hassle before.:thumbup
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    Mar 6, 2008, 11:14 PM - Re: Cheap Boot Snap Installation Tutorial (PICS) #6

    um, AWESOME!!!!! THANKS DUDE! 8)
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    Mar 7, 2008, 4:20 AM - Re: Cheap Boot Snap Installation Tutorial (PICS) #7

    Great idea Donny! I might use this for setting snaps on all of my props. It looks 20 times easier than to try to use the hammer, it also leaves a perfect mushroom in the snap; often it shifts for me.
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    Mar 7, 2008, 7:59 AM - Re: Cheap Boot Snap Installation Tutorial (PICS) #8

    interesting idea fox...better than my method of jamming a piece of 2x4 into the heel and setting like normal...
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    Mar 7, 2008, 2:03 PM - Re: Cheap Boot Snap Installation Tutorial (PICS) #9

    That...is one GREAT idea!! 8)

    -Rex
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    Mar 7, 2008, 3:57 PM - Re: Cheap Boot Snap Installation Tutorial (PICS) #10

    Thanks guys...you may want to continue to use the old fashioned hammer method for most of your applications. This new device isn't quite perfect, but its a great alternative for those hard to reach areas where you just can't use a hammer. It can also help finish off those snaps that you just can't seem to get fully set.
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    Mar 7, 2008, 3:59 PM - Re: Cheap Boot Snap Installation Tutorial (PICS) #11

    Thanks a bunch for posting this. I just might have to redo mine ... I just used Goop. It works, but I don't know how much longer it will hold.
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    Mar 7, 2008, 4:40 PM - Re: Cheap Boot Snap Installation Tutorial (PICS) #12

    That's awesome! It would have come in handy on my stormtrooper belt! I used the hammer tool and put too much pressure on in and it started to break the ABS...EEEK! it's all good now though.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Mar 7, 2008, 7:24 PM - Re: Cheap Boot Snap Installation Tutorial (PICS) #13

    Hey Donny,

    Are you thinking of getting a patent for it? Maybe I'll see you on late night TV info-mercials!

    -Gene
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    Mar 8, 2008, 5:29 AM - Re: Cheap Boot Snap Installation Tutorial (PICS) #14

    Quote TD2253 said: View Post
    Hey Donny,

    Are you thinking of getting a patent for it? Maybe I'll see you on late night TV info-mercials!

    -Gene
    Haha, what would be awesome! I think that's a good idea, you should look in to it!

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