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Old 09-09-2012, 21:45   #16
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Re: Better Than Button (Dodger)

I build a good number of Dodgers, biminis, and full inclosures and most every one is designed and attached differently due to the customers needs..
Have used awning rail with good results, and it comes in PVC.. most often around the front where the traveler spans the companion way.. did use it on one wher it ran off the forward area and down the side.. unzip the windows from the top and slide the windows out of the track leaving a sort of small bimini where the dodger is..
Most of the dodgers I build are 5 pannel with a top allowing the removel of any part..
another way to modify the existing dodger is to install a #10 YKK zipper about 2 inches from the bottom following the line along the bottom of the dodger.. unzip the lower area and fold the dodger forward...
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:27   #17
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another way to modify the existing dodger is to install a #10 YKK zipper about 2 inches from the bottom following the line along the bottom of the dodger.. unzip the lower area and fold the dodger forward...
I like this idea, I'll look into that. Thank you. Have you done this before or seen it done? Pictures? Link to pics?
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Old 10-09-2012, 17:08   #18
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Have used awning rail with good results, and it comes in PVC..
Yeah, now that you mention it...the leading edges of my dodger/bimini are secured using awning rail. Nice clean install. Routes the water off the sides too. But, be sure and round the edges off a bit where they end -- can give a good sharp nick.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:35   #19
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Yeah, now that you mention it...the leading edges of my dodger/bimini are secured using awning rail. Nice clean install. Routes the water off the sides too. But, be sure and round the edges off a bit where they end -- can give a good sharp nick.
This kind if thing? Do you have a pic or two?
http://www.funkyleisure.co.uk/ekmps/...5-awning-rail-[2]-2101-p.jpg
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Re: Better Than Button (Dodger)

I sometimes work in a canvas shop. Here's the terms, as I was taught them:

Snaps:



Common sense fastener:




Lift-the-dot (stud and clinch plate):





The railing and track is likely "keder welt" and rail or track
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Re: Better Than Button (Dodger)

hi tamif

What you call a lift the dot I call a stud. The snap socket you show I knew to come in two versions, lift the dot and pull the dot. They looked very similar, but the pull the dot could only be separated by pulling in one direction. The pull the dot socket had to be installed facing in a particular direction for this top work.
Perhaps nobody uses these anymore?
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