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Old 05-07-2020, 07:36   #1
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Blind Fasteners for Cabin Interior

Anyone ever try these? I had always ignored this type of fastener, seeing plastic parts and assuming they were for hanging pictures. But in fact, the plastic is just an instalation tool, the bearing is metal to metal, and the strength ratings are much better than regular toggles (if the wall is strong).
1/4" = 1700# pullout
3/8" = 2500# pullout
This is not that far off the bolt strength. Material is 304 SS, which is fine for anything not chronically exposed to seawater.

Obviously, the results depend on the wall. Let's not get off onto backing plates, unless it is to discuss cute ways to fish them into place (which I have done for genoa tracks, since I could get to one end but didn't want to drop the ceiling). However, if you can't get to the backside, they seem simple and strong. I can even think of on-deck applications; not winches or cleats, but bimini frames might be a good one. You would have to figure out how to seal the hole, but that is doable.

Just spit balling. Not working on a project.
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Re: Blind Fasteners for Cabin Interior

I bought a pair of these many years ago, seeing the utility of them.

But no, I never had the need for them.

The plastic tabs deteriorated after so many years and broke. Can't use them now!
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