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How do you fix a broken snap buckle on a tool box?

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Fixing a broken snap buckle on a toolbox normally requires the replacement of the buckle. Tool boxes often use spring-button or latch or hook-type fasteners to provide the extra strength needed for heavy tools. A spring button latch depresses when inserted into the lock, springs back when pressure is released and catches on the latch to secure the box shut.

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Hook-and-latch fasteners generally have a pivoting hook or latch that extends to position it, which then tightens when pulled shit to secure the lid to the box. These fasteners are usually made from metal or heavy-duty plastic composites to provide the additional strength needed for carrying heavy tools. Low cost and lack of individual replacement parts make replacing the entire mechanism more practical when possible. The addition of locks to some toolbox models makes repair more difficult and replacing these latches more practical.

Snap buckles are normally used for luggage, backpacks and specialty clothing such as hiking. Plastics, carbon and glass-reinforced nylon and aluminum are common materials used for making snap buckles. Replacing a part generally requires replacing the entire buckle of possible. Companies such as McNett offer a snap buckle replacement kit that includes the male and female buckle components and a glide that does not require sewing for repair. It is available on McNett.com.

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