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Old 20 November 2008, 06:17   #11
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Protex.com fasteners can't be beat! They won't come undone and they do padlock versions as well.
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Old 20 November 2008, 10:22   #12
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In the meantime, it might be worth putting a slight bend into the vertical loop section of your clamps. This will have the effect of shortening them and it will also provide a small degree of spring. It might be just enough to be satisfactory without any other modification.
This seems like a real possibility, espescially in combination with a rubber sticky seal on top of the latch for more tension on them.

But then, how do I bent them a little without damaging or breaking...?
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If you don't need regular access how about a couple of tie wraps?

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If you don't need regular access how about a couple of tie wraps?

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That sure would do the trick....
But doesn't solve it rattling.... hmmmm
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...But then, how do I bent them a little without damaging or breaking...?
If they are stainless steel, undo and remove the loop section, grip it in a vice about half way up the loop (protect the finish) and tap it using a hammer and a block of wood. If you don't have access to a vice, support it on two blocks of wood with a space between them and whack it with the ball end of a hammer on each side of the loop and over the unsupported space. Other metals will bend too but if it's cast brass which is chrome plated it may not be happy to bend far without breaking or cracking.

I have bent cast stainless steel and it's been surprisingly maleable...I can't guarantee yours is though.
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Well, tried to do the trick with foamtape on top, seemed to be working at first, but after 24 hours, the tension was better but got a lot less from the presure when locked.

Have a new idea, gonna try and make some white pensel eraser just to fit true the holes to keep the things from flipping open. Have good hope this just might work.
No fibration and you hardly see because of the collor.
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