How to Remove Plastic Fasteners

by Nick Davis

Used in automobiles, electronics and industrial equipment to connect parts, plastic fasteners are durable, inexpensive, removable and available from a variety of manufacturers. The fasteners contain various types of threads, including screw-like and smooth threads that screw or snap into a hole or plastic nut. When removing plastic fasteners, you may not be able to use the fastener again if the part's threads are stripped or don't snap in place again.

Removing Plastic Fasteners--Putty Knife

Place a plastic or metal putty knife under the plastic fastener's head.

Pull up gently on the putty knife until the head of the fastener is free from the hole.

Pull the plastic fastener out with your fingers or pliers.

Place the fastener to the side if you plan on reusing it, or dispose of it in a trash can or bag.

Removing Plastic Fasteners--Automotive Trim Removal Tool

Place an automotive trim removal tool on the plastic fastener's head.

Turn the removal tool counterclockwise to loosen the fastener from the hole.

Pull the plastic fastener out with your fingers or pliers.

Place the fastener to the side if you plan on reusing it, or dispose of it in a trash can or bag.

Tip

  • check If you plan on reusing the plastic fasteners, do not forcefully remove the fasteners--this causes cuts on the fasteners' threads and they may not work properly later.

Warning

  • close Wear work gloves to protect your hands.

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About the Author

Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.

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