Snap clamps are used to attach material onto pipes for projects like bird netting, light tents, and for waterproofing structures with tarpaulin. Snap clamps are made of ABS plastic, which has the ability to deform and reform again - proven by the reliability of LEGO bricks, which are also made of ABS plastic! This means you can use your snap clamps again and again without needing to worry that they will lose their rigidity.
Posted by Bob Bawden on 11/12/2018
Snap clamps are designed for American sizes of pipe, which means that they will only fit on furniture grade pipe, and they most likely won't fit on the plumbing pipe you get in DIY stores in the UK.
To use the snap clamp, you need to first make your structure with your furniture grade pipe and fittings. Then you need to drape your material over your structure in the way you want it to be secured. Lastly, all you need to do is push the snap clamp down on the pipe and it will widen to fit over it, then snap back to its original position to hold the material to the pipe. The snap clamp holds the material with such security that if you pull on the material it won't move.
If you have a smaller structure, you can economise and cut your snap clamps down into smaller pieces that will still securely hold your material onto the pipe. Just be careful that you use a hacksaw, not a wood saw, and you use a file to round off the corners because they will be quite sharp and therefore could potentially rip your material.
We are often asked whether our snap clamps will stand firm in the wind. Frankly, your frame is more likely to be damaged by the wind than your snap clamps being blown off. There are a lot of ridges on the underside of the snap clamp which grip the material really tightly so that the only way to get them off is to pull them off - and that takes more effort than you'd think!
You can purchase our snap clamps singly or in packs of ten!
If you would like to see a video demonstration of snap clamps, you should watch our YouTube video