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Old August 31st, 2010, 10:12 PM
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On the back of SW door cards, all the little plastic fir trees attach to the door card by the molded yellow plastic buttons (non-replaceable as far as I know). Inevitably, some of those buttons break, thereby preventing a fir tree from being attached to that point. This has continuously annoyed and plagued me. Well, I went out to the home improvement store (Lowes to be specific) with the mission to find a repair item to fix it, and I found one.

In the pictures below, my invented process is below.
  1. trim off remainder of damaged yellow button top
  2. drill a small hole right through center
  3. put a drop of super glue in the hole
  4. tap in a small tack nail in the hole until it is almost flush (about 1/8 inch above)
  5. problem solved

You can see the exact tac nail in the picture below. it is a perfect fit for the fir tree. the fir tree sits on it nice and snug.

You gotta love cheap solutions. I'm hoping that this will rank up there with the penny in the door trick.
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Old September 1st, 2010, 12:58 AM
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I need to do this. Thanks for the tip!
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Old September 1st, 2010, 02:28 PM
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Nice trick!
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Old October 1st, 2010, 04:04 PM
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Just tried this ... Brilliant solution!
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Old April 19th, 2014, 12:12 PM
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What about using a sheet metal screw and grind the head before setting it in some super glue or epoxy ?
Your solution is faster but will they hold when you take the door card off ?
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Old April 19th, 2014, 01:12 PM
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What about using a sheet metal screw and grind the head before setting it in some super glue or epoxy ? Your solution is faster but will they hold when you take the door card off ?
Yes they hold.
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Yes they hold.
Did you change them all or just the broken ones?
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Did you change them all or just the broken ones?
Just broken ones .. But I now have puma doors which don't have any broken fir trees.
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Found a couple of alternatives:

* the head of a 5/32 x 3/8 aluminum rivet, I cut a few slots on the body for better grip
* #8 x 3/4 sheet metal screw with a grinded head

I have to change almost all on my door card, the rivet solution is faster than the
screw one but I think the screw will hold better.
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