Author Topic: How do you get the little "buttons" on the hand rail nuts off ?  (Read 687 times)

Offline bfelton

  • Tactician
  • *****
  • Posts: 78
  • Karma: 0
How do you get the little white "buttons" on the hand rails off without breaking them?  I am trying to track down leaks and I need to remove the hand rails among other things.

Thanks in advance,

Bert Felton

Offline SpeakEasy

  • Tactician
  • *****
  • Posts: 89
  • Karma: 1
Re: How do you get the little "buttons" on the hand rail nuts off ?
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2013, 07:44:38 PM »
This sounds like it might be the same thing as my black "buttons" that I had to remove in order to remove my teak handrails. Are these buttons inside the cabin? If they're the same things, I used a very thin putty knife to pry them off. They come off pretty easily - unless you pinch them a bit. It's much too easy to pinch them, so watch yourself. If you can get your blade underneath them without pinching them, they'll pop right off. If you pinch them, you'll reduce the diameter of their open side, and they won't come off.

-Speak
Happy owner of CP-23 hull #251 - "Meridian"

Offline cavie

  • 2nd Watch Helmsman
  • *****
  • Posts: 116
  • Karma: 6
Re: How do you get the little "buttons" on the hand rail nuts off ?
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2013, 01:16:42 AM »
I found it easier to just replace them all. matching them is tuff. Good hardware store will have them.
Butch Erny
2002 Suncat Catnip
Charlotte Harbor Fl.

Offline MacGyver

  • ASM, WalMart
  • Fleet Admiral
  • Commodore
  • ******
  • Posts: 1379
  • Karma: 21
  • WalMart ASM, 1989 ComPac 19/3
Re: How do you get the little "buttons" on the hand rail nuts off ?
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2013, 08:12:28 AM »
I had a hell of a time on mine......I will be putting cap nuts and fender washers in their places.
You can buy them from Hutchins for about  10 cents a piece or something like that....

Mac
Former Harbor Master/Boat Tech, Certified in West System, Interlux, and Harken products.
Works on ALL aspects of the sailboat, 14 years experience.
"I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea."
-Alaine Gerbault.

Offline EclipseGuy

  • Tactician
  • *****
  • Posts: 78
  • Karma: 3
Re: How do you get the little "buttons" on the hand rail nuts off ?
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2013, 02:53:39 PM »
I have removed those buttons as well.

At first I tried doing it without damaging them but I found it was much easier just to pop them off and not worry about if they get damaged or marked up. They are quite inexpensive and it is just easier to buy new ones. I bought a bag of them from the local marina store.

In the end I decided to forgo the buttons and just use cap nuts (or acorn nuts). The Cap nuts look better in my opinion, and they are much easier to work with.

- John
'Dragonfly' 2009 Com-Pac Eclipse

Offline Tim Gardner

  • 1985 CP19/II # 323 "Andiamo!"
  • Fleet Admiral
  • Commodore
  • ******
  • Posts: 1266
  • Karma: 46
  • NSA: This is not the 'droid you're looking for
"The sea is selective, slow at recognition of effort and aptitude, but fast in sinking the unfit"  - Adm Felix Riesenberg.