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Thumb Lock Fasteners® Installation Instructions


Conditions for Successful Adhesive Attachment:

1.Suitable Surfaces - Includes most non-porous materials including fiberglass, metal, rigid plastics, hardwood finishes (lacquer or varnish), and glass. Not intended for use on copper, brass, or rough and porous surfaces such as unfinished wood, concrete, or fabrics.

2.Clean & Dry - All surfaces for fastener attachment must be clean and dry. Use Alcohol Pads provided or isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) even if surface appears clean. Do NOT substitute alcohol with household cleaners or detergents!

3.Attachment Pressure - The bond strength of the adhesive is dependent upon the amount of adhesive-to-surface contact developed. Firm pressure when attaching fasteners develops better adhesive contact and thus improves bond strength. A screwdriver or similar tool is helpful for pressing down on fastener for stronger attachment that is possible by hand. Note: The adhesive cannot bond if there is tension that is pulling it away from the fastening surface. Wait a minimum of 4 hours after attachment before closing fastener locks on straps or testing fasteners for holding strength (lifting or pushing equipment).

4,Bond Time- At room temperature the adhesive will bond to approximately 50% of its ultimate strength in 20 minutes, 90% after 24 hours and 100% after 72 hours. IMPORTANT: There is risk of damage when adhesive is applied to wall board, paper wall coverings or fabrics. Always test for desired results before using on questionable surfaces. THE ADHESIVE IS NOT INTENDED FOR USE TO HOLD OR SUPPORT WEIGHT ON VERTICAL SURFACES. It should be used as a holding restraint on horizontal surfaces in accordance with recommended use, installation instructions, for the size and number of fasteners used.


Thumb Lock Fasteners® Attachment:

1. Position the equipment for fastening.

2. For 2-corner attachment, put a buckle set (two buckles on a strap) at diagonal corners of the equipment. For 4-corner attachment (2 kits), put buckle sets at each corner of the equipment.

3. Clean the holding surface and the sides of the equipment where the fasteners will be attached with the alcohol pads provided. Let dry or wipe dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Surfaces must be clean and dry.

4. Position a fastening set for attachment. The strap should be in line with the edge of the equipment. Open the top buckle and adjust the strap for the minimum distance needed between the two fastening buckles for attachment. Lock the buckle in place. Note: If the strap is the same for each buckle set, adjust the first set (Step 4) and use it to adjust the strap length of the others. Excess strapping can be cut off with scissors. This should be done after the buckle sets have been adjusted for strap length. Leave 1/2" of strap at the end of each buckle for ease in releasing and refastening equipment.

5. Remove the paper from the adhesive pad, and attach the lower fastener first to the holding surface where previously positioned at the base of the equipment. Press down firmly on the buckle with a slight twisting motion.

6. Remove the adhesive paper the the remaining buckle, and attach it where previously positioned on the side of the equipment, using the strap for alignment with the buckle below it. Press down firmly on the buckle with a slight twisting motion.

7. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the remaining buckle sets.

8 IMPORTANT: Unlock the buckle of each fastener for the first 4 hours of bonding. After 4 hours, snug up the straps and re-lock the buckles. The straps should be tight but not pulling.

To Release: Unlock the equipment buckles and lift off the equipment. To re-fasten, position the equipment over the fasteners, reinsert the straps through the buckles, and lock.

Removal and Relocation of Fasteners: Thumb Lock adhesive is non-hardening, and the fasteners can be removed without damaging the surface they're attached to.

The adhesive is NOT reusable and must be replaced to reuse the fastener. Removal kits are available


Fastening Top Heavy Items

An item that is top-heavy is at higher risk of toppling in horizontal movement and requires additional holding strength for fastening. Best results are achieved by using fasteners on the base and tethering the top of the equipment with a strap

At least 50% more holding strength is recommended to fasten an item that is twice as tall as it is wide for the equivalent center of gravity), 100% more if 3:1, and 150% more if 4:1. These percentages apply to the values shown in the WEIGHT RANGE CHART



TL-100 0-50 lbs. 0-100 lbs.

TL-200 0-100 lbs. 0-200 lbs.

TL-400 0-150 lbs. 0-300 lbs.

TL-600 0-200 lbs 0-400 lbs.

Chart is for low profile, wide based equipment. Reduce by 50% for tall top heavy equipment.


Installation Supplement for Model 600 Kits

The T-6 buckle used in Model 600 kits differs in design from the smaller Thumb Lock buckles. Like a belt buckle, the "Buckle Lock" lever is designed with a dowel that fits through a hole in the locking strap when the lever is closed. This prevents the strap from slipping due to heavy tension loads.

1. Review and use the standard Thumb Lock Installation Instructions on previous pages for installation.

2. Substitute Step 4 of the "Attachment" section with the following instructions: 4. Position a buckle set (Fig. F at left) for attachment. The strap should be in line with the edge of the equipment. Close the Buckle Locks in the strap holes that provide the length that is closest to the height needed for the equipment (Fig. C of previous instructions). When correctly installed, the strap should be tight, but not pulling.

3. Continue with the previous installation instructions.


Installation Supplement for Base & Side Attachment of Cooler Grip Kits (Model MRV-650)

The Cooler Grip kit is designed for either base or side attachment. Two 15" locking straps are included for this purpose. The straps can be cut shorter with scissors after the fasteners are attached and the cooler is installed. IMPORTANT: When attaching the buckle fasteners on a cooler, the cooler should be empty, and turned on its side (or end). Fastener positioning should be premarked on the cooler for attachment. Firm attachment pressure of the adhesive is essential for bonding to a cooler. A screwdriver or similar tool will help you obtain stronger attachment pressure on the fastener than is possible by hand.

1. To base attach the buckle fasteners to cooler, use the Installation Supplement shown above for Model 600 kits.

2. For side attachment, place the cooler next to a stanchion post where you want it strapped. Using one of the straps, determine the best location for attaching the fastener (vertically). It must allow the strap to be locked in the fastener and buckle around the post (Fig. G at left). Fig. H at left illustrates the method used to buckle the strap using a "Strap Buckle."

3. A minimum of two points of attachment are necessary to hold the cooler in place. If another stanchion is not close enough to buckle to, the strap can be twisted and buckle around a lifeline, or the fasteners can be base attached on the opposite side of the cooler.


Self-Tapping Screws for Cooler Grip Installation

The Model 600 Kit comes with enclosed screws that provide the additional holding strength needed to secure the fastening buckles to the cooler. The buckles should be screw-fixed to the cooler through the mounting holes. (Fig. 1 at left). after they are first attached with adhesive pads.

IMPORTANT: Do not over-tighten the screws - stop tightening when the screw is snug.