Some of the best lessons I learned in the shop I’ve learned the hard way — namely by screwing projects up. Take auto interior panel removal for instance. The first time you try not to break the little plastic fasteners that hold most interior panels in place. But after the first time, you don’t care. You just rip ’em out and get new ones.
These little fasteners aren’t meant to be used over and over. They’re disposable and should be treated as such. You’ll save yourself a great deal of time — and the hassle of worrying if they’re going to break or not — if you have a few on hand to replace ’em when they fail.
Use a panel removal tool to pop them out, and push another one back in the hole when you’re ready to button the project back up. A box of these costs about $2, so don’t be shy — get 50 of them. You won’t be sorry later on.
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