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1. (WO2017139226) TOOL- LESS SPRING ATTACHMENT TO C-CHANNEL AND METHOD OF USING SAME
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A flexible attachment for attaching and detaching material to a c-channel groove of the type having an aperture of a first dimension comprising:

a coil-shaped element with a second dimension that is greater than the first dimension; and

a material connected to the coil-shaped element;

wherein upon applying a force to the coil-shaped element, the coil-shaped element is in a biased state such that it is navigable through the aperture of the c-channel groove at a point along the c-channel groove and positionable such that at least a portion of the biased coil-shaped element is in the c-channel groove; and

wherein upon restoring the biased coil-shaped element toward the second dimension, it is secured in the c-channel groove.

2. The flexible attachment of claim 1, wherein the coil-shaped element comprises a material that is resiliently compressible in response to the applied force.

3. The flexible attachment of claim 1, wherein the coil- shaped element and the material are connected in a threaded connection.

4. The flexible attachment of claim 1, wherein the coil-shaped element further comprises a coating.

5. The flexible attachment of claim 1, wherein the coil-shaped element further comprises material that is disposable, at least in part.

6. The flexible attachment of claim 1, wherein the c-channel groove further comprises an interior groove with a third dimension that is greater than the first dimension, and wherein the second dimension is greater than the third dimension.

7. A method of installing a flexible attachment within a c-channel groove of the type having an aperture of a first dimension, comprising:

providing a resilient, coil-shaped element having a second dimension that is greater than the first dimension, wherein the coil-shaped element is in the second dimension when in a native, unbiased state;

connecting a material to the coil-shaped element;

applying a force to the coil-shaped element such that it is in a biased state that is less than or equal to the first dimension of the aperture;

navigating the biased coil-shaped element through the aperture of the c-channel groove at a point along the c-channel groove;

positioning the biased coil-shaped element such that at least a portion of the biased coil-shaped element is within the c-channel groove; and

restoring the biased coil-shaped element to its second dimension.

8. The method of installing of claim 7, further comprising coating the coil-shaped element prior to the connecting step.

9. The method of installing of claim 7, further comprising reinforcing the material before or after the connecting step to prevent ripping from the coil-shaped element.

10. The method of installing of claim 7, wherein the force applied resiliently compresses the coil-shaped element.

11. The method of installing of claim 7, wherein the connecting step connects the coil-shaped element to the material by threading through the material.

12. The method of installing of claim 7, further comprising extending a portion of the coil-shaped element outside of the aperture.

13. The method of installing of claim 12, further comprising removing the flexible attachment from the c-channel groove by pulling on the portion of the coil-shaped element that is extended outside of the aperture.

14. The method of installing of claim 7, further comprising sealing at least a portion of the coil-shaped element and material together.

15. A method of installing a flexible attachment within a c-channel groove of the type having an aperture of a first dimension and an interior groove of a third dimension that is greater than the first dimension, comprising:

providing a resilient, coil-shaped element having a second dimension that is greater than the third dimension, wherein the coil-shaped element is in the second dimension when in a native, unbiased state;

connecting a material to the coil-shaped element;

applying a force to the coil-shaped element such that it is in a biased state that is less than or equal to the first dimension of the aperture;

navigating the biased coil-shaped element through the aperture of the c-channel groove at a point along the c-channel groove;

positioning the biased coil-shaped element such that at least a portion of the biased coil-shaped element is within the c-channel groove; and

restoring the biased coil-shaped element toward the second dimension until it is frictionally seated against the interior groove of the c-channel.

16. The method of installing of claim 15, further comprising coating the coil-shaped element prior to the connecting step.

17. The method of installing of claim 15, further comprising reinforcing the material before or after the connecting step to prevent ripping from the coil-shaped element.

18. The method of installing of claim 15, wherein the force applied resiliently compresses the coil-shaped element.

19. The method of installing of claim 15, wherein the connecting step connects the coil-shaped element to the material by threading through the material.

20. The method of installing of claim 15, further comprising extending a portion of the coil-shaped element outside of the aperture.

21. The method of installing of claim 20, further comprising removing the flexible attachment from the c-channel groove by pulling on the portion of the coil-shaped element that is extended outside of the aperture.

22. The method of installing of claim 15, further comprising sealing at least a portion of the coil-shaped element and material together.