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It is known as a Dzus fastener. They are a pain in the butt and never work.
Not listed as a separate L/R part but can be bought from fastener suppliers if you find the right size. There may be a minimum order though.
 

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I went back and looked at your photos... so the wing snapped off the retaining post? I gotta say that is a first that I have seen. i wonder if the PO didn't know that it is not a wing bolt and that both sides of the guard need to be resting on the little plastic arms on the ceiling mounts before you tighten the retainers
 

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This is exactly the info I needed. I'll measure the existing one and see if I can find a comparable southco part, looks like I'll have to order a few. Headed out on vacation for a week so it might be a bit before I get this sorted but I'll post back here. @rrtoadhall, it's not snapped off, maybe just a bad photo.
 

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finally had some time to spend on this. got out the micrometer and measured the one that i had. it would appear to be a Southco 82-12-260-20 or 82-12-260-16 depending on whether you want it in stainless. Going to order some later tonight, will post back on the fit once i receive them.
 

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There is also a plastic retaining washer that stops the thing falling out in the first place. You can see it in your pic.
I don't know where you get those, but you could probably make one.
 

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Try a rubber o ring on the top half to hold it in place. Ace hardware has more obscure parts.
After that I would try Fastnal on the web
 

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There were 2 plastic washers on the one that I had so I split it up and didn't need to hunt it down at ace hardware. I can also confirm that the part number Southco 82-12-260-20 or 82-12-260-16 depending on whether you want it in stainless is the correct one. Hope that helps someone else down the road. My dog guard is installed!
 

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So how many did you have to buy in the end? What was the minimum order?
 
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