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zippers

topic posted Thu, May 25, 2006 - 4:09 PM by  SummerSaharS...
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I have always wondered what to do about zippers that unzip WAY too easily on pants. You know, the kind of zipper where it just won't "stick" and stay up, and whenever you sit down it puts enough pressure on the zipper so that is slowly unzips itself, unbeknownst to you? How do you make the zipper and its teeth more sticky? Its not the jeans being too small or anything, its just the zipper not grabbing onto the teeth very well.
Any ideas?
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    Thu, May 25, 2006 - 4:19 PM
    Almost every zipper has a small hook or a similar mechanism to prevent involuntary unzipping.
    The mechanism allows unzipping only when the tab is lifted up
    Is it possible that the zipper you are talking about is broken?
    Does it still unzip if you put the tab all the way down and try to push the cursor down (without lifting the tab)?
    I hope you understand whan I mean despite my incoherent English :-)
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    Thu, May 25, 2006 - 6:46 PM
    get a hard wax candle. rub it into the teeth hard.brush off excess.

    put the zippper head flat against the zipper to lock into place.
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      Thu, May 25, 2006 - 7:11 PM
      I thought soap and wax made it EASIER for zippers to move.
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        Fri, May 26, 2006 - 6:27 AM
        ***** I thought soap and wax made it EASIER for zippers to move.*****

        It does. Both impart lubricity. Both will contributte to a more free smooth action among manually operated metal perts.

        However, in large quantities and with large chunks (as you'll get when you drag the candle along the zipper) there is another factor at play. The chunks and volume simply get in the way creating a physical block.
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        Fri, May 26, 2006 - 6:28 AM
        ***** I thought soap and wax made it EASIER for zippers to move.*****

        It does. Both impart lubricity. Both will contributte to a more free smooth action among manually operated metal perts.

        However, in large quantities and with large chunks (as you'll get when you drag the candle along the zipper) there is another factor at play. The chunks and volume simply get in the way creating a physical block.
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    Tue, May 30, 2006 - 2:33 AM
    if the zipper is made of metal, try soaking the jeans in detergent over night, it will oxidize slightly, making it glide less. But most certainly that little hook is missing or not shaped correctly, making the zip open involuntarily..
    the only real cure would be replacement.
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      Fri, June 2, 2006 - 3:48 PM
      The zipper train jump off the track on my favorite pants!....I'm thinking off putting in velcro but when I sit it tends to fold into that bulge that isn't my 'member'.
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    Sat, June 3, 2006 - 11:48 AM
    "...its just the zipper not grabbing onto the teeth very well. "

    Violet's idea - ..."hard wax candle ..." worth a try.

    If the jeans are relatively new, maybe return them or contact manufacturer via their website (Now you know to check zipper before you buy - to make sure they are hooking at top.)

    Seamster/Seamstresses - how hard is it to replace a zipper? I'm think'n, if you really like these jeans, it may be worth - in the long term - replacing the zipper.
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      Sat, June 3, 2006 - 12:08 PM
      > how hard is it to replace a zipper?

      It may be easier to replace the slider, for example from an old pair of (identical) jeans from a thrift store.
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      Sat, June 3, 2006 - 6:26 PM
      replacement - if you dont sew...for the love of god dont start with trying to replace a zipper. you will kill someone. haa haa

      the drycleaners should have someone that does that on site. if not..go to another cleaners.
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      Mon, July 24, 2006 - 11:43 AM
      I have seen special zipper repair kits that come with a replacement slider, built to snap together over the existing zipper-"rails".

      [I guess you have to remove the existing slider by breaking it off or splitting it in two with diagonal-cutters and/or pliers, being careful not to damage the zipper-"rails".

      I think I saw this item at a REI (store or .com) or in the Campmor.com catalog, as a repair for tent or sleeping bag zippers. Or perhaps I saw it at a fabric/sewing/craft store.

      Unfortunately, there are many sizes of zippers and several different zipper technologies (metal, nylon-continuous-spiral teeth, double-ended, captive [for pant flies] or detaching [for coats], etc), and the slider is probably carefully designed to mate with a particular size/technology of "rail".

      Never tried one myself.
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        Tue, July 25, 2006 - 6:24 PM
        I just fixed my tent zipper with one of these kits - took about 10 minutes. I got the kit in a fabric store for about $10. They had 2 kits - large (tents, coats, etc) and small (pants, etc). Both come with a bunch of different sizes & types of sliders.

        All you have to do is cut off one of the end stops (or a couple of teeth if the stop is hidden in a seam), pull off the slider, slide on a new one, and push on a new end stop (the kit comes with a few of them.) The only tricky part is getting both sets of teeth lined up when you put on the new slider. It took me a few tries, but it wasn't too hard to do.

        - Alan
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          Wed, July 26, 2006 - 7:43 AM
          Cool!

          Is it possible to switch the handed-ness of a zipper with such a kit?
          I have a couple of cardigans/hoodies I love, except for the left-handed zips.
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            Wed, July 26, 2006 - 11:40 AM
            Zippers have dexterity? I never noticed! Then again, I'm right-handed...
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              Wed, July 26, 2006 - 9:00 PM
              I think that has something to do with which side the flap comes from. I had thought that was something that just differed mainly between mens & womens shirts (I'm not sure if it's pants too)
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                Thu, July 27, 2006 - 6:31 AM
                Yeah, I see it mostly on jackets and such. Why, I ask, WHY?

                It is sooo annoying to, well, get a taste of being left-handed.
                I rarely wear those tops because of this, though I love them. It's one thing to deal with zipping them up since you're already paying attention, but the part that maks my blood boil is hours later, when I grip the zipper with my dominant right hand, pull down while spreading my arms to remove the shirt, and it seems to stick- until I remember and use my left hand. Gets me every time.

                Please tell me those kits can fix this.
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                  Sat, August 5, 2006 - 5:23 PM
                  'fraid it doesn't look good. You'd need to replace the retaining box at the end of the zipper track with one that attaches on the opposite side. It doesn't look like there's any way to do this without replacing the entire zipper, since the parts you'd need to change are actually specially shaped teeth at the end of the track. Sorry!

                  - Alan
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                    Sun, August 6, 2006 - 8:40 AM
                    Oh darn. Thanks for letting me know. Saved me a trip. Maybe I'll add a couple of loop-and-toggles or something instead.
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    Thu, July 27, 2006 - 3:01 PM
    i'll never buy bluenote jeans again
    The zippers are always unzipping cheap junk
    i bought a few pairs,never again there's no sence buying something then having to buy new zippers and sewing them in.
    It didnt matter what I did safety pins and all didn't work.
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    Wed, September 14, 2011 - 12:53 PM
    I have had the same problem and have tried all sorts of homemade remedies. I found an awesome inexpensive little product online called ZipperAde that works great. A 3 pack was only $5 and I don't have to worry about safety pins or rigging my pants with bands ties, pliers, etc... Great product, check it out www.zipperade.com

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