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Old 04-16-2014, 12:00 AM
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Jeff, Do the zipper teeth pull apart after you pull the zipper pull shut. If this is the case and you have a "YKK" style coil tooth zipper, it is often that the PULL is wearing. The height dimension inside the pull has worn to become too big. This metal pull can be gently squeezed, at the back end or following end, with pliers. Put your plier jaws behind the pull tab on the zipper pull with the pull still on the zipper teeth. Squeeze very gently a little at a time and test. I've worked in a couple mountaineering shops and more times than not I could get a few more weeks of use from the zip on customers gear, our rental gear and my own. Eventually the zipper needs a new pull or complete re-placement. Good luck. Or maybe now is the time for a Springbar, OZ or Bibler!
X10! Plus you can find zipper repair kits and replace the pull. Its very easy.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:51 AM
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Jeff, Do the zipper teeth pull apart after you pull the zipper pull shut. If this is the case and you have a "YKK" style coil tooth zipper, it is often that the PULL is wearing. The height dimension inside the pull has worn to become too big. This metal pull can be gently squeezed, at the back end or following end, with pliers. Put your plier jaws behind the pull tab on the zipper pull with the pull still on the zipper teeth. Squeeze very gently a little at a time and test. I've worked in a couple mountaineering shops and more times than not I could get a few more weeks of use from the zip on customers gear, our rental gear and my own. Eventually the zipper needs a new pull or complete re-placement. Good luck. Or maybe now is the time for a Springbar, OZ or Bibler!
Indeed it is the standard-issue YKK coil style "self repairing" zipper, although without looking at it I'm not sure is it is YKK brand. It has been "self-repairing" for the last couple of Cruise Moabs, to where last year it became nearly unusable. I wouldn't have thought that the pull would be the culprit, I just figured the whole zipper needed to be ripped out and replaced with new.

Now that I think of it, the coils themselves didn't appear damaged, they just wouldn't close for a couple inch section here and there, and then of course when you try to go in the opening direction the pull gets seriously stuck. I suppose I could fiddle with it before I make a trip down the hill.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:03 AM
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Hello Jeff, Try a pull squeeze then get some spare pulls and stops. They are probably in that dandy kit.
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I know this sounds overly simple but cleaning with a brush sometimes help a zipper work mo' betta.
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I know this sounds overly simple but cleaning with a brush sometimes help a zipper work mo' betta.
Back "in the day" I used to take a candle and draw with it like a crayon on zipper teeth, but that was mainly for metal zippers I think. Nylon teeth are fairly slick and don't really need to be lubed.
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I found a kit at the fabric store that had the right pulls for my Columbus RTT, not YKK's but fit and run just fine. Inspect the pull carefully and if it looks right it will probably work. Seems like most of the no-names are YKK compliant.
You can also find additional pull types and sizes by finding a short replacement zipper at the fabric store and just use it's pull.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:17 AM
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I tried Dean's squeeze-the-pull trick with a pair of channel locks this morning and it worked like a charm! Thanks Dean!

All set for Moab now! At least the tent is.

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Your welcome Jeff. Have a rockin' good time!
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