Plastic Zippers on Tents
Tom Turba x6774 (turba@UNIRSVL.RSVL.UNISYS.COM)
Sun, 3 Sep 1995 17:46:07 CDT
I have long ago learned that plastic zippers on tents and Scouts do not mix
well. I don't know that it is. Maybe it is just some unknown chemistry.
But, it seemed that whenever I would loan a tent (especially a Timberline
tent) to a Scout for a campout the plastic zipper would almost always be
For a long time I thought this magic chemistry was just with Scouts, but I
was proved wrong. My wife and another female leader used our good Timberline
tent (i.e. all zippers working) for a campout. On return my wife informed me:
"She did something to the zipper and now it doesn't work."
Sure enough, if you try to close the zipper as you normally would, the
interlocking pieces do not stay together. The interesting thing is that if
you twist the metal closing part of the zipper upward while closing it,
it works. The teeth stay together as they should.
My guess is that there is something worn, broken, or caught in the metal part
that joins the edges.
Does anybody know if there is an easy way to fix this? And, what is the
activity that causes this condition.
Replacing the whole zipper is really a pain. I know. We've done this
Thomas N. Turba
ASM Troop 297
Roseville, MN 55113
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City