Re: Plastic Zippers on Tents
Stephen Hoar (hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL)
Sun, 3 Sep 1995 21:03:21 -0400
In your message of 3 Sep 1995 at 1849 EDT, you write:
> 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
> non-functional afterward.
> Does anybody know if there is an easy way to fix this? And, what is the
> activity that causes this condition.
We have 20 Timberlines for our troop and periodically, one of the
zippers (a couple per campout) will experience this problem. Every
time you pull the zipper closed it tends to spread the grip or'jaws'
of the zipper pull. I always take along a small pair of 'vice grips'
to fix the problem. I just squeeze the slide top and bottom slightly
together and it generally fixes the problem. Its kind of hard to give
you a precise amount of squeeze required, just play it by ear. It
seems to be a law of nature that they only jump the track at 11pm in
the rain. Maybe its the combination of water and darkness that causes
the pull to quit.
Eventually we may have to replace a zipper but this little fix sure
keeps us going.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City