Re: Plastic Zippers on Tents
Tim Purdon (tpurdon@MICH.COM)
Mon, 4 Sep 1995 09:52:00 EDT
On 9/3/95 Tom Turba wrote:
>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.
On 9/3/95 Bruce Cobern responded:
>I have them fixed a Campmor, a local large camping supply store. It takes
>about 5-10 minutes and they charge me either $7.50 or $10 (I'm not sure
>what the current rate is.) They take the staple out of the bottom of the
>zipper, slide the old pull off the bottom, slide the new pull onto the
>zipper and usually tape the bottom of the zipper to prevent the new pull
>from sliding off the bottom. They do not, I do not believe, restaple the
>bottom of the zipper. However, I have never had a problem with the
>repaired zipper pull sliding off the bottom of the zipper.
>I am sure that if you could have someone show you how to do it once you
>could get the replacement pulls for much less than the price that Campmor
If you call Johnson Camping, Customer Service, at 1-800-572-8822, they will
send you all the sliders you need to repair Eureka products. They also
include a little how-to sheet. Pay attention to the old slider since
Timberlines have used two different sliders over the years. You must
request the proper one. They'll have them out to you in a couple of days.
Great service. What causes this? When you remove the defective slider look
carefully inside from the front edge. You will notice wear, both on the
center divider and to the top and bottom edges. It's amazing how much wear
the nylon teeth can cause on the metal slider. One additional note.
Squeezing the slider with pliers is often a good fix in the field but is
temporary at best. If sqeezed too much it may make the zipper totally
inoperative and/or cause damage to the teeth. Hope this helps.
Tim Purdon (email@example.com)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City