Hookless Zipper Mishap!

Discussion in 'How To Info' started by ericsanpablo, Feb 15, 2018.

  1. ericsanpablo

    ericsanpablo New Member

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    Hi all, I was wondering if anyone had experience with hookless zippers here, and might be able to help me? The other day I zipped up my jacket a bit too quickly, and I guess the teeth were not engaged properly. I basically couldn't pull the zipper down! Luckily, I was able to squirm out of the jacket somehow, but the only way I was able to unzip the jacket was forcibly. In hindsight, I probably should not have done that, but I acted in haste as I felt a little panicked!

    I think I may have damaged the zipper though, because it will no longer zip up and down (it always gets stuck on the way down now). I was able to use some needle nose pliers to squeeze the zipper together a bit, and that actually worked for an evening. I left the jacket zipped ovenright, and this morning tried it on again, but lo and behold it got stuck again.

    Is this something I can repair, or replace myself by any chance? I've attached some pics of the current state of the zipper pull. Thank you so much for any potential advice.
     

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  2. Ken at Aero Leather

    Ken at Aero Leather Well-Known Member

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    You've totally buggered the slider (excuse the Technical Terminology) by not engaging the male side properly before doing it up.

    You've tried squeezing the now oversized gap between the front and back with pliers, that usually works but only until the next time if you fail to zip it up properly.

    It sounds like you'll need to get a new slider to replace the original but we aware, if you don't operate it properly it'll break again

    FACT : If these zippers are properly engaged before zipping up they are totally bombproof and will last forever.

    I should have asked, who made your jacket?
     
  3. ericsanpablo

    ericsanpablo New Member

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    Ah, I was afraid that happened, thank you kindly for the reply Ken.

    The jacket is a Freewheelers Mulholland. I had known that a bit more care was involved zipping it up vs my other jackets (one of which is a board racer which I love, by the way!), but I guess this one time I was a bit careless and alas ... lesson learned!

    Would this be the correct way to replace the slider? -

    I'm not sure, because the top stop looks like the attached picture - https://www.dropbox.com/s/rxvrpgnaqs3cfiu/IMG_5078.JPG?dl=0

    Do you know where I might be able to obtain the proper replacement?

    Thank you again for your help
     
  4. Ken at Aero Leather

    Ken at Aero Leather Well-Known Member

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    Bloody Hell, she's rough with those pliers, must have been a dominatrix in a previous life!
    Squeeze the stopper open gently or you risk tearing the tape.

    Get in touch with Freewheelers . If their customer service is up to scratch they supply one by return, if they won't you'll know to shop elsewhere in the future.
     
  5. ericsanpablo

    ericsanpablo New Member

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  6. Ken at Aero Leather

    Ken at Aero Leather Well-Known Member

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    If you buy the zipper you can practice using it for a couple of days before removing the puller............might help avoid a second instalment of this post.
    Don't feel too bad about it..............You aren't the first to do this and I guess you won't be the last :>)
     
  7. dmar836

    dmar836 Well-Known Member

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    Wow. Yeah, don't do it like she did! You can clip the stop in the middle with side cutters to weaken it then use either pliers or two dull blades to force it apart. I wouldn't be surprised if that tape isn't badly snagged now. Certainly cotton wouldn't fair too well with that treatment.
     
  8. ericsanpablo

    ericsanpablo New Member

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    Thanks for the advice guys, glad I didn't do what she did straight away! I haven't heard back from Freewheelers yet unfortunately, but am still holding out hope. Otherwise, I think the original zipper was a #8 Waldes zipper, does anyone know where I can source that? I just emailed them, but just thought to ask here as well :)
     
  9. ericsanpablo

    ericsanpablo New Member

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    So i pulled the slider off, and it seems pretty badly mangled - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bjqyse1pj418m10/AAAbOL2JnpwPZzVLCL57YY7Xa?dl=0

    Is this mendable with some tlc, or is it pretty much a goner? Freewheelers is being a pain, and won't send me a replacement slider. They'll only fix it in house, but after shipping, etc., it'll end up being prohibitively expensive! Does anyone know where I can source a replacement zipper by any chance? I'm guessing it has to be a waldes hookless #8, or will any #8 work?

    Thanks!
     

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