How to Fix Every Common Zipper Problem

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Zippers are something that hasn't changed much since they were originally invented, and neither have the problems that can go along zippers. When a zipper just won't zip, often it has to do with the zippers teeth not being able to clinch. The good news is that there are simple life hacks and DIY idea that can help you fix zipper problems. Next time your zipper is stuck, and it feels like it's caught on something, the best way to fix this is to grab a graphite pencil and rub the pencil tip onto the zipper teeth. Try this DIY idea again, and it should work. If that simple life hack doesn't work, it's time to move on to a lubricant. Windex is a good lubricant for this zipper problem because it's not oil-based, but you can also use bar soap or some lip balm. Start with the zipper all the way up, and then slowly apply the lubricant to the zipper teeth. Then inch the zipper slowly down some more, reapply the lubricant, and continue doing that step until the zipper comes all the way down. This is an especially handy DIY idea to fix a zipper that is stuck in the fabric itself.

This next simple life hack is for when the zipper teeth won't close, and they keep popping open. One of the most annoying problems can be when a zippers teeth don't close. The problem happens for a few different reasons. Sometimes the same diy idea of using a pencil or a bar of soap will help to smooth out the teeth enough so they'll work again. If that doesn't work, the zipper slider might not be working properly. First, you want to double-check to make sure a piece of cloth or thread isn't stuck in the zipper. Next, take a look at the individual zipper teeth. If any of the zipper teeth are sticking out, try grabbing a pair of pliers and moving them back into place, so they will all be straight. If the zipper teeth are straight and clean, take a look at the slider itself. Over time, the zipper slider starts to come apart, and when that happens, it can stop clinching the zipper teeth together. Grab some pliers and try closing the zipper slider together until it catches the zipper teeth again. As for jeans, the diy idea is a little more complicated. If you can, you'll need to remove the metal bumper at the bottom of the zipper and replace it with a few stitches, or just tie it off in the middle if the zipper teeth are missing at the bottom.

If you've ever had a clothing item where the zipper pull broke off, you know just how difficult it is to zip the zipper up. But with this simple life hack, you can easily remedy that. Next time you have a zipper pull break off, you can turn a paperclip, a telephone wire connector or a keyring, with a zipper pull. Simply slide it through the tab on the zipper slider, and just like that you have a diy idea for a new zipper pull. It might not be the most stylish diy idea solution, but at least you'll be able to get in and out of your favorite clothing. You will want to take a look on the Life Hacker site for the full list of diy ideas for common zipper problems.

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