|I was recently charged with the task of repairing or replacing a zipper on a down ski jacket. Thinking I would try the easy way first, I purchased a zipper repair kit for around $15.00 and set out to replace the zipper pull - remove the top stop with pliers, slide on a new zipper pull in the matching size and replace the top stop. Should have been easy, except the new zipper pull would barely budge up and down the zipper and the bottom of the zipper would pull apart after I managed to get the zipper pulled up. Also, replacement pulls do not come in different colors, so I was planning on painting the zipper pull with model paint to match the original. Thinking the zipper teeth were somehow damaged, I bought a new zipper for around $4.00 and prepared to replace the zipper. Since the new zipper needed to be shortened before inserting it into the jacket, I removed an inch of teeth, and then it occurred to me that the pull on the new zipper was now free to try on the zipper still attached to the jacket. It worked perfectly and the teeth remained closed after pulling the zipper up. And the zipper pull color matched the jacket. Hooray! I only had to replace the top stop of the zipper and it was good to go. The lesson learned here is to forget the expensive zipper repair kit, buy a zipper in the color needed to match the garment and use the zipper pull for the repair. If the zipper still needs to be replaced, you already have the zipper.
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