Careful when doing this. You can break the zipper or squeeze it too much. It is not just squeezing the sides. If you look at a broken zipper, you will see that the tail end is cantilevered. You want to squeeze tail the end down some too. The tail end may be the real key to making this work as it will bend more without breaking.
Thanks Bob for more clarification. This worked good for me, I know the metal could be brittle and there could be all sorts of problems. On the other hand, I had nothing to lose, the zipper was not working.
That is an OLD backpacking trick! Im surprised you were not aware of that already. You should skim through a backpacking book to learn a few tricks you may not be familiar with.
I very much appreciate learning from you.
it was kind of hazy, however after the woman helped me remembered reading somewhere of something like this. I think it was here, I am now near more information, not that it helped me when I was there.
Hopefully the poignancy of this story goes farther to help some travelers remember, I was lucky to have the help of this women.
Look at her black hand holding the pliers, she was intent on helping me and she did. if was one of them lonely days, I just got of a 27 hours truck trip from Moyale, Kenya at the Ethiopia Border and was beat.
Funny, later i realized that Paul Theroux also wrote about being in the back of the same type of truck and a person coming to rob them on that same trip.
Somehow, somewhere, when a person keeps pushing down the path for some strange reasons answers are found to keep us on the path.
hello Andy Hobo ,
im a french guy who discover your site today when i was looking for a hotel in Iraq
at Erbil exactly .
Firstable excuse me for my english wich is probably the most horrible of the world !
Is it possible to change messages with you about Erbil if you please ?
I want to go there to look for business .
Last question , why are you a treveler ?
A french friend
1 minute Zipper repair Brilliant ANDY !!
Look for my New NANA Plaza Zipper Repair shop soon. Going to make brazillions. Cant go home with a broken zipper after a night out with the boys now can ya ? NOOO sirree Somchai !
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I have this amazing piece from RIck Steves -- Its a convertible backpack that I can carry on too. It has a lot of zippers that have held up well for traveling. I have never had a problem. Its not an expensive piece either, but well made.
Rick Steves is a Flashpacker....
The more zippers you have on a pack, the more pocket you have on the OUTSIDE of a bag the more problems you will have as a professional traveler. I am perpetually traveling, I do return home to buy another backpack, the pack must stay the course, it is not a fashion statement, it is not Flash. However, understand 99 percent of people carrying backpacks in the last 5 years are probably Flashpackers, I am not so I am the exception.
Clarity is a problem...