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Slick Way To Fix Broken Zippers
Chris Felix was heading out the door when he put on his leather jacket and the zipper split open. He later learned it would cost $80 to have a seamstress replace the zipper.
  "That's too expensive," he told his wife.
  "Look for another solution then," she replied.
  So he did. In just a few hours Felix had a working prototype of an adjustable zipper slider. This fall, the first FlipanZipÍ slider hits the market.
  Eventually there will be four sizes to cover 10 different zipper sizes, explains Felix. His invention works on all types of zippers - standard, polyester, plastic, coil or metal zippers. FlipanZip resolves a host of problems of broken sliders, split zippers, and even missing teeth. No special tools are required.
  "Use a wire cutter to cut the rib of the old slider, then put our slider on," Felix explains. FlipanZip has detached bottom and top parts, which are tightened with a screw and spring tensioner. Simply move the slider back and forth and adjust the tension until the zipper works smoothly.
  "A lot of folks we talk to say they have three or four work garments that they can't figure out what to do with because the zippers are broken," Felix says. "Farmers who wear one-piece systems say the garments last, but dirt gets in the zipper slider and it malfunctions."
  Not only can FlipanZip fix those zippers, it can also be removed and used on other garments, purses, tents, sleeping bags or gear bags. But at $9.95 retail, FlipanZip is inexpensive enough to have a few on hand for emergency repairs. The website includes a video of how to install FlipanZip and information about where they can be purchased.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, CTF Enterprises, 10824 SE Oak St. # 238, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222 (ph 503 320-1493; www.flipanzip.com).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #5