Friday, October 3, 2014

Repairs - Part two

If you were expecting a Vespa repair, you're about to be disappointed.

The victim this time was my Corazzo 5.0 riding jacket.

I tugged up the zipper at the end of the day, as I had done hundreds of time before, and I heard a 'click' sound as the zipper thingy snapped free, clearly beyond repair.

I resorted to a binder clip as a stop-gap measure.
Replacing the entire zipper was of course an option, a potentially expensive and time-consuming option.  Since the Corazzo is my cold-weather jacket and fall is upon us (although today as I write this we are in the middle of a freakish heat wave), it had to be fixed in short order or I wouldn't be riding, and that, just wasn't acceptable.

What to do?  Google of course.

That's how I found FixnZip.

A quick trip to the Mountain Equipment Coop store and I had the tiny marvel in my hot little hand, as my mother was fond of saying.
The instructions are excellent, the quality above-reproach.
In no time my Corazzo jacket was a good as new.
Easy-peasy, an inexpensive fix that works like a charm.

12 comments:

  1. You got us, David. I have to say, I've learned a whole lot more than intended about non- Vespa things since getting one. ;o)

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    1. Dave, there are jobs I have tackled without much hesitation around the house. Minor plaster repairs, electrical projects, minor plumbing issues, and so on. Yet I tend to shy away from mechanical issues.

      I seem to follow the same path with my bikes. I tackle even complicated electrical projects without much apprehension, and now I've done a minor plumbing job, but I prefer to leave even oil changes to the dealer.

      Maybe because when I was a kid I did mechanical work on my bicycles and managed to cross-thread and strip my axles over time. I remember a kid borrowed my bike and in his exuberance pulled a wheelie, and the front wheel came right off. That didn't end well.

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  2. "learned".........me too. For not having been all that mechanical, you're doing a bang up job David!

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    1. Who knows Doug, maybe there will be a motorcyle lift and torque wrench in my future.

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  3. This sort of problem is why god invented zip ties.

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    1. Too funny Michael, because in fact I do have some zip ties in the office, but tried a paper clip (too flimsy) before settling on the binder clip. The zip tie would have definitely been more elegant.

      I'm an old Boy Scout. That experience leaves a mark. I love having a 'MacGyver' challenge.

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  4. You are quite the handy man to have around when things need fixing. You are definitely the Canadian answer to MacGyver.

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  5. David - I'm a paperclip gal myself ... but now, thanks to you and your internet search I know where to go. I think, as I write this I could use about 3 fix n zip packs. Thanks.

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    1. It really works astonishingly well. Comes in different sizes depending on the zipper. Check the website then the size codes on your broken zippers.

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  6. Now that is a cool little thing, I think I need to go to MEC and get one of these because my riding jacket did the same. Cool beans!

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    1. Ha! I like it when post idea meets with a need! Go for it Dar, you'll be pleased.

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