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Dec. 11th, 2005

Dear LJ:

What is the best way to get plastic out of a zipper head?

(It's a cloth duffle bag that zipped up a ziploc bag, and now I can't move the zipper because there's a big chunk of plastic stuck in the head of the zipper)

-Hopelessly inept Domestic

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altonwings
Dec. 11th, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC)
Apply a lighter directly under the zipper for brief periods at a time, to let the plastic melt slightly so you can pull it back and remove it? Also, directly melt any portion of the plastic bag showing>
posicat
Dec. 11th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
Damnit, I was going to suggest a Zipo half in jest, who'd have thought it was a real solution!?
enveri
Dec. 12th, 2005 02:19 am (UTC)
My concern about using a lighter is that this is a cloth duffle bag... I don't want to burn it.
posicat
Dec. 12th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
Either way the problem is solved :)

I think the trick would be to get the plastic cut/melted down to as low a level as you can so that the zipper can glide over it without getting stuck.
loboguara
Dec. 12th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
Hair dryer held on it. Hot enough to soften the plastic.
wolfbrotherjoe
Dec. 12th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC)
Hrm. Depends on exactly how it's caught, but often simply size-sixteening it can be a solution. If you've already tried size-sixteening it, or getting someone else to do the same, then you might start down the playing-with-fire route. Just be *very* carefull and bring the flame *slowly* closer to the plastic - if you just flick open a bic and apply it to the plastic, you'll probably scorch your duffle bag and get plastic goo permenantly stuck to it.
enveri
Dec. 12th, 2005 02:57 am (UTC)
what is size sixteening?
wolfbrotherjoe
Dec. 12th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
Size Sixteening means "Apply as much force as possible." It originates from the thought of "If kicking it doesnt work, find someone with a bigger foot." Size Sixteen being a VERY BIG shoe size.

It depends on the zipper, though. If it is a duffel bag, it probably has a big heavy-duty zipper, and that means that forcing it probably won't hurt it.

As far as being worried about scorching the fabric - a reasonable concern. This is why I mention not touching the flame to the plastic bag - just bringing the heat close to the plastic bag should make it shrivel up a bit, weaken it enough for you to force the zipper. You could probably also do it with a hair drier.

Do it *with someone else*. While you (or they) apply the heat to the plastic bag area, the other person is wearing gloves (just in case) and have a hold on the zipper.
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