Zipper prior to ACCIDENT
Use your clippers to separate the coil from the zipper about 1/4" on the left side (just the way I assemble) and 3/8" up on the right side. DO NOT CUT OFF THE COIL. Then use a hemostat if you have one to pull out the coil as far as it will go. It will not pull out all of the way up and you do not want it to.
Coil and zipper pull ready for the repair process.
Straighten the coil as much as you can and arrange the zipper pull right side up in its natural position.
Ready to Go.
As you can see, there is a reason to start the repair at the bottom of the zipper. The widest opening on the zipper pull is at the top of the pull. This is where you will insert that length of nylon coil and a portion of the clipped coil.
Coil Partially Inserted.
Here the pull and zipper are on their side so you can see how this looks when you are ready for the next step.
Another View With Pull Upside Down.
Notice that the zipper coil string is sticking out from the bottom of the zipper pull.
Left Side of Zipper Pull Attached.
With your pliers, carefully take ahold of the tail of the coil and pull the zipper coil into and through the pull. The first half of your zipper is repaired.
See, Almost Done.
Turn right side up to see where you are so far. You can adjust the position of the zipper pull now.
I put marks here to help me line up the zipper. You may have to install the other half a couple of times until the zipper stops at the top are even. This can be done by clipping the second half (note that I trimmed mine 1/8" further up--3/8") a bit higher or sliding the pull further down on the first half.
Both Sides of the Zipper Attached.
All Zipped Up.
Some projects will require the zipper stops to be more even. In reality when completely zipped there was only about 1/16" difference on this partiicular zipper, so it would be OK for pants or skirt zippers.
Quick! Bar tack the bottom of that newly repaired zipper.