Fixed "Broken" Zipper
Summary: a metal zipper slider can be pushed back into shape to fix a zipper that doesn't stay zipped.
Not-so-Summary: A zipper slider is the piece with the tab on it that is used to 'zip' the teeth on the two halves of a zipper together or apart. After 4k miles on Joe Rocket Ballistic 5.0 pants, the fly zipper would zip, but then come apart below the slider. The slider was at the top, but the zipper was open. I was bummed thinking that I'd have to get a new pair of pants or pay someone to replace the zipper. After searching on-line it turns out that the top and bottom of the slider can bend away from the zipper, causing the teeth to not align and therefore not be "zipped" correctly.
By squeezing the slider top to bottom (with the top being the surface that the tab is attached to on the outside, and the bottom being the flat surface on the inside) with my leatherman, I was able to push the slider back into shape. Now the zipper works just fine. If you try to do the same thing, be careful that you don't push too hard, if you squeeze too hard the slider won't slide...which would be bad.
I have no idea how long the fix will last. I also don't know how the slider got bent in the first place. I know a month or so ago I was taking the pants off and the zipper was only halfway down, so it may have put undo stress on the slider. I also have a theory that the slider was stressed when I used the zipper to pull the halves together instead of holding the halves together at the top and then zipping.
Who knew the slider was so damn delicate?
Anyway, found out something about zippers...now you found out about it to!...and no, you can't have the last 93 to 127 seconds of your life back (depending on how fast you read).