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My guide is on “Replacing A Broken Zipper on Luggage.” Have you ever gotten a brand new set of luggage, try to use it for the first time and something gets broken? This happened to me on a brand new piece of luggage that I purchased for almost $200—after a couple uses, it was mishandled prior to reaching me at baggage claim. I was tired of having one of these zippers, on my expensive luggage, broken. You could imagine my frustrations after realizing this was the case. Usually, the first thought is “Oh, it’s broken, I can’t use it anymore” or “I have to get a new luggage because I can’t use it anymore” but these aren't really the only options, and I wanted to share that in six easy steps.

You will need to purchase a replacement zipper. This is done for as little as $2 on Amazon or other supplier sites depending on the kind of zipper you need (heavy duty zippers can be a little bit more).

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  1. Remove the metal stopper at the end with the pliers (which ever set works for your size zipper), using a bit of pressure to pry it off of the slider. This will help the current, broken zipper come off easier.
    • Remove the metal stopper at the end with the pliers (which ever set works for your size zipper), using a bit of pressure to pry it off of the slider. This will help the current, broken zipper come off easier.

    You have highlighted the zipper slider but say to remove the metal stopper. What do you mean?

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  2. Dismantle the current, broken zipper on the slider. To do this, you'll need to use pliers. Apply pressure vertically to pry the zipper away from the teeth of the slider.
    • Dismantle the current, broken zipper on the slider. To do this, you'll need to use pliers. Apply pressure vertically to pry the zipper away from the teeth of the slider.

    • Use the other pair of pliers to keep the zipper in place while you remove it. It should then smoothly slide off of the slider.

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  4. Install the new zipper. To do this, simply slide the new zipper over the end of the slider chain. This should secure the teeth together for a comfortable fit.
    • Install the new zipper. To do this, simply slide the new zipper over the end of the slider chain. This should secure the teeth together for a comfortable fit.

    How do you get access to the end of the slider chain?

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  5. Applying pressure, use pliers to reattach the metal zipper stopper.
    • Applying pressure, use pliers to reattach the metal zipper stopper.

    Where is the zipper stopper? how did you remove it?How do you reattach it? How did you get the new zipper slider on?

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  6. Secure the new zipper, using the pliers, setting the stoppers back in place and molding it back together.
    • Secure the new zipper, using the pliers, setting the stoppers back in place and molding it back together.

    How do you secure the new zipper?

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Mold and bend the stopper, using the pliers, to set the stopper back in place.

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Thank you. I am about to try this. A few suggestions— you say we need a screwdriver but don’t actually describe using it. It would helpful to identify the three parts of the zipper— the pull , the slider train and the stop—right at the beginning, and be consistent throughout.

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Thanks for trying to help but you seem to miss out all the critical (difficult) steps. I have read the guide and still have no better idea of what to do.

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