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Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Waterproof Zipper Installation on 10/16/2010 11:57:29 MDT Print View

I bought some YKK #3 Uretek Waterproof Continuous Coil Zipper from thru-hiker and have a dumb question.

Which way do I install it?

When I look at a zipper, it has a front and a back and usuallu the front would face out. However, it appears that there is a waterproof coating on what I would consider to be the "back" of the zipper. Do I install this zipper with the front facing in and the back facing out towards the elements?

I hope this makes sense. :)

Stuart R
(Scunnered) - F

Locale: Scotland
Re: Waterproof Zipper Installation on 10/16/2010 13:26:33 MDT Print View

Yup, you should have the shiny, waterproof side facing out.
If the zip puller is one sided, that should correspond and face out.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Backwards on 10/16/2010 15:14:43 MDT Print View

Yup, install it backwards.

madeline nguyen
(madscot) - F

Locale: MW
how ? on 10/17/2010 08:20:32 MDT Print View

how do you install waterproof zippers? sew it and then use seam tape? I have no idea

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: how ? on 10/17/2010 10:00:42 MDT Print View

Thanks guys!

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
madeline on 10/17/2010 13:00:00 MDT Print View

Madeline,

Generally you would just sew it in place and then seam seal it with something like Seam Grip to get it fully watertight.

Steve: What are you making now? :)

Edited by dandydan on 10/17/2010 13:00:32 MDT.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Waterproof Zipper Installation on 10/17/2010 14:05:16 MDT Print View

Generally you would just sew it in place and then seam seal it with something like Seam Grip to get it fully watertight.

Nice, thanks, that's what I figured but wasn't 100% sure.

What are you making now? :)

I'm starting to build my new winter shelter. It's kind of a wacky idea/design so we'll see how it works out...will definitely keep you guys posted.

Edited by Steve_Evans on 10/17/2010 14:06:25 MDT.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Winter Shelter on 10/17/2010 22:40:14 MDT Print View

Neat...it'll be interesting to see what you come up with.

I'm working on the worlds lightest rain jkt right now. I should be done tomorrow. It's a zipper-less, hoodless cuben pull over. I'm guessing it'll be sub 2oz....maybe sub 1.5oz.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Do you really need waterproof zipper? on 10/22/2010 18:01:09 MDT Print View

I usually use regular coil zippers and never noticed much water coming through.

But I normally put the zipper vertically so water just naturally runs down the zipper rather than into the tent.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Do you really need waterproof zipper? on 10/22/2010 18:39:32 MDT Print View

"I usually use regular coil zippers and never noticed much water coming through."

Yes, and you can augment that by lubricating the zipper with a bar of soap. It does not make it waterproof, but it helps some.

--B.G.--

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Soap on 10/22/2010 19:37:21 MDT Print View

Bob,

I reckon I need to call you on that one. While soap might work to make the zipper run easier, it gets you clean by lowering the surface tension of water. In other works, by making you wetter. I can't see how it would make any zipper MORE water resistant.

Candle wax on the other hand, might be a goer.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Soap on 10/22/2010 20:02:25 MDT Print View

The last time that I did this, it seemed to block rainwater by clogging up the zipper teeth.

You can call me if you wish, but you don't have my phone number.

--B.G.--