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Accessible Zipper Pull Up

September 28, 2015 in Uncategorised

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Accessible Zipper Pull

Accessible Zipper Pull

Many people with arthritis or other fine-motor difficulties have problems with zippers.  Being unable to use a zipper makes it much harder to dress oneself independently.  There are many instructables on this site that deal with making zippers easier to use – building up the zipper tab with Sugru, using a knotted cord as a zipper pull, making zipper fobs, inserting a key ring through the hole in the zipper tab, etc.

This is an easy-to-make zipper puller that will work with most zippers.  It is small enough that it can be carried in a pocket or a purse.  We have actually used these as a craft project for some of our senior events.   The puller can be made with or without the handle.  The length of the puller can be adjusted by using a longer dowel.

For example, many ladies dresses have a zipper in the back.  This is difficult or impossible for many people to use independently (arthritis, shoulder problems, etc.) – for that matter, I know many women without disabilities that have a hard time getting to the inaccessible zipper.  As an example of how the inability to reach a zipper can amplify things – consider a woman who can not reach the zipper by herself.  She lives alone.  Because she can’t reach the zipper, she can’t wear her favorite dress, which might mean that she stay home instead going to a party – thus negatively impacting her social life – all because of a tiny $0.05 piece of metal.  I have worked with women in this exact situation – as well as with old men who couldn’t get their fly up and stayed in for that reason.

Step 1: Materials & Tools

Accessible Zipper Components

Accessible Zipper Components

Materials needed:

Cup hooks (hardware store)
dowel (hardware store)
PVC T joint (with at least one side threaded)

Tools:
Sandpaper
Saw
drill

For a basic one, I use a 1/2″ tee joint and a 3/4″ dowel.   Test fit in the hardware store before buying.

Step 2: Cut, Sand, Drill

Cut, Sand, Drill

Cut, Sand, Drill

Cut the dowel to about 3″ for a standard zipper pull, or about 18″ for a ladies dress zipper puller.

Sand to remove rough edges.

Drill a small pilot hole in one end, screw the cup hook into the hole in the end.

This is the most basic version of the zipper puller (no handle).

 

Step 3: Add the Handle

Handle

Handle

Accessible Zipper Pull

Accessible Zipper Pull Assembled

A T-handle makes it easy the puller easy to grip.

You want to get a PVC T-joint that has the threaded end slightly smaller than the diameter of the dowel.  Shove the dowel into the T-joint and screw it into the threads by hand.  The pine and oak are both soft enough that the thread will cut slightly into the wood.  It holds very well without additional means.   If you are concerned with it pulling out smear the threads with a strong general adhesive (E6000 or similar) before screwing the dowel into the PVC, but I’ve not needed it.

Don’t use this to hang from the ceiling – but for pulling zippers the fit should be enough.

If more grip is needed, wrap the body of the puller and the T-joint with PVC.

Simple Zipper pull, Loop Adaptation

September 28, 2015 in Uncategorised

This post was originally on www.instructables.com created by user 

Simple Zipper Loop

Simple Zipper Loop

This instuctable is a Daily living aid for a quadriplegic, a person with arthritics, carpal tunnel, finger amputee or anyone with a hand disability. The zipper loop makes it easier to zip zippers. This adaptation can be used on any zipper with a hole. I’m a quadriplegic and have these on everything from my pants, sweatshirts, jackets and my backpack.

Step 1: Materials & Tools

Materials

Materials

• Materials: A zipper to adapt & a 6-8″ piece of nylon craft cord
• Tools: Scissors & Lighter

Nylon craft cord can be found in any craft store or craft section of your local mega mart. A couple of bucks will get you about ten yards. enough to adapt all your zippers and it comes in many colours.

Step 2: Making the Loop

Making the Loop

Making the Loop

Cut a piece of cord 6-8″ and feed through the zipper. Hold the two halves of the cord together making one thicker cord. Loosely tie a “Handover” knot with the two cords together. with the knot loosely tied you can slide the knot up or down to adjust the loop size.

Once you’re happy with the size of the loop tighten the knot. Next cut off the excess cord from the loop about 1/4″ below the knot. Last, with a lighter carefully touch a flame to the cut tips of the loop to melt the fuzzy ends of the nylon. This will keep the cord from fraying and falling apart.

Step 3: Using the Zipper Pull

Using the Zipper

Using the Zipper

 

Stick your finger, thumb or nub in the loop and pull in the direction you want to zip.
Congrats!! Your zipper is now handy friendly and your life is a bit easier now that you can zip up for yourself.

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