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Zipper pull, Loop Adaptation

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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. 
 
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Step 1: Materials & Tools

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• 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 colors. 

Step 2: Making the Loop

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Cut a piece of cord 6-8" and feed through the zipper.
Hold the two halfs 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 your happy with the size of the loop then 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

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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.