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    106" zipper for $10 from Ozark Trails fleece bag

    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    But I just got an Ozark Trail brand fleece bag from Walmart for under $10. It has a 106" tooth zipper with two pulls in the standard sleeping bag style. Flip the sliders around and it'll work just like the TravelPod. Only separates on one end if you leave the stops on the end, but you can make it separate if you take the stops off and are careful not to lose a slider.
    (Zipper discussion from Headchange's DIY HH thread. I was describing an inexpensive long zipper that can open in the middle, anywhere along the zipper, and still separate. For pics of this, see my TravelPod.)

    I just removed the zipper from the bag today and flipped the sliders around. This brand is different from the Coleman zipper. It doesn't have the receiver at the separating end to hold the feeds together. Not a huge issue but I'll have to make sure the end can't come apart when it's closed. Maybe I'll add a little drawstring just long enough to whip around the zipper's end when it's closed. Or a little velcro flap maybe.

    Regardless, it's still a 106" zipper for $10 and Joker has already claimed the extra fleece for his bedroom. And if I didn't want to flip the sliders around, it would work just fine and still be a separating zipper.

    Hrm...maybe I should just add an extra slider on there instead of the other stuff. More versatility and sliders don't weigh any more than a snot rocket. Time to experiment!
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    a snot rocket???
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    That's where you plug one nostril and then you blow all the snot out the other nostril, protectile style. Points for distance and size.

    Drives women crazy (in a bad way).

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    I would also like to say that the $10 Target Great Land brand sleeping bags have pretty nice zippers. About the same length as the Ozark Trails fleece bags with one double pull zipper and one single pull zipper. They are a poly fill bag. I plan on making an under quilt and a top quilt from 2 of the bags and I will probably leave one in my truck for use as a ground blanket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    That's where you plug one nostril and then you blow all the snot out the other nostril, protectile style. Points for distance and size.

    Drives women crazy (in a bad way).

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    oh yeah... i just hadn't herd it called that
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    :::: Female dino runs screaming from thread ::::

    If a 100" zipper will work: http://www.joann.com/catalog.jhtml?C...&source=search
    Last edited by Frolicking Dino; 03-20-2007 at 05:58.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frolicking Dino View Post
    :::: Female dino runs screaming from thread ::::
    Drives women crazy (in a bad way).
    See what I mean.

    Quote Originally Posted by Frolicking Dino View Post
    That zipper would work, but at 10.99 it's still more expensive than a cheap sleeping bag or fleece bag and you still have the bag left to use for future projects.
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    I can see a lot of cheap undequilts in your guys' future.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    That zipper would work, but at 10.99 it's still more expensive than a cheap sleeping bag or fleece bag and you still have the bag left to use for future projects.
    True - but if you don't need the fleece, this will save the 15-20 minutes of seam ripping.

    But 100" might be a bit short for a TravelPod. Would probably work great for a mosquito net though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    True - but if you don't need the fleece, this will save the 15-20 minutes of seam ripping.
    I had an old coleman bag, one of the seams was already undone for about an inch or so, so I just grabbed it and pulled. Seperated the entire zipper this way. Took me about a minute. The zipper fabric is so thick, none of it tore.

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