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Zipper Repair Parts

zipper repair parts

  • A zip (American English: zipper or (rarely) zip fastener) is a popular device for temporarily joining two edges of fabric. It is used in clothing (e.g., jackets and jeans), lage and other bags, sporting goods, camping gear (e.g., tents and sleeping bags), and other daily use items.

  • Fasten or provide (something) with a zipper

  • slide fastener: a fastener for locking together two toothed edges by means of a sliding tab

  • zip up: close with a zipper; "Zip up your jacket--it's cold"

  • Make good (such damage) by fixing or repairing it

  • Put right (a damaged relationship or unwelcome situation)

  • a formal way of referring to the condition of something; "the building was in good repair"

  • restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please"

  • the act of putting something in working order again

  • Fix or mend (a thing suffering from damage or a fault)

  • (part) something determined in relation to something that includes it; "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself"; "I read a portion of the manuscript"; "the smaller component is hard to reach"; "the animal constituent of plankton"

  • (of two things) Move away from each other

  • Divide to leave a central space

  • (part) separate: go one's own way; move apart; "The friends separated after the party"

  • Cause to divide or move apart, leaving a central space

  • the local environment; "he hasn't been seen around these parts in years"

UK - London - Bankside: HMS Belfast

UK - London - Bankside: HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast, the Royal Navy's heaviest ever cruiser, was one of the two ships forming the final sub-class of British Town-class cruisers, the other being HMS Edinburgh. Belfast is now a museum ship in London.

The Town class cruisers were constrained to less than 10,000 tons by the Washington Naval Treaty. Originally intended to have quadruple 6 inch gun mountings, problems with building them caused the design to be reverted to using improved versions of the triple mountings fitted to the earlier ships of the class. The improved mountings neverthess were lighter than the original ones, and the weight saved was used to improve the ship's armour and anti-aircraft defences.

Belfast was launched on St Patrick's Day in 1938 at Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast by the wife of the then prime minister, Neville Chamberlain. At that time, the budgeted overall cost of the ship was ?2,141,514, of which ?75,000 was for the guns and ?66,500 for aircraft. She was commissioned in August 1939 under the command of Captain G A Scott DSO and assigned to the 18th Cruiser Squadron.

When the Second World War started, the 18th Cruiser Squadron was used as part of the British efforts to impose a naval blockade on Germany. Working as part of the squadron, Belfast intercepted the German liner Cap Norte on October 9, 1939 as the liner was trying to return to Germany disguised as a neutral ship. On November 21, 1939 the ship was seriously damaged by a magnetic mine as she left the Firth of Forth, injuring 21 crew. The damage broke the keel and wrecked the hull and machinery to such an extent that it took nearly three years to repair her, the work being carried out at Devonport. She returned to service in the Home Fleet in November 1942 under the command of Captain Frederick Parham. Improvements had been made to the ship during her repairs, notably bulged amidships to improve her stability and fitting the latest radar and fire control; and increasing her displacement from 11,175 tons to 11,553 tons, making her Britain's heaviest cruiser.

She was made flagship of the Tenth Cruiser Squadron, under Rear-Admiral Robert Burnett when she provided cover for Arctic convoys to the Soviet Union. On December 26, 1943, in what developed into the Battle of North Cape, the cruiser squadron encountered the German Gneisenau class battlecruiser Scharnhorst, and with the battleship HMS Duke of York subsequently sunk her.

The ship was part of the escort force in Operation Tungsten in March 1944, a large carrier-launched airstrike against the Tirpitz, at that stage the last surviving German heavy warship, which was moored at Altenfjord in northern Norway. Although the attack failed to destroy Tirpitz, the ship was hit by 15 bombs and severely damaged.

Belfast took part in the bombardment of enemy positions at the beginning of the landing phase of the D-Day landings, Operation Neptune, in June 1944 as flagship of bombardment Force E. This was part of the Eastern Eastern Naval Task Force, with responsibility for supporting the British and Canadian assaults on Gold and Juno beaches and, at 5.30 am on 6 June 1944, was one of the first ships to fire on German positions.

For the next five weeks the ship was almost continuously in action, firing thousands of rounds from her 6 inch and 4 inch batteries in support of troops until the battlefront moved so far inland as to be outside of the range of her guns. Her final shoot in the European war was on July 8, during Operation Charnwood, the battle to capture Caen, when she engaged German positions in company with the battleship HMS Rodney and the monitor HMS Roberts.

Two days later she returned to Devonport for a short refit for service in the Far East, and joined Operation Zipper which was intended to expel the Japanese from Malaya but turned into a relief operation following the Japanese surrender.

She also served in the Korean War, in which her guns were used for naval bombardment in support of the United Nations forces. In July 1952 she was hit by a Communist battery, killing one and wounding four others. Between 1959-62 the ship operated in the Far East on exercises and "showing the flag". In December 1961 she provided the British guard of honour at Dar-es-Salaam during the Tanganyika independence ceremony. The ship left Singapore on March 26, 1962 for the UK where she made a final visit to Belfast and after an exercise in Mediterranean was paid off. Following a campaign led by Rear Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan-Giles DSO OBE CM, a former captain of the ship, she was brought to London to become a museum ship and was first opened to the public on Trafalgar Day, October 21, 1971.




AAAAUUUUGGGHHH!!! THE FREAKING COSTUME! (Not Willie's or Paul's costume; just mine)

PITA Quotient: Major
Planned Project: NO!

I bought my costume during Spirit's post-Halloween sale in *2007*. Expensive sucker, even on sale. Like an idiot, I did not try it on in the store, nor did I try it on until the week before Halloween 2008. It's marked size small, but *should* have fit since my size range was listed.


No matter *what* I tried, I couldn't get it to go over my boobs nor my hips. It should have fit. Stupid me for not figuring this out ahead of time. Being short, I *knew* I'd have to take up the hem, but the rest of it? Nuh-uh. My normal size is a 4-6. Usually, that means size small. Sometimes, that means size *extra-small*. But sometimes, that also means size *medium*. Frickin'-frackin' lack of continuity in clothing sizes.

I can sew, but this would have involved a zipper, something I don't wanna mess with if I can avoid it. Grieved for a few days, then thought I might be able to use low-tech means for splicing in part of the cut-off hem around the zipper. Okay, so I carefully used a seam ripper to remove the zipper, preserving every last smidge of fabric seaming that I could, and then used fabric adhesive tape to splice in leftover material from the cut-off hem. Then I used supposedly permanent Velcro designed for fabrics to replace the zipper. Used more fabric tape to hide the Velcro with wide, black ribbon, ending in a short, triangular tail flopping over mah butt. This was necessary to hide the fuglee area where the extra fabric and Velcro all merged with the back seam of the peplum and skirt.

Wasn't certain it would work in the end, especially when the Velcro wound up bunching vertically (argh!), but thought that, in the end, my hair would cover any evils that I hadn't been able to disguise by design. (Heaven forbid I should have any time to put my hair up into a bun anyway, she-who-is-totally-fumble-fingered with this super-fine baby hair crappe.)

I also had zero time to sew the cut hem, so I resorted to using Fray Check in a pinch. Also tried a brief experiment with a small section of hem through a candle flame. Uhm, no. Fray-Check it was.

It took a whole week to accomplish alla the sundry repairs and sleight of hand, along with all of the other last-minute things I needed to do at the same time (including shortening Paul's costume . . . it looks too short in the photos, but I think he hiked it up under the belt a little to avoid overheating underneath all of that polyester).

Finally, at the appointed hour on the day of the party (October 25th), I slid on the costume, Paul sealed me in with the Velcro, aaaaaaaaand . . . so far, so good! It looked great, and nobody was any the wiser. How-some-ever . . . thank GAWD I didn't sit down until the party was finally winding down. At first, I didn't notice anything, but as time went on, I kept noticing that my hair was getting stuck in what I presumed was the Velcro closure in back. Except . . . it seemed to be getting *too* stuck for it to have been just Velcro. Finally, it dawned on me that that too-stuck feeling is typical of getting my hair stuck in things with adhesive on them. Uhm. Uh-oh. Sure enough, sitting down was exactly what it took for nearly allllllllll of the allegedly permanent fabric adhesives to decide they were giving up the ghost. All of my carefully planned splicing sort of sprung leaks everywhere. My hair, as usual, went on an immediate search-and-destroy mission for anything remotely sticky, and was the early warning system that something was amiss.

Fortunately, it was the end of the evening, and we were among friends who groaned in sympathy with me, but . . . frack! Alla that ding-dang work, undone in one fell swoop. Shiitake, and other expletives deleted.

zipper repair parts

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