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This useful “first world solution” to a fly that won’t stay zipped was posted on reddit by user ANatale (warning: NSFW). The original tutorial was written in a vernacular reminiscent of The Wu-Tang Clan’s seminal “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers),” so I’ve just posted the images here.

Andrew Salomone

Artist, writer, and teacher who makes work about popular culture, technology, and traditional craft processes.



  1. miriam says:

    This is genius.

  2. LIndsay says:

    NO WAY!!!! Why didn’t I think of that?! I’ll have to read the other website this weekend.

  3. Jamie says:

    Smart idea. However, the original post lost my attention w/ all the jargon. I expected something more clever.

  4. sarah says:

    Putting the little zipper handle in the down position actually “locks” the zipper. I have been quite surprised in the past that not a lot of people know this! No need for any key ring (although the creativity is admirable), just make sure the zipper handle is in the locked position.

    1. daisy says:

      It’s too bad that sometimes this “lock” breaks sometimes and the zipper slides down when you least expect it. This little trick is a neat way to take care of the problem without replacing a zipper or safety pinning the zipper in place.

  5. sarah says:

    p.s. in Swedish we call it a “lightening lock” because the zipper has a locking mechanism built in when in the down position to keep it from sliding down.

  6. Paula says:

    Awesome idea

  7. Song says:

    fixed my prob in 5 mins when it has been bothering me for mths!! thanks!

  8. claudia says:

    I have always used a safety pin!!!!

  9. Not all zippers have locks. Often you can find excellent jeans at a second hand store, given up on by the previous owner because the zipper kept sliding down…

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  12. Kyle says:

    Pretty nifty idea. I actually purchased an inexpensive little product called ZipperAde that works really well and you can actually leave it attached while you wash your pants.