A cobbler from Kent has gone viral on TikTok after sharing his trick for fixing a broken zip at home, in less than a minute.
The man, who posts on the account @originalcobblers, shared the trick in a video which has since amassed more than 290,000 views.
In the clip he shows people what to do when your zip stops closing and you only need two things to mend it – a pair of plyers and a small hammer.
He explains how he often gets customers asking if they can have a new zip because theirs is no longer closing, but actually you don’t need to pay for this.
“Now a lot of the time you can fix this kind of thing at home with a few very basic tools and I’m going to show you quickly how to do it,” he says.
“What we do, if you put the zip itself on something hard, give it a hard background. The zip runner itself runs on two plates, top and bottom, they run parallel and after the zip wears a little while, they open up so instead of the teeth interlocking, one sits on top of the other and they don’t close.
“Our aim today is to tap the back of the zip back into its original position using a pair of plyers on the very back of the zip, so right on the very back either side, a small hammer, we give it a little tap right on the back of the zip runner, not too hard because we don’t want to break it even though it’s broken, because if it needs replacing we can.
“But we always like to try this first… look at that.”
As he talks he demonstrates how it’s done on a boot and as he finishes, he pulls the zip closed as he’s easily managed to fix it without having to replace it.
Hundreds of people took to the comments to praise the cobbler for sharing the trick, with one person writing: “Can we just appreciate he told us this so people can just do it themselves at home, saving their shoes and money!”
“Thank you for teaching me something new today, replied a second.
“Fantastic I’m going to be able to fix quite a few things now,” commented a third.
Another said: “This 100% works, thank you for saving my winter coat!!”
A different user added: “Thank you dude a tip that actually works with no real need for specialist tools.”