"I couldn’t undo my ratchet belt and I had to unloose the caboose so bad that I cut my belt off to prevent dumpin’ a stump in my pants."
We’ve literally heard this same exact line at least a dozen times over the past 4 years.
It’s amazing the exactness in which it’s repeated.
So we felt like it was time to solve this stuck ratchet belt problem for all time, and save pants everywhere from falling prey to the barbarians at the gate.
Step one in solving this doo-doo of an issue is understanding how the locking mechanism on a ratchet belt works.
The lever on the bottom of the buckle is attached to a piece of metal that wedges down into the plastic track on the belt strap, thereby “locking” the belt in place.
When you pull the lever it pulls that piece of metal up out of the track allowing the strap to move freely. When you let go of the lever a magnet rotates the piece of metal back down into the track.