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New ski relaxation? Drilled but unused mounting holes?

post #1 of 4
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First question:

Got a pair of new Atomic Access this season, and after a few cycles of waxing I noticed a difference in their camber. It's not much, about 1/8" at the center; it takes about 5 lbs of force to get that much flex. I'm guessing that that kind of difference is within normal variation and that they were like that when I got them, but I'd like some confirmation. Was using Swix moly fluor, and during one application I got distracted and got one of the bases warm enough that about 8" of the pool stayed fluid for maybe 15 seconds. I'm hoping I didn't screw up my new shoes.

 

Second question:

What's the real durability issue with ending up with unused mouting holes after a binding remount? I can't see why it'd necessarily delaminate merely because the binding plate isn't bearing down on it, because if that were the case you'd see delamination along all of the edges of the ski. If it's a concern about the hole getting packed up with ice and freeze/thaw cycling stressing the edge, a plug Loctited flush with the surface should take care of that. I get that a drilled ski is a used ski, and that ideally you'd not have any unused holes drilled out. But is there actually a history of problems with open holes on an otherwise properly constructed laminate, or is it just a matter of best practice?

post #2 of 4

Open holes will allow moisture into the core of the ski, this is bad. I've seen skis with wood cores rotten to the point that a binding cannot be mounted, on the other hand, binding hole plugs exist and work great. There is absolutely no reason to leave holes unplugged, a creative mind should be able to think of dozens of alternatives to leaving open binding holes.

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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

Open holes will allow moisture into the core of the ski, this is bad. I've seen skis with wood cores rotten to the point that a binding cannot be mounted, on the other hand, binding hole plugs exist and work great. There is absolutely no reason to leave holes unplugged, a creative mind should be able to think of dozens of alternatives to leaving open binding holes.


I did say open but I was thinking "unused". It would never have occurred to me to actually leave the holes unplugged.

 

I was thinking more like a concern that having the edge unsupported might cause a delamination issue because of the stress concentration in the glass fiber layer around the hole. I'd be surprised if the stress riser would be enough to fail the bond, but I've been surprised before.

post #4 of 4

There is no reason to worry about an 'extra' couple of holes in a ski if they a sealed.

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