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Pulled out edge - need advice...

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Hit a pretty good rock and didn't think I had any damage. But, waxing them tonight I noticed the edge has pulled away from the base by about 1mm. There isn't any sidewall damage and it looks like the edge only pulled out and didnt get compressed. The core isnt visible either.

Question - what should I do with the edge? Any risk of water damage? Get the shop to push the edge back in?

Thanks for any advice!
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Hit a pretty good rock and didn't think I had any damage. But, waxing them tonight I noticed the edge has pulled away from the base by about 1mm. There isn't any sidewall damage and it looks like the edge only pulled out and didnt get compressed. The core isnt visible either.
Question - what should I do with the edge? Any risk of water damage? Get the shop to push the edge back in?
Thanks for any advice!

 

Generally I woulld say the skis are done.  Chuck em, and get a new pair.  Except my experience tells me there is one place that can infact fix this.  South Island NZ.  The volcanic rock is so sharp there, it happens alot, so they are good at fixing this.  North America cant do it.  Since you call yourself "Kiwi321", I assume this advice might not go astray.

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I have a couple pair of skis that have bent edges. One has a displaced the sidewall slightly, others make the ski 'wider' and leave a gap between the edge and p-tex.

 

As long as the edge hasn't cracked you can continue to use the ski, although it may not perform quite as well a before. My skis are not intended to be hard pack groomer skis so a little loss of edge shape doesn't bother me; they are used for soft snow where rocks can be encountered at almost any time. I don't notice the damaged edge unless I'm on the hard pack and the edge is the inside edge.

 

Fill any gaps with epoxy to seal them from the elements. It is especially important to fill any space between the p-tex and the edge as it will be extremely grabby when edged. If you have edge damage that is an 'outie', not an 'innie', don't try to remove the excess by filing. It will just weaken the edge further and result it complete edge loss sooner rather than later. Once the edge cracks you are pretty much done. It will noticibly affect the flex of the ski and will sooner or later catch on something and tear the edge off the ski.

post #4 of 8

No Volcanic rocks around here.

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Put a little glue on the exposed inner edge and use a straight edge metal block and tap it in with a hammer then clamp for a day or so.

PS-There called the Cascade Mountain Range. 

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No Volcanic rocks around here.

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Put a little glue on the exposed inner edge and use a straight edge metal block and tap it in with a hammer then clamp for a day or so.

PS-There called the Cascade Mountain Range. 

 

Its not just that they are volcanic....its they are sharp.  I know the PNW, as I live there, but I also lived in NZ, if you havent you wont understand.  Hit a rock in the PNW, ok, not good...but you ski will usually survive.  Hit a rock in south island NZ...its very common to get a core shot or rip the edge out.  I have never pulled an edge in PNW (or anywhere in North Amercia)....I would avarege 2 or so  in NZ season depending on how much snow there was.  If you get to NZ and go hiking there, you will notice what I mean right away, the rocks are noticabily sharp.

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 Skiing the PNW for 28 years I have seen a few pulled edges. But more likely the rock imbeds into the Ptex and has to be picked out. I hate Volcanic rock.igneous-rocks.jpgtumblr_l11pzvluxL1qzfsdg.jpg

 

It's the only rock that floats that I know of.

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Happened in Mammoth... a little nugget of pumice in the groomed corn. (I did blow my share of sidewalls and edges when in lived in NZ :-)

 

I'll make a trip to Footloose and see what they can do. Luckily it's my fat skis which should only be seeing pow & crud next season.

 

Thanks for the feedback - i'll get them glued up and keep them away from the hard snow days...

Cheers

K

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Here's a video from the Tognar site--may be more than you want to attempt. I've never done it myself. I did have a pulled out edge repaired--much worse pullout than yours-- but it didn't last.

And obviously keep the repaired edge outside from now on. 

http://www.tognar.com/repairs_tips_information_ski_snowboard.html

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