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Hobby Solder Iron's v. KUU Pro Fix Base Repair kit v. P-tex Gun (Ski Mender RP105)

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Full disclosure I am an east coast Canuck with a couple of dings in my skis that need repair (should have waited for more snow before skiing certain areas of the hill:rolleyes). 

 

Specifically, I am looking to repair a core shot on my old 4frnts and want a fix with some staying power.  Having done a little bit of research I understand that the Ski Mender is best for deeper patches, but as a DIYer with only periodic damage to the base of my skis, I am not sure if it is the best tool for me.  I am especially apprehensive as to how the gun would work when using metalgrip / p-tex repair string.

 

I have read mixed reviews for the Kuu p-tex iron.  MEC's client reviews suggest it is mediocre but prone to overheating, while the reviews on this site are a little more positive (http://www.mec.ca/product/5008-973/kuu-pro-fix-base-repair-kit/).  Frankly, although the Tognar one looks good (http://www.tognar.com/tognar-p-tex-base-repair-iron-120v-us-can/), this is the front runner in the soldering iron category (MEC is just down the street whereas Tognar is more expensive and looks the same).  Any input as to how good it is?  

 

Frankly the major strike against ski soldering irons is that I see no real difference between them and hobby soldering irons.  Here are a few that look like they might work:

 

https://www.lowes.ca/soldering-kit/weller-8-piece-25-watt-short-barrel-corded-hobby-iron-kit_g1198240.html

 

http://www.amazon.ca/AGPtek%C2%AE110V-Adjustable-Electric-Temperature-Soldering/dp/B00LSIPVQ6

 

http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dtools&field-keywords=hakko+dial+type

 

Anyways any information the board can offer is greatly appreciated.  Sort of stuck at the splitting hairs phase of the research...

 

 

Thanks in advance 

post #2 of 4

Call me a hack, but I've had great results with a propane bottle and a small torch. You can turn the flame down real low and use it to preheat the area.

 

You can buy the kit from the hardware store and the small Coleman propane bottle.

post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 

Definitely won't call you a hack... Brave is more like it.  What distance do you keep between the torch and the ski?  

 

I would be concerned with scorching the base, but if there is a safe way of doing it I am all ears.  However, from what I understand the threat of excessive temperatures is why there are ski specific soldering irons.  The information seems to suggest  that once you exceed 700 Fahrenheit you are playing with fire (pun intended). 

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Cheap soldering iron as you suggest.

One of these.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-0-5-KVA-VARIABLE-TRANSFORMER-VARIAC-500VA-0-150V-/111863259587?hash=item1a0b91e1c3:g:vREAAOSwLN5WhbM8

Get an old pair of skis and melt away until you get dialed.

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