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How long does it take?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
to switch a set of Markers from one ski to another? The local shop kept my skis for 6 days to do the job and I'm feeling jerked around. It doesn't seem like it should take an hour much less 6 days.
post #2 of 9
My ski shop kept my skis for 4 days to install Volkl's MOTION binding, so that might not be THAT unusual. :

(it should take about an hour)
post #3 of 9
I bought skis the other day and had them mounted and tuned in 20 minutes, I actually used them the same day. It must take 10 minutes to mount bindings.
post #4 of 9
I don't think that they work on skis for 6 days, they are just backed up.
post #5 of 9
eug hit it.

when I used to work at Ski Center in Wash DC, I could drill and mount a set of bindings in about 8 minutes, and took another 5 or so for the function check. The issue isn't how long it takes, it's how many people were there before you and want the same thing or other work done. If every job was handled under the "it only takes 15 mins" thought process, most shop employees would be working until midnight every night. Believe me, after working the weeks before and after Christmas, all a ski shop employee wants is to go hit the slopes, and definitely NOT work late for whiny customers.

On the other hand, there were times when we shop mechanics would stay 20 mins late for a customer who we knew to be honestly in a bind that wasn't of his/her own making... such customers usually rewarded us with beer or booze.
post #6 of 9
hey gonzo do you have to wait for the epoxy in screw holes to set for any length of time or can you ski as soon as they are mounted also could you swap bindings between 2 pairs of skis say you have 1200 marker piston on one pair but 1200 glide on the other but want to swap them thanks It might snow in florida [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #7 of 9
typically, the epoxy is to lock the screws in place, sort of like Loctite in a metal threaded assembly. usually it's not to hold the screw in place. if a ski has been overdrilled or the holes enlarged, some folks use epoxy to retain the screws. this is a very dangerous practice. if a ski's shot, it's shot. epoxy cannot resuscitate the dead ski.

switching bindings? not a good idea. The only skis on which bindings could be readily switched are the Volkl Motion setups, because the bindings there use a fine-threaded reusable metallic fastening system. Any other ski uses coarse self-tapping threaded fasteners. Such fasteners aren't designed for repeated install/remove cycles.

lemme know when it snows in Florida. That's when I'll take up surfing on a river.
what type of epoxy are you talking about?
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by gonzostrike:
typically, the epoxy is to lock the screws in place, sort of like Loctite in a metal threaded assembly<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hey gonzo,
what kind of sealer/epoxy is used on the mounting screws? I have removed old bindings and I have never seen evidence of glue/epoxy/sealant in the screw holes.
post #9 of 9

I should've been clearer. Epoxy generally is used on skis that don't have a "binding mounting sheet" as part of their construction. Typically, skis that have a sheet of metal or some other material (phenolic used to be popular) to secure the screws will not need epoxy.

On older pure wood-core skis, we used to put epoxy in the holes before screwing the bindings into place. You wouldn't know it if you removed the bindings, though. It's a very miniscule amount. Again, it serves the same purpose as Loctite in a metal-to-metal threaded fastening.
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