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New bindings, old skis.

post #1 of 3
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Hope someone can answer. I have some older skis which need some new bindings and my question is; can you (presuming you get the same binding) put new bindings into the old holes or is it better to plug the holes and re-drill the the binding holes somewhere else on the ski? Many thanks.
post #2 of 3
Plug 'em and re-drill. Every time.
Even if you were replacing a binding with the same one, I'd still favour re-drilling. By using the original holes, the threads won't have as much grip, and you risk the binding not staying on the ski.
(I could be wrong on this, but try it with a threaded screw in a piece of wood, screw it in, remove it, then screw it in again. Do you notice how much easier it goes in the second time? My concern would be that it could come out again with a similar ease)

S
post #3 of 3
Use the old holes if they match.

Glue the screws in with waterproof wood glue. Even Superglue. 'Bitch to get out though.

Most of the problem with threaded fasteners comes from stripping the "thread" during installation. Sbnug is tight enough!

Be sure to counter sink the hole to avoid "push up: that can hold the binding off the ski surface and confuse the issue regarding "tight".

If you are in doubt, fill the hole with fine steel wool reinforced epoxy. Then redrill. Better than new!

CalG
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