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post #1 of 26
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Who says tuning skis is fun? Last night I got kicked out of my house by my GF because I was stinking up the place with my cigar..so I poured myself some Pinch and made my way down to the garage (which is actually under the house) and decided to get started tuning up the skis for next week's ski trip.

Even with a wonderful handrolled CAO Churchill and some 15yr old Scotch...the process was tedious to say the least. 8 skis to tune, only did 4 (2 pair). Had to reset the bases, do some repairs, sharpen edges, clean, wax, then finally hot box.....needless to say after my shower I was more than ready for bed. Today I still have to scrape and brush, and I have yet to take care of the important gear; the race skis.

At least this time I was wise enough to wear gloves, last year I had almost as much blood on my skis as I did wax :
post #2 of 26
Let me see if I got this correct .. :

Last night ..

you ... as in .. Y-O-U .... got kicked out of your ... as in .. Y-O-U-R .. house by your girlfriend.

Dude ... I ... mean ... dude ... we should'nt have to spell out what's wrong with this picture now should we?

Now I been given the boot from girlfriends in T-H-E-I-R .... houses ...

A 15 year old single malt, so what? In the poultry shop it's called C-A-P-O-N ...
post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 
My house as in our house, both names are on the deed and mtg. (she might as well be my wife, 8yrs together...I think.)

Hey I like that Scotch...if you havent had some Pinch in a while try it again...smooth and sweet. 4th most popular scotch in the world.

Ill have you know that my gonads are intact thank you!
post #4 of 26
Tonight, your garage ... I'll bring the Macanudo Robust's ... you bring the Scotch.

:
post #5 of 26
Richie,

You may not have the right tunes playing. Beethoven, or Vivaldi and you'd be all set.
post #6 of 26
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Richie,

You may not have the right tunes playing. Beethoven, or Vivaldi and you'd be all set.
Lol...last week I had Van Halen, Def Leppard, and Godsmack playing. Last night I had 98.3 KJOY nonstop Christmas music.
post #7 of 26
You have it all wrong...It's a handcrafted small batch bourbon like Bookers. Romeo Y Julietta, Churchills from Cuba. And Porcupine Tree blasting in the background drowning out the wife.
It works every time for me.

Mike
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Who says tuning skis is fun? Last night I got kicked out of my house by my GF because I was stinking up the place with my cigar..so I poured myself some Pinch and made my way down to the garage (which is actually under the house) and decided to get started tuning up the skis for next week's ski trip.

Even with a wonderful handrolled CAO Churchill and some 15yr old Scotch...the process was tedious to say the least. 8 skis to tune, only did 4 (2 pair). Had to reset the bases, do some repairs, sharpen edges, clean, wax, then finally hot box.....needless to say after my shower I was more than ready for bed. Today I still have to scrape and brush, and I have yet to take care of the important gear; the race skis.

At least this time I was wise enough to wear gloves, last year I had almost as much blood on my skis as I did wax :
I don't give a damn what you're smokin', drinkin' jammin' to or pokin'. I have been slowly knocking out 10 pair I had stone ground! it is a tedious bee-atch! 5 done, 5 pair to go!
post #9 of 26
Yeah, there's nothing like volume to turn fun into work. I've been discovering that the first pair is usually fun, the second is sometimes, and the third never is.
post #10 of 26
I only do mine. I teach the kids and wife how to do it and let them use all of the tools, but I won't do it for them. That way I only have to deal with one or two pair per week. When they whine that they can't keep up or their edges suck, I just smile and ski away.
post #11 of 26
Come to think of it, I haven't taken the storage wax off the Fischer RC's yet. Had in-laws over from Mass this weekend and tomorrow's our anniversary, so no ski for me this week, but I have to get ready for next weekend at Gore and/or Whiteface.
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
I only do mine. I teach the kids and wife how to do it and let them use all of the tools, but I won't do it for them. That way I only have to deal with one or two pair per week. When they whine that they can't keep up or their edges suck, I just smile and ski away.
No stinkin' kids or wife are touchin' my $1,000's in tools!:
post #13 of 26
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No stinkin' kids or wife are touchin' my $1,000's in tools!:
Somebody needs to watch some Oprah and then come up with a New Year's resolution
post #14 of 26
Hehe. Reminds me of the first time I waxed my skis. I have an old-school iron that my great-uncle gave to me, so temp settings are hard to control... full heat and a bit of residual wax = smoking lounge atmosphere in the basement. Mom wasn't too happy about it. Thankfully my dad and I will be setting up a workshop in the garage next summer for my auto projects, but I'll also include a workstation for ski tuning.

Lately I've been listening to Wolfmother with a fine euro brew. Yeah, it's a pain sometimes, but when my cousin's complain that it's icy and can't hold an edge... buh-bye :.
post #15 of 26
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Somebody needs to watch some Oprah and then come up with a New Year's resolution
LOL
post #16 of 26
I prefer a generous pour from a handle of Fleischmans (uh...LARGE batch) blended with coke zero and a "pinch" of something else while tuning.

Loaded up the wife's nano with KISS's greatest hits and Kid Rock's "Cocky." (I am sure she will be pleased).

Rocked a couple pairs in no time.

"I'm the illest fool
Cooler than the water in a swimmin' pool
Fly like a seagull, kickin' like a mule
More jams than a beetle from Liverpool
I deliver fool..."
post #17 of 26
bleeding?

gloves?

i dont get it...
post #18 of 26
Thread Starter 
740weapon....Askel Lund Svindal gets it.....think sharp edges.
post #19 of 26
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740weapon....Askel Lund Svindal gets it.....think sharp edges.
I think burred edges.

I've never really cut myself on skis, unless there is a horrible hanging burr. I used to ruin gloves moving the kids rental gear when I was teaching.
post #20 of 26
Thread Starter 
Well if you think a WC racer is running on burred edges then burred edges it is. Nevertheless, before the tune is done, there will be burred edges, if there isnt, then youre not doing it right. Ask any professional knife sharpener.
post #21 of 26
I tuned skis for my son and one of his friends the night before their first high school ski race of the season. A little annoying since I had other chores as well, but not too bad.


Today my son tells me one of the other kids on the team offered to tune skis for several other kids... and did not think about volume. He wound up tuning twelve pairs in one evening!
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
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A 15 year old single malt, so what? In the poultry shop it's called C-A-P-O-N ...
Yuki, A neutered rooster????? LOL

As to tuning...I'll bet the ranch that I'm the ONLY Louisiana cajun with a tuning setup in their stock room! Already tuned/waxed up not only mine, but my bother-in laws and nephews skiis!!!!!! Because of no smoking laws I can't enjoy a good stoogie in my own shop!!!
post #23 of 26
I would not be super pysched to be racing on skis tuned by HS kid doing a dozen pairs at a time.

No glove. No love. Trick: Cut off the pinkie so you can periodically test the edge with the BACK of your finger. Imagine like wiping a booger off on the edge of your ski.

(Thanks. I am talented at paiting a picture with words.)
post #24 of 26
The gloves are a smart idea regardless of the burr or not. One slip pushing a file along an edge and you can easily slide your hand down that sharp (burred or not) edge. I have a beat up old leather pair of gloves sans thumb noted above.

I wear cheap knit gloves when brushing too, makes it easy to wipe away the wax dust and junk brushing brings out.

On the subject of beverages, give me a nice cold pale ale to quench my thirst!!
post #25 of 26
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One slip pushing a file along an edge and you can easily slide your hand down that sharp (burred or not) edge.
You meant pulling the file right?:

You should never be pushing a file!
post #26 of 26
Skis to do:
These are done at least weekly and sometimes much more often (depending on conditions, or race and training schedule). The race skis get the most attention and take the longest to do (but I can shave wth the edges when done )

3 pairs race skis for kids
1 pair race skis for me
2 pairs skis for my wife (these get the least attention)
2 pairs kid twin tips
2 pairs play skis (mantra and B3)
1 pair skating xcountry skis & 1 pair classic xcounrty skis (all these need is wax and scrape, unless I have to use Klister)

These get done on an as needed basis.

rock skis
older race skis
1 pair tele skis
various light touring skis

Scotch (Caol Ila lately) makes it go much faster. So does good music (Zappa, Jackson Browne, King Crimsom, Genesis and Bach lately).
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