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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Yeah, it just dawned on me that with the good comes the bad. I have 5 pairs of skis and my SO has one, all need be to waxed sharpened, hot boxed, scraped, and brushed...add one more pair from my future popinlaw and maybe even the mominlaw and I have got 8 pairs of skis to contend with.....that sounds far less than fun IMHO. (They are really good to us so I wouldn't even think about saying no.)

No roto-brushes here, all man power. You nut jobs with the 20 ski quivers, how do you do it?

Last season I banged them out in one day, good scotch, a cigar, some X-mas music and some good Belgian beer (as if there is any other kind) got me by...but that was only 4 pairs, now with Princeton Ski closed I am the official family ski tuner. I cant even escape it, they know I am as well equipped as a shop with all the tools, the 20lbs of wax I recycled, and the "only a crazy guy would build a ski coffin" hot -box. What to do what to do.
post #2 of 26
I savour the tune and mount, it is great relaxation after a day of skiing. Unless it was my demo's I rarely had to tune (really wax) more than 1-3 pair in the night. I will have a scotch, but no cigar...I prefer the smell of the wax.
post #3 of 26
Gadget-guys always seem to end up suffering the negatives of all that material gain.... they have to store, protect, maintain, fuss over, and haul all of their "stuff." Some people seem to be "p-whipped" by their stuff! Ever notice??
Just find a couple favorite skis and keep them in shape.
Remember grasshopper... if you spend your energy fussing over all of your possessions, you will never truly feel enlightened and "free."
post #4 of 26
Hike up your skirt and start working, Nancy-boy... Your skis sacrifice for you, you should return the favor.

Consider it a right of passage into the season or some kind of sacrifice for Ullr.
post #5 of 26
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Gadget-guys always seem to end up suffering the negatives of all that material gain.... they have to store, protect, maintain, fuss over, and haul all of their "stuff." Some people seem to be "p-whipped" by their stuff! Ever notice??
Just find a couple favorite skis and keep them in shape.
Remember grasshopper... if you spend your energy fussing over all of your possessions, you will never truly feel enlightened and "free."
True words - great perspective. I should listen to this. Of course, by taking care of my gear, it sure is a lot easier to sell...
post #6 of 26
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What to do what to do.
Train minions.
post #7 of 26
go to utah, you don't need sharp edges there.
post #8 of 26
All 8 pair will not, very often, need attention at the same time.
Pre and post season are a couple of those times.

Most times they will need only minor work on a ski day by day basis.
post #9 of 26
Thread Starter 
This is true...but that first outing, Im in for a duesy of a workout. If you saw the bases and edges of the mominlaws skis you'd be very afraid.
post #10 of 26
There's probably a bored kid in a tune shop right now who's hoping someone will trade him a few tunes for a couple cases of beer.

Or, just invite Philpug over and supply him with scotch.
post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
This is true...but that first outing, Im in for a duesy of a workout. If you saw the bases and edges of the mominlaws skis you'd be very afraid.
Drop them off to a good tuner . Then keep the edges polished and bases waxed the rest of the year.
post #12 of 26
My five pair and my wife's three. I never use more than two in a day and she never uses more than one. As far as preseason work, just do a pair and hang 'em up. Do another the next day. Gradually keeps the interest up. But the potential mom-in-law's stuff probably should get your attention first. Sounds like you might want to work on just one one day, do the other the next and finish them on a third day. There's no rush now and there's plenty of time till snow's available. But if you put the whole bunch off waiting for just the right day to tackle them all, you'll wish you hadn't.
post #13 of 26
I have a 24 hour rule. Every time I return from skiing I either tune what I used that evening or the next day. Last thing I want is moisture sitting on the ski and in the bindings for days/weeks because there is likely salt in it out this way. I'll apply a coat of wax based on average temp but not scrape. If temp goes up or down significantly right before I'm heading back to the mountians (or when I get there if I'm staying there overnight) I'll scrape it down then drop some harder or softer wax on and melt it all together to arrive at something pretty colse to dead on for that temperature or condition. 95% of the time a good all purpose wax is close enough for my taste, just scrape it hard/thin on colder days or scrape it more ligh/thick on warmer days. Really cold days are the exception to this, always start with blue in January.

But, I almsot never return from skiing and toss the skis on the rack without drying, ptex-if needed, light filing, check the flat/bevel then a coat of hot wax before hanging them back up. If it's very late I'll leave then out in the way and do it ASAP the next morning or evening. That way I'm never looking at a huge project.
post #14 of 26
Thread Starter 
Good policy, and one I used to employ, things are a little different this time though. For our first trip of the season, we will be away for a week so I am bringing all my skis, one pair per day or as conditions warrant. So I have some work ahead. I think this week I am going to start knocking them off one or two a night.
post #15 of 26
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No roto-brushes here, all man power. You nut jobs with the 20 ski quivers, how do you do it?
4 roto-brushes and 2 electric drills with external speed controls.
post #16 of 26
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4 roto-brushes and 2 electric drills with external speed controls.
One drill and 20 cm roto shaft with quick grip:

post #17 of 26
I really like doing my stuff, especially since I bought a Terminator stand
post #18 of 26
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I really like doing my stuff, especially since I bought a Terminator stand
Good to hear. Looks like I need to make you a 'Lasso Cart' for super fast changes:





RR, if you think in terms of how many little tasks you have to do times the number of skis and shaving every little bit you can per task, adds up to considerable time savings overall. Coming at it as a former bartender, with efficiency, the right tools in the right places, any repetitive task can be can banged out quick.
post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
I have 5 pairs of skis and my SO has one ...(
RR, so that I do not hijack this thread, perhaps you can fill us in on the details in a "ski discussion" thread how you have pulled off this 5:1 ratio. In my case, it's more like 8:1 (fractions reduced) with a less than happy SO (though she thinks the ratio is even lower), but despite my tuning experience, I am less interested in your waxing problem than your initial description.
So here's my offer, you help me find a way to buy more skis without upsetting the SO and for every new pair I get away with, I'll tune a pair of yours.
post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post
Good to hear. Looks like I need to make you a 'Lasso Cart' for super fast changes:





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Dang, more gear?
I'm not the gear buying sort. you will have to do some convincing if you want to sell me something.
post #21 of 26
Thread Starter 
Inlaws dropped off the skis yesterday. Pop's skis are in good shape, I tended to them last season...but as I had feared the mom's skis are in the worst shape I have ever seen other than skis in the trash. Bases are white with oxidation and gouged, edges are heavily rusted/pitted.

So, I cant fix these with my tools (at least not with conventional ski tools anyway), the skis are 2 seasons old, and barely skied on (bunny hill/magic carpet)....the reason they got so trashed is because they did not heed my warnings about using a roof rack so all that salt spray literally ate the skis (those of you still using roof racks you have been re-warned).

Can I take skis in this poor condition to a shop to get machine tuned and the bases ground to restore them? These skis have never been tuned and have never been ground. I am contemplating just buying her a new pair, but her daughter says that would be a waste of money seeing as how little she actually skis.
post #22 of 26
If she skis that little and at such a low level, it really doesn't matter much, does it? I'd get them repaired and ground at the shop, then maintain them from there.

Mike
post #23 of 26
Wipe the skis off when you get home and night. Wax the night before - when they need it.

Tuning and waxing are overrated. Yeah they need to be waxed, but excepting my son's race skis, I don't even bother scraping and brushing any more.

That said- I have a pretty killer tuning set up, and I do know how to use it. I just don't knock mysklef out
post #24 of 26
Only 8?

Pansy.

Lets see....
  • 9 + blades + boards for me.
  • 9 + blades + board for hubby.
  • Mom's = 3
  • Mom's friend's = 1
  • Assorted friends that hubby volunteers to do = 3-5
2 nights after work for initial scrape and touch-up, then 1/2-1 hr each ski day to maintain throughout the season. Tune and wax before storing and you're good to go for next year.

ps. The Roto Brush is awesome!
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post

You nut jobs with the 20 ski quivers, how do you do it?

- getting in late...

Even in a ski town I know just a few guys who regularly ski-and maintain- more than a few pairs of skis.

I'm sure we both know dudes who have twenty pairs of skis, but I'm not sure we know that many guys who ski them all on a regular basis.

I ski about three or four pairs of skis :

Carvers from the Demo Fleet
My own Volkl Gotamas w/ Jesters
Phat boy floaters from the Demo Fleet
A Friend's reverse camber floppy noodles for those daze that I took while he was asleep and didn't know it was snowing
post #26 of 26
Richie - I

I just wanted to take this moment to call you a puss... I did all this this afternoon, and all but two had edge work done...



I guess I'm tough as hell...
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