I have worked in the Ski Industry since 1997. I ran the shop at 1 location of a large metro multi location ski retailer in the east in 2000/2001/2002. I can count on one hand how many pairs of skis that I ROACHED in that time frame and I probably drilled 10,000 holes in those 3 years.
I'm still a Ski Industry Professional, but where I reside and live at now, there is not a good ski shop within 100 miles of my home. It is Sad.
I get taken care of by some one in the industry with a particular brand of ski/boot/binding as I'm established in more than one of our professional organizations, and I'm a senior educator/member in those organizations. (hence I'm getting a PRO-DEAL)
The problem that I run into, is that I can't find a ski shop, with any employee working in the tuning shop, who knows how to do anything right. I had thought that this was a personal curse, until a friend of mine asked me about something on his ski. When I looked, I found that it was not mounted right either, and when we removed the binding to re-mount it. We found extra holes (this ski is brand new, never skied on, and was just mounted)
I'm thoroughly disgusted with this part of our industry. Shops only hire highschool or college IDIOTS who are missing lugnuts or have mismatched or bald tired on thier rusty volkswagons, who smoke way to many buds before work.
Here is how it is done folks.
Examine Ski and Binding and Boot
Determine Proper Jig for Binding
Determine Proper Ski Center for Mounting Reference (There are many different ways to mount any 1 ski)
Set up the proper Jig Length with the Boot (Check and Double Check and Triple Check the Boot Length)
Check the Jig again for the proper binding holes (since alot of older Jigs with different binding names work with the new stuff and your shop is to damn cheap to buy the new jigs)
Cover the unused holes with tape so that you know where to drill. (skip this step all the time... and sooner or later you will ROACH some ones equipment... when you do that GO GET YOUR BOSS AND HAVE HIM TAKE THE COST OF REPLACING THE EQUIPMENT OUT OF YOUR PAYCHECK)
Place the Jig onto the Ski PROPERLY... not crooked, not off center, not with dust or P-TEX shavings between it and the ski.
Double Check the Boot Size Again to make sure the Jig did not Move... On the Ski, with the boot center over the line on the Jig and the line on the Jig over your reference mark on the Jig. (IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN MOUNTING FOR AT LEAST 2 YEARS AND AT LEAST 500 PRS OF SKIS AND YOU ARE A PUNK DO NOT DO CUSTOM MOUNTING OFF OF A REFERENCE POINT THAT YOU MARKED ON THE SKI)
Now Select the proper bit size... 4.1 for Metal Skis, 3.5 for wood skis. Make sure it is the proper depth... 9MM for most adult alpine skis and 7MM for youth skis.
Secure your bit in your drill (IF YOUR SHOP DOES NOT HAVE 18V CORDLESS DEWALT OR OTHER EXPENSIVE $150 PRICE RANGE COORDLESS DRILLS GO SEE YOUR BOSS AND TELL HIM TO QUIT BEING SO DAMN CHEAP)
Double Check your drill stop or Jig to make sure you are not going to drill all the way through.
Finally Hold the Drill Verticle and Sink Your Hole Into the Ski. (IF YOU CANT WALK STRAIGHT YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO HOLD A DRILL STRAIGHT)
Now that you have all of your holes drilled straight, with the proper bit, in the proper locations you are ready to remove your JIG.
After removing the jig you still have lots more to do before screwing the binding... First is to take a large drill bit (like 1/2 in) and stick it down on the holes that you drilled and twist the drill bit by hand to remove any burrs, and to counter sink the outside edge of the hole (this will keep the hole from lifting against the binding which lets water under the ski binding to freeze and eventually pop the binding out of the ski)
Next is to check the alignment of your holes with your binding to make sure you did all of the above right... IF YOU SCREWED IT UP GO GET YOUR BOSS SO THAT YOU CAN BUY THE PERSON A NEW PWAR OF SKIS
You will need to put locktite or binding glue (fancy name for wood glue) into each of the holes to seal them and keep water out.
The next step is to screw the bindings into the SKI. NOTE THAT NOTHING FROM THIS POINT ON REQUIRES THAT POWER DRILL.
Take a hand SCREW DRIVER that is properly sized with a big enough grip and a big enough handle to tighten the screw. Start the screw straight (refer to drilling straight above for references). Make sure you keep the screw straight... and hand tighten the screw with the screwdriver using your brain as a TORQUE WRENCH not over tightening the screws. Dont strip the screw heads, dont strip the screw holes... If you do either... THE JOB IS NOT DONE RIGHT START OVER!! WITH ANOTHER BRAND NEW PAIR OF SKIS
If you some how have problems doing this right... then get your shop to let you mount all of thier rentals for them (OR THEY HAVE THE SENIOR TECH DO THIS BECAUSE THEY OWN THE SKIS
AND DONT WANT THE STUFF THEY OWN MESSED UP BUT IT IS OK TO MESS UP THE CUSTOMERS STUFF)
Finally, when some one comes in, who has more experience that you, or asks questions, bring them back in the shop and go through the mounting process with them. If you are the pro that you think that you are... having another set of eyes watch what is going on, is only an insurance policy for you to know that it was done right... and that the customer is satisfied.
OTHERWISE YOU AND YOUR SHOP OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT ARE FOOLS!!
When I mounted SKIS I made over $30/HR.... because I did it right, and I made incentives for doing it right... The 4/5 PAIRS OF SKIS that I ROACHED... I fixed them and SKIED ON THEM MY SELF... BECAUSE AFTER SCREWING UP SOME ONE ELSES EQUIPMENT I OWNED IT...
Kinda makes that old treat your customers stuff like it was your own a good moral to work by...
THEN AGAIN if you are missing LUGNUTS on your Rust Bucket that you drive to work on bald tires... perhaps you should resign.