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I wax skis as a buisness, and one of my clients came in.
I noticed that the binding screws are sticking out of the base, not all the way through but they have made two lumps into the base.
I told him to take them back to the guy that mounted them, but he said take it back to the ski company. The ski company said there is nothing they can do and it will make no difference.
Has this happened to anyone?
What did you do?
It seems like it would have an adverse affect on the ski, however the ski company and shop assured him it wouldn't?
I feel like my client should get the skis replaced by the shop that mounted them, but they don't seem to do that?
What should he say? What should I advise?
Sparknotes: Binding screws sticking out of base, although not all the way through.
Does this affect the skis? Does he deserve a replacement?
What skis were they? My lizzies had dimples in the bases after they got mounted because they ski is so thin, the shop even called up line to ask about it because they did everything right and Line said it wasn't an issue. The dimples are now gone just from skiing.
also, were they just dimples like I talked about or were they protruding alot more? Basegrinding is probably the best bet.
take the screw out of the hole and place a towel or paper towell over the base where the dimple is. hit the dimple with a hammer a couple of times until dimple is gone or nearly gone and then sand over the spot with a sanding block or sandpaper.
No I haven't is it a common occurrence?
It's a sidebuieness to support my own ski career, makes a fair bit. But it's specialised hand tuning, not using machines except roto-brush.
I'm gong to call the rep he got them from now and see what he has to say.
The Skis were 191 Volk 2011 Mantra's with Marker Griffon Bindings.
people who mounted his skis are legally responsible for the safety of his bindings at the time of the mount...and they're responsible for not ruining his gear. they should definitely buy him new gear...and he should probably take it elsewhere to be mounted..that suckss though
ya brooke it is a mess up but it doesn't really affect anything which is good i guess... thats why the shop is saying don't worry. It's a pretty greasy thing to do and the shop is liable. Tell your friend to invest in a crowbar :p
bring that shit into the shop. it is 110% their fault for not mounting the ski right. a mistake like that could compromise the performance of the ski and possibly make the safety of riding them a concern.
It happened because of some combination of the holes not being drilled deep enough, wide enough, or not being tapped. There is probably no harm to the ski as far as it falling apart or safety of the bindings. If it were a race ski: big problem as far as performance goes, but it likely would go unnoticed park/free ride. Planing the bumps off then a light grind would usually fix the issue. The shop should definitely be concerned about the problem (I would be if one of my tuners did that) and should perform the above remedy for free and a few free tunes on top of that (if you trust them) or give your money back. Asking for a new pair of skis is a little over the top and whiny, but not totally uncalled for it the skis were brand new and of the "race" type
Except that it will shorten the life of the bases on those skis. Removing the screws and filing them down won't make the bumps go away. So when the guy gets his skis stone ground, those raised areas will get ground down more and eventually there will be no base there. If he is only going to have his skis tuned once or twice over the life of the skis, it may not be an issue.
Brooke, I called a shop owner in Denver who I really respect. He said that they have replaced skis where this has happened. It may have been caused by tapping the screw holes too deep. Or. often the screws for the heel piece and the toe piece are different lengths. The tech could have swapped the screws by mistake.
It would only be the responsibility of the manufacturer if they messed up and left out a layer in the ski construction or there was some other flaw. That doesn't happen frequently. Bottom line is that the shop is responsible. Your guy could demand that they replace the skis or fix them.
The fix would involve pulling the screws and using a heat gun and pressure to try to get the base to flatten out again. Heat up the base, put a metal scraper over the dimples and then use c-clamps to hold it down while it cools. After it cools they could try to mount them again. I would not recommend that you try to do this for him. If you leave the heat gun on just slightly too long, it could cause the base to delam. Then you'll be the one that has to replace the skis. The shop should be willing to do this. Obviously they don't want to have to replace the skis, and this gives them a second chance at correcting the problem.