January 16, 2005

I need a better lighter

Before the trip I decided that I'd try and save money (hmm) and service our skis myself. I bought a book or two, worked out the tools I needed and bought them and put them all in a box. Today I opened the box, read some of the book and used some of the tools...

I decided to practice on the Axendos. I figure that I'll not be skiing them again (except to test my servicing ;) ) so they're safe to play with... The current snow conditions mean that the skis have plenty of gouges to repair and so the first thing I did was dewax them and get to work with my base repair candles, cabinet scraper and sander block. The 3 part Toko ski vice that I bought was well worth the money - I could probably have managed to fill the holes without it but the scraping and rubbing down pretty much require that the ski be held solid and level. I fixed the vice on the rail around the balcony, which gave me a bench that was about the perfect height. The base repair candle has to be lit and then dripped into the holes and gouges in the base and then the resulting lumps need to be scraped back so that they're pretty much level with the rest of the base and then sanded so that the base is smooth and flat. The one problem I had was that my cheap and cheerful plastic lighter isn't really man enough for the job of lighting the base repair candles when there's a bit of a draft, I need a beter ligher...

So, so far things seem to be ok (but I'm not skiing them yet ;) ). The next step is to read about hot waxing and get the iron out...


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Posted by Len at January 16, 2005 08:28 PM | Categories: General
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