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To tap or not to?
« on: 03/12/17, 10:06 AM »

I thought the set-up I acquired last season was going to do me for...longer. New set-up is here and I would like to tap the holes. Skis call for 3.6mm bit so guessing no metal? Does anyone have a tap I can beg, borrow, barter for? I am not above bribery. I live NE Seattle and am commuting currently to Mercer Island. Thank you!  Scott 2062956871
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Re: To tap or not to?
« Reply #1 on: 03/12/17, 05:55 PM »

tapping for inserts?
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Re: To tap or not to?
« Reply #2 on: 03/12/17, 07:58 PM »

No, tapping for binding screws. Have not done that before. Perhaps overly finicky. Then again, an ounce of prevention...
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Re: To tap or not to?
« Reply #3 on: 03/12/17, 09:50 PM »

I think you're safe to "tap" the holes with the screw you intend to secure the binding with since there's no metal layer to deal with but if you want to be super finicky and can't find a tap you can make one by cutting grooves into a screw with a small file. Google should give you some guidance if you decide to try this. I've done it in a pinch for tapping metal and it worked well enough to finish the job.

FWIW I don't tap binding holes unless there's metal or I'm putting inserts in. I'm 200 bills plus and ski fairly hard and have yet to rip out my 4 hole BD 01 tele bindings.
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« Reply #4 on: 03/12/17, 09:57 PM »

Do you plan to keep on skiing and mounting your own skis? Why not just buy one:

http://www.tognar.com/12ab-ski-tap-metal-top-sheet/

FWIW, I tap all my mounts whether or not there's a titanal sheet in the binding area. I think it's a good idea for a number of reasons with no real downside except it takes a few minutes longer.
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Re: To tap or not to?
« Reply #5 on: 03/12/17, 10:44 PM »


KLW ,your my kind of mechanic, I often use a small disc wheel on my dremel tool to make my own tap out of a binding screw. Works good on aluminum and titanal.  We should probably should buy one someday as Greg suggests.
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« Reply #6 on: 03/13/17, 05:28 PM »

KLW, Nice McGyver! Yeah, I am in no danger of tearing out a toepiece.
gregL, You're right. I bought one. What's another 22 bucks at this point?
          Can you advise which glue you favor? Thanks!


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« Reply #7 on: 03/13/17, 07:25 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: 03/13/17, 08:09 PM »

Can you advise which glue you favor?

Two part epoxy, 24 hr. marine grade if I have it, 5 minute in a pinch but you have to work fast.
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« Reply #9 on: 03/13/17, 08:26 PM »

Seconded. I have a couple of pair of skis that I glued up with 5-minute in 2008 and 2010 and now wish I'd used better stuff, 'cause I'm still skiing 'em. Skis are tools; treat 'em right. Even the rock skis.
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« Reply #10 on: 03/13/17, 08:43 PM »

West Systems G-Flex 24 hr. and turn the ski over to cure is optimal IMO. I was out last week so used Loctite 5 Minute from Home Depot and went out and skied them the next 6 days.
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« Reply #11 on: 03/13/17, 08:59 PM »

West Systems G-Flex 24 hr. and turn the ski over to cure is optimal IMO. I was out last week so used Loctite 5 Minute from Home Depot and went out and skied them the next 6 days.

turn the ski over? What does that do?
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« Reply #12 on: 03/13/17, 09:25 PM »

turn the ski over? What does that do?

Fills in the space around the screw threads rather than sinking to the bottom of the hole.
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« Reply #13 on: 03/14/17, 09:33 AM »

Word!
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Re: To tap or not to?
« Reply #14 on: 03/23/17, 08:59 AM »

If you still need one, I have a tap you can borrow and also live in NE
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