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    Paging Doctor Aquaseal.

    Paging Doctor Aquaseal.
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    My guess is that there's .0002" to .0005" too...

    My guess is that there's .0002" to .0005" too much play between the pin and the binding parts.

    For an out of warranty situation, I'd look to a machinist for advice on sourcing some stainless bar ...
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    So, it's been a crappy off-year and hopefully...

    So, it's been a crappy off-year and hopefully I'll be on skis this coming Fall. I got out of my normal groove and re-listened to the series now instead of October.

    I got to thinking ... since I...
  4. Spring Sale. I keep thinking about...

    Spring Sale.

    I keep thinking about @Neckbeard's skinny(-10), CCR Rx.

    Because ... N+1.

    ... Thom
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    I dread the day I'll have to replace my phone &...

    I dread the day I'll have to replace my phone & move from the app to Tapatalk.

    I suppose a concern in sticking with "blue" is the absence of security updates?

    ... Thom
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    Another reason to hate BD - 'coz they don't care...

    Another reason to hate BD - 'coz they don't care about people without IG accounts.

    ... Thom
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    Ain't that the truth - for all of us. When I...

    Ain't that the truth - for all of us.

    When I discuss online presentation methods (on any topic) and engaging the listener, I point to Slide as an example of how to do it right.

    ... Thom
  8. I recall @1000-oaks first mentioning this. I...

    I recall @1000-oaks first mentioning this.

    I did a similar thing with an old Swiss-cheese'd ski that had inserts.

    I mistakenly extracted the inserts (don't ask), and I sourced some 5/16-18 set...
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    First generation Toyota minivans required lifting...

    First generation Toyota minivans required lifting the engine to access at least some of the spark plugs, but they bragged that the plugs were good for 60K miles. I guess a winch becomes part of yer...
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    Shit! I didn't push BD hard enough with my...

    Shit! I didn't push BD hard enough with my inquiry about this.

    ... Thom
  11. i suspect none of us will know why we suck and...

    i suspect none of us will know why we suck and why we're on the wrong skis and at the wrong mount point until quantum computing is a reality - so we can run all the variables with enough computing...
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    ^^^ As our buddy @covert said in his Slide Zone...

    ^^^
    As our buddy @covert said in his Slide Zone podcast, no one dies doing what they love. They die asking for one more chance.

    RIP.

    ... Thom
  13. In the interest of continuing the geekery ... ...

    In the interest of continuing the geekery ...

    My point is, that if you can't turn the screw easily with a good grip from a vise grip, it's an outstanding epoxy job and you haven't efficiently...
  14. You get one chance at getting it right, and if...

    You get one chance at getting it right, and if the bonding force is greater than the screw's strength, you'll keep applying leverage until ... SNAP!


    Depending on how strong the bond is, this can...
  15. Quick tip I mentioned in another thread. If 20...

    Quick tip I mentioned in another thread. If 20 seconds of soldering iron heat isn't doing it, you need to help your iron transfer more heat.

    Assuming your iron has enough wattage, and you...
  16. This is kind of over the top (who am I to speak...

    This is kind of over the top (who am I to speak :eek:), but perhaps some flange bushings cut to the right length, with a washer on the opposite side? As @XXX-er sez however, it might vibrate loose. ...
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    So, hand rotation ease is a function of lateral...

    So, hand rotation ease is a function of lateral RV and how much leverage you can apply with your hands.

    Smaller race bindings are more difficult to spin as a result. Sometimes, flipping the...
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    I spit my coffee out my nose. Cleanup in aisle...

    I spit my coffee out my nose. Cleanup in aisle 3.

    ... Thom
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    This micro-aligning step was one of the key...

    This micro-aligning step was one of the key learning experiences I had with insert installation.

    Just make certain no epoxy seeps into the threads - wipe the spillover with a paper towel if you...
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    Yup, organizationally, there are so many things...

    Yup, organizationally, there are so many things to consider.

    On an individual basis however, I can only imagine what that guide lives with every day. We have no way of knowing, but I'll bet this ...
  21. Toe Screws: I can't speak to the toe screws...

    Toe Screws:

    I can't speak to the toe screws with certainty, although my spreadsheet (yeah ... spreadsheet ... guilty as charged :eek:) agrees with Binding Freedom's spec of 16mm flat heads (all 4...
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    Solid analysis, Jonathan. Thanks for posting. ...

    Solid analysis, Jonathan. Thanks for posting.

    Probably the only thing I'd add is that much as Aspen Expeditions owner Dick Jackson helped out Whiting after the March, 2005 event, Lowell might now...
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    Good points about sketchy terrain, although I...

    Good points about sketchy terrain, although I wouldn't count on any tech toe to hold onto my boot when unlocked and doing kick turns.

    ... Thom
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    Wut? You're not locking your toes on the up? ...

    Wut? You're not locking your toes on the up?

    ... Thom
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    This is a straw man argument. People don't pay...

    This is a straw man argument. People don't pay attention, therefore their gear fails them, and therefore, it's poorly designed.

    Sure, gear needs to be well engineered so extraordinary measures...
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    Are you concerned with clamping force on the...

    Are you concerned with clamping force on the toes, or lateral release value?

    They're two different things.

    ... Thom
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    Would that be a Woodsman?

    Would that be a Woodsman?
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    Indeed, and know that I'm not arguing about...

    Indeed, and know that I'm not arguing about Contours being the best game in town. I don't have a horse in this race and have some Pomocas as well (never again, G3).

    It would seem to me, that for...
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    This is a pointless question. Cleaning the...

    This is a pointless question. Cleaning the contact surface works. It restores the original "stick".

    It's a fair argument to state that once the stuff has outlived its useful life, that you...
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    Mild citrus cleaner on the Contours and they're...

    Mild citrus cleaner on the Contours and they're good as new. I was sketched out about my pair after about 10 days' wax accumulation. I'm glad a got straightened out about this in a Contour thread....
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    Sunofagun! I just CAST-ed my CD 114s yesterday....

    Sunofagun! I just CAST-ed my CD 114s yesterday.

    ... Thom
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    So I preemptively changed my password last week...

    So I preemptively changed my password last week from my desktop (Firefox), and logged out and in on the Android app to set the changes on my phone. The app has been working seamlessly.

    Today, I...
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    I like the concept, and draw my templates with...

    I like the concept, and draw my templates with this in mind (to help with establishing the adjustment range for my binders).

    A term that would be more intuitive to me would be TPO - Toe (or tech)...
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    If Keith were ever to stop pressing these skis,...

    If Keith were ever to stop pressing these skis, there would be a buying panic.

    Just sayin ...

    ... Thom
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    Well that sucks. I wonder how many shops had to...

    Well that sucks. I wonder how many shops had to "eat" a bad mounting job because of that.

    So as I was writing the above, I pondered my own flaws as I'm working on a CAST mount with inserts - the...
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    Rule #1 when mounting a binding for the first...

    Rule #1 when mounting a binding for the first time: TEST MOUNT. No exceptions.

    So the paper template was true? I'm having trouble believing that.

    Assuming the binders were QC failures ... 3...
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    If a soldering iron doesn't heat the screw...

    If a soldering iron doesn't heat the screw enough, clean the tip and put a small glob of solder on it. It'll transfer heat more efficiently.

    ... Thom
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    Did everyone miss this part? ... Thom

    Did everyone miss this part?

    ... Thom
  39. Thanks for the encouragement. We'll all get...

    Thanks for the encouragement. We'll all get there in due time ...

    When I sold my 187 GPOs to get 182s, I wondered if I would have done so if I had mounted the 187s on the line. Both were the...
  40. I did (+10, UL/carbon/veneer, flex #3), and I'm...

    I did (+10, UL/carbon/veneer, flex #3), and I'm sorry to say that we still have a delicate situation here due to COVID. I can't risk bringing it into the house, and I'm losing another ski season. ...
  41. I'll dig through my emails. If my memory is...

    I'll dig through my emails. If my memory is correct, the Ullr had a slight inbounds bias, so you don't have too much drama in packed out sections on the way back to the lift.

    I'll edit this...
  42. Great write-up. Asym. Is gone eh? As if I need...

    Great write-up. Asym. Is gone eh? As if I need more skis.

    ... Thom
  43. I thought I read something about that last year...

    I thought I read something about that last year as well (no more asym. on Goats) and then seem to recall being corrected on it. They say nothing about it (one way or the other) on the website at...
  44. Regarding the BMT, you had me at transitional...

    Regarding the BMT, you had me at transitional snow.

    Those 13/14 Goats are my favorite Goats for powder by quite a margin, but yeah, they're borderline scary on hard stuff. Each successive...
  45. GPOs, Billys or Skinny Goats for the win. ...

    GPOs, Billys or Skinny Goats for the win.

    There's plenty of edge on GPOs for harder snow. I use my regular GPOs as a daily (inbounds) driver in CO.

    Custom UL/veneer will get you into the...
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    Let's put this way ... If my partner had a BCA,...

    Let's put this way ... If my partner had a BCA, I'd encourage him to swap my Barryvox for the day, because you know ... you want your partner to have better rescue gear than you do ;-)

    Of course a...
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    Big fan of tour wraps here. Pro Tours are nice,...

    Big fan of tour wraps here. Pro Tours are nice, for those who don't bond with wraps.

    ... Thom
  48. This is an excellent point - measuring down from...

    This is an excellent point - measuring down from the top of the toe and heel lugs. I've never given much consideration to this, since I don't change boots frequently.

    I've always concerned myself...
  49. Yup, N+1, and I'm thinking one add-on kit...

    Yup, N+1, and I'm thinking one add-on kit wouldn't hurt ... because you know ... N +1 +1 +1 ... ad infinitum ;-)

    ... Thom
  50. Ya know ... I have only one pair of skis that...

    Ya know ... I have only one pair of skis that isn't capable of ducking outside the ropes, and I'm wavering toward retrofitting a CAST setup on them. I can't think of a compelling reason to not not...
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