How To Mount Ski Bindings
Do you want to know how to mount ski bindings? These days most skis have a set of nuts already installed and glued, so no drilling is usually needed to mount bindings. If your skis do not have the nuts installed or the holes drilled, it is highly recommended bringing your skis to the ski shop, as a minimal mistake while perforating such a fragile material can waste the skis.
What you need to mount ski bindings is:
- A set of screwdrivers. One flat and one Phillips, big in size.
- A pair of skis. Check that the nuts are installed and free of any particles inside.
- A pair of bindings. Before starting, check that the box contains everything you will need: two base plates, two front parts, two back parts and enough screws.
- A work bench. Even though a regular table, or even a sofa or the floor are good enough, a work bench strong enough to hold the weight of the skis and some pressure is recommended.
To mount ski bindings:
- Place a ski on the work bench facing up.
- Place a plate and check that the holes on the skis match with the ones in the plates. Some bindings are side specific, so check if your skis are side specific too, not to mount them crossed.
- Screw in the plate, tightening it slowly. Any particle in the nut may make the screw go in sideways and thus wearing the thread.
- Present the front part of the binding. Again, carefully screw the part in.
- Place the back part of the binding and screw it in. Some bindings have rails where the back part of the binding slips in, so using a flat screwdriver you can lift a U shaped wire to adjust them to the correct position.
- Double check the screws, increasingly putting pressure on them taking care not to wear out the groove on the screw´s head.
- Test the correct placement of the system by clicking a boot in.
- Remember to regulate the front binding pressure, that will release the boot in case of a fall. This is specially important for beginner skiers.
Remember to know your limits, and don´t push it. Skiing equipment is quite expensive, so sometimes it´s worth a trip to the ski shop, just to be sure. They have the right tools for the job and the knowledge needed to do it.