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How do i know when snowboard bindings are tight enough (hand tightening screws to board)?

Just got new board, threw my bindings on old board without much thought, but i've tightened things too much and broke them before, is this something to worry about with a snowboard?

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I would think that you could pull out the inserts or break a screw if you got them too tight. I would suggest only using a screwdriver type handle for tightening - no ratchet or other leverage. Just get them as tight as you can with one hand and you should be OK. They don't really need to be that tight - it is more coming apart that is the problem. The other problem is rusting. Both of these problems can be solved by using a high quality tread locking compound - the best is LocTite. Most stores that carry hardware will carry threadlock compound - this will prevent the bindings from loosening up.

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