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Anyone *literally* have one bolted to the floor?


By Time

76 days ago



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    #1 76 days ago

    I keep reading posts saying the game is "bolted to the floor." Sure I've believed that myself and then later sold one. Got me wondering though, has that ever actually been a thing? Where does the phrase come from? And what do you do, remove the feet and thread a bold down from the top?

    #2 76 days ago

    Figure of speech. Nobody actually does that with pins.

    #3 76 days ago

    That might explain some of these cabs breaking apart.

    #4 76 days ago
    Quoted from Time:

    ... is "bolted to the floor."

    Means that the owner of the game is going to keep it 'forever', IE not selling it.

    #5 76 days ago
    Quoted from Time:

    Anyone *literally* have one bolted to the floor?

    No. That would be really dumb.

    #6 76 days ago
    Quoted from Time:

    I keep reading posts saying the game is "bolted to the floor." Sure I've believed that myself and then later sold one. Got me wondering though, has that ever actually been a thing? Where does the phrase come from? And what do you do, remove the feet and thread a bold down from the top?

    I've often wondered this too!

    Quoted from pinlink:

    No. That would be really dumb.

    Well, in my case I was thinking loss prevention on locations. But, I do rarely here of pins being stolen from Bowling Alley's and the such.

    #7 76 days ago

    I have a 1940's gas pump in front of my garage, I poured a slab and bolted it to the ground, otherwise it would "grow legs" for sure. No pins bolted down tho

    #8 76 days ago

    There was a thread on here a while (years?) back where someone posted pics of pins on location, maybe at a truck stop, where the games were held in place with large iron brackets actually bolted into the concrete floor. Can't seem to find it though.

    #9 76 days ago

    Recently played in a lasertag, a Star Wars Data East had the feets bolted to the concrete wall.
    Tried nudging, didn't work that well.

    #10 76 days ago

    My coin pusher came with hardware to bolt it to the floor.

    #11 76 days ago

    I always figured it would be cool to have a cocktail pin in a small RV maybe in place of the dining room table. In that case it would be best to have it bolted down for sure.

    Edited for ridiculous autocorrect

    #12 76 days ago

    How about to lazy to haul them out of the basement?

    #13 76 days ago

    It would probably eliminate tilting...and nudging.

    #14 76 days ago
    Quoted from John_I:

    I always figured it would be cool to have a chivalry pin in a small RV maybe in place of the dining room table. In that case it would be best to have it bolted down for sure.

    Also makes a great extra bed to sleep one more in the RV. Just make sure it’s tempered glass!

    #15 76 days ago
    Quoted from Irishbastard:

    I have a 1940's gas pump in front of my garage, I poured a slab and bolted it to the ground, otherwise it would "grow legs" for sure. No pins bolted down tho

    I bought this a while back planning to turn it into a EV charger and put it outside. I was suppose to buy a junk one I wouldn’t worry about. That didn’t happen and I’ve got more into this stupid thing than some pins I’ve owned. It’s not outside charging my car now for the very reason you mentioned. I’ve been looking for another junker to actually place outside. So far I guess we can agree Gas Pumps do *literally* get bolted to the floor (outside). Coin pushers as well.

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    #16 76 days ago
    Quoted from wolverinetuner:

    It would probably eliminate tilting...and nudging.

    You could bolt it and leave it a little loose right? Allowing a little nudging.

    Quoted from AxelBlonde:

    Recently played in a lasertag, a Star Wars Data East had the feets bolted to the concrete wall.
    Tried nudging, didn't work that well.

    How were the feet attached to the wall?

    #17 76 days ago

    The two re-imports I had were literally bolted to the floor (or wall). Hole drilled through the cabinet and two plates with a screw eye attached. I assume there were a lock and chain attached at some point. I'll see if I can find pics.

    Edit: you can see the plate on the outside of the Addams. Sorry I dont have any closeups.

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    #18 76 days ago

    No, my Centaur has been with me since early 80s. 3 houses not bolted.

    #19 76 days ago

    Back in the day, there was a local Holiday Inn with two pins (one was a Grand Prix; I forget the other) that were sitting leg-less on a broad carpeted (proper-height) shelf.

    #20 76 days ago

    Years ago at the toll road rest stop ( McDonalds) there were games on both ends. The pins were not bolted but rather chained together.

    Edit: middle 1990s

    #21 76 days ago
    Quoted from John_I:

    I always figured it would be cool to have a cocktail pin in a small RV maybe in place of the dining room table. In that case it would be best to have it bolted down for sure.
    Edited for ridiculous autocorrect

    That's exactly what my friend Basil did. He sold the RV eventually but kept the pin.

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    #22 76 days ago
    Quoted from chad:

    Years ago at the toll road rest stop ( McDonalds) there were games on both ends. The pins were not bolted but rather chained together.
    Edit: middle 1990s

    Makes sense. 24hr truck stop and truckers move heavy things all the time. A thief like that could more easily drive off with a pin compared to most.

    #23 76 days ago

    Years ago in the Netherlands there was an arcade that had 2 or 3 nonworking (Dutch made) pinball machines bolted to the ceiling.

    I don't have pictures of it, maybe pinball news has some in the old articles (was around 2005).

    #24 76 days ago

    I'm not sure how the machines were secured but this how the Pacific Pinball Museum began. Pretty modest beginnings compared to where they are now.

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    #25 75 days ago
    Quoted from aeneas:

    Years ago in the Netherlands there was an arcade that had 2 or 3 nonworking (Dutch made) pinball machines bolted to the ceiling.
    I don't have pictures of it, maybe pinball news has some in the old articles (was around 2005).

    Here they are, during Dutch Pinball Open 2006. The only three examples of this model ever made. And people bolt them to the ceiling. Unplayable, maybe forever. A sad sight.

    There is a story behind them, about people making unbelievably dumb decisions and having either too big egos, not enough brains or too small balls to take responsibility and correct their mistakes.
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