(Topic ID: 232783)

Backglass Protection

By jasonspoint28

1 year ago

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#1 1 year ago

Santa has blessed our family with a plethora of Nerf dart guns this Christmas, hooraaay! I’m not sure if they have enough power to shatter a backglass, but I’m not going to wait around and find out the hard way. I picked up some shelving, paint and plexiglass. Then threw in some screws and fishing line. Here’s what I came up with.

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#2 1 year ago

My only concern would be trapping heat from incandescents stressing elderly paints. Otherwise looks good. I don’t think the nerf guns could shatter them but.....

#3 1 year ago

Kids and pinballs.....

#4 1 year ago

The fishing line passes through a couple of small holes at the bottom of the plexiglass, wraps around the back, and hooks on screws at the back of the top shelf to keep the assembly tight and secured in place.

Gives me a little piece of mind. FIRE AWAY!!

#5 1 year ago

Good point PJ. Would some LEDs help with the heat?

I usually turn my machines off when I’m done playing, so they’re only on for 30 minutes or so at a time.

#6 1 year ago
Quoted from jasonspoint28:

Good point PJ. Would some LEDs help with the heat?
I usually turn my machines off when I’m done playing, so they’re only on for 30 minutes or so at a time.

Leds would help although aesthetically I’m not sure I’d go that route. Was thinking, what if you drilled a 1/4 hole in the plexi in each of four corners over the glass, maybe that create some air flow. If you have a infrared thermometer I’d take some temps. Harbor freight sells one for $20. Take a measurement with no plexi, with plexi, and with holes. Compare temps. Maybe switching from 44’s to for 47’s would be enough, idk.

#7 1 year ago
Quoted from jasonspoint28:

so they’re only on for 30 minutes or so at a time.

You might be fine, not a lot of time there. Plus us being in cooler climate helps. If you were in az, it would be much worse.

#8 1 year ago

I could stick a little spacer at each corner to space it off of the head maybe 1/8” or so.

Do they have LEDs that are close to the lumen output and color temp of the incandescents? I haven’t checked into LEDs for Pinball much.

#9 1 year ago

I do have an infrared thermometer! That’s a good idea! Thanks Jay.

#10 1 year ago

Very inventive. Great solution.

#11 1 year ago
Quoted from Darcy:

Very inventive. Great solution.

Thanks Darcy!

Got some little rubber feet for spacers, we’ll see if that helps.

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