(Topic ID: 197107)

Can I use the small screws in place of the big ones

By zr11990

6 years ago

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    #1 6 years ago

    I am finally swapping my Earthshaker PF with the NOS one I have had for years. Looking at the big screws that are used for things like flipper plates and thicker metal parts they almost go all the way through the PF. I decided to us the smaller screws like the gold ones that are used on light sockets and other smaller things. Can I do this and will it hold if I do?

    #2 6 years ago

    Those would probably rip right out of the wood. If I recall, the lamp socket screws are a smaller diameter.

    You could probably get away with slightly shorter screws, as long as they are the same diameter.

    Boltdepot.com and fastenal have a wide selection of screws if you need some.

    #3 6 years ago

    I wouldn't. They're too short. If you're using the same size as the factory hex heads, they shouldn't be poking through the playfield.

    #4 6 years ago

    light sockets and thin metal are usually #6 x 3/8"


    Brackets thicker that the light sockets that don't hold coils, magnets, or anything heavy are usually #6 x 1/2"


    Flipper brackets, coil brackets, and all the thick stuff are usually #8 x 1/2"


    BTW, i finally found the correct screws without the slots in the heads. I need to update the pictures on our website


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