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Can't get the glass out, machines in the way.

By jasonsmith

7 years ago


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    #1 7 years ago

    Anyone else have this issue? Due to my current and most efficient arrangement (for max machines) I can't get the glass off of most of them without playing some sort of a shuffle game. Makes waxing, tweaking or repairs a pain in the bum.

    #2 7 years ago

    Need to sell a few--what ya got?

    #3 7 years ago

    try lifting the front legs onto some books ir something to raise the front of the game high enough to remove the glass.

    #4 7 years ago

    Yep similar problem but the pball trolley helps. The moving to create a gap reminds me of the number puzzles I had as a kid

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    #6 7 years ago
    Quoted from yzfguy:

    try lifting the front legs onto some books ir something to raise the front of the game high enough to remove the glass.

    GENIUS!!!

    #7 7 years ago

    That is EXACTLY why I do not have 5 pins in my room. Used to have to play the shuffle game with T3 and RFM. Yeah, RFM..... try having fun doing that crap.

    Sometimes, less is more.

    #8 7 years ago

    I can take the glass off 2/6 games in my pinball room without doing anything and 5/6 by removing one game. I might be able to cram 8 machines in there, but I wouldn't do it because it would make servicing games a real nightmare.

    #9 7 years ago

    I can fit 5 pins max and currently have 4 set up, but when the 5th goes in it will be very close on the sides and will have to be all single players, but luckily I will have room to slide off the glass from the front without any shuffling, however it will get interesting when the time comes for full on repairs, especially getting to the back of the Heads.

    Ken

    #10 7 years ago
    Quoted from EM-PINMAN:

    I can fit 5 pins max and currently have 4 set up, but when the 5th goes in it will be very close on the sides and will have to be all single players, but luckily I will have room to slide off the glass from the front without any shuffling, however it will get interesting when the time comes for full on repairs, especially getting to the back of the Heads.
    Ken

    just slide the offending machine forward and crawl underneath it to the back ken...

    #11 7 years ago

    I cut 2 4x4 blocks that I put under the front legs of the machine I want to remove the glass from

    #12 7 years ago
    Quoted from ccotenj:

    just slide the offending machine forward and crawl underneath it to the back ken..

    I know Chris, but just thinking about crawling on that wood floor makes my knees hurt.

    Not sure about how I would feel as the human mop as well.

    Ken

    #13 7 years ago

    I don't think it's worth it. I'd rather have a few less that I can get into. I'm swapping around one of my game rooms, and I've been really careful to measure how they will end up. Nobody wants to play "butt to butt", and service is important.

    #14 7 years ago

    Secure a side rail with just 2 small screws.

    #15 7 years ago

    >>Secure a side rail with just 2 small screws.

    Nooooooooooooooo!

    #16 7 years ago
    Quoted from yzfguy:

    try lifting the front legs onto some books ir something to raise the front of the game high enough to remove the glass.

    I tried that, ended having to drag it anyway a bit so the head wouldn't hit the wall. But it will work and is much better than puzzling a whole bunch of machines about.

    Quoted from wayner:

    Yep similar problem but the pball trolley helps.

    I was thinking about trying this, just need to build a compact one. At least this way it'll just go straight up and down, no dragging around. I was thinking that If I blocked the front of the dolly some I'd be able to tilt the front up while lifting it up. Getting the best of both options.

    Quoted from DaveH:

    I don't think it's worth it. I'd rather have a few less that I can get into. I'm swapping around one of my game rooms, and I've been really careful to measure how they will end up. Nobody wants to play "butt to butt", and service is important.

    Ya, this is really the tough choice. I've thought about just taken some down and swapping them out from time to time but all that effort would equal the effort of lifting or dragging to get the glass off. I don't go into them that much anymore as now I need to wait for the big day where I go into many machines all at the same time. Just means I need to live with little issues longer.

    Quoted from vid1900:

    Secure a side rail with just 2 small screws.

    Thought of that but I've never been all that good at taking the nails out of the EM side rails without noticing that it was done. I can also worry about dropping the glass on the PF while taking it out in that weird manner.

    I'm starting to appreciate those few machines out there where the glass tilts up like the PF. I guess if I want the extra machines in there I gotta deal with it.

    #17 7 years ago

    Since I went from 12 to 6 I really like, I find myself taking much better care of these since it is not a shuffle game anymore.

    #18 7 years ago

    and you even went with the diagonal setup method?

    #19 7 years ago

    I've only tried that on my cad program that I do my planning on. I lose two machines that way sadly. That would look really cool though if I ever did do it.

    #20 7 years ago

    I've had to do a lot of work to arrange my arcade in such a way that all the glass would come off. It was a brain teaser, but I was able to do it.

    #21 7 years ago
    Quoted from EM-PINMAN:

    Not sure about how I would feel as the human mop as well.

    This seems like something that is unpleasant, now that we are much older and wiser. Even though when we were kids, running then scooting under tables was something we did.

    #22 7 years ago
    Quoted from jasonsmith:

    I'm starting to appreciate those few machines out there where the glass tilts up like the PF. I guess if I want the extra machines in there I gotta deal with it.

    This is the one thing I really like about my EM. I can put it in places that I can't put the others simply because the glass flips up. And that it's flat on top and makes a nice table to hold my tools while working on the others.

    #23 7 years ago

    I have the same issue, this is what I use.

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    Tap lightly on the glass!! Just kidding I use the 4x4 blocks under the legs as well works fine for me.

    #24 7 years ago

    As others suggested lift it up, do the harbor freight pin lift - probably get some deals this time of year, Hack off the handle and your good to go.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/500-lb-capacity-hydraulic-table-cart-60730-10041.html

    #25 7 years ago
    Quoted from EM-PINMAN:

    I know Chris, but just thinking about crawling on that wood floor makes my knees hurt.
    Not sure about how I would feel as the human mop as well.
    Ken

    ah c'mon, you ain't that old... plus you gotta clean under the machines every now and then...

    but yea, i know it's a pita to do it that way, but it's the only "good" way for me to get to the back of some of mine...

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