Hi everyone. I have a Elvira House of Horrors. It's an early build. I love it and it quickly became one of my favorites. However it has one problem the is driving me crazy. I've asked this question in the EHOH Owner's Club topic but I think I was too vague with describing my problem. No answers that helped. I'm thinking I have a defective build. I've now got video and pictures! LOL.
Anyway, the issue is that about 5 times a game when I plunge the ball it gets stuck under the first gate located behind the house and above the pop bumpers. The Skill shot object is to plunge the ball easy enough to drop it into the back door hole and not to hard so it loops all the way around the rear loop and out to the flippers. My issue is that too soft of a plunge and it ends up resting behind the gate on the ball guide just before the guide bends down towards the back door hole. I then need to shake the whole game to get it to dislodge and slip back down into the pops.
I've tried increasing the slope of the PF to let gravity pull it out. This helps however then game play is way too fast for my taste. I have the angle already set at recommended settings. This tells me other don't have this problem at the proper angle. I've also removed the ball guide and gave it a bend outward into the ball trail to help the ball roll out from under the gate. This improved the hangup about 50%. Before I was getting at least 10 hang ups a game.
It's not only me and my technique. I've had non pinball playing friends come over to play and it happened to them.
I'll post a YouTube link to a video of this happening and some pictures of a look at the area. I'll also post a few pics. Any ideas or suggestions will be welcomed. At last resort I'll call Stern or the place I bought it from, "Little Shop of Games". Great guys! If it's a manufacture defect I may need new parts? Here's the youtube vid and some pics. Thanks for your insight: