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Hanging a playfield


By Stosel

3 months ago



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  • Latest reply 3 months ago by midcoastsurf
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    #1 3 months ago

    I have an unpopulated playfield that I would like to use as wall art.

    What is the best way to hang these? I was thinking of running a picture wire through some of the holes at the top and using pictures hooks, but I don't know if this would be the best method.

    Also, is it ok for drywall, or do I need to hand it from studs?

    #2 3 months ago

    I have been using the 7/8 rubber post sleeves and sticking them into one of the through holes at the top, then screwing through the post rubber. It compresses down a bit, and puts pressure on the through hole, holding the playfield in place.
    This method does not damage the playfield, which is good if you are using playfield that may later be installed in games.

    https://www.pinballlife.com/78-black-rubber-post-sleeve.html

    #3 3 months ago

    I'll be hanging this one soon will let you know

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    #4 3 months ago
    Quoted from Defender:

    I have been using the 7/8 rubber post sleeves and sticking them into one of the through holes at the top, then screwing through the post rubber. It compresses down a bit, and puts pressure on the through hole, holding the playfield in place.
    This method does not damage the playfield, which is good if you are using playfield that may later be installed in games.
    https://www.pinballlife.com/78-black-rubber-post-sleeve.html

    Thank you, I was worried about the picture wire potentially doing damage.

    #5 3 months ago

    I have half a dozen hanging on my wall in my game room. All of them are hung the same way. I use drywall screws that go through an already existing hole in the PF at each corner. Hangs flat against the wall and isn't coming off unless you go crazy trying to pull it off the wall.

    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Grip-Rite-6-x-1-5-8-in-Bugle-Coarse-Thread-Drywall-Screws-1-lb/4744171?cm_mmc=shp-_-c-_-prd-_-hdw-_-google-_-lia-_-126-_-nailsandscrews-_-4744171-_-0&placeholder=null&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4Nv76rql6wIV1ZFbCh2EjQ5VEAYYAiABEgJG8fD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

    #6 3 months ago

    I would use string instead of wire, but either wold work, IMHO!

    #7 3 months ago
    Quoted from 85vett:

    I have half a dozen hanging on my wall in my game room. All of them are hung the same way. I use drywall screws that go through an already existing hole in the PF at each corner. Hangs flat against the wall and isn't coming off unless you go crazy trying to pull it off the wall.
    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Grip-Rite-6-x-1-5-8-in-Bugle-Coarse-Thread-Drywall-Screws-1-lb/4744171?cm_mmc=shp-_-c-_-prd-_-hdw-_-google-_-lia-_-126-_-nailsandscrews-_-4744171-_-0&placeholder=null&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4Nv76rql6wIV1ZFbCh2EjQ5VEAYYAiABEgJG8fD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

    I like this idea so it lays flat. I have a bunch classic stern playfields I am going to hang in my new gameroom and I will probably do it this way.

    #8 3 months ago

    Grabbed some pictures to help visualize how it turns out. I thought I used drywall screws but it looks like I just used some deck screws I had laying around already when we moved. Should have used drywall but even those hold it nice and tight against the wall.

    Boxed out the screw locations to help show them.

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    #9 3 months ago

    O'man...., where do I begin? Lots of old pictures and I've certainly tweaked the collection since then but you'll get the idea.

    John

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    #10 3 months ago
    Quoted from Dayhuff:

    O'man...., where do I begin? Lots of old pictures and I've certainly tweaked the collection since then but you'll get the idea.
    John

    Now THAT"S a collection of PF's! What I wouldn't do for a flatbed scanner big enough for a PF and about 2-3 days at your house. I have a sick hobby of enjoying redrawing PF's for virtual pinball and wall art overlays (thus how my batman DE PF happened).

    #11 3 months ago

    Speechless over here on that

    #12 3 months ago
    Quoted from Dayhuff:

    O'man...., where do I begin? Lots of old pictures and I've certainly tweaked the collection since then but you'll get the idea.
    John
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    Very Impressive! Thanks for sharing!

    #13 3 months ago

    Screwed directly to drywall unless I hit a stud by chance...

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    #14 3 months ago
    Quoted from Dayhuff:

    O'man...., where do I begin? Lots of old pictures and I've certainly tweaked the collection since then but you'll get the idea.
    John
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    Umm wow, that is amazing

    Quoted from 85vett:

    Grabbed some pictures to help visualize how it turns out. I thought I used drywall screws but it looks like I just used some deck screws I had laying around already when we moved. Should have used drywall but even those hold it nice and tight against the wall.
    Boxed out the screw locations to help show them.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    Thank you! I think I am going to go with this method. Gotta pick up some drywall screws tomorrow.

    #15 3 months ago

    I hung mine with a wire across the back. Pick up some battery operated Angle Lights from Amazon ($8). I used little pieces of duct tape to put them behind the inserts. Looks great.

    #16 3 months ago

    I dont like seeing the heads of the screws when looking at the playfields so I used some simple picture frame brackets. One on each of the top two corners and then mounted to the wall using low profile head screws. Playfield finishes basically flush with no hardware exposed and only two small holes in the wall. You could try only one bracket but the weight might be too much over time.

    #17 3 months ago
    Quoted from Mattyk:

    I hung mine with a wire across the back. Pick up some battery operated Angle Lights from Amazon ($8). I used little pieces of duct tape to put them behind the inserts. Looks great.

    I used a set of twinkling or chaser led lights and some hot glue.

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    #18 3 months ago

    Wall art is up! Used hooks with a safety wire in case.

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    #19 3 months ago
    Quoted from gdonovan:

    Wall art is up! Used hooks with a safety wire in case.
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    Awesome! I was going to ask for a pic of the backside of the pf before you hung it up (too late .

    How else is everyone lighting up their playfields on the wall? Anyone programming an attract mode with arduino board?

    #20 3 months ago
    Quoted from midcoastsurf:

    Anyone programming an attract mode with arduino board?

    I use constant-on 5v string lights. However, I have toyed with this idea, and thought it would be freakin' rad. Sadly, I don't know Arduino well enough.

    #21 3 months ago
    Quoted from midcoastsurf:

    Awesome! I was going to ask for a pic of the backside of the pf before you hung it up (too late .
    How else is everyone lighting up their playfields on the wall? Anyone programming an attract mode with arduino board?

    Will this do?

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    #22 3 months ago
    Quoted from gdonovan:

    Will this do?
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    Thanks for sharing!

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