(Topic ID: 278073)

Keys, keys keys...


By BenniD

3 months ago



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    #1 3 months ago

    Where's the keys, which key is it, f--- it broke off... Just a few of the things I've been saying since I was just a kid in the 80's. I remember having this dirty old plastic bag filled with keys, all the keys with nothing labeled. Well my own game room keeps expanding and it's not just a key or two anymore. so I got a key rack and started labeling them. Wow problem solved. Of course this wonderful digital world gives us great access to so many people with great ideas.
    So off I went to find the game room key display worthy of displaying. Started with labeling the keys, not just any tag would do. I found this guy on etsy who is making pinball flipper keychains with game dot font initials and even the actual rubber in a variety of colors. So of course all my games now have matching flippers to the games themselves. Check him out at https://www.etsy.com/shop/gcpinball
    Well of course time went by and all of sudden the next game arrives without one leaving. This now rendered my 5 key rack obsolete, so back to the drawing board. I went to the metal shop I found to ask about doing a custom piece. It was a $15 charge to start a custom design, which came off the final price. I gave them some ideas I had come up with to get started in the right direction. With just a weekend they came back with 6 designs all sorts of sizes and hook counts. I had them focus on one of the designs. We tweaked it a little for what I liked, needed, and wanted, then off to print. About 3 weeks from idea to wall. If your looking for that perfect key rack for your game room check them out or talk to them about something custom. You can find them at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtisanMetalShop
    At this point, this is the room limit so it's the perfect end result for me, but where are your keys at?

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    #2 3 months ago
    Quoted from BenniD:

    but where are your keys at?

    He are my extras. I see a Pac Man, MACH 3, Safecracker/Monster Bash. Lots of goodies.

    LTG : )

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    #3 3 months ago

    Here's how I keep mine organized.

    John

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    #4 3 months ago

    I just have mine keyed alike and use one key to rule them all. Easy...

    #5 3 months ago

    I like those flipper keychains. Here is how I have mine:

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    #6 3 months ago

    I attach a magnetic push pin to each and stick them behind the front leg of each machine. Much easier if you have to take the glass off mid-game.

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    #7 3 months ago

    i have a cool star wars key rack that i bought from a forum member on KLOV. I want to paint some of it with blacklight reactive paint, just haven't gotten that far yet.

    #8 3 months ago

    I'm thinking about getting some of these after seeing your post:
    amazon.com link »

    #9 3 months ago
    Quoted from cloggedDrain:

    I'm thinking about getting some of these after seeing your post:
    amazon.com link »

    Yes, that's the general idea. I bought magnetic push pins that were labeled as "strong", drilled a 1/16" hole in the heads, and then superglued in the eye screw from a key chain like these: amazon.com link »

    #10 3 months ago

    Just toss them all in a bowl. At the end of the night, all the women draw a set of keys to figure out who they are going home with tonight. Damn I miss the 70s.

    #11 3 months ago
    Quoted from boustrophedonic:

    I attach a magnetic push pin to each and stick them behind the front leg of each machine. Much easier if you have to take the glass off mid-game.
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    great idea

    #12 3 months ago

    If I don’t know what they go to, they go in the garbage. I get confused easily enough as it is. I buy cheap locks and key alike.

    #13 3 months ago

    Keys keys keys... Keys on Van Nuys!

    #14 3 months ago

    I got a solution for all those keys.
    I got keyless door locks, where no keys are required.
    $4 each, plus shipping.
    No more keys required and quick, easy, access to all machine parts...
    https://www.pinballlife.com/keyless-coin-door-lock.html

    #15 3 months ago
    Quoted from Dent00:

    No more keys required and quick, easy, access to all machine parts...

    ....for kids and other nosey people to mess with.

    #16 3 months ago
    Quoted from BenniD:

    Where's the keys, which key is it, f--- it broke off... Just a few of the things I've been saying since I was just a kid in the 80's. I remember having this dirty old plastic bag filled with keys, all the keys with nothing labeled. Well my own game room keeps expanding and it's not just a key or two anymore. so I got a key rack and started labeling them. Wow problem solved. Of course this wonderful digital world gives us great access to so many people with great ideas.
    So off I went to find the game room key display worthy of displaying. Started with labeling the keys, not just any tag would do. I found this guy on etsy who is making pinball flipper keychains with game dot font initials and even the actual rubber in a variety of colors. So of course all my games now have matching flippers to the games themselves. Check him out at https://www.etsy.com/shop/gcpinball
    Well of course time went by and all of sudden the next game arrives without one leaving. This now rendered my 5 key rack obsolete, so back to the drawing board. I went to the metal shop I found to ask about doing a custom piece. It was a $15 charge to start a custom design, which came off the final price. I gave them some ideas I had come up with to get started in the right direction. With just a weekend they came back with 6 designs all sorts of sizes and hook counts. I had them focus on one of the designs. We tweaked it a little for what I liked, needed, and wanted, then off to print. About 3 weeks from idea to wall. If your looking for that perfect key rack for your game room check them out or talk to them about something custom. You can find them at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtisanMetalShop
    At this point, this is the room limit so it's the perfect end result for me, but where are your keys at?
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    That is a really nice key rack. I like it! All my keys are just sitting in the locks, but I might consider going with something like what you have.

    #17 3 months ago
    Quoted from DennisDodel:

    ....for kids and other nosey people to mess with.

    I also use the keyless locks. Little kids aren't allowed unsupervised near games. Big kids are encouraged to learn more.

    #18 3 months ago

    I think some of you live in a different world where people actually care or are curious about pinball. I leave my keys in my machines and not once has anyone attempted to open the door, and usually when I bring up pinball in a conversation, I'm lucky to get so much as a "well there you go."

    #19 3 months ago
    Quoted from DanQverymuch:

    My coin door keys go on magnetic hooks hidden behind the left front legs. Handy but unobtrusive.
    Backbox ones go on the hooks by the coin mechs inside the doors where they belong.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/4-piece-magnetic-hook-set-98502.html
    Buck apiece, and they go on sale for half of that occasionally.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/where-do-you-store-your-game-room-keys

    #20 3 months ago
    Quoted from DennisDodel:

    ....for kids and other nosey people to mess with.

    At my house, anyone other than myself, will never even open the coin door, must less raise the playfield or look into the backbox.
    Opening the machine would mean that you were actually going to work on it or fix something and that is never going to happen unless I do it.
    I guess if the ball got stuck and I was not at home, my wife might be able to remove the glass and unstick the ball, but honestly, I don't think she would even be willing to do that and I have showed her how to open the machine.
    So, this is not a concern for me, at my house.
    I have the original key locks that I can re-install if they are needed, like for a show or something, but I don't really see that happening anytime soon.
    The keyless locks just make quick access much easier for me and I wish it had been that way from the start.
    Makes is really easy to clean the glass or the playfield and such, without having to search for the key or carry it around all the time.

    #21 3 months ago
    Quoted from mikeflan:

    I just have mine keyed alike and use one key to rule them all. Easy...

    Same. When I sell a game, I keep the lock and put one of my random keyed locks on it.

    #22 3 months ago
    Quoted from floyd1977:

    I think some of you live in a different world where people actually care or are curious about pinball. I leave my keys in my machines and not once has anyone attempted to open the door, and usually when I bring up pinball in a conversation, I'm lucky to get so much as a "well there you go."

    Indeed. My kids are all gamers and into tech, so they like poking around in pinball machines, though only one has shown an interest in actual repairs. My friends are welcome to pull the glass and tinker(to a large extent). Most of them are into pinball at some level anyway, so it's cool. Not that any of them have. They've only toyed with games I've already got opened up, to learn how mechs work and such.

    #23 3 months ago

    If I don’t keep my keys hidden and up high out of reach, my 3 year old will find them and hide them somewhere. Usually behind the couch where he also hides the tv remote. He thinks it’s funny. My pin keys are in the closet on the top shelf. (I hope he’s not reading this)

    #24 3 months ago
    Quoted from floyd1977:

    I think some of you live in a different world where people actually care or are curious about pinball. I leave my keys in my machines and not once has anyone attempted to open the door, and usually when I bring up pinball in a conversation, I'm lucky to get so much as a "well there you go."

    Most of my friends are into pinball so when a new game comes in everyone has to "pop the hood" to see how it looks inside. Fine by me we all geek out on each others machines. Plus I trust them all as they know the basics of pinball voltage, how to safely remove glass and lift playfield etc.

    #25 3 months ago

    On my Monopoly the door was tight enough to where I could leave it unlocked and it would stay shut. Then I just left the keys inside. Looked secure from the outside. Would just tug on the quarter return to open it up.

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