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Looking to learn how to be a pinball tech

By Waterboy1

1 year ago


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  • Latest reply 1 year ago by ForceFlow
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    #1 1 year ago

    My wife and I are wanting to learn everything about restoring and fixing pinball machines. I have seen a couple very old threads about this but nothing recent. We currently only have three, A.F., T.Z. and M.M. We are not wanting to hire someone to come 1 1/2 out of Phoenix for repairs. We would love to either go to a class or work for free while learning the trade. We can travel. Please let us know if you know of a school/class or if you have a place like the pinball museum in Vegas that we could come help and learn at. I'm not too proud to be your errand boy or coffee runner in order to learn.

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    #2 1 year ago

    Youtube has lots of how to videos. On pinball and general electronics. Local community college might have an electronics course to help you with basics.

    Get a solid state beater. Get it going. Learn as you go.

    Get a Star Trek the Next Generation that doesn't work. Get that thing up to speed and you'll have learned most of what you'll ever need.

    LTG : )

    #3 1 year ago

    Clay's DVD guides are excellent- http://www.pinrepair.com/top/

    #4 1 year ago

    Buy broken games, fix , repeat.

    #5 1 year ago

    If you were in PA, I'd loan you all my broken pinballs to fix! Experience is your best teacher

    #6 1 year ago
    Quoted from pincoin:

    If you were in PA, I'd loan you all my broken pinballs to fix! Experience is your best teacher

    What do you have? Does that include some time to enjoy them when they’re up and running?

    #7 1 year ago

    Wasn’t born into this hobby with a silver spoon. It takes effort to figure it out.

    #8 1 year ago

    If you have a background or some experience with solid state electronics
    and know how to use a DVM or VOM and soldering iron, you're half
    way there. If not, you'll need to get an education in this area or accept
    the fact you'll have to pay someone to fix your machines.

    Normally, for someone new to the hobby I'd suggest getting a non-working
    project (SS or EM) and learn that way. But with the machines you have there
    is a good chance you'll damage your machines (or yourself) if you go
    in blind.
    Steve

    #9 1 year ago

    Pinball repair: just when you think youve seen it all something new comes along

    #10 1 year ago

    If you're near Pittsburgh, PaPA has a great 8 week class 1 time a year. Awesome stuff

    #11 1 year ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Get a Star Trek the Next Generation that doesn't work. Get that thing up to speed and you'll have learned most of what you'll ever need.

    That is *exactly* what I did. STTNG was my first pin and a little bit of everything was wrong with it. Learned pretty much everything on it, even anger management LOL.

    #12 1 year ago
    Quoted from Mitch:

    Buy broken games, fix , repeat.

    Also, when you get stuck, post well structured questions and pics in the tech forums here. The support here is great IMO.

    #13 1 year ago
    Quoted from Jeffswack:

    If you're near Pittsburgh, PaPA has a great 8 week class 1 time a year. Awesome stuff

    Where do you get info on that?

    #14 1 year ago

    You may be able to find someone local to mentor you a bit, but realistically, you will need to learn on your own using the internet resources to guide you. All the info you need is out there and people here can guide you to the right resources. As several have. Best wishes in your endeavor!

    #15 1 year ago

    You can come work on my games, lol!

    I always have multiple projects hanging around

    #16 1 year ago
    Quoted from pincoin:

    If you were in PA, I'd loan you all my broken pinballs to fix! Experience is your best teacher

    What part of PA? I'm looking to learn this as well

    #17 1 year ago

    Deffo buy projects and fix them up best way to learn in pinball.

    #18 1 year ago
    Quoted from russdx:

    Deffo buy projects and fix them up best way to learn in pinball.

    Exactly how I did it. With Clay's, Vid1900, & other online guides it just takes time & hands on experience. Buy a couple of project beaters.

    #19 1 year ago

    OP, what's your location? We have an active repair group in Houston that is slowly growing.

    #20 1 year ago

    Another way to learn is to post new repair threads when you get stumped. Lots of people will help with their point of view/explanations.

    Joining each Pinside game club thread on each title you own and just keep reading through each. You can learn a lot about the different issues people each on each title.

    #21 1 year ago

    start fixing up project games. early bally/stern games are pretty friendly to get started on. Tons of information about repairing them.

    #22 1 year ago

    Pinwiki.com is a great resource...don't forget to check that out for repair info.

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