(Topic ID: 219092)

My "shocking" speakeasy story


By FelixTCat

1 year ago



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    #1 1 year ago

    I recently picked up a project Bally Speakeasy and have been cleaning it up / LED conversion etc. I kept thinking that I was getting shocked by the lockdown bar brace when the game was plugged in but not really bad. Note I typically don't wear shoes in the basement and the work area is not carpeted. I didn't feel anything when the lockdown bar was installed and playing the game.
    Today I dug out the volt meter and measured from the right side rail to the brace (with glass and lockbar off)...... hmm 12.9vac..... I took apart the replacement plug that had been installed at some point in this games life to find this..... there are 3 wires in the cord for a reason people....after fixing the cord and testing again the stray voltage is gone. I plan on checking the in cabinet ground wire connections later to make sure they are all solid as well.

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    #2 1 year ago

    I always replace the cord on games with an added plug like this. Too much goofiness can happen with it, such as being wired incorrectly, terminal screws loosening over time, and potential tampering (well-intentioned or not).

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/replacing-line-cords-plugs-wall-sockets-vids-guide

    #3 1 year ago

    Yep, doesn't make since why someone would use the correct plug and not connect the ground.
    Most games I've purchased have the ground tab broken off, so I just always replace the plugs.

    #4 1 year ago

    Yikes.... imagine blindly reaching for the plug behind the game and you grip across the exposed terminals.

    My go to is usually just an 15ft extension cord and you whack the female side off and attach that inside the cabinet.

    #5 1 year ago
    Quoted from barakandl:

    Yikes.... imagine blindly reaching for the plug behind the game and you grip across the exposed terminals.

    Oh it had the cover on it hence why I "assumed" it had been installed correctly.

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