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Pinball 1 - Walls 0


By egyptrus

68 days ago



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    #1 68 days ago

    So I was using my stair climbing dolly to move a game out of my basement and when I got near the top of the stairs I realized I was too close to the left side and that the game was going to hit the flooring overhang if I didn’t move the game over a bit to the right.

    The right thing to do would have been to go back to the bottom of the stairs and start over more to the right. However if I’d have done that then there wouldn’t be a story to tell now would there?

    Instead I figured I could just strong arm the game a few inches to the right. Unfortunately, when I tried to do that one of the wheels slipped off the step and the unexpected 300 pound pull of the dolly and machine caught me by surprise and I was unable to control it. I lost my grip on the dolly and the game rocketed to the bottom of the stairs. Thankfully the wall caught it and nobody except the wall was injured.

    The pictures show that the score is clearly pinball 1 and walls 0.

    Be careful out there people.

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    #2 68 days ago

    Tell the others you were searching for a good spot to put an alcove for hanging up all of your pinball keys.

    #3 68 days ago

    darcy hmm, maybe I need to square that up and make a cubby out of it. Yes, I meant to do that.

    #4 68 days ago

    Well you might as well knock out the rest of the wall so you can have room for 1 more pin.

    #5 68 days ago

    You could use this as an excuse, I mean reason, to decorate the wall with playfields. You’d probably need to diagonally cut off part of the bottom, though.

    #6 68 days ago

    I was helping a friend dolly a game up some stairs one time. I was at the bottom of the stairs. We only made it up a couple stairs and his grip slipped. The pin bumped me back down the stairs and he ended up with a nice impression of my buns in his drywall.

    #7 68 days ago

    Classic Muskego...

    #8 68 days ago
    Quoted from egyptrus:

    The pictures show that the score is clearly pinball 1 and walls 0.

    Well... in fairness, we haven't seen pictures of the pin.

    #9 68 days ago

    if you were ever thinking about putting in a wall safe. Now is the time.

    #10 68 days ago

    Here are a couple of pictures of the game, still strapped together. Thankfully, I had removed the play field glass as well as the back glass. Those may not have survived the fall.

    No chance at putting in a wall safe as the other side of the wall is my game room. It’s a pretty thin wall.

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    #11 67 days ago

    Since the head is wider than the cabinet, and is easily removed on early solid state games, I would have removed the head on that eight ball before going up the stairs (or down).

    #12 67 days ago
    Quoted from egyptrus:

    Here are a couple of pictures of the game, still strapped together. Thankfully, I had removed the play field glass as well as the back glass. Those may not have survived the fall.
    No chance at putting in a wall safe as the other side of the wall is my game room. It’s a pretty thin wall.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    Game looks fine!! Shoulda seen what Baby Pac did to my stairs when my buddies grip slipped. The cabinet was unharmed but the b@$#ard slid and gouged out a huge chunk of my stairs the entire way down.

    #13 67 days ago

    Since your going to be painting anyway, you may as well add some Wreck-it Ralph and Felix graffiti around the holes.

    #14 67 days ago

    I made a similar hole in my hall drywall when my son was teaching me how to do wheelies on one of those rascal scooters...

    #15 67 days ago

    Well the pics of the pin post-tumble prove you won the war - clearly those pics are outside so you got it up the stairs eventually. Congratulations!!! (I guess?)

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V Video Sync Combiner kit

    #16 67 days ago

    Could have been so much worse.

    #17 67 days ago
    Quoted from rkahr:

    Well the pics of the pin post-tumble prove you won the war

    Well, once the game was at the bottom of the stairs, I was able to start a bit closer to the right side of the my stairs so I didn't have the same problem when I got to the top. The game stayed connected to the dolly so I just had to get it out of the wall and then I was able to move it up the stairs.

    Quoted from TwoHeartedMale:

    Could have been so much worse.

    Completely agree. I pretty much never take the playfield glass and back glass out of the game. For some reason, I did it this time. I'm pretty sure that had those been in the game still they would have been broken. That would have been a mess to clean up for sure.

    Quoted from bluespin:

    I would have removed the head on that eight ball before going up the stairs (or down).

    Generally speaking I take the easiest path. To me, it's easier to just lower the head and strap it down to the body. It makes moving the game similar to moving any modern game. In this case, it wasn't that the game was too heavy or top heavy, it was 100% me being stupid thinking I could move the dolly with the game on it over an inch or two. Had I simply taken the game back down the stairs, moved it slightly to the right, and gone up again I'd have been fine. Lesson learned for sure.

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    #18 67 days ago

    Can’t believe nobody has said this already...

    8 ball... corner pocket!!

    #19 67 days ago

    That's funny stuff right there ^ did not even come to my mind!

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    #20 32 days ago

    Just to follow up and close the loop on this one I finally got the wall repaired and the eight ball is set up and running fine. The only damage to the game was a couple of rub marks on the head in each corner where it got pushed into the rails a bit. The outside cabinet corners also took a ding but it’s almost unnoticeable. It really could have been much worse.

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