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Pool noodles are here! Pack up your playfields

By ForceFlow

6 years ago


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#1 6 years ago

I just noticed that the dollar stores near me are now fully stocked again with pool noodles.

I bought some last year that I used when I moved, and they have been quite useful for protecting/storing playfields, as packing materials for odd-shaped items, and for padding when transporting pins (the pins were wrapped in plastic first).

I highly recommend them if you're not using them already

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[edit]: As for the shrink wrap, see here: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/where-i-you-get-your-shrink-wrap-from

#2 6 years ago

Here is another great use.

In a tight 2 car garage, hang one parallel to the floor, with rope. Between the cars. Have it at door ding height, it will act as a Bumper.

#3 6 years ago

brilliant

#4 6 years ago

A LCD TV box, a bicycle box or your local UPS Store will have the correct size outer box:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guide-to-proper-shipping-playfields

#5 6 years ago

Very cool idea! I have only shipped two playfields, this might have helped even outside the boxes I made.

#6 6 years ago

I've used pipe insulation similarly.

Run it along the edge of a pins backbox where it contacts the glass when folded to prevent the head from dinging the rails, or the rails from gouging the head.

Really, you just need 2 chunks of it, one on either side, but it's just as easy to cut a length that runs the entire length of the head, and it's not expensive!

Pool noodles ARE, however, neater colors

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#7 5 years ago

So, I've been using pool noodles all summer on playfields and for padding when folding backboxes down, but I've finally run out of them. Since summer has just about ended, the dollar store I've been getting them from no longer has them, and won't have them until next year.

Does anyone know of a cheap and/or bulk source for pool noodles that doesn't cost $4 per noodle?

#8 5 years ago

I've been doing what John's doing, using pipe insulation. Same idea, but in grey or black. I learned it from Pinsider Norm when I bought his Congo. Who knew? But pool noodles are cheaper, I think, and better colors. No idea who sells them in September, though! Ya' gotta stock up in May!

#9 5 years ago
Quoted from beelzeboob:

I've been doing what John's doing, using pipe insulation. Same idea, but in grey or black. I learned it from Pinsider Norm when I bought his Congo. Who knew? But pool noodles are cheaper, I think, and better colors. No idea who sells them in September, though! Ya' gotta stock up in May!

I bought 30 of them at the start of the summer and thought that would be more than enough to last me through the year. Guess not

Pipe insulation is more than double the cost of a pool noodle

#10 5 years ago

Find your local Amtgard, NERO, or similar group and ask around. They'll have noodles aplenty and probably a good source for them.

#11 5 years ago
Quoted from Law:

Find your local Amtgard, NERO, or similar group and ask around. They'll have noodles aplenty and probably a good source for them.

It doesn't look like there'a anything like that in my area.

#12 5 years ago

Ah shucks. That seems a little unlikely though, whereabouts are you located?

http://amtgard.com/ork/orkui/index.php?Route=Atlas

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#13 5 years ago

Yeah, I saw the map on their site. I'm stuck in the middle of an area without any of these groups nearby.

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#14 5 years ago

Just stopped by the dollar store this past week and saw that pool noodles were back in stock

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#15 5 years ago

Be careful putting any plastic like shrink wrap on a playfield. It can react with the clear coat and ruin it.

#16 5 years ago

Great for more safely packing/shipping backglasses.
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#17 5 years ago

Cool idea!

#18 5 years ago

The Swimways brand has moved their noodles manufacturing back to the U.S. from China. If that's important to you, buy accordingly.

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