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Replacing Line Cords, Plugs & Wall Sockets- Vid's Guide


By vid1900

4 years ago



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    Post #4 This post describes what each terminal in a new plug is for. Posted by vid1900 (4 years ago)

    Post #6 This post is step two in replacing the plug on your old cord. Posted by vid1900 (4 years ago)

    Post #16 This post describes how to test a wall outlet for proper wiring. Posted by vid1900 (4 years ago)

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    #132 1 year ago

    Hey vid1900, hopefully this one is easy.

    This is my original line filter from a 1979 Future Spa:

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    You can see it's rated "2x5 Amp."

    These are my two replacement line filters I have already:

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    The larger one says 5 amp (made in Thailand), the smaller one says 6 amp (made in China).

    You can see the one lines are slightly different, not that I can read a one line:

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    Can you give any guidance for which one would be a good replacement, if any? Thanks!

    #135 1 year ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    Those filters rarely go bad, most pinball machines draw less than 3 amps, so as long as the filter has a larger rating than the one you replaced, you should be fine.
    I have a bunch of 6 & 10A units that I use on ones that are blown open, and have never replaced one twice.

    The one I replaced says "2x5amp." The Delta says 5amps but I *think* it's 2x5amp like the original.

    Generally, I'm fine keeping electronics that are holding together nicely. This is something that was a little sticky corroded, and I already have these replacements, so my inclination is to replace it (nothing down on Mexico vs. Thailand or China).

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    #141 11 months ago

    vid1900, once again I seek your wisdom.

    In your early Bally diagram, you show your line filter having line coming in on the top, load coming out the bottom. Out the line side, you can see the BLUE wire connects to WHITE on the wiring harness, and the BROWN wire connects to BLACK on the wiring harness. Here's your photo:

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    In my 1979 Bally Future Spa, you can see it looks almost exactly alike...except: Note that the BLUE wire coming out the left LINE side of the filter connector connects to BLACK, and the BROWN wire coming out the right side of the filter connects to WHITE:

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    I'm now replacing the power cord, the line filter, the varistor. Here is where I am now:

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    You can see I have white/neutral coming in on the left, black/hot coming in on the right, ground in middle... but now I'm a little nervous about where to put the black and white leads coming out the other side. My instinct says black to black, white to white, but the color mixup above makes me less confident. Thoughts?

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