Man I hate leveling machines. I managed to mess up my knee pretty bad last winter while lifting games on my back. I’d use the Escalera lift but it’s no good on plush carpet.
My OCD has got me shuffling games around - and needing to level about half the collection.
So, let’s work smarter instead of harder.
Pry bar from Home Depot
21 inch pry bar from DeWalt
However, that notch in it really is good for two things. Praying crap apart, or locking onto leg bolts and making them hard to turn. I should have take “before” photos, I have this instead.
Last time I had a leveling party we made it work but it kinda sucked. So, let’s see what we can do to improve it.
Step one, grind that hole a lot bigger. I don’t have a full shop but I do have a bench grinder to do the rough grinding quickly; and the the dremil cutting disc to widen that gap deeper in where the grinder won’t go. A file afterwords to take off the rough edges, and we now have a pocket big enough to wrap around the bolt loosely.
The other part of the equation was getting a block underneath; without this there’s not enough pivot lifting action. I was carrying around a board but that is awkward. I cut a price of it off, and attached it like this with a wood acre and fender washer.
With wood block attached
The only change I might do (having just leaved 9 machines) would be the dimensions of the wood block. Maybe a hair longer. I can rotate the block by and and choose how close the pivot point is next to the game’s leg. Making the block slightly longer would give me a bit more versatility.
Not much of a tool hack but my back and knees are thanking me.