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Show and Tell: Your DIY Homemade Tools


By mof

6 years ago



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    #551 45 days ago

    A friend was over last night for some pin action. I had to remove a play field glass and he shared this trick with me.

    Go to the hardware store and get some split foam tubes for insulating hot water that comes from your hot water heater.

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    Run it across the edge of your glass.

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    Then sit the glass down on your floor on its nice soft cushion. This is cheap insurance to keep the glass from breaking when you set it down.

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    #552 42 days ago

    I do the same thing. Pool noodle $1 at the dollar store.

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    #553 42 days ago

    no pic but I use the same pipe insulation stuck on the top front edge of the backbox when I fold the head down so it rests on the side rails.

    #554 42 days ago
    Quoted from BorgDog:

    no pic but I use the same pipe insulation stuck on the top front edge of the backbox when I fold the head down so it rests on the side rails.

    Stealing this idea.

    #555 42 days ago

    3 x Pool Noodle and you have a roller system to get games in and out of your vehicle.

    #556 41 days ago
    Quoted from CanadianPinball:

    3 x Pool Noodle and you have a roller system to get games in and out of your vehicle.

    I use sheets of cardboard.

    #557 41 days ago
    Quoted from CanadianPinball:

    3 x Pool Noodle and you have a roller system to get games in and out of your vehicle.

    I try to use my son!

    #558 41 days ago
    Quoted from Freeplay40:

    I try to use my son!

    Slave labor, I like it.

    #559 41 days ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    I use sheets of cardboard.

    I use 2 sheets of 1/4" ply wood. The top piece has a 2 x 4 screwed crosswise. I butt the cab up to the 2 x 4 and push.

    #560 39 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    I use 2 sheets of 1/4" ply wood. The top piece has a 2 x 4 screwed crosswise. I butt the cab up to the 2 x 4 and push.

    Working in a hospital, I have managed to get hold of a Patslide (used for helping move bariatric patients in conjunction with a plastic sheet).

    It's basically a 6ft x 2ft sheet of plastic. Smooth on one side, with rubber strips on the other. Lay this in the boot with rubber strips down, with an old scrap of carpet (2ft x 1 ft) on top. A machine slides in with minimal effort.

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    #562 31 days ago

    I was trying to think of ways to tighten posts without using pliers. I made a "handle" which is just a piece of scrap steel with a tapped hole. I tighten the handle against the top of a post like a pair of jam nuts. I used a screw, but a screwdriver is unnecessary. Hand tight is plenty. The handle gives me something to hold while I tighten the under playfield nut. It doesn't take much to hold the post. So nothing more than a small handle is needed. After the nut is tight the handle is backed off and removed. I tapped one handle 6-32 and another 8-32.

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    #563 30 days ago

    Part of my original idea was to get into tight corners. Then it occurred to me that a simple wingnut would work well enough for most circumstances. Or for tight corners, a wingnut with a wing cut off. And since wingnuts don't have to be made, a wingnut can easily be fit to each post before flipping up (or over) the playfield.

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    #564 21 days ago

    I use three 1" wooden dowels, or baseball bats if I misplace them.
    -mof

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    #565 6 days ago

    Was removing guide rails for orbit on a flash I just picked
    up and I made something out of necessity. I've read vids threads on getting side rails off and used that info on my prospector
    but was having trouble with these orbit and shooter lane
    guides. I got a small thin piece of cherry wood and sanded down
    one end like a shim to get behind the metal guide and on the
    other end i made a mini cats paw to get those pesky screw nails .
    One end for prying to get the head out some and other end
    to remove. Worked pretty good without marring anything. Of course when I started on orbit metal guides i was struggling
    and cussing and busting my knuckles using a plastic putty
    knife and some small nippers. Once I went out to my workshop
    and got this made it all went a lot easier.

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