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Show and Tell: Your DIY Homemade Tools

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    #801 1 year ago
    Quoted from WJxxxx:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00MMU1384/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    I used these exact pliers for 1mm & 2mm 'Spring Steel Wire' from eBay.
    They coped easily with the 1mm, the 2mm was a bit harder and needed a fair bit of grip pressure, but they got the job done.

    I made a lot of replacement gates for the Catacomb bagatelle gate that was .055"/ 1.3 mm piano wire just by using just a pair of alligator nose vice grips. For the .093/ 2.3 mm wire, I don't have enough grip in my hands to make nice tight bends with the pliers. Hence, the large size nut & bolt wire bender.

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    #802 1 year ago

    Here is the latest version of my Redneck Pinball Dolly. Details at http://www.jeff-z.com/pinball/dolly/dolly.html

    #803 1 year ago
    Quoted from JeffZee:

    Here is the latest version of my Redneck Pinball Dolly. Details at http://www.jeff-z.com/pinball/dolly/dolly.html

    Cool, I have that exact lift in my garage & sold my motorcycle. Think I will copy your idea. Thanks!

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    #804 1 year ago

    I just made this. No backbox, no problem

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    #805 1 year ago
    Quoted from Piso:

    I just made this. No backbox, no problem
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    I am going to be facing this problem in another few days. Cool solution !

    #806 1 year ago

    what happened to TZ's head ?

    Quoted from Piso:

    I just made this. No backbox, no problem
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    #807 1 year ago
    Quoted from fast_in_muskoka:

    what happened to TZ's head ?

    it got "lost in the zone"

    #808 1 year ago
    Quoted from j_m_:

    it got "lost in the zone"

    ...and your profile pic fits perfectly..

    #809 1 year ago
    Quoted from fast_in_muskoka:

    what happened to TZ's head ?

    I'm still restoring it. Keeping it for last

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    #810 1 year ago

    A 3D printed case.

    Not sure that you'd call it a tool, but one way to make sure you keep all your bits together when moving or storing a machine. Also guarantees you don't leave balls inside before you tip it and risk breaking plastics.
    Plus it's really therapeutic snapping them open and shut with the magnets (which I forgot to fix in before taking the pics)

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    #811 1 year ago

    Oooooh that looks sharp

    Do you have a version with 4 head bolts with washers for EM's?

    #812 1 year ago
    Quoted from zacaj:

    Oooooh that looks sharp
    Do you have a version with 4 head bolts with washers for EM's?

    Simple answer is no. My printer only has a printbed size of 150mm x 150mm.

    Washers will fit under the leg bolts, there's a void specifically for them, and/or keys.

    Working on a version which will take 2 long head bolts.

    Who uses all 4 headbolts anyway?

    #813 1 year ago
    Quoted from WJxxxx:

    Simple answer is no. My printer only has a printbed size of 150mm x 150mm.
    Washers will fit under the leg bolts, there's a void specifically for them, and/or keys.
    Working on a version which will take 2 long head bolts.
    Who uses all 4 headbolts anyway?

    Pretty much every game before 1980?

    #814 1 year ago
    Quoted from zacaj:

    Pretty much every game before 1980?

    The question was who actually USES all 4? I've encountered one time when all 4 bolts were used. Usually it's just 2 diagonally

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    #815 1 year ago
    Quoted from WJxxxx:

    The question was who actually USES all 4? I've encountered one time when all 4 bolts were used. Usually it's just 2 diagonally

    Always use 4 on 4 player EM

    #816 1 year ago
    Quoted from WJxxxx:

    A 3D printed case.
    Not sure that you'd call it a tool, but one way to make sure you keep all your bits together when moving or storing a machine. Also guarantees you don't leave balls inside before you tip it and risk breaking plastics.
    Plus it's really therapeutic snapping them open and shut with the magnets (which I forgot to fix in before taking the pics)
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    How do I get one (or two) of these? this is brilliant!

    Chris

    #817 1 year ago
    Quoted from WJxxxx:

    The question was who actually USES all 4? I've encountered one time when all 4 bolts were used. Usually it's just 2 diagonally

    Majority of the games I've picked up have had 3-4. And I have no idea how many there will be when I go to do a pickup, so I'd need to have a case that can accommodate the max

    #818 1 year ago
    Quoted from WJxxxx:

    A 3D printed case.
    Not sure that you'd call it a tool, but one way to make sure you keep all your bits together when moving or storing a machine. Also guarantees you don't leave balls inside before you tip it and risk breaking plastics.
    Plus it's really therapeutic snapping them open and shut with the magnets (which I forgot to fix in before taking the pics)
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    This is brilliant. I’m a woodworker so if u don’t mind I’m going to get started on a nice version done in walnut…

    #819 1 year ago
    Quoted from WJxxxx:

    Who uses all 4 headbolts anyway?

    Brilliant product. Like the man said, the thing you didnt know you needed. And trust me, Space invaders and the Acrylic Pin always get four head bolts.

    #820 1 year ago
    Quoted from WJxxxx:

    The question was who actually USES all 4? I've encountered one time when all 4 bolts were used. Usually it's just 2 diagonally

    I always use four.

    #821 1 year ago
    Quoted from WJxxxx:

    My printer only has a printbed size of 150mm x 150mm.

    Could you make them a little taller and stash 4 long head bolts sideways under the leg bolts? I know the printing time would increase, but I think there is some potential in the Z direction.

    This is still a great idea though!

    #822 1 year ago
    Quoted from WJxxxx:

    A 3D printed case.
    Not sure that you'd call it a tool, but one way to make sure you keep all your bits together when moving or storing a machine. Also guarantees you don't leave balls inside before you tip it and risk breaking plastics.
    Plus it's really therapeutic snapping them open and shut with the magnets (which I forgot to fix in before taking the pics)
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    Cool, need one for appollo 13

    #823 1 year ago
    Quoted from mIkea:

    This is brilliant. I’m a woodworker so if u don’t mind I’m going to get started on a nice version done in walnut…

    Would love to see how it turns out

    #824 1 year ago
    Quoted from SilverUnicorn:

    How do I get one (or two) of these? this is brilliant!
    Chris

    Currently I'm selling them for £12.50 plus P&P, which may be restrictive sending from the UK to US? Drop me a pm if you're still interested and I'll get a quote, same applies to anybody else who may want some.

    There is also the possibility of getting them injection mould manufactured, but the set-up costs are excessive UNLESS I can get a guaranteed initial order over 1,000 (which would mean having to glue in 12,000 magnets individually!!). So unless someone like Marco or one of the manufacturer's takes an interest it's unlikely. Getting them injection moulded would also mean that you could have your logo printed on them.

    Other options include: posting the stl files on somewhere like cults3d and charge a fee to download and then you could print yourself, sell the stl file to someone who could then make and sell them themselves, or start a kickstarter to get the funds to get the moulds to have them injection moulded. Still thinking about possibilities - but overall the reaction has been positive in such a short time.

    #825 1 year ago
    Quoted from tjw998:

    Could you make them a little taller and stash 4 long head bolts sideways under the leg bolts? I know the printing time would increase, but I think there is some potential in the Z direction.
    This is still a great idea though!

    Print time is already over 16hrs (for the base and lid) so anything that increases that is not really a consideration currently.

    However - seeing as the vast majority of EMs requiring 4 head bolts only have a single ball - I may have a solution that will work, just need to test it out first.

    #826 1 year ago
    Quoted from WJxxxx:

    ...
    However - seeing as the vast majority of EMs requiring 4 head bolts only have a single ball - ....

    Actually, a lot of them have 5 balls. And yes we do put them all in.

    #827 1 year ago
    Quoted from WJxxxx:

    which would mean having to glue in 12,000 magnets individually!!

    Just provide the magnets--let buyer glue them in. But probably difficult to impossible to get 1000 confirmed buyers.

    #828 1 year ago

    A friend made me a sleeve remover. Works great. Perfect fit for removing those stubborn sleeves .

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    #829 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinballplusMN:

    A friend made me a sleeve remover...

    How much do you (pinside) think something like this would cost to have made? I'm sure someone could sell a small run if affordable.

    #830 1 year ago
    Quoted from jeffc:

    How much do you (pinside) think something like this would cost to have made? I'm sure someone could sell a small run if affordable.

    It has already been done. Someone here is selling them. But I cannot remember who.

    #833 1 year ago
    Quoted from JeffZee:

    Cut the top off a mini-post and thin the shaft a bit...
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    Use the point to apply rings to non-pointy posts...
    [quoted image]
    Lubricating the point and shaft with a bit of Windex from a Q-tip also helps.

    #834 1 year ago

    I've just been using a socket.

    #835 1 year ago
    Quoted from KenH:

    I've just been using a socket.

    Yes, but these sleeve removers have a little ledge cut on the end for a perfect fit. Once you try one you will not want to go back to a socket.

    #836 1 year ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    Yes, but these sleeve removed have a little ledge cut on the end for a perfect fit. Once you try one you will not want to go back to a socket.

    Just want to give credit where credit is due PinballJunkie for a great tool. He designed and sold these on here 3 or 4 years ago before he retired, he was making them at work :p , I believe the current seller asked if he could to make and sell them

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/show-and-tell-your-diy-homemade-tools/page/9#post-4990037

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    #837 1 year ago

    I changed pickups a couple years ago and hadn’t hauled a pin since. Just realized the bed is higher and my harbor freight lift table won’t make the heights. With TPF this week had to build a solution. This gets me an extra 5 1/2 inches lift and is easily removed with 4 screws.

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    #838 1 year ago

    nice and solid looking

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    #839 1 year ago

    Wms 3 to 7 test fixture.

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    #840 1 year ago
    Quoted from barakandl:

    Wms 3 to 7 test fixture.

    Nice ...is this combo board one of yours?

    #841 1 year ago
    Quoted from Stretch7:

    Nice ...is this combo board one of yours?

    yes. coming soon

    #843 1 year ago

    Yes me too

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    #844 1 year ago

    Nothing fancy, but finally got around to throwing together a bulb tester from scraps of wood and spare parts I had lying about. Put two of each style so I could compare bulbs after getting them mixed up, warm white vs cool vs sunlight etc.

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    #845 4 months ago

    Any tips or tricks to remove a t-nut that just spins when i try to remove a star-post on the playfield

    #846 4 months ago
    Quoted from Dee-Bow:

    Any tips or tricks to remove a t-nut that just spins when i try to remove a star-post on the playfield

    Grip the t-nut with needle nose pliers or vampliers (aka ENGINEER PZ-58), then try unscrewing the post.

    If that doesn't work, you can try screwing the t-nut down with a #6 1/4" wood screw to prevent it from spinning.

    #847 4 months ago
    Quoted from Dee-Bow:

    Any tips or tricks to remove a t-nut that just spins when i try to remove a star-post on the playfield

    If you have a 100 watt/60 watt solder iron you can heat up the "T"nut center...
    the nut might have Loctite applied.

    #848 4 months ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    vampliers (aka ENGINEER PZ-58)

    I ran into these somewhere and picked up a pair -- they saved my butt at least 2x so far where nothing else worked. Excellent tool!

    #849 4 months ago
    Quoted from Dee-Bow:

    Any tips or tricks to remove a t-nut that just spins when i try to remove a star-post on the playfield

    Get out the Dremel and cutoff wheel. Cut the top of the post screw off ( you will probably destroy the post ) and drive the screw and T-nut the bottom.

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    #850 4 months ago

    Great thread!

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