Here's my "I'm too wimpy to move and setup a game tool"...
I posted this a few days ago, but then I remembered this existing thread and realized I should have put it here in the first place... Sometimes I like to pull a Sys-11 playfield off its pivot bolts to work on something at the back of the playfield. I made these U-shaped blocks to support the front which just slip over the side rails. They also work on classic Bally games.
Quoted from Superchicken:
Post removal and installation tool:
Buy a cheap screwdriver with reversible bit and drill out the neck so that the post will clear when inserted. Nut drivers don't have enough clearance. This tool is a beautiful thing when installing these post on a freshly clear coated playfield.
I stopped by the hardware store and bought a driver to try this. When I opened the package I found that the shaft was already sufficiently hollow. No drilling required. There's no product information aside from "MintCraft" on the handle.
I got this idea from a post earlier in this thread where someone made a solder station shelf that spanned the cabinet body. I made a partial shelf that can hang from one side rail or the other. It keeps the solder station out of the way and allows access to any playfield component above or below the shelf.
Credit for the basic idea goes to Pinsider PK2 at...
Here's my version. If you don't want to lift the back of a game, this seems like a pretty good compromise between bulk and ease of use. Details at...
I busted one of my halogen work lights. I rigged the old tripod with a pair of 4' LED tubes. They're bright and I like the lack of heat as compared to the halogen lights. The 4' width means I can move around without making harsh shadows on my work. On the other hand, it'll be easier to knock over again. I made a wood mounting block that can slip on the tripod either horizontally or vertically.
Anyone else obsessive about having their games equally spaced and exactly parallel? I'd roll a game into place and then fart around with a tape measure for another five minutes. So I made a pair of gauge sticks that slip over one game to space out the next. I don't have any wide body games so I didn't worry about that. I had some trouble with the sticks slipping on games with steeply sloped side rails. So I smeared a thin layer of silicone caulk along the underside of the cross pieces. This is also me looking for any excuse to play with the table saw. All the parts were shaped from scraps of 2x4.
Cut the top off a mini-post and thin the shaft a bit...
Use the point to apply rings to non-pointy posts...
Lubricating the point and shaft with a bit of Windex from a Q-tip also helps.
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