Quoted from mof:
I call this the "troughpon".
When I need to lift the playfield, I am too lazy to get all the balls out, so I just jam this in the shooter lane and the balls stay put. I have a few troughpons in my work area, so I never am without one at arm's reach.
I wrapped a paper towel VERY TIGHTLY with blue painters tape.
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I do the same with my holy socks. I am an engineer and engineers invented lazy. This tool also doubles for catching solder as well.