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Show and Tell: Your DIY Homemade Tools

By mof

6 years ago

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    Post #3 Light bulb remover. Posted by mof (6 years ago)

    Post #16 Link to homemade CNC router. Posted by vid1900 (6 years ago)

    Post #20 Lock picks and tension wrench. Posted by Fanatic (6 years ago)

    Post #21 Roll pin remover. Posted by KenH (6 years ago)

    Post #24 Raised playfield stabilizer. Posted by mof (6 years ago)

    Post #28 Soldering platform. Posted by OuttaSpace (6 years ago)

    Post #31 Inexpensive pinball dolly. Two wheels, a handle, and some scrap 2x4. Posted by SchertzPinball (6 years ago)

    Post #39 YouTube video of portable pinball LED and lamp tester. Posted by Eddie (6 years ago)

    Post #47 Re-graining metal rails and fences. Posted by Vector (6 years ago)

    Post #49 Post removal and installation. Posted by Superchicken (6 years ago)

    Post #52 Tumbler media sifter/storage bin. Posted by Superchicken (6 years ago)

    Post #61 Helping hands type unit. Link to eBay store. Posted by pinball_faz (6 years ago)

    Post #70 Clay's LED tester in a pen case. Posted by SchertzPinball (6 years ago)

    Post #71 Post sleeve maker. Posted by LTG (6 years ago)

    Post #72 System 11 playfield holder. Posted by Taxman (6 years ago)

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    #333 2 years ago

    I ran into a problem when rebuilding all the System 6 boards for my Blackout where the connectors were trimmed too close to the board. It made it almost impossible to properly re-solder. The 40-pin connectors between the boards were all replaced with new connectors. For the rest I used this tool I designed to fix the connectors. I remove them all, put this spacer underneath, then lightly press them in the vise to push just a tiny bit (1/32") through the shell. It lines up all the pins nicely and only takes a few seconds for each connector. I use a vice with flat jaws and a business card taped to each side. That keeps the pins from flexing when tightening.

    Once done I go over the solder side of the pins with a wire brush on the dremel and they are ready to install. There is just enough exposed to make a nice solder filet for a strong joint. Doesn't affect where the connectors plug onto the board at all.

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