The 1987 Ford Escort of Game Room Renovations


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#401 31 days ago
Quoted from Chosen_S:

I think I just got an idea of keeping people from playing my Tron.

Quoted from Drewscruis:

You can steal anything with a hammer.....

Quoted from Chosen_S:

I was thinking more along the lines of this

Install that thing at crotch level and deploy! Problem solved.

#402 30 days ago

I have a transformer that weilds this perfectly

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#403 30 days ago

Oh, sorry, wrong picture...

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There we go

#404 30 days ago
Quoted from Chosen_S:

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LIONMAN! LIONMAN!! LIONMAN!!!

(no wonder he's always so excited)

#406 29 days ago

you win at internets

You found a whole team, maybe the jaws of life member could be a reality!

#407 29 days ago
Quoted from Chosen_S:

you win at internets

I never win at pinball, so...

#408 29 days ago

STEP 17:

Build sliding cabinet doors.

Life has be kind of "life-y" as of late, so I haven't been able to attack this project the way I'd like. Here's my issue:

Tommy Boy...again

So, a few short weeks after (finally) rolling in game, I had to use my trusty Harbor Freight 1,000 lb. rolling hydraulic lift to get #whirlwind out to allow for #progress. Here's a link to this guy because daddy has to eat, people:

Compare to Dayton $689.99!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://www.harborfreight.com/1000-lbs-capacity-hydraulic-table-cart-69148.html

It's getting better all the time

Recreation - USSR grocery store, circa 1982

Now I can watch TV while working. That's cool

#409 29 days ago

Don't put wheels under your games, they will roll down the hill! Just a smidge unlevel!!!!!

#410 29 days ago

At this point in the process, I shouldn't be surprised at how uneven the floors are here, but notice that over a 60" run, I've got at least a 1.5" drop in the floor (as evidenced by the totally-misnamed "2x4" that is propping up my base*)

Why you no 2x4, 2x4?

*The terrible naming convention of the 2x4 really is ridiculous. I mean, to some degree, i get it:

https://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/3074/why-arent-two-by-fours-two-inches-by-four-inches/

But I still think it is stupid. It reminds me of the crap my generation has endured with ice cream container sizes. When I was a kid, you got a legit half-gallon. Then, it shrunk to 1.75 quarts...and then to 1.5 quarts.

I like ice cream dammit. GIVE ME MORE!!! Nom. Nom. Nom.

I blame the Baby Boomers. For this, and everything.

#411 29 days ago
Quoted from heni1977:

Don't put wheels under your games, they will roll down the hill! Just a smidge unlevel!!!!!

You joke, but I actually have 3" casters on the back legs of my #sky-line in the basement because it sits on, what is basically, a ramp between sections down there.

This is how Instagram celebs make money

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Shepherd-3-in-Soft-Rubber-Threaded-Stem-Caster-with-150-lb-Load-Rating-and-Brake-9496/100136631

#412 29 days ago

Whats up with the ritzy chandelier?

Quoted from zh2oson:

I blame the Baby Boomers. For this, and everything.

Boomers started the ball rolling but Millennials are totally next level.

#413 29 days ago
Quoted from merccat:

Whats up with the ritzy chandelier?

The chandelier came with the house but it isn't really our style, so we pulled it and are storing it in the garage. It's probably worth about a player's condition #pinbot when I get around to selling it.

Quoted from merccat:

Boomers started the ball rolling but Millennials are totally next level.

Gen X FTW!

#414 29 days ago
Quoted from zh2oson:

The chandelier came with the house but it isn't really our style, so we pulled it and are storing it in the garage. Its probably worth about a player's condition Pinbot when I get around to selling it.

To use more of the knowledge I've gained in the pinball hobby, I should probably list it on EBAY for $4,500 and call it RARE, VINTAGE, PERFECT CONDITION, HUO.

#415 29 days ago

The Ford Escort of closet doors:

Love Me 2 Times

https://www.homedepot.com/p/59-in-x-80-5-in-Aspen-Steel-Interior-Sliding-Door-ASN-5980WH2S/202089883

I'm bolting the frame of the door assembly to the metal shelving frame, which is anchored to the brick. Don't @ me. The other side of the framing is tied to a stud in the pegboard wall.

Light My Fire

People Are Strange

#416 29 days ago

I have extra pegboard. What is this nerd to do?

Life goal achieved: reference both the Doors and the Pegboard Nerds in an online forum

#417 29 days ago

A love story in three parts

#418 29 days ago

Will they or won't they?

#419 29 days ago

This feels wrong

#420 29 days ago

You complete me

And thus completes the pegboard porn for this project.

#421 29 days ago

Those floors aren't going to clean themselves.

Oh, you're hungry? TOO BAD.

#422 29 days ago
Quoted from zh2oson:

Those floors aren't going to clean themselves.

Quoted from zh2oson:

And thus completes the pegboard porn for this project.

Quoted from zh2oson:

And thus completes the pegboard porn for this project.

If I docd every one of my steps like this, you’d be not seeing much progress on my end, and there’d be lots of wood to metal porn

#423 29 days ago
Quoted from Chosen_S:

If I docd every one of my steps like this, you’d be not seeing much progress on my end, and there’d be lots of wood to metal porn

I hired a documentary team to follow the project.

#424 29 days ago
Quoted from zh2oson:

I hired a documentary team to follow the project.

We'll be featured on an upcoming episode of HGTV's "Disaster Renovations"*

#425 29 days ago
Quoted from Chosen_S:

If I docd every one of my steps like this, you’d be not seeing much progress on my end, and there’d be lots of wood to metal porn

I'm still awaiting the big reveal on your mystery door/window/drawbridge situation.

#426 29 days ago
Quoted from zh2oson:

Those floors aren't going to clean themselves.

Hello, I'm the child labor inspector.

#427 29 days ago
Quoted from RCA1:

Hello, I'm the child labor inspector.

Nothing.

Teaching valuable life skills

To.

Daddy plans on retiring at 50

See.

Lift with your legs

Here.

Safety gear is extra and comes out of your paycheck

#428 29 days ago
Quoted from zh2oson:

Here.

Just missing the Safety Glasses.

#429 29 days ago
Quoted from Darcy:

Just missing the Safety Glasses.

He has to earn them. About 30 more hours of work and he'll get a pair.

#430 29 days ago

Dude, they’re like a buck on amazon ... kids safety glasses. My kids just break stuff, but they’re awesome ladder climbers

#431 26 days ago
Quoted from Chosen_S:

Dude, they’re like a buck on amazon ... kids safety glasses. My kids just break stuff, but they’re awesome ladder climbers

You just bumped it to 40 hours for him.

#432 23 days ago
Quoted from zh2oson:

You just bumped it to 40 hours for him.

Glad I contributed to his toughness

#433 22 days ago
Quoted from Chosen_S:

Glad I contributed to his toughness

Exactly. He needs some adversity in his life.

#434 21 days ago

Make it 50... toughen up those eyeballs until nails will bounce off them with such foce you’ll no longer need a nail gun. It worked for Chuck Norris.

#435 20 days ago
Quoted from merccat:

Make it 50... toughen up those eyeballs until nails will bounce off them with such foce you’ll no longer need a nail gun. It worked for Chuck Norris.

You can babysit my kid anytime random internet person.

By the way, the Walker, Texas Ranger lever on the Conan O'Brian show was peak TV.

1 week later
#436 11 days ago

The Escort must be getting some bondo work. No new updates.

#437 11 days ago
Quoted from Krh13:

The Escort must be getting some bondo work. No new updates.

His kids in timeout, therefore no work being done since the kid is doing all the work

#438 10 days ago
Quoted from Krh13:

The Escort must be getting some bondo work. No new updates.

Quoted from Chosen_S:

His kids in timeout, therefore no work being done since the kid is doing all the work

My kid filed a complaint with the Employment Development Department. Something about no overtime compensation. It's going to be fine - I have a strong case, but the Labor Relations Board is all over me right now.

More updates to follow.

#439 10 days ago

I'm thinking about just scrapping my whole project and going the @waldo route:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/lets-see-pic-of-games-rooms/page/216#post-4393483

#440 10 days ago
Quoted from zh2oson:

My kid filed a complaint with the Employment Development Department. Something about no overtime compensation. It's going to be fine - I have a strong case, but the Labor Relations Board is all over me right now.
More updates to follow.

Good luck with that CA is always for the employee (your son) never the employer. I hope you gave him all his breaks and don’t forget his vacation time.

#441 10 days ago
Quoted from JAHpinWizard:

Good luck with that CA is always for the employee (your son) never the employer. I hope you gave him all his breaks and don’t forget his vacation time.

Just move the company to Texas. Problem solved!

#442 10 days ago
Quoted from JAHpinWizard:

Good luck with that CA is always for the employee (your son) never the employer. I hope you gave him all his breaks and don’t forget his vacation time.

Don’t forget his FMLA leave, CFRA leave, PFL leave, PDL leave (i sure hope not), and our newest as if we didn’t already have enough, HWA leave.

Yeah I write hr/payroll software.... did you know that CA even has some special minimum wages (some over 40/hr.) for certain classes. Oy!

Anyway... haha - you’re screwed lol.

#443 9 days ago
Quoted from zh2oson:

I'm thinking about just scrapping my whole project and going the waldo route:
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/lets-see-pic-of-games-rooms/page/216#post-4393483

Grab a shovel, because you’re going to need to dig a basement. Might as well Build the real Flynn’s arcade down there while you’re at it complete with 20’ ceilings and a massive office loft

Oh yes... Texas... come try to work in the oil field and ask for a break, lol not happening. Better rest up while sitting in your truck 5 hours while you wait on who knows who to bring who knows what to be able to start on a frac job that’s going to take 60 hours to complete this weekend, don’t take your eyes off the logs or controls... how to accomplish this??? Super hero strength or Meth... wait a sec, I think I just discovered how you’re going to have the energy to dig that basement

#444 9 days ago
Quoted from zh2oson:

I'm thinking about just scrapping my whole project and going the waldo route:
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/lets-see-pic-of-games-rooms/page/216#post-4393483

well.... you could use some of his carpet anyway

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#445 9 days ago

But then you would have to rip out the new stuff you just threw down. I say this project needs better planning. Cost overruns are now a serious risk.

#446 9 days ago
Quoted from rufessor:

But then you would have to rip out the new stuff you just threw down. I say this project needs better planning. Cost overruns are now a serious risk.

Nah, he just needs to cut a hole in the floor

#447 9 days ago

We talkin a Flynn sized hole?... cause that’s the next level shit this thread needs. I changed my mind- a hole is what this project deserves, that and some new carpet and there ya go- lower level arcade implemented. I read that in London all the billionaires are excavating downwards to install pools and theaters under these little homes. We are onto something here that should not be ignored and personally, I demand my internet 2c Input on this project. You could start a wave of billionaire copy cats in your neighborhood.

Also also- next next level- (just in case the excavation stalls or hits permitting issues)

Please LED the chandeliers - purple blue is the current rage apparently.

#448 5 days ago

I love when I'm away from Pinside for a few days and there are a bunch of posts that pile up.

I'm going to reply to everyone is one long post. That should be fun and different, no?

What happened to you, Jim?

#449 5 days ago
Quoted from JAHpinWizard:

Good luck with that CA is always for the employee (your son) never the employer. I hope you gave him all his breaks and don’t forget his vacation time.

Tell me about it. In my professional capacity, I've been sued because an employee was regularly sleeping on the job and filed a discrimination lawsuit because we disciplined her. Yay.

Quoted from mcluvin:

Just move the company to Texas. Problem solved!

Quoted from rufessor:

We talkin a Flynn sized hole?... cause that’s the next level shit this thread needs.

Quoted from Chosen_S:

Grab a shovel, because you’re going to need to dig a basement. Might as well Build the real Flynn’s arcade down there while you’re at it complete with 20’ ceilings and a massive office loft

A Flynn-sized basement situation isn't happening in Pasadena, so Texas is looking pretty good. Do people in Texas like California transplants? Asking for a friend.

Quoted from rufessor:

Please LED the chandeliers - purple blue is the current rage apparently.

I wouldn't stop at just purple-blue. I'd rainbow puke that shiznit up.

Quoted from merccat:

Don’t forget his FMLA leave, CFRA leave, PFL leave, PDL leave (i sure hope not), and our newest as if we didn’t already have enough, HWA leave.
Yeah I write hr/payroll software.... did you know that CA even has some special minimum wages (some over 40/hr.) for certain classes. Oy!
Anyway... haha - you’re screwed lol.

If my son needs PDL leave, we have bigger issues.

Quoted from rufessor:

But then you would have to rip out the new stuff you just threw down.

The carpet is my favorite part of my project...even if it isn't approved for use in California and will probably kill my whole family.

Quoted from zh2oson:
Step 8:
Carpet tiles, baby.
So…the cheap-ass tiles that I wanted to buy from Home Depot (this is the 1987 Ford Escort of renovations, remember) can’t be sold to people in California. When did I find this out, you ask?
Great question, imaginary voice in my head!
I found out that the five cases of carpet tiles that I wanted to buy were illegal after logging in to my Home Depot account (which lists my local store) putting everything into my online shopping cart, entering my credit card information, getting my credit card information stolen by Nigerian hackers* and then giving them my shipping address.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/TrafficMASTER-Hobnail-Gunmetal-Texture-18-in-x-18-in-Indoor-Outdoor-Carpet-Tile-16-Tiles-Case-CN14N4716PKS/202467020
Nope!
Home Depot did kindly offer to search local stores to see if anybody had some of these in stock, which was a kind gesture, except for the whole not-legal-here issue.

I did some research** and found that the fibers for this carpet are made from a mixture of nicotine, broken glass, battery acid, lead and asbestos. For $1.19/ sq. ft. I was willing, nay happy, to deal with some potential side effects from this mixture.
Sadly, I’d already bonded with these tiles in a way I haven’t bonded with anything since my unborn child was in utero. I loved the pattern, the color, the magical moisture-wicking properties, etc. We were going to spend years together playing pinball and fixing stuff. I NEEDED THIS CARPT.
So, I did the only thing I could think of – I “muled” them into the state.*** My AP Style Book tells me this isn’t a word, but it should be.
*Probably
**In my mind
***I did not. I found a reasonable facsimile that was Prop 48 (or whatever) approved from another online vendor and paid double what Home Depot would have charged me. Boo.

Quoted from Chosen_S:

how to accomplish this??? Super hero strength or Meth... wait a sec, I think I just discovered how you’re going to have the energy to dig that basement

My son gets coffee before he starts working. Anything stronger seems inadvisable.

Quoted from rufessor:

I read that in London all the billionaires are excavating downwards to install pools and theaters under these little homes. We are onto something here that should not be ignored and personally, I demand my internet 2c Input on this project.

I think this is fair. I'll get working on it ASAP. Stay tuned.

Quoted from fanuminski:

well.... you could use some of his carpet anyway

That's not really "Ford Escort" carpet.

Quoted from rufessor:

I say this project needs better planning.

Apparently, you haven't been following this thread for very long.

Quoted from rufessor:

Cost overruns are now a serious risk.

That's why I'm trying to be be creative with my staffing.

#450 5 days ago
Quoted from zh2oson:

I'm thinking about just scrapping my whole project and going the waldo route:
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/lets-see-pic-of-games-rooms/page/216#post-4393483

Sure you can do that, if you want to slum it. I don't see any pegboard walls in his game room. Amateur...

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