(Topic ID: 249551)

Tool for leveling playfield?


By bimm25i

4 months ago



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  • Latest reply 1 day ago by Wolfmarsh
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    #1 4 months ago

    Hey all i know the answer is obviously a level, but i have levels that are too big and too small, so is there a perfect one?

    Also how do i determine I'm exactly horizontal with the level across the playfield, or for that metter exactly vertical?

    Also how do i check the slope? Is there a special level for this?

    Thanks gang!

    #2 4 months ago

    I use the pinguy app on my phone. Open the app and place the phone in the center of the playfield. It will tell you the playfield pitch (degrees) and if it's balance left to right.

    #3 4 months ago

    Thank you!

    #4 4 months ago

    You can also use a torpedo level if you have one. I do mine in the middle of my slings but whatever makes you happy

    #5 4 months ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    You can also use a torpedo level if you have one. I do mine in the middle of my slings but whatever makes you happy

    Ditto

    #6 4 months ago

    This is what I have. Works great. It is small enough that you can get where you need to go to check your pitch and level.

    https://www.sears.com/craftsman-digital-torpedo-level/p-00948295000P

    #7 4 months ago
    Quoted from bluespin:

    I use the pinguy app on my phone. Open the app and place the phone in the center of the playfield. It will tell you the playfield pitch (degrees) and if it's balance left to right.

    Agree on the pinguy app. It talks to you so you don't have to keep getting out from under the pin to check the level.

    #8 4 months ago

    PinGuy app

    #9 4 months ago

    while not directly a problem with the PinGuy app, it doesn't work for me because my phone's camera lens sticks out a bit (and I don't use a case).

    #11 4 months ago

    We've got something coming very soon for this.

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    #12 4 months ago
    Quoted from Wolfmarsh:

    We've got something coming very soon for this.

    Ok, do tell more! Very interesting, I hate levelling the machines and never could get the pin guy app to work for me.

    #13 3 months ago
    Quoted from Strohz:

    Ok, do tell more! Very interesting, I hate levelling the machines and never could get the pin guy app to work for me.

    We came up with a sensor that gets stuck to the playfield somewhere, like under the apron, and paired that with a phone app. We've been testing it for a while and have gotten some good feedback. Working on the final revisions of all the software before release in the next month or two (barring any issues).

    I don't want to say too much about it before it's ready to buy, but we are pretty proud of it. @wildertronix is my partner in crime on this little gadget.

    #14 3 months ago
    Quoted from Wolfmarsh:

    We came up with a sensor that gets stuck to the playfield somewhere, like under the apron, and paired that with a phone app. We've been testing it for a while and have gotten some good feedback. Working on the final revisions of all the software before release in the next month or two (barring any issues).
    I don't want to say too much about it before it's ready to buy, but we are pretty proud of it. @wildertronix is my partner in crime on this little gadget.

    I always thought an innovative company like JJP would integrate a digital level into games so you could easily go into the menu and level your game with the glass on.

    So I'm glad to see someone is working on something. Good stuff here!

    My only concern would be that different points of the of can give different readings, so how would a level under the apron work?

    Cheers

    #15 3 months ago
    Quoted from Wolfmarsh:

    We've got something coming very soon for this.

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    #16 3 months ago

    If you have an iphone it has the “measure” app factory installed into unless of course you deleted it. It gives you the ability to measure and level and you can adjust to a certain pitch if you like. Don’t even get started on how many degrees pitch it should be at...

    #17 3 months ago
    Quoted from WizardsCastle:

    My only concern would be that different points of the of can give different readings, so how would a level under the apron work?

    Without going to solutions too much, the device also knows what pitch/roll you like the machine at. As you've pointed out, not all measurement points return the exact same values, especially on older/sagging/warped playfields. This is more noticeable the more accurate the device is. This one is really accurate.

    #18 3 months ago

    I use a level that measures incline as well.

    #19 3 months ago
    Quoted from bluespin:

    I use the pinguy app on my phone. Open the app and place the phone in the center of the playfield. It will tell you the playfield pitch (degrees) and if it's balance left to right.

    Another tip is that if you’re setting a new pin in your house, and it’s an early solid state or em, don’t attach the head until after you’ve leveled the game. It makes the game much easier to lift up.

    #20 3 months ago

    Guys, if your camera lens sticks out, every one of the level apps will still work.

    You just need to calibrate the level before first usage to compensate for the slight tilt.

    #21 3 months ago
    Quoted from SarverSystems:

    You just need to calibrate the level before first usage to compensate for the slight tilt.

    Yep it's pretty easy too. Just put the phone down on a flat service and hit the calibrate button.
    Just make sure the surface your on is level when you do it...hmmm

    #22 3 months ago

    Mine has me calibrate, then rotate the phone 180° and calibrate again. This way the surface doesn't even have to be level.

    #23 3 months ago

    The phone app and conventional levels are all OK, but for about $4 on a Stern machine you can add a bubble level that will never move:
    https://www.pinballlife.com/stern-bubble-level-assembly.html
    For Bally and Williams it is like $15
    https://www.pinballlife.com/bubble-level-assembly-for-williamsbally.html
    I am a big fan of these...
    If you bump the machine and move it a little, is it still level?
    Just check the bubble...

    #24 3 months ago

    What pitch does everyone like to put their machines at?

    #25 3 months ago

    I have 2 eighties widebody pins and I like mine at 6 degrees slope. I think most of the newer pins are 6 or 6.5 for most.

    #26 3 months ago
    Quoted from Murphdom:

    What pitch does everyone like to put their machines at?

    I like to think that the level should have the bubble in the middle, which I think is at about 6 degrees.
    However, on some machines, some people like to use 7 to 7.5 degrees, so they don't have the bubble in the middle.
    If you go to some tournaments, I think machines are at the steeper slope sometimes, to make it more difficult to win.
    Personally, I always like the bubble to be in the middle.

    #27 3 months ago

    This works great

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    #28 3 months ago
    Quoted from Dent00:

    The phone app and conventional levels are all OK, but for about $4 on a Stern machine you can add a bubble level that will never move:
    https://www.pinballlife.com/stern-bubble-level-assembly.html
    For Bally and Williams it is like $15
    https://www.pinballlife.com/bubble-level-assembly-for-williamsbally.html
    I am a big fan of these...
    If you bump the machine and move it a little, is it still level?
    Just check the bubble...

    Sorry, but I'm more interested in something that will cost a bunch more money than that to show all my friends how tech savvy I am.

    #29 3 months ago
    Quoted from Dent00:

    I like to think that the level should have the bubble in the middle, which I think is at about 6 degrees.

    The problem with a bubble is it can't be trusted.
    I think all modern games are 6.5, with the exception of Octoberfest or something that was mentioned to me recently.

    Anyway, for older games the levelers all the way up in back and all the way down in front.

    #30 3 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Sorry, but I'm more interested in something that will cost a bunch more money than that to show all my friends how tech savvy I am.

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    #31 3 months ago
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    #32 3 months ago

    Hope this new tool is better then my current system...

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    #33 3 months ago

    I have a Bosch commercial digital level that I paid $300 for.... The Pinguy app is just as accurate with my iPhone and much easier to use.

    #34 3 months ago

    Pinguy app ,used it today worked awesome.

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