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What's your favorite em tool(s)


By hoov

2 years ago



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    #51 2 years ago

    Wd40 I use it when things get sticky. Grabs popcorn , and waits

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    #52 2 years ago
    Quoted from 1974DeltaQueen:

    Wd40 I use it when things get sticky. Grabs popcorn , and waits

    Well...as long as your using the smart straw version.

    #53 2 years ago
    Quoted from 1974DeltaQueen:

    d40 I use it when things get sticky. Grabs popcorn , and waits

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    #54 2 years ago

    Reading glasses and good lighting is my actual answer

    #55 2 years ago

    A recycled book.

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    I teach high school, and I keep an eye out for vintage textbooks or library books that have been discarded. The blank end sheets are great for printing new score cards on. The paper is thicker than standard paper, and it has the proper aged look - if that is what you’re going for.

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    Remove the end sheet, cut it to size (8.5 x 11), and run it through a laser printer or photo copier. If the book’s end sheet is smaller than printer paper, then tape the vintage paper to the correct size paper.

    If you can find a book published the same year your machine was made, then the score card will pass carbon dating inspection.

    This one will be perfect for my Zig Zag.

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    #56 2 years ago
    Quoted from monsonb:

    A recycled book.

    I teach high school, and I keep an eye out for vintage textbooks or library books that have been discarded. The blank end sheets are great for printing new score cards on. The paper is thicker than standard paper, and it has the proper aged look - if that is what you’re going for.

    Remove the end sheet, cut it to size (8.5 x 11), and run it through a laser printer or photo copier. If the book’s end sheet is smaller than printer paper, then tape the vintage paper to the correct size paper.
    If you can find a book published the same year your machine was made, then the score card will pass carbon dating inspection.
    This one will be perfect for my Zig Zag.

    Capital idea, Fester!

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    #57 2 years ago
    Quoted from 1974DeltaQueen:

    Reading glasses and good lighting is my actual answer

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    #58 2 years ago
    Quoted from monsonb:

    A recycled book.

    I teach high school, and I keep an eye out for vintage textbooks or library books that have been discarded. The blank end sheets are great for printing new score cards on. The paper is thicker than standard paper, and it has the proper aged look - if that is what you’re going for.

    Remove the end sheet, cut it to size (8.5 x 11), and run it through a laser printer or photo copier. If the book’s end sheet is smaller than printer paper, then tape the vintage paper to the correct size paper.
    If you can find a book published the same year your machine was made, then the score card will pass carbon dating inspection.
    This one will be perfect for my Zig Zag.

    I’ve had success printing on 4x6 photo paper and adjusting the tint towards yellow.

    #59 2 years ago

    I just go to a buddy's printing shop & pick up some heavier weight paper in "parchment" color

    #60 2 years ago

    I didn't see voltmeter/continuity tester.... must have that and the schematic.

    Dave

    #61 2 years ago

    My lucky mini file...best friend! lol

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    #62 2 years ago

    Today, it was these. Replaced the drop targets on a 5 bank. First time I've attempted to. Finished in 1 3/4 hours. These seem to be a must. My main concern was not to damage the springs. Got to be patient.
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    #63 2 years ago

    I like to keep it simple. These get used all the time.IMG_1685 (resized).JPGIMG_1682 (resized).JPG

    #64 2 years ago
    Quoted from phil-lee:

    I like to keep it simple. These get used all the time.

    Its the tunes on top that makes it all work the best

    #65 2 years ago
    Quoted from AvidListener:

    One of my favorites is the lighted Harbor Freight "Magnetic Flexible Pickup Tool" for snaking under the mech panel (with the assistance of a mirror) to reach the screws which elude my catcher towel.

    This was my vote but I have been "slumming it" with just a telescopic one for years.

    #66 2 years ago
    Quoted from pacmanretro:

    Its the tunes on top that makes it all work the best

    All so true, and I was just curious what type of music 89.70 plays in the Silk Hope, NC area?

    #67 2 years ago
    Quoted from Mopar:

    All so true, and I was just curious what type of music 89.70 plays in the Silk Hope, NC area?

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    City
    Raleigh, North Carolina

    Broadcast area
    Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

    Branding
    The Classical Station

    Frequency
    89.7 MHz

    Translator(s)
    See § Simulcasts and translators

    Repeater(s)
    See § Simulcasts and translators

    First air date
    1978

    Format
    Classical

    ERP
    100,000 watts

    HAAT
    359 meters (1,178 ft)

    Class
    C

    Facility ID
    18831

    Transmitter coordinates
    35°56′25″N 78°28′45″W

    Callsign meaning
    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (unofficial); call letters assigned by FCC

    Owner
    Educational Information Corp.

    Webcast
    Listen Live

    Website
    theclassicalstation.org

    WCPE is a private classical music radio station that serves the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, United States. Licensed to Raleigh on 89.7 FM at 100,000 watts, the station went on the air July 17, 1978 and switched to a 24-hour classical music format in 1984. The "sister station", WZPE in Bath, NC, had obtained a construction permit from the FCC for a power increase to 4,500 watts.[1][2] It is owned by the Educational Information Corporation, a nonprofit community organization.

    #68 2 years ago

    I like Vivaldi (best). Then Bach, Hayden, Handel, just your basic chamber music played on Period instruments. John Williams Classical guitar (the Mission, various Bach arrangements on guitar) is in the rotation, as well as Soundtracks from Master and Commander and Last of the Mohicans.
    No commercials. Cant stand commercials.
    I still do Rock and Bluegrass when the Opera comes on.

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    #69 2 years ago

    Good swivel light from HF. Magnetic base, usb charge, tilting light. 29.99 before coupons. I caught this one on a super coupon for 19.99.

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    #70 2 years ago

    The best tool is sandpaper.... hands down.

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    #71 2 years ago

    Not exactly a ‘tool’, but my newest addition.
    Instead of walking back and forth to my work bench, I now just wheel the tools up to the game. Much better.

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    #72 2 years ago
    Quoted from MarkG:

    Lately for me, a tumbler.
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    What are you using as media?

    #73 2 years ago

    Crushed walnut shells with a fresh squirt of liquid polish. I don't know how it compares to other media but it works well for me.

    2 months later
    #74 2 years ago

    Simpson 260 VOM.

    Steve

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    #75 1 year ago

    You can order red, white, blue, yellow, violet, etc.. This is 72" long which would reach most test points in a pinball.

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    #76 1 year ago

    I ordered the leads in yellow but didn't realize there were 4 of them for each length so I'm getting 4 yellow 4 ft and 4 yellow 6 ft but no biggie. I like the yellow color.

    #77 1 year ago

    I've had this screwdriver for about 30 years. A friend who shopped my game gave it to me.

    Indispensable tool for tightening switch stacks.

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    #78 1 year ago

    A split blade screwdriver is great for getting to those hard-to-reach screws. The tip expands to securely hold the screw to the screwdriver.

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    #79 1 year ago
    Quoted from GSones:

    A split blade screwdriver is great for getting to those hard-to-reach screws. The tip expands to securely hold the screw to the screwdriver.
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    whats a good retailer for this?

    And I finally found a good deep socket from HF for these Gottlieb mini posts
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    Although I had to drill out the throat a little to get enough clearance.

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    #80 1 year ago

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Klein-Tools-3-Piece-Screw-Holding-Screwdriver-Set-SK234/100648025?MERCH=REC-_-PIPHorizontal2_rr-_-100352082-_-100648025-_-N
    I've had mine for many years and have no recollection where I got them but I found these listed at Home Depot. A quick Google search will show more.

    BTW, use a regular screwdriver to break the screw loose or tighten it. These won't take a lot of torque and are just to control the screw so you don't drop it.

    #81 1 year ago

    My favorite drop target tools:

    Captive Spring Hook tool (retractable hook that grabs onto spring - push end of tool to release)

    Push-Pull tools (2 pictured)

    Crawford Tool Co.

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    Added 22 months ago:

    Someone asked for ordering info. so here it is:

    http://www.crawfordtool.com/springhooks2.html

    These are the 3 spring hooks I have pictured:

    F: 25013 double-ended spring hook
    G: 25006 push pull spring hook
    H: 25008 (captive spring hook with retractable spring - push blue end to extend spring and lock-on to spring/release to let go of spring)

    #82 1 year ago
    Quoted from hoov:

    My favorite drop target tools:
    Captive Spring Hook tool (retractable hook that grabs onto spring - push end of tool to release)
    Push-Pull tools (2 pictured)
    Crawford Tool Co.
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    Next on the tool list

    #83 1 year ago

    Green scotch pad and Super Lube

    #84 1 year ago

    My favorite contacts adjusters

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    #85 1 year ago
    Quoted from hoov:

    My favorite drop target tools:
    Captive Spring Hook tool (retractable hook that grabs onto spring - push end of tool to release)
    Push-Pull tools (2 pictured)
    Crawford Tool Co.
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    Just ordered some of these hook tools from Crawford. Looking forward to getting them and trying 'em out. Thanks for the heads-up.

    #86 1 year ago
    Quoted from hoov:

    My favorite drop target tools:
    Captive Spring Hook tool (retractable hook that grabs onto spring - push end of tool to release)
    Push-Pull tools (2 pictured)
    Crawford Tool Co.
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    Yes still one of my erstwhile favourites Dave thks to the tip you gave me many moons ago.

    #87 1 year ago

    If I said the bed of a pickup truck and 10 miles, would anyone get the joke?

    #88 1 year ago
    Quoted from wayner:

    Yes still one of my erstwhile favourites Dave thks to the tip you gave me many moons ago.

    Glad you like it Wayne!

    #89 1 year ago
    Quoted from hoov:

    Just placed an order for these E-Z-HOOK's. I ordered a 48" & 72" but you can get about any length. I previously used these on my day job.
    Use these to jumper across electrical circuits in an em pinball machine to troubleshoot - prove good to a certain relay or connection on certain problems.
    Simply push the thumb button to expose a spring hook and clip wherever you want to test. Release thumb button to "lock on" to your test point.
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    I'm gonna go broke and / or get divorced if you guys keep coming up with these useful tools. Order placed for (2) 60" and (2) 36" E-Z Hooks.

    #90 1 year ago
    Quoted from GSones:

    I'm gonna go broke and / or get divorced if you guys keep coming up with these useful tools. Order placed for (2) 60" and (2) 36" E-Z Hooks.

    You're all set now.......until the next idea comes along.

    #91 1 year ago
    Quoted from GSones:

    A split blade screwdriver is great for getting to those hard-to-reach screws. The tip expands to securely hold the screw to the screwdriver.
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    #92 1 year ago

    My most used piece of equipment particularly the wire brush + fine and coarse grinding wheels and a polishing wheel-wall mounted.

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    #93 1 year ago

    I think their called orange sticks. https://www.jonard.com/searchresults?term=s-389&reset=y

    I use this stick to work on switch blades when filing contacts. This stick allows you to get into the switch stacks with ease. The pointed end can be inserted on the backside of a switch contact rivet which allows a force of pressure bring two contacts together that needs cleaning.

    I have a general demonstration on the use of this sticks in one of my you tube videos which can be found at....Vic Camp Pinball: Super Score (unusual findings) with Trip Bank issues part 7
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1KO137wpu6iiZVaMXjH_YQ/videos?view=0&sort=dd&shelf_id=1

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    #94 1 year ago
    Quoted from Vic_Camp:

    I think their called orange sticks. https://www.jonard.com/searchresults?term=s-389&reset=y
    I use this stick to work on switch blades when filing contacts. This stick allows you to get into the switch stacks with ease. The pointed end can be inserted on the backside of a switch contact rivet which allows a force of pressure bring two contacts together that needs cleaning.
    I demonstrate this sticks use on one of my you tube videos which can be found at....Vic Camp Pinball: Super Score (unusual findings) with Trip Bank issues part 7
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1KO137wpu6iiZVaMXjH_YQ/videos?view=0&sort=dd&shelf_id=1
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    I use those for applying rosin on soldering projects too

    #95 1 year ago
    Quoted from hoov:

    My favorite drop target tools:
    Captive Spring Hook tool (retractable hook that grabs onto spring - push end of tool to release)
    Push-Pull tools (2 pictured)
    Crawford Tool Co.
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    Someone asked how to order so I'm editing with order info:

    http://www.crawfordtool.com/springhooks2.html

    These are the 3 spring hooks I have pictured:

    F: 25013 double-ended spring hook
    G: 25006 push pull spring hook
    H: 25008 (captive spring hook with retractable spring - push blue end to extend spring and lock-on to spring/release to let go of spring)

    #96 1 year ago

    Secret weapon:

    one of those freebie dental floss things you get for free after your checkup.

    Dental floss is a great way to clean pivot points on stepper units and other mechanics without taking them completely apart.

    #97 1 year ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Secret weapon:
    one of those freebie dental floss things you get for free after your checkup.
    Dental floss is a great way to clean pivot points on stepper units and other mechanics without taking them completely apart.

    Great idea! I'm using this one on the next stepper I do + Tri-flow (skateboarder/bikers lubricant).

    #98 1 year ago
    Quoted from dasvis:

    I use those for applying rosin on soldering projects too

    For that I just use the bamboo skewers available for next to nothing in most stores. It just seems like the tools Vic posted most be more expensive.

    They make two sizes...these are also great for plugging stripped screw holes I've drilled out...

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    #99 1 year ago

    We used to use "orange sticks" all the time when I did tech work on LCD panels because orange wood was very soft and didn't scratch panels up. We actually bought large boxes of them. They are used at nail salons for cuticals etc.

    Im betting harder bamboo sticks would work for this application fine.

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    #100 1 year ago

    My most fav shop tool, I use every day in my shop, a home brew pinball lift with tilt table. Its a modified ATV lift from Harbor Freight https://www.harborfreight.com/1500-lbs-capacity-atvmotorcyc…. I built a wood box on top out of 2x6 and 3/8ths plywood then 2 2x3s as the support, 4 inches longer then a typical cab so i lift by the edges of the cab. And then 2 heavy duty L brackets attached on the ends to work like forks of a forklift. If a game has is standard feet on the but there is enough room to slip underneath a game and then tilt it up into place. A couple of steps on the petal and I have it at the right height for the legs. In the pics Im using it with some rubber mats to protect the sides as I prep a game for painting. Ive had this for about ten years and it is the most used tool in the shop for setting up, moving, tearing down.

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