(Topic ID: 28788)

Worst hack/repair you ever saw.


By mcclad

8 years ago



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    #2851 76 days ago
    Quoted from DCRand:

    When you absolutely positively don’t want to tilt.
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    That just happens all by itself on one of the machines I have.

    #2852 75 days ago

    Had a couple of plastics with a real ugly fix in my Lord of the Rings..
    Replaced them with new ones (top new, bottom old)

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    #2853 66 days ago

    When a ring is broken and you have to get the machine going.

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    #2854 65 days ago
    Quoted from Billc479:

    When a ring is broken and you have to get the machine going.
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    How big is that ring supposed to be??? Yikes. It looks like the largest ring ever.

    #2855 65 days ago

    It’s a five inch ring used on Gottlieb’s 2001

    #2856 65 days ago
    Quoted from JethroP:

    or cut a wire bundle like this:
    I've actually had two projects where the wires were cut like this rather than unplugged at the connectors in the head box![quoted image]

    That doesn't look that bad... try doing it on a 60's bowler. at least you have color there to help you.

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    #2857 63 days ago

    Cleaned up one WPC power driver board. 7 connectors needed replacement after being switched to "fixed" wiring.

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    #2858 62 days ago

    Someone out there needs their drywall screws back.

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    #2859 62 days ago
    Quoted from Skidave:

    Someone out there needs their drywall screws back.
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    At least that's easily repairable since they were screwed into the holes where the screws are actually supposed to go. Often times, that's not the case

    #2860 62 days ago

    This is the worst repair/hack (6th wire from left) I have performed, cramming some paper into the housing. It is temporary of course. Upon replacing the displays with LED's I had one minor issue, It looks as if the crimp connection is bad as re-tensioning the connector did not help. I Just have to find the edge connector crimps.

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    #2861 62 days ago
    Quoted from sixpakmopar:

    This is the worst repair/hack (6th wire from left) I have performed, cramming some paper into the housing. It is temporary of course. Upon replacing the displays with LED's I had one minor issue, It looks as if the crimp connection is bad as re-tensioning the connector did not help. I Just have to find the edge connector crimps.
    [quoted image]

    That could potentially be a fire hazard.

    #2862 61 days ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    At least that's easily repairable since they were screwed into the holes where the screws are actually supposed to go. Often times, that's not the case

    Yes. The holes were so enlarged. I used the toothpick and wood glue method to fill the holes.

    #2863 60 days ago

    A Whitewater I did up a few years ago. Yes someone had put a post up into the ramp. Must have made for interesting ball travel. And those flipper links and return springs are way too expensive and hard to get. Pulled a flipper coil to replace a sleeve as the plunger was incredibly loose, only to find there was no sleeve provided and the coil fell apart as the bobbin was worn out. Lucky the windings didn't short.

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    #2864 59 days ago
    Quoted from Skidave:

    Someone out there needs their drywall screws back.
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    I could finish a basement with all the drywall screws I’ve seen in pinballs over the years. Those were an operators best friend back in the day.

    #2865 55 days ago

    Not the worse, but nice way to keep the score reels from falling out or scooting back.

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    #2866 55 days ago

    Sometimes the GI is out and you just know what you're gonna find before you even look at it.

    Not the worst, but hilarious this was the fix/result from a full shop out job. I swear as long as some people are in business, I'll never run out of things to fix.

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    #2867 51 days ago
    Quoted from Billc479:

    Not the worse, but nice way to keep the score reels from falling out or scooting back.
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    #2868 49 days ago

    A good use of wire nuts instead of an connector.

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    #2869 49 days ago
    Quoted from Brewchap:

    A good use of wire nuts instead of an connector.
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    That guy must have been a house electrician

    #2870 49 days ago
    Quoted from Brewchap:

    A good use of wire nuts instead of an connector.
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    Ahhh, let me guess.. F-14 Tomcat?

    Looks like a whole pack of wire nuts in that sucker. I wonder; transformer replacement due to bridge failure / harness got burnt up?

    Richard

    #2871 49 days ago

    This threaded hook will work for a leg bolt right?
    Might as well put a nut on the backside as well.

    The cabinet was so rotten it was easiest just to pull the bracket straight through the corner, poor Dolly.

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    #2872 49 days ago
    Quoted from Jahkub:

    This threaded hook will work for a leg bolt right?
    Might as well put a nut on the backside as well.
    The cabinet was so rotten it was easiest just to pull the bracket straight through the corner, poor Dolly.
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    Ingenious, hold on the leg. And give you a place to hang your purse.

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    #2873 48 days ago

    Corroded batt holder, leads soldered directly to battery and covered with silicone and jammed back in holder.

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    #2874 48 days ago
    Quoted from zippydapinhead:

    Corroded batt holder, leads soldered directly to battery and covered with silicone and jammed back in holder.
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    #2875 47 days ago
    Quoted from someotherguy:

    Ahhh, let me guess.. F-14 Tomcat?
    Looks like a whole pack of wire nuts in that sucker. I wonder; transformer replacement due to bridge failure / harness got burnt up?
    Richard

    Yes, it was an F-14 Tomcat.

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    #2876 47 days ago

    “I’m an electrician and I didn’t know how to turn it on/off so I installed my own switch”

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    #2877 47 days ago
    Quoted from goodypin18:

    “I’m an electrician and I didn’t know how to turn it on/off so I installed my own switch”
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    So you're telling me if that guy got the machine with the actual power switch in the off position he would have sold it as "not working"?

    #2878 47 days ago
    Quoted from daveyvandy:

    So you're telling me if that guy got the machine with the actual power switch in the off position he would have sold it as "not working"?

    No idea but he was shocked when I showed him where it was located. His switch was nicely mounted on the back of the machine though lol.

    #2879 47 days ago
    Quoted from Jahkub:

    This threaded hook will work for a leg bolt right?
    Might as well put a nut on the backside as well.
    The cabinet was so rotten it was easiest just to pull the bracket straight through the corner, poor Dolly.
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    Tote bag holder

    #2880 47 days ago

    Nevermind the switch... What's up with the backbox latch? Not saying it's a hack, but why the need to swap to accommodate a padlock?

    Maybe the original got damaged and that was a replacement handy on hand?

    Or was the padlock because they didn't use the bolts in the head?

    #2881 47 days ago
    Quoted from Jahkub:

    This threaded hook will work for a leg bolt right?

    Only if it's on this pin.

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    #2882 47 days ago
    Quoted from goodypin18:

    No idea but he was shocked when I showed him where it was located. His switch was nicely mounted on the back of the machine though lol.

    Maybe he was a time traveler and only played newer Sterns, and he left this as a clue on how to place a switch correctly.

    #2883 47 days ago

    Recent Gottlieb system 80 with battery pack mod. LMAO

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    #2884 46 days ago

    Why rebuild your flipper mech when you can shove a totally different make/footprint that doesn't fit in there? It'll hold fine with 2 screws partially threaded in, promise!

    Bonus points as this flipper coil melted down from the obvious garbage job, popping the solenoid fuse, which caused poor Hardbody to go into hibernation for years.

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    #2885 45 days ago

    The Bally Game Show Not sure what they were trying to do here

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    #2886 45 days ago
    Quoted from koen12344:

    The Bally Game Show Not sure what they were trying to do here
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    That's where my speaker wire got to. LOL

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    #2887 45 days ago

    Worst packaging? Slid out of my hands and onto concrete.. double ouch! Im gonna feel thisone for a while i think..

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    #2888 44 days ago

    Pinbot in for desperately needed service

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    #2889 44 days ago
    Quoted from pinballplusMN:

    Pinbot in for desperately needed service

    I'd love to see the "after' pics when you are done!

    ///Rich

    #2890 44 days ago
    Quoted from eckelpeckel:

    Worst packaging?

    Something similar happened to me but only one display 6 digit, ouch that's painful.

    #2891 44 days ago
    Quoted from CNKay:

    Recent Gottlieb system 80 with battery pack mod. LMAO

    I should explain. The blocking diode is facing the wrong direction so when game was on the batteries where being charged, and regular batteries don't like that.

    This would be a great picture for pin wiki as a DO Not example.

    #2892 44 days ago
    Quoted from jibmums:

    Only if it's on this pin.[quoted image]

    LOL

    #2893 44 days ago
    Quoted from CNKay:

    Something similar happened to me but only one display 6 digit, ouch that's painful.

    Someone shipped me some old Williams displays but didn’t wrap them individually and broke off a couple of the glass nipples ruining the displays. Sad since the glass was nice and had board issues that were easily fixed.

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    #2894 32 days ago

    WTH???

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    #2895 32 days ago
    Quoted from algrande:

    WTH???
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    Looks like a hack to increase the voltage to run an outgassed DMD

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    #2896 31 days ago
    Quoted from algrande:

    WTH???
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    Diode hi five...

    #2897 31 days ago
    Quoted from chad:

    Diode hi five...

    It's a BORAT diode.

    #2898 31 days ago

    Replacing a diode and having to risk solder heat to only leg/pad is my guess. Or just being lazy.

    #2899 31 days ago

    Not pinball related and hopefully never!!

    #2900 31 days ago
    Quoted from algrande:

    WTH???
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    Oh, an RD Network. Covered in Circuits 205....

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