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Worst hack/repair you ever saw.

By mcclad

9 years ago


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    #3551 47 days ago

    Well, these didn’t work under the pops- you couldn’t see any color difference between the pops, just dim pops.

    #3552 47 days ago

    I bought an Elivra House of Horrors, and the previous owner told me the Deadhead Crypt was finnicky. Sure enough, when I got it, it would sometimes turn into place, sometimes not.

    He mentioned something about using locktite on one of the screws, so I opened it up and looked inside to see what the problem was.

    See where that washer and star washer are? Those were on the table floor when I got it, but the screw was still locktited to the housing behind the actual arm that moves the post like trying to fasten a donut to a table by drilling a screw in the hole.

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    #3553 47 days ago

    Looks like a job for locktite!

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    #3554 47 days ago

    I just had to heat and muscle the Allen nuts loose on a pair of flippers. Looked like black locktite. Because you never would need to break down the flippers on a game, right?

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    #3555 40 days ago

    Hey the game is grounded.

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    #3556 34 days ago
    Quoted from danczaz:

    A lot going on here!
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    I think "Castillo" wants his inspected by label back.

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    #3557 34 days ago

    Yup who knew pennies fit in pf inserts. 3 of them with a piece of scotch tape to the pf. Bulb was still working.

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    #3558 34 days ago

    OMG I love that so much, it might be one of my favorite things I've ever seen on this site, let alone this thread (yeah there's something wrong with me, so what).

    Assuming it comes from back in the day ('94 apparently) when someone had no clue that "missing plastic thing" was called an insert or where to get one, it's quite clever, especially in a spot where it won't divert the ball or perhaps even need to be lit.

    And heck, a penny is way cheaper than a new insert + shipping anyway too so, that's almost genius!

    I'd be so tempted to do that to a beater game and seal it under clear just to see people scratch their heads

    #3559 34 days ago

    GIC - if you do that, be sure to post pics.

    I remember years ago at a bar, they had coins under the varnish or clear. It was always cheap fun to see someone trying to pick up their change on the bar. The drunker they were, the harder they tried to pick up the coins.

    #3560 33 days ago

    When I worked at 7-11, we had a nickel or dime glued to the floor near the front door.
    It was just our lousy entertainment watching 2 or 3 people a day try to pick it up.

    #3561 33 days ago

    They used to make a wood screw with a coin on the head for that.

    #3562 33 days ago

    i'm so old I don't bend down for anything less than a buck........

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    #3563 31 days ago

    Who needs a credit button when you got two nails and some wire!

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    #3564 31 days ago

    Apart from making unnecessary holes in cabinet, actually quite clever compared to the usual doorbell button.

    #3565 31 days ago

    I have one where they used wood screws to do the same thing.

    #3566 31 days ago

    That's spectacular. Awesome solder job too. 5 stars.

    We really should have a vote for the top 10 hacks in this thread. Some of them are amazing on a number of levels.

    #3567 31 days ago
    Quoted from ringonu:

    Who needs a credit button when you got two nails and some wire!
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    Very clever. Does your finger give it enough juice or you need some metal?

    #3568 31 days ago

    You can also install one single nail anywhere on the cabinet and hook to a touch sensitive switch. I have done this on several applications. Hidden nail head....you know where to touch and you get credits! People think it's magic!

    #3569 31 days ago

    "Alexa, Start Jurassic Park"

    Easy to do with $5 Wifi PCB that talks to Alexa, and provides a momentary switch closure. "Look Ma, no hands or holes in my cabinet!"

    #3570 31 days ago
    Quoted from aobrien5:

    Very clever. Does your finger give it enough juice or you need some metal?

    The nails are so rusted it doesn’t seem to work. I bridged them with a screwdriver and got nothing. Works when i do the same across the inside wires.

    I may clean them up and hammer them in then use a coin or washer pressed against them to add credits. Keep it in the coin return.

    Fill and sand if I end up fixing the cab

    #3571 31 days ago

    I assumed the nails might be loose enough that you could pull them out a little and touch them together.

    #3572 31 days ago

    Nope, they are tight. Numerous other hacks in the backbox but those are a dime a dozen

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    #3573 31 days ago

    Not the worst, but funny that someone bought a new box of copper crush sleeves to repair the rubbers… came with the Jacks Open I picked up:

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    #3574 28 days ago
    Quoted from PlanetExpress:

    Not the worst, but funny that someone bought a new box of copper crush sleeves to repair the rubbers… came with the Jacks Open I picked up:[quoted image]

    What a waste, since by the time they break, they need to be replaced anyway. Maybe copper was cheaper than rubber that year?

    #3575 28 days ago
    Quoted from PlanetExpress:

    Not the worst, but funny that someone bought a new box of copper crush sleeves to repair the rubbers… came with the Jacks Open I picked up:[quoted image]

    My thought is they made a 3" out of a 2" hence the 2 sleeves. I wonder what the ring size is that's molded in the rubber.

    #3576 28 days ago
    Quoted from PlanetExpress:

    Not the worst, but funny that someone bought a new box of copper crush sleeves to repair the rubbers… came with the Jacks Open I picked up:[quoted image]

    Lol they made do with what they had on hand lol

    #3577 28 days ago
    Quoted from PlanetExpress:

    Not the worst, but funny that someone bought a new box of copper crush sleeves to repair the rubbers… came with the Jacks Open I picked up:[quoted image]

    Hate to think what they'd do if their condom broke.

    #3578 28 days ago
    Quoted from iamdrunker:

    My thought is they made a 3" out of a 2" hence the 2 sleeves. I wonder what the ring size is that's molded in the rubber.

    I think you’re correct, as some of the bigger bands were replaced with hair ties they braided together, so they may have used some of the big bands to make little bands. If that’s the case, they must have cut it wrong once, hence the second splice.

    #3579 27 days ago

    Definitely not that bad but sad to see

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    #3580 26 days ago
    Quoted from Knxwledge:

    Definitely not that bad but sad to see[quoted image]

    I guess drywall screws are not just used for drywall after all lol

    #3581 26 days ago

    Couldn’t even be bothered to get stainless.

    #3582 26 days ago
    Quoted from undrdog:

    Couldn’t even be bothered to get stainless.

    I guess everyone has drywall screws on hand

    #3583 26 days ago

    From that same White Water. Otherwise pretty nice game. Customer wants all new ramps, boulders, plastic set, topper plastic
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    #3584 26 days ago

    And now you have to build a drywall cab aswell?

    #3585 26 days ago
    Quoted from Williampinball:

    I guess drywall screws are not just used for drywall after all lol

    The guy had a little class. Those are deck screws, not drywall screws.

    #3586 26 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    Those are deck screws, not drywall screws.

    Phillips head deck screws are antique now. T20 & T25 Torx are the current standard.

    #3587 26 days ago
    Quoted from Knxwledge:

    From that same White Water. Otherwise pretty nice game. Customer wants all new ramps, boulders, plastic set, topper plastic
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    Clamps, glue, finish nailer, actual tiny head drywall screws, super glue, interior blocks? I mean, come ooonnnn man, there are so many alternatives to the biggest fat head screw laying around your work bench.

    #3588 26 days ago
    Quoted from tomdrum:

    Phillips head deck screws are antique now. T20 & T25 Torx are the current standard.

    Thompson Head are quite popular too.

    #3589 26 days ago

    Lol it keeps getting better. Gotta keep that game earning!!
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    #3590 26 days ago
    Quoted from Knxwledge:

    Lol it keeps getting better. Gotta keep that game earning!!
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    I'm going to go hug my WH20.

    #3591 26 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    The guy had a little class. Those are deck screws, not drywall screws.

    I haven't seen them in so long wow

    #3592 26 days ago

    Hole in the playfield too big for the screw? Put pieces of a zip tie down the hole
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    #3593 26 days ago
    Quoted from Knxwledge:

    Hole in the playfield too big for the screw? Put pieces of a zip tie down the hole
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    Wow that's a good one I guess use what u have lol

    #3594 26 days ago
    Quoted from daveyvandy:

    I'm going to go hug my WH20.

    Give it a kiss for me, love me some WH2O

    #3595 26 days ago
    Quoted from Knxwledge:

    Hole in the playfield too big for the screw? Put pieces of a zip tie down the hole
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    Dude must have used up all his toothpicks and Elmer's glue.

    Richard

    #3596 25 days ago

    That busted switch mount on the ramp on WH20 is really common. The ball catches air going around the turnaround and hits the switch instead of passing below it. You'll know this is happening if a good shot up that ramp either gets returned back to you, or slows down considerably.

    There's a deflector above the turnaround section on the ramp, which you can just barely see part of it in the top of that pictures. The common fix is to take the spacer off the rightmost screw, which directs the ball back down into the ramp a lot better, and prevents the impact into the switch mount.

    -Hans

    #3597 25 days ago

    The big kahuna of fuck-ups on this White Water... custom made blue steel piece to the entrance of the mini-playfield. Luckily the adhesive was very weak and came off with some Goo-Gone.
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    All to cover a divet that ended up being recreated in the blusteel. I think Im just gonna put mylar over the divet because to do it right (strip the old mylar, fill the divet, paint the divet), would be way past what the customer wants to spend
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    #3598 24 days ago
    Quoted from daveyvandy:

    I'm going to go hug my WH20.

    I'm mentally hugging this one.

    #3599 24 days ago

    70+ pages of this thread makes me wonder why we haven't seen a building construction based game where you wouldn't be able to tell what was intentionally put in the game by the designer and what was an aftermarket, on route hack

    this is an opportunity just waiting to be exploited

    #3600 23 days ago

    The new bendable screw for those that need to just force it to fit.

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