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Worst hack/repair you ever saw.

By mcclad

11 years ago


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    #4001 1 year ago

    Did they use a blow torch heat the shrink wrap?

    #4002 1 year ago

    don't know , that's the way it was when i got the pinball , but i have already replaced the connector since i got it due to some of digits missing from the score displays. whoever did this must have used blowtorch or some big soldering iron.

    #4003 1 year ago
    Quoted from iamdrunker:

    Did they use a blow torch heat the shrink wrap?

    A one-armed blind man with vintage soldering irons.

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    #4004 1 year ago

    maybe those were what was used. looks more like antique blacksmith tools , maybe as early as western era.?

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    #4005 1 year ago
    Quoted from iamdrunker:

    Did they use a blow torch heat the shrink wrap?

    I tried my best with what I have.

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    #4006 1 year ago
    Quoted from GRUMPY:

    I tried my best with what I have.
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    It Burns! It Binds! It Bashes! It Bonds! The world's first and only Soldering Mallet!!

    #4007 1 year ago

    what kind of soldering iron is that? it looks like it has a giant flathead screwdriver tip.

    #4008 1 year ago
    Quoted from Matthew2015:

    maybe those were what was used. looks more like antique blacksmith tools , maybe as early as western era.?

    Those big irons are heated on the flame of an old style gas torch. Used for soldering stained glass windows, auto body work*, sheet metal joining, and other non-electronic things. *Lead alloys are sometimes used as auto body filler and irons like this can smooth it, mold it, etc.

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    #4009 1 year ago
    Quoted from Matthew2015:

    what kind of soldering iron is that? it looks like it has a giant flathead screwdriver tip.

    I just saw somebody on YouTube use that to heat a small circuit board to replace tiny surface mount components. He held the iron on the underside of the board and the components up top were released.

    #4010 1 year ago
    Quoted from iamdrunker:

    Did they use a blow torch to shrink the heat wrap?

    Quoted from sparky672:

    Those big irons are heated on the flame of an old style gas torch. Used for soldering stained glass windows, auto body work*, sheet metal joining, and other non-electronic things. *Lead alloys are sometimes used as auto body filler and irons like this can smooth it, mold it, etc.
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    I never seen a complete blow torch with the iron. Cool stuff man.

    #4011 1 year ago

    This iron speeds up the on the job repairs by soldering all the header pins at the same time. When every second counts, count on this american beauty. It can also be used for self defence!

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    #4012 1 year ago

    it might be fast but not very precise.
    but it would leave a mark if you touch it while its hot , like a branding iron.

    #4013 1 year ago

    "this mpu connector from a black hole pinball is pretty bad."

    I'm thinking he used the drip method? Like they literally poured solder from a tinning cup or something? Wow!

    Shawn

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    #4014 1 year ago

    ChrisHibler posted this on facebook

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    #4015 1 year ago

    i guess 1 wire is not enough for each connector that of bridge connector .

    #4016 1 year ago
    Quoted from sparky672:

    A one-armed blind man with vintage soldering irons.
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    7th grade sheet metal class in the 60s. I learned how to solder with these irons.

    #4017 1 year ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    ChrisHibler posted this on facebook[quoted image]

    is that the 'emperor's chair of yellow snakes'?

    1 week later
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    #4018 1 year ago

    Not the worst I’ve seen but still, there is something to be said for the uniformity of the wire jumpers.

    Gottlieb System 3 Shaq scoreboard

    Chris Hibler - CARGPB #31
    Http://chrishiblerpinball.com/contact
    Thank you for checking out the PinWiki - http://www.PinWiki.com/

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    #4019 1 year ago

    Not clear if the fire came before or after their handy work....

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    #4020 1 year ago

    Spotted this "repair" on a Xenon at a local arcade last weekend.

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    #4021 1 year ago

    that's what happens when you use a wood screw that's too long.
    oh wait.. there's two of them ! ... how did they make the same mistake twice?

    #4022 1 year ago
    Quoted from MisterScappy:

    Spotted this "repair" on a Xenon at a local arcade last weekend.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    Balls will roll it down flush in no time...

    #4023 1 year ago

    I think on the xenon, that was a mod that was intentionally made to reduce play time.

    if your ball is rolling fast, it will probably bounce off of the screw and continue rolling (in some random direction). however, if it's a slow roller, you're going to half to tilt your way out of that predicament. in either case, the operator is going to his money quicker.

    those are the type of games that we intentionally seek out for dollar matches because it screws with everyone equally (but we don't play them more than once

    #4024 1 year ago
    Quoted from John_In_WI:

    Not clear if the fire came before or after their handy work....[quoted image]

    I'd say during.

    #4025 1 year ago
    Quoted from MisterScappy:

    Spotted this "repair" on a Xenon at a local arcade last weekend.

    ...poor mans ball lock...

    #4026 1 year ago
    Quoted from Matthew2015:

    that's what happens when you use a wood screw that's too long.
    oh wait.. there's two of them ! ... how did they make the same mistake twice?

    I spotted 3 screws sticking up through the playfield, but the place is so dark there may have been more.

    #4027 1 year ago

    oh .. i see the third one now , right next to the right flipper. it for sure looks it was done intentionally.

    #4028 1 year ago
    Quoted from MisterScappy:

    Spotted this "repair" on a Xenon at a local arcade last weekend.

    Somebody call Pin Protective Services on that arcade and take them all away!

    #4029 1 year ago
    Quoted from Wylte:

    Somebody call Pin Protective Services on that arcade and take them all away!

    i would hate to see what bad shape the other pinballs are at this arcade.

    #4030 1 year ago

    I'm here to fix your pinball machine.

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    #4031 1 year ago
    Quoted from JethroP:

    I'm here to fix your pinball machine.[quoted image]

    I think it's more like this guy.

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    #4032 1 year ago

    TFTC driver board.

    Note to self : stop buying games that have been routed in Italy.

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    #4033 1 year ago

    I’m taking the hit for this hack, 'cause I just did it. Some Gtbs used stupid rubber caps on post screws to hold the plastics down.

    Not having any, I cut up a rubber ring & drilled a hole for the post with my handy Dremel.

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    #4034 1 year ago
    Quoted from undrdog:

    I’m taking the hit for this hack, 'cause I just did it. Some Gtbs used stupid rubber caps on post screws to hold the plastics down.
    Not having any, I cut up a rubber ring & drilled a hole for the post with my handy Dremel.
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    Rather have anything than the darn non-threaded push down chrome caps. lol

    #4035 1 year ago
    Quoted from koji:

    Rather have anything than the darn non-threaded push down chrome caps. lol

    Bought some. Steve said they were correct. Couldn’t get one on; didn’t see how I’d get it off when needed. Images of my thumb crashing through my vintage plastic as I tried flashed before me.

    #4036 1 year ago
    Quoted from undrdog:

    didn’t see how I’d get it off when needed.

    A socket or nut driver for the speednut and palnut removal tool to hold the post and prevent it from spinning.

    #4037 1 year ago
    Quoted from koji:

    Rather have anything than the darn non-threaded push down chrome caps. lol

    Quoted from undrdog:

    Bought some. Steve said they were correct. Couldn’t get one on; didn’t see how I’d get it off when needed. Images of my thumb crashing through my vintage plastic as I tried flashed before me.

    If it's what I think we're talking about, those make/scratch crude threads as you twist them onto the post. Cannot even imagine the nightmare of pushing them on and pulling them off.

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    Like ForceFlow said, I just use a nut driver or wrench. If they spin in place, I put a tiny thin open end box wrench on the hex post neck under the plastic and push up gently, giving the speed-nut enough grab to start coming off the post. Craftsman makes nice "ignition" wrench sets that are really cute and tiny, but you only need to acquire the one size... ¼" I think.

    You need "thin" more than "tiny" but those two things go hand-in-hand here...

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    #4038 1 year ago
    Quoted from sparky672:

    If it's what I think we're talking about, those make/scratch crude threads as you twist them onto the post. Cannot even imagine the nightmare of pushing them on and pulling them off.
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    Those things are the pits.

    If you like bling, these stainless steel #6 nuts from Amazon look great and are EZ to install.

    https://www.amazon.com/Acorn-Stainless-Finish-Eastlo-Fastener/dp/B083Y37ZCN

    #4039 1 year ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    If you like bling, these stainless steel #6 nuts from Amazon look great and are EZ to install.

    Yes... you just need a die to cut proper 6-32 threads onto the posts. I thought seriously about doing this. Keeping machine original vs. convenience.

    #4040 1 year ago
    Quoted from sparky672:

    just need a die to cut proper threads onto the posts

    #6 threads already on. The weak point is that they are only 2" long and sometimes with a tall plastic post another 1/4" in length would be helpful.

    https://www.pinballlife.com/machine-poststud-530-5010-02.html

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    #4041 1 year ago

    These are not threaded.

    I have a die set. Neat idea.

    #4042 1 year ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    #6 threads already on. The weak point is that they are only 2" long and sometimes with a tall plastic post another 1/4" in length would be helpful.
    https://www.pinballlife.com/machine-poststud-530-5010-02.html

    Those are a nice option. Depending on the diameter of the original posts, cutting threads with a die should be fairly easy. Also depending on the number of posts in the game, might be cheaper to cut new threads.

    #4043 1 year ago

    About 20 posts. These aren’t threaded, they have like one long sloping line winding around. There's room for threads and although stainless acorn caps won’t look as great on DAC as they do on Mystic, it’s a nice solution.

    #4044 1 year ago
    Quoted from undrdog:

    they have like one long sloping line winding around.

    That's the "thread" made by the acorn speed-nut.

    #4045 1 year ago
    Quoted from sparky672:

    If it's what I think we're talking about, those make/scratch crude threads as you twist them onto the post. Cannot even imagine the nightmare of pushing them on and pulling them off.
    [quoted image]
    Like ForceFlow said, I just use a nut driver or wrench. If they spin in place, I put a tiny thin open end box wrench on the hex post neck under the plastic and push up gently, giving the speed-nut enough grab to start coming off the post. Craftsman makes nice "ignition" wrench sets that are really cute and tiny, but you only need to acquire the one size... ¼" I think.
    You need "thin" more than "tiny" but those two things go hand-in-hand here...
    [quoted image]

    Titan’s “Pinwrench” is the perfect tool for the job:

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    https://www.titanpinball.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=24&product_id=152

    #4046 1 year ago
    Quoted from PlanetExpress:

    Titan’s “Pinwrench” is the perfect tool for the job

    Looks perfect. But if one already has a set of ignition wrenches on hand, they are thin enough to work as well.

    #4047 1 year ago
    Quoted from sparky672:

    That's the "thread" made by the acorn speed-nut

    Makes sense. The weird part is, this machine used rubber caps. I’m the one that was going to switch to speed nuts.

    #4048 1 year ago

    Those are called pal nuts. No threads are needed for them.

    #4049 1 year ago
    Quoted from undrdog:

    Bought some. Steve said they were correct. Couldn’t get one on; didn’t see how I’d get it off when needed. Images of my thumb crashing through my vintage plastic as I tried flashed before me.

    I am helping a friend get his Gottlieb Haunted House up and running after years of sitting idle. There must be 30 of those pal nuts. Most were miserable to remove. I told him, we should try the rubber post caps that were common with other early SS machines. He went with black and so far, it has been fine. I did keep the pal nuts for certain areas like wire gates that didn't have screws to hold them in place.

    #4050 1 year ago
    Quoted from Drewscruis:

    Those are called pal nuts. No threads are needed for them.

    "Palnut" is a brand name and they make all kinds.

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