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Worst hack/repair you ever saw.

By mcclad

11 years ago


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    #4501 3 months ago
    Quoted from JethroP:

    I just use a plastic milk crate for the little kids to stand on. Strong, sturdy, and cheap!

    And when the kids grow, they can still enjoy the machine. I never understood chopping up a machine when a little one could use a stool, step, or platform. Non-destructive and adaptable.

    #4502 3 months ago
    Quoted from RichWolfson:

    Maybe he wanted the grandchildren to enjoy it more?
    ///Me

    "to allow the machine to fit in the basement".........

    #4503 3 months ago
    Quoted from JethroP:

    I just use a plastic milk crate for the little kids to stand on. Strong, sturdy, and cheap!

    I have a folding step stool as my little visitors come in all sizes! And I love watching them "play the silver ball". Sometimes we have "upside down day" and I pay them a quarter for each game. If I could spend my retirement on that, I would.

    And of course the game is on free play but if they want a do-over, they don't get paid for that.

    ///Me

    #4504 3 months ago
    Quoted from RichWolfson:

    And I love watching them "play the silver ball".

    I love watching kids too. Friends bring their grandchildren over and all my games are on freeplay. Played my first pinball when i was a teenager, and coming up with a dollar or two (max) for some pinball was a stretch. Boy, if only I had a neighbor that had pinball machines on freeplay when I was kid !

    #4505 3 months ago

    Hacks from Stern itself . Nothing is off the table for making repairs.

    https://sternpinball.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Stern-ShakerMotorAdvisory.pdf

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    https://sternpinball.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Stern-SB190revB.pdf

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    https://sternpinball.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Stern-SB189.pdf

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    #4506 3 months ago
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    #4507 3 months ago

    So along the lines of operators doing whatever it takes to keep a game going. Have friends where the wife was just diagnosed with ALS. Their game had been down for a couple months. She really wants her grandkids to be able to play Thanksgiving Day. They are over an hour away. So my attitude was whatever it takes to get it going. Along with three other problems being fixed, did the attached hack myself. Game works, and if just through Turkey Day till I can replace the board, that’s ok.

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    #4508 3 months ago
    Quoted from DCRand:

    So along the lines of operators doing whatever it takes to keep a game going. Have friends where the wife was just diagnosed with ALS. Their game had been down for a couple months. She really wants her grandkids to be able to play Thanksgiving Day. They are over an hour away. So my attitude was whatever it takes to get it going. Along with three other problems being fixed, did the attached hack myself. Game works, and if just through Turkey Day till I can replace the board, that’s ok.
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    Why replace the board? Your fix is fine and not a hack.

    The wipers don't make contact in that area. That trace likely fried due to overfusing or a short-circuit caused by accident (such as a fastener falling across blades on a relay or solder splash etc....

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    #4509 3 months ago

    A little tougher game now.

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    #4510 3 months ago

    Bally EBDL

    Owner try to repair some bad connectors, but "apparently" he don't know how (crimp or insert those idc), and of course the pinball start to do strange things like sound/speech erratic, lamps blinking (or not blinking at all), solenoids not working, unwanted resets... pics tells why that happened, so...

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    ... really he did the same to the all connectors, so I had to replace all... AGAIN!

    #4511 3 months ago

    Saw this on Criminal Minds S10E8 hopefully that’s just a decal or something

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    #4512 71 days ago

    This is a cool hack. What's ironic is it still has the plastic cover on the pcb board. 95% are missing on games I work on or laying in the back of cabinet.

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    #4513 71 days ago
    Quoted from EJS:

    Saw this on Criminal Minds S10E8 hopefully that’s just a decal or something
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    Or a prop cabinet that was designed that way and never had the "ripped off" part

    #4514 70 days ago
    Quoted from pinballplusMN:

    This is a cool hack. What's ironic is it still has the plastic cover on the pcb board. 95% are missing on games I work on or laying in the back of cabinet. [quoted image]

    Is that an old school glass fuse?

    #4515 70 days ago
    Quoted from masterX244:

    Or a prop cabinet that was designed that way and never had the "ripped off" part

    I work in TV and can tell you, they're not building a new cabinet to greek out old designs. That's probably washable (if you're lucky) paint sprayed on the side of a Whirlwind.

    #4516 70 days ago
    Quoted from play_pinball:

    I work in TV and can tell you, they're not building a new cabinet to greek out old designs. That's probably washable (if you're lucky) paint sprayed on the side of a Whirlwind.

    Looks like they may have done the same on the trans-light.

    #4517 70 days ago

    What? You went TV for the glamor and stay for the money

    #4518 70 days ago

    There's two greeked pins on a set about 50 yards from my office but if I posted pictures Paramount could get mad at me. Both Williams EMs. Shangri-La and Suspense, iirc.

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    #4519 53 days ago

    I picked up a Lost World project, they it was working until some smoke came out. F4 had a 25 amp fuse in it, might be something to do with hole burned in board by the bridge.
    Some nice wiring hacks also.

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    #4520 53 days ago
    Quoted from Sputnik:

    I picked up a Lost World project, they it was working until some smoke came out. F4 had a 25 amp fuse in it, might be something to do with hole burned in board by the bridge.
    Some nice wiring hacks also.
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    Like the old fuse 5-packs say: "Electricity's Safety Valve"....

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    #4521 53 days ago
    Quoted from Sputnik:

    I picked up a Lost World project, they it was working until some smoke came out. F4 had a 25 amp fuse in it, might be something to do with hole burned in board by the bridge.
    Some nice wiring hacks also.
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    Lol. That's nicely hacked. Also, the date code on the cap from the sound board is 7813. As in 13th week of 1978! Enjoy the project.

    #4522 53 days ago
    Quoted from Sputnik:

    I picked up a Lost World project, they it was working until some smoke came out. F4 had a 25 amp fuse in it, might be something to do with hole burned in board by the bridge.
    Some nice wiring hacks also.
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    Holy cow, I've never seen a 25 A fuse. Lucky the whole house didn't burn down.

    #4523 53 days ago

    The 25 amp fuse did not open. The transformer must have been hot, some potting compound dripped out. I hope the transformer lived thru it.
    I was impressed with the wires just wrapped around the test points.

    #4524 52 days ago
    Quoted from kevmad:

    Holy cow, I've never seen a 25 A fuse. Lucky the whole house didn't burn down.

    sure you have. it's also known by its more common name, the 10 penny nail

    #4525 46 days ago

    Someone installed a second switch to an F-14's start button. This second switch adds credits, wiring from left coin chute used for this second switch. So pushing the start button starts a new game and also adds a credit. Early version of free play? Quite ingenious. I never would have thought of that.

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    #4526 46 days ago
    Quoted from kevmad:

    Early version of free play? Quite ingenious.

    Basically the same concept with the Gottlieb System 80 free-play mod. Except instead of adding a second a switch, the existing start button is wired into one of the coin/credit switches so pushing the button simultaneously starts the game and adds a new credit.

    https://www.pinwiki.com/wiki/index.php/Gottlieb_System_80#Free_Play_for_System_80_Games

    #4527 45 days ago
    Quoted from kevmad:

    Someone installed a second switch to an F-14's start button. This second switch adds credits, wiring from left coin chute used for this second switch. So pushing the start button starts a new game and also adds a credit. Early version of free play? Quite ingenious. I never would have thought of that.[quoted image]

    It's not uncommon. I've seen it a few times, and I've had to do it a few times on older games.

    #4528 45 days ago
    Quoted from kevmad:

    Someone installed a second switch to an F-14's start button. This second switch adds credits, wiring from left coin chute used for this second switch. So pushing the start button starts a new game and also adds a credit. Early version of free play? Quite ingenious. I never would have thought of that.[quoted image]

    I did something similar when I was a kid when got a Galaga machine at auction when the Chuck E. Cheese in town closed. Years later I felt like a big dummy finding out there were dip switches on the mainboard I could have used to set it to free play.

    #4529 45 days ago

    What makes the machine wait until the credit is registered before trying to start a game? Or you press it twice?

    #4530 45 days ago
    Quoted from kevmad:Someone installed a second switch to an F-14's start button. This second switch adds credits, wiring from left coin chute used for this second switch. So pushing the start button starts a new game and also adds a credit. Early version of free play? Quite ingenious. I never would have thought of that.[quoted image]

    What a hack, couldn't they find a doorbell to screw to the front of the cabinet for credits?!

    #4531 45 days ago
    Quoted from undrdog:

    What makes the machine wait until the credit is registered before trying to start a game? Or you press it twice?

    It starts as soon as a credit is available when the button is still pressed in.

    #4532 45 days ago

    Really? The screw was in the bottom of the cabinet.

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    #4533 45 days ago
    Quoted from Billc479:

    Really? The screw was in the bottom of the cabinet.
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    Really why would u do that lol

    #4534 45 days ago

    They where out of zip ties.

    #4535 45 days ago
    Quoted from Sputnik:

    They where out of zip ties.

    I guess so lol use what’s on hand

    #4536 45 days ago

    Repairing games in the 80s, had to keep quarters rolling in.

    #4537 45 days ago
    Quoted from jpinb:

    Repairing games in the 80s, had to keep quarters rolling in.

    Yup get it up and running ASAP make more money no time too get parts use what u have

    #4538 45 days ago
    Quoted from Billc479:

    Really? The screw was in the bottom of the cabinet.
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    Usually, the threade were stripped in the flipper base plate.

    #4539 44 days ago
    Quoted from Billc479:Really? The screw was in the bottom of the cabinet.
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    Ouch.

    #4540 44 days ago

    I see 3 screws holding that base plate down.

    Which one are you talking about?

    #4541 44 days ago

    The metal screw holding the flipper coil stop, it’s too long and went all the way thru the playfield. To add further insult, the wavy washer that helps to keep the coil tight was also in the bottom of the cabinet.

    #4542 44 days ago
    Quoted from pinballplusMN:

    Noticed the game worked with fuseholder missing. Figured out what.
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    Couldn't find a 100 amp fuse.

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    #4543 38 days ago

    Time for some freeplay. Grab the chisel and saw. Feet were in socks on the floor which was a first.

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    #4544 38 days ago
    Quoted from pinballplusMN:

    Time for some freeplay. Grab the chisel and saw.

    WOW! Tell me that wasn't more work than just fixing it right!

    #4545 38 days ago
    Quoted from pinballplusMN:

    Time for some freeplay. Grab the chisel and saw. Feet were in socks on the floor which was a first.
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    obviously! why would you want to mess up the new carpeting with crusty legs when you can protect them with 2 pairs of socks (because heaven forbid you actually clean the legs and add new levelers to them.

    #4546 37 days ago

    Don’t be ridiculous. Everyone knows you soak the socks in oil before you put them on. That’s how you keep the rust from getting into your freshly cleaned levelers.

    #4547 36 days ago
    Quoted from pinballplusMN:

    Time for some freeplay. Grab the chisel and saw. Feet were in socks on the floor which was a first.
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    Picked up a super star, not that I was looking, it was close and cheap. Came with angle iron legs, no feet, no levelers, just angle iron.

    #4548 36 days ago
    Quoted from pjflyer:

    Came with angle iron legs, no feet, no levelers, just angle iron.

    Needs socks.

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    #4549 29 days ago

    Is this the worst? Nah. Is it maybe the laziest or saddest? It's up there.

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    #4550 29 days ago
    Quoted from statictrance:

    Is this the worst? Nah. Is it maybe the laziest or saddest? It's up there.
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    Some people can’t solder, that's all....

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