(Topic ID: 28788)

Worst hack/repair you ever saw.


By mcclad

7 years ago



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    #223 5 years ago
    Quoted from tezting:

    I bought a Getaway where the previous owner had a problem with a transistor.
    But why buy the correct transistor when you can do this and make it work in some way

    "non-integrated circuit"

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    #270 5 years ago
    Quoted from dothedoo:

    Lifted the playfield of my friend's Space Shuttle tonight and found this......oy...

    I see the problem. There's a cold solder joint.... follow the red wire
    faz

    #284 5 years ago
    Quoted from tezting:

    paperclip between two ramps

    That's used by players to hold notes on how to make that shot. I ALWAYS scatter snippets of the ruleset across the playfield.

    faz

    1 week later
    #288 5 years ago
    Quoted from jwinn1812:

    I have no clue on this Fish Tales green target.

    The target is a LIE

    faz

    2 weeks later
    #308 5 years ago
    Quoted from indypinhead:

    I guess they were all out of t-nuts....LOL

    Looks "nuts" to me

    But look on the bright side. If you ever wanted to sheetrock the underside of your playfield, this mod will totally support it

    faz

    1 week later
    #318 5 years ago
    Quoted from blue95:

    Here's the 'replacement third flipper' they used on my Stern Dracula

    Getting those drop targets must be a treat. There's a lot of skill using the ricochet from the pop into the rubber to drop the target.

    Were any of the flipper guts still present or did they leave you a void under the PF?

    not fun
    faz

    1 month later
    #330 5 years ago
    Quoted from LilRocky:

    modded the plunger with aluminum foil

    Just "aluminum foil" or Quality HD Reynolds Wrap.... if they went to the extra effort to use the good stuff, I'd give them a pass

    faz

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    2 months later
    #377 4 years ago
    Quoted from reynolds531:

    : close up, nice glue gun work

    Obviously came from an OP in California.

    This is a quality "Inertial Dampener" ... for earthquakes
    faz

    #393 4 years ago
    Quoted from Big70:

    a wood block exactly the size of the Big Hole

    DODONNA
    The approach will not be easy. You are required to maneuver straight down this trench and skim the surface to this point. The target area is only two inches wide. It's a small thermal exhaust port, right below the main port. The shaft leads directly to the reactor system. A precise hit will start a chain reaction which should destroy the death-plug.

    A murmur of disbelief runs through the room.

    DODONNA
    Only a precise hit will set up a chain reaction. The shaft is ray-shielded, so you'll have to use proton torpedoes.

    Luke is sitting next to Wedge Antilles, a hotshot operator about sixteen years old.

    WEDGE
    That's impossible, even for a computer.

    LUKE
    It's not impossible. I used to bull's-eye coin ejects in the sixties back home. They're not much bigger than two inches.

    .....

    You have your mission.... get to it!

    (How'd it turn out? )
    faz

    2 weeks later
    #398 4 years ago

    Someone soldered with a blow torch

    #417 4 years ago
    Quoted from Mrjamma:

    I did once find 2 #8 machine screws jammed into a double fuse holder.

    That baby'll never blow!

    Challenge accepted!

    faz

    5 months later
    #562 4 years ago
    Quoted from jboner1058:

    Why replace this connector on the power supply when you can just use a zip tie?

    Looks "factory" to me

    faz

    1 month later
    #574 4 years ago
    Quoted from schudel5:

    Working on a TFTC for someone and came across this 'transistor bridge'. Surprisingly it works.

    This reminds me of a buddy that bought a 100 year old house. Slowly he gut the whole place and made it beautiful...but he tore every room, every wall out and rebuilt it.

    I said, "So, you bought a 100 year old front door knob....and you're building a new house around it".

    He replied, "We already replaced the door knob".

    I'm thinking the zip tie is "original" and worth saving the rest
    faz

    #586 4 years ago
    Quoted from Ralph67:

    Fuse(s) found on a Stern/LAI Cosmic Princess. Both look okay! I won't be re-using them though

    I'm assuming they are to 10A fuses for that 20A clip. But, does that work? Feels like 10+10 != 20.

    faz

    1 month later
    #607 4 years ago
    Quoted from Mitch:

    they fixed it wit a piece of metal, coat hanger, broken plastic and two screws.

    Duct tape can get expensive
    faz

    4 weeks later
    #622 3 years ago
    Quoted from jwwhite15:

    Can you see the problem?

    Yea! Obvi... clearly the "PORN" circuit is the blue wire... he labeled it "R".... heh heh.. what a doof.

    faz

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    1 week later
    #640 3 years ago
    Quoted from tadowhere:

    Some things I found in tftc The hot glue for the winner!

    I don't know.... that looks like "original" electrical tape.

    Let me check the schematic and manual

    Why would would you keep those old pins from a failed housing.... unless, he crimped the pins, then taped them on... LOL!

    Hack-tas-tic!
    faz

    #648 3 years ago

    I'm really curious. I don't understand the cluster of diodes in the center of that mess.

    The two on top appear to be wired in parallel. What does that do?

    faz

    3 weeks later
    #674 3 years ago
    Quoted from Mk1Mod0:

    Why buy plastic when a toothpick will do? Brilliant! Seems to be a running theme in this pin...

    Be glad the OP went for a toothpick (is it mint flavored? ). Could have been a lime wedge

    Quoted from jsyjay:

    Someone had drilled three screws into the bottom of the mini playfield for some strange reason!

    I think the clue is the dark dirt pattern. Something repeatedly dragged across that section.

    This looks like a standoff to block whatever rubbed. Perhaps a cable chase?

    faz

    #678 3 years ago

    I saw the pic of the power strip in the pool on a EE hack/site.

    Holy Cow I PRAY that was NOT real.... that table would poke holes in the bottom of the pool
    faz

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    #690 3 years ago

    I've totally seen this before...

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    3 weeks later
    #702 3 years ago

    Tick... Tick ... Tick... <Bomb counting down>

    Ok, now you need to cut the yellow/green wire.

    WHAT EVER YOU DO DON'T CUT THE GREEN/YELLOW WIRE!!!!

    Snip
    <Boom>

    #711 3 years ago

    Thar's some bonus with that board.... free fuzz on the batteries.
    faz

    #725 3 years ago
    Quoted from Pugsley:

    Just posting some useful info:

    LOL!!!

    faz

    #737 3 years ago
    Quoted from barakandl:

    im guessing an active component in the reset section failed and that is how they decided to fix it.

    With a piece of duct tape?!?! Man... that stuff fixes EVERYTHING!!!
    Or is the blue jumper what is being protected??
    faz

    3 months later
    #810 3 years ago
    Quoted from markp99:

    I found a couple wire nuts in my previously routed JP. Not terrible, but soon replaced.

    beats hot glue and duct tape...

    4 months later
    #887 3 years ago
    Quoted from Mitch:

    Riverboat gambler I picked up.

    Gold lamp cord... Fancy!

    2 months later
    #973 2 years ago
    Quoted from mayuh:

    No idea who did that to a Firepower, but amazingly this soldering art piece made by an evil genius works and kept the machine alive...

    I saw this last week at the Art Institute of Chicago ... that's Jackson Pollock's work... yes?
    faz

    #976 2 years ago
    Quoted from arcademojo:

    She's not going to be happy!

    She can wear a hat WHILE playing SG. Once she gets into Sandstorm... she won't care

    #980 2 years ago
    Quoted from arcademojo:

    Seriously, I tried contacting Steve Young but you know how the "WHAT'S THE PART #" thing went. I just need to find the part number. I'm sure they have one.

    You did not say you needed part #'s

    I'll look tonight.
    faz

    #983 2 years ago
    Quoted from arcademojo:

    Seriously, I tried contacting Steve Young but you know how the "WHAT'S THE PART #" thing went. I just need to find the part number. I'm sure they have one.

    Check your other thread... pics there.
    faz

    #988 2 years ago
    Quoted from bbriese:

    Spend about $2 and replace the pins and connector on my Diner GI circuit? Heck no, i got dees-nuts to connect the wires.

    The zip ties make it right.
    faz

    1 week later
    #1004 2 years ago
    Quoted from 64bsstp:

    Got this one to repair recently. Still laughing.

    Is that a "High Voltage" circuit?
    faz

    #1007 2 years ago

    Perhaps a cooling tower...

    2 months later
    #1101 2 years ago
    Quoted from ChrisHibler:

    Speaking of fuse holders

    Penthouse fuse! Classy.

    faz

    2 weeks later
    #1149 2 years ago

    rubber baby buggy bumpers...

    1 week later
    #1191 2 years ago
    Quoted from uncivil_engineer:

    This reminds me of what I found in my Street Fighter 2 when I first got it home...

    Yikes! How the heck is that flipper rubber still on the game? It's got more dimples than the golf ball!

    faz

    #1204 2 years ago
    Quoted from klr650:

    You are looking at the World's Easiest Slick Chick. Keep in mind, the playfield has no outlanes...

    But the gobble hole is actually a micro-black hole so having to fight that gravitational force is a compensation for no outlanes.

    Hmm... they did not put 3" flippers on the game.. or a ball-save... perhaps you can add those
    faz

    1 month later
    #1271 2 years ago

    Ball cleaning mod?
    faz

    2 weeks later
    #1320 2 years ago

    Hmmm I thought that was duct tape. "Real Aluminum"... I'm impressed

    2 months later
    #1375 2 years ago
    Quoted from Colsond3:

    that metal clip inadvertently touching or bridging those coil lugs might add a whole new lightshow to that game!!

    The tilt mech was missing. This little gem reminds the user not to tilt the game... you know, 50V through the lock-down bar.


    2 months later
    #1484 2 years ago
    Quoted from Travish:

    At least they're not holding it by the element.

    That's Jean Grey... she melts the solder with her mind.. on the backside of the board. Then uses the tip of the iron as a heat sink to protect components. Obviously...

    Makes perfect sense.
    faz

    Although... I just don't see how she's maintaining ground... perhaps an ankle strap... hmm

    2 weeks later
    #1552 2 years ago
    Quoted from Pinballer22:

    Cv sound board, must have run out of he correct size fuses!

    Is that a remote leg-bolt holder?

    Good safety tip! Keep it off the board
    faz

    4 weeks later
    #1623 1 year ago
    Quoted from Colsond3:

    I have some tape

    That was tape from the NIB crate... so "factory" for sure.

    1 month later
    #1681 1 year ago

    I can see why it's not working; that screw is a little short

    faz

    7 months later
    #1886 1 year ago
    Quoted from ibuypinballs:

    Why even have fuses installed?

    Faraday Cage... keep that EM field under control....

    But on to your question.... The fuses are clearly holding the wires in place

    6 months later
    #2059 9 months ago
    Quoted from Mad_Dog_Coin_Op:

    Hey, it bothered me.

    ok... I'll bite. My electronics kung-fu is weak... that said, I thought a burnt resister was basically a short. How did that piggy back thing add any value to the circuit. Or did the resister completely burn through (open).

    I like your more elegant repair.

    Thanks,
    faz

    7 months later
    #2342 59 days ago
    Quoted from sohchx:

    Hack? Or nah?

    At this point you might as well add three more. One centered between the 20 light and shoot again and two more filling the gap between the other posts.

    You'll never SDTM drain again!
    faz

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