Do and don't with a pinball.

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Do..

Top up your life insurance when going to Allentown.

Went there with some dude on bald tires one year...that was fun. :shock:

All other years were in the HBV and that is always a deadly experience because the HBV is not a place where the driver cares. :FP:


Do not..

Eat the fried cheese curds in Allentown. I have it on good authority that you will not sh!t for a week.

Offer the produce Nazi at Allentown 2 bucks for a vine of grapes, when he is selling a box of 5 vines for 5 bucks....he does not like taking more $$ than he is asking and will just throw that food in the dumpster.

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twnotter wrote:Never mess with display power wire with power on. I did this, shorted it to the back box door hinge. Little did I know that it was way ovet fused which took out the transformer and high voltage section of the power supply.

A good idea that when you get a new pin, make sure fuses are correct amperage.

Yes the fuses should be checked before even plugging in the game. Over amp fuses will blow things.
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pharoah007 wrote:
quarter grabber wrote:
rocket30 wrote:One of many thing. Do not try to removed or installed a playfield from the machine by yourself, unless your 6'5 and got Arnold pipe, usually the end result is not good. For me some broken plastics. Body system is the way to go.Who is next with a story?
I don't see how this one can be true? I have taken the playfield out of almost all my pins by myself.

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pharoah007 wrote:PIPES!
It's easy when you have T-Rex arms :lol:
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Do...buy everything you want

Don't...ever live in a house where you need to move pins up and down stairs (walk-in basement houses rule)
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When you are a pedestrian and your plan is to bring back the pinball by calling a taxi cab, make sure it make sense or that is easy to find a minivan to bring it back beforehand not to bother the nice seller too much or for too long! ;o) For the record the seller was really awesome, jut look like the newbie I was! ;o)

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Do Not: Take a pin upstairs by yourself with a staircat that has been sitting unplugged for months! Catapulting is sure to follow.

Do: Plug in your staircat after every use!

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Whenever you buy or sell a pin make sure you have all of the parts with it. Especially don't forget the legs. And take your balls out especially if you're doing a 3 Hour drive. So you don't have to listen to all that shit banging around in the back.
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Chris Silver wrote:Whenever you buy or sell a pin make sure you have all of the parts with it. Especially don't forget the legs. And take your balls out especially if you're doing a 3 Hour drive. So you don't have to listen to all that shit banging around in the back.

Don't keep parts you have from a game you sold too long, because you might lose them. ;)
Youv reminded me think of your Af-Tor manual that I still have and I also have 2 bolts for your Af-Tor head Chris.

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twnotter wrote:Never mess with display power wire with power on. I did this, shorted it to the back box door hinge. Little did I know that it was way ovet fused which took out the transformer and high voltage section of the power supply.

A good idea that when you get a new pin, make sure fuses are correct amperage.
Yes, when working on a "new to you" used pin that some possible-idiot has worked on in the past, always start by inspecting EVERY fuse, and restoring to the correct values. Never power on for the first time without checking the fuses!
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ALJO wrote:
Chris Silver wrote:Whenever you buy or sell a pin make sure you have all of the parts with it. Especially don't forget the legs. And take your balls out especially if you're doing a 3 Hour drive. So you don't have to listen to all that shit banging around in the back.

Don't keep parts you have from a game you sold too long, because you might lose them. ;)
Youv reminded me think of your Af-Tor manual that I still have and I also have 2 bolts for your Af-Tor head Chris.
Lol I printed the manual and have aviation grade hardware holding the head. All is good. It's when you forget to bring the legs is when it hurts.
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DodgeThatOne wrote:When you are a pedestrian and your plan is to bring back the pinball by calling a taxi cab, make sure it make sense or that is easy to find a minivan to bring it back beforehand not to bother the nice seller too much or for too long! ;o) For the record the seller was really awesome, jut look like the newbie I was! ;o)

LOLLLLL!!
that was actually pretty cool,very resourceful on your part! :thumbup
that was less work that the last arcade machines i put on top of a Volvo!! :mrgreen: :lol: (another Dont DO!!! )

dont deliver a pin in winter with your pick up truck without the BG on and not having it all wrapped up!
snow got in and shorted the hv PS ! :FP:

actually Dont deliver pins.... Period!

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Azatotht wrote:I think raising the pf of any pins while it's ON is never a good idea..

I blew a bridge rectifier on my BSD by doing so, I assume something shorted cause it rebooted instantly, bad feeling at it's best..
Lowering the PF while the machine's on isn't a great idea either, especially if you forgot where you just put the prop rod. Welcome to Jurassic Spark.

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Don't ever oil your coils... ever. 8-)

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MadTitan wrote:Do Not: Take a pin upstairs by yourself with a staircat that has been sitting unplugged for months! Catapulting is sure to follow.

Do: Plug in your staircat after every use!

I am so glad you survived that, I just cant imagine what you went through. I should sell that dolly before someone gets killed.
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Menace wrote:Don't ever oil your coils... ever. 8-)

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Oh yeah, why? ;) :)

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Has anyone ever got a Charlie horse in their leg while supporting a cabinet with your knee to put on the back legs?
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A good practice after moving a pinball machine by vehicle and setting it up, is to check and make sure all the connectors are seated properly on the boards before firing up. I once had a display I thought was on it's way out but it turned out to be just that.
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Make sure to plug the ground connector back on a system 11 (or any other games for that matter). :FP:

I once sold a game to someone who didn't want me to plug it back in the garage before leaving (I have to remove heads to move games in my stairs). My neighbor is electrician and will help me out.... yes, suuure...

Got a call the next day, all fuses were going out and coils were weak.. had to drive and go have a look. Ground connector was hanging loose... oh well, never sold a game without pluging it back after that.
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Azatotht wrote:I once sold a game to someone who didn't want me to plug it back in the garage before leaving (I have to remove heads to move games in my stairs). My neighbor is electrician and will help me out.... yes, suuure...
DON'T BLAME IT ON THE ELECTRICIAN!

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