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Pinball tools of choice,

 

Hey all,

have listed some of my basic hand tools here for repairs/maintenance, will continue to add more,

 

If your doing orders online with any of the pinball vendors always check out the Tool section, be surprised how cheap some items are,

some of these are cheap as from markets & car swap meets,

 

Feel free to add & post some pics up :cool:

 

T-Handle punch down tool IDC) .156" & .100"

fuse removal tool

insert or extract wire from IDC lamps sockets

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%201_zps7idjai8n.jpg

 

Magnetic Hex Drive bit holder extension 1/4", 25mm, 60mm, 300mm overkill,

stumpy & jewelers Phillips S/D, allen key bits 5/32 common,

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%202_zpsmbxepfny.jpg

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%203_zpsqanqtnv2.jpg

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%207_zps4unxa5xr.jpg

 

T handle for the allen key bits, ace for the end stops, don't use that crappy allen key, needs to be tight :laugh:

quality 1/4 socket driver, bunch of sockets, if you can get a cheap 1/4 socket you can grind down the outer wall to thin it out to fit in those tight places, 3/16 also, some micro switches & ones on a stern trough,

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%205_zps8olj6647.jpg

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%204_zpsclscvuko.jpg

 

Bunch of spanners, 3/8 is common, don't use a open ender to tighten up the nuts on the flipper bat, these need to be super tight,

your 9mm you never use will be handy also,

3/8 X 7/16 shorty single hex is ace doing up flipper bat nuts, had this left over from doing up extractor/header bolts up :blink:

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%209_zpsjxc926uo.jpg

 

Pliers, long nose, side cutters etc, normal size & mini versions, make up cutters are great to cut back the zip ties all the way so no daggy bits left not like the last pic

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%2022_zpsp1mkxwjx.jpg

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%2014_zpshxpujwha.jpg

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%2015_zpsiqgwui0i.jpg

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%2016_zpslyua3oj2.jpg

 

Miniature ruler 150 mm, metric flip over to imperial,

hobby knife, small box cutters, mini file, bunch of files,

leaf blade adjusters, magnet flexible,

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%2011_zpsfd3tjayv.jpg

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%2020_zpswhwjkvwn.jpg

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%2012_zps7adt88b6.jpg

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%2023_zpshuadv8p6.jpg

 

3/8 tap for leg bolts, 3/8 die also, bunch of screwdrivers etc,

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%2013_zpsjstmxeur.jpg

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%2021_zpsw3kelzbt.jpg

 

 

Klein 1/4" Magnetic Tip Nut Driver, have 2, one is ground down to fit in tight places,

some allen key grubscrew drivers 3/32 & 5/64 have used & saved my ass,

cordless quick release driver,

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%2024_zps2vu603bo.jpg

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%2019_zpsgpk43fut.jpg

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%2017_zpsk8xcxhvk.jpg

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%2018_zps0n19wagu.jpg

http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/earlymodelkits/Crapola/tool026%208_zpsomvyqpur.jpg

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Even for someone like me, who has been into pinball for a long time, but rarely lifts the hood this is a helpful thread. I've got most of these tools but never in the same place, I'll have to start a new toolkit just for the games room with everything in it.

 

Your most useful tool is me :)

 

See my above pic for what we use. :cool:

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You need a Sledge hammer to fine tune the Flippers & to realign the top glass.. Note the Axe lower Right, this is used to set those difficult pop bumper switches. Also note the guy wearing work gloves & eye protection, It's never too late for OH&S seen at work here. :lol

 

lol nice

 

I had a 1980's GTB once and Ill tell you it was tempting to use that axe technique lol

@ddstoys Is well known for fixing pinballs with a shotgun lol

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In the voice of Peter Griffin: Hehe! Dedrok called himself a tool :lol

 

When I was building trailers for a mates business, he used to wear a shirt saying, "I work with Tools" lol

I never figured out a good comeback to that one, I had to admit defeat lol

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Why do you store your test equipment on its side?...Does it affect it?....:laugh:

 

If eBay & Gumtree can post vertical & horizontal pics, one would expect Aussie Arcade would be able to too! Take it up with management.. This has been a bitch of mine for years, I have a DSLR not a stupid phone camera, We should be able to post both Vertical & Horizontal photos.

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That plastic tube bulb remover/replacement is the best original thing I've seen in long time. But in my tool kit is the MANUAL and voltaren for that aching back. But on more serious note toothpicks (flipper alignment and loose screw posts), loctite,supa glue and an eraser ( thin strips ) to wipe contacts.

 

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I charged it for the second time a week ago. I bought it 18 months ago :lol

 

I use it once a week at least on IT related work.

You forgot to mention me as part of your tool kit:D
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You forgot to mention me as part of your tool kit:D

 

Be careful or I'll have to refer you to post #29

 

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I think it's already mentioned but a telescopic magnet is a must

 

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The magnet on the above little sucker is STRONG. I think they're called rare earth magnets :unsure

 

And a head torch doesn't go astray sometimes either

 

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Be careful or I'll have to refer you to post #29

 

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I think it's already mentioned but a telescopic magnet is a must

 

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The magnet on the above little sucker is STRONG. I think they're called rare earth magnets :unsure

 

And a head torch doesn't go astray sometimes either

 

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I have the beanie with LEDs in the front. Just as good as the head torch, much better for winter.

 

 

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@Dedrok...where did you purchase beanie? Good light for walking in the dark?

@Brownish B. ...that looks like it will fit my fat head price? quality?

 

cheers

 

You'd have to ask Dan ..... he gave it to me among a few other things.

There is a pic somewhere in the expo thread.

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@Brownish B. ...that looks like it will fit my fat head price? quality?

 

cheers

 

Got mine on Ebay back in 2014. It was under $50. Still works so quality is excellent. The straps are fully adjustable so will fit any sized head.

 

Just search ebay for led head torch. There are really cheap ones all the way to really expensive ones.

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@hotty, you haven't mentioned using your phone's camera to test optos. I'll let you explain it better.

This is what I posted in a different thread when trying to fault find your TZ:

More info on those pesky optos. Went to trouble shoot a TX opto and have found out the Iphone 5 doesnt have the ability to see infra red so I thought there was no 12v since tested with, Iphone 4. ipod and ipad and all see the infrared. Wish I had my old phone back that saw it.

Not sure if the Iphone 6 see's infra red so keep your old phones or digital camera in your tool box.

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@Dedrok...where did you purchase beanie? Good light for walking in the dark?

@Brownish B. ...that looks like it will fit my fat head price? quality?

 

cheers

 

Here's the beanie Jas

 

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160330/faa8df9d2bbdbb276aecb744ddbfcc77.jpg

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Thanks to @pinball god's need to 3D print stuff all the time, I've added the following tools to my pinball toolkit.

 

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Now it's one less thing @hotty has to fix :laugh:

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