4 Signs You Need to Refelt A Pool Table
Your pool table's felt will slowly become damaged over time from the friction of the balls and any nicks and scratches that occur during gameplay. It may seem daunting but it's essential to keep up with maintaining your pool table. Staying on top of the condition of your felt will keep your table playing great and looking new. Over time, even with maintenance, a refelting may be required. Here are four signs that it's time to give your pool table some love.
1. It's Visibly Damaged
If there are any major marks or deep scratches, it's time to give your table a facelift. While encouraging mindful gameplay with those using your table will help it last for a long time, sometimes accidents happen. If the felt has been deeply scraped or scratched, it will likely need to be replaced.
2. It's Affecting Your Play
As time goes on, your felt will start to fade and become exposed to moisture (either atmospheric or from spills) as well as build up dirt and dust. This will begin to affect gameplay by impacting the way balls roll across the surface. If, after a thorough cleaning (see below), the felt is still interfering with your game, it might be time to resurface with some fresh felt.
3. Balls are Pocket Catching
The felt of your pool table is attached to the rails, cushions, and slate to make it
Categories: Repair , Billiards , Guides , MaintenancePosted: June 12, 2022
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Level Up Your Arcade Game Collection: Essential Parts and Components
We’ve come a long way since the beginning of arcade games in the early 70’s. Graphics and controls have improved leaps and bounds with some so complex they rival gaming consoles. Would you believe that despite all of that progress, at their core they are still very similar to those pioneering games of the 70’s and 80’s?
If you're new to arcade game collecting or you want to open your own local arcade for business, here are some of the basic components of arcade cabinets:
1. Power Supply
It’s true that Arcade games consume a lot of power, which makes a properly working power supply just that much more important. The power supply of an arcade game (normally found on the bottom of the game cabinet) can handle a few different capacities. The power supply of a game cabinet has several circuit boards, transformers, and capacitors that help regulate and stabilize the power supply for the game including surge protection.
2. Control Panel
The control panel is the primary interface for player input. You might be more familiar with terms like a joystick, buttons, trackballs, spinner controls, steering wheels, or pedals. These are all examples of control panels. The control panel assembly is attached to the back of the cabinet and is hidden from the player.
Pro Tips for Pinball Maintenance and Repair
Gaming has come a long way since the days of the humble pinball machine. And while there are newer and more advanced games, this doesn’t mean that we should let the pinball machine rot in the corner. As long as you repair and maintain these machines, they should last a lifetime.
Now, this is easier said than done as not everyone knows how to approach repairing and maintaining pinball machines. This is why we thought it would be useful to put together a couple of pointers to help you out. If this is something that you want to learn more about, read on for four important tips for pinball repair and maintenance.
Don’t Fix What’s Not Broken
One common mistake that pinball enthusiasts often make is fiddling with their machines when nothing is wrong. Remember, these machines are delicate and need to be handled with care. This is why we suggest not messing with them if there is nothing that’s clearly broken. This also applies to issues that are outside your scope of knowledge. If there is an issue with your pinball machine that you don’t know how to fix, we suggest calling in the professionals instead of trying to fix things yourself as you may just end up making things worse.
Use the Right Tools
It goes without saying that you’ll need to invest in maintaining and repairing your machine. You’ll need to use the highest quality tools in order to ensure that your machine is in good condition. Everything from crimping, riveting, and soldering tools should be high quality. While it may be tempting to purchase cheap tools, these tools could cause damage to your machine which will make things infinitely harder for you.
Turn the Machine Off Before Doing Anything
We can’t overstate how important it is to turn off the machine whenever you do work on