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How to Stream Pinball by Jack Danger

Stuck at home with your games? Start streaming pinball now! There are multiple outlets you can stream on for free. Twitch, Facebook LIVE, Youtube, or even just using ZOOM to stream with your personal family & friends! Streaming pinball is the latest way to share pinball gameplay, rules, and even repair tips! Don’t know where to start? We have you covered! Jack Danger paves the way for pinball streamers with his professional and entertaining pinball streams on twitch.tv, Dead Flip Pinball Streaming. Always keen about sharing his knowledge, Jack created a comprehensive breakdown on “How to Stream Pinball”.

Coil Substitutions and Equivalents

Here at Marco Specialties, we get a lot of questions from people asking about coil substitutions.  Let’s preface by saying we always recommend replacing a coil with the same part number as the original. Remember, a weak flipper probably won’t be fixed by replacing the coil with a stronger one, and changing to a non-factory recommended coil can cause damage to plastics, drop targets and ramps. Click “Read More” at the top right for more information.

Fastener Part Numbering System Explained

When dealing with screws, nuts, and bolts, understanding the cryptic part numbers can simplify ordering. The last 2 digits (XX) of the 4 digit fastener part numberprefix (40XX-12345-12) indicates the standard stud size of the bolt or screw. For example, part #4006-01030-12 indicates a #6 stud diameter (.138″) fastener. The 2 digit part number suffix for bolts and screws (-12, -04, -16, etc) indicates the number of 1/16″ length increments of the fastener. For example, part #4004-01003-04 indicates a screw that is 4/16″ long or 1/4″ long.  Click “Read More” at the top right for more information.

Stern Pinball packing guide

Have you ever had to put a game back in the box? This guide from Stern Pinball gives you all the information you’ll need to pack like a pro. Stern Pinball’s guide to re-packing your pinball machine.

Marco Specialties introduces Super-Bands™ high-reliability pinball flipper bands

Lexington, SC — Marco Specialties, a leading pinball parts e-retailer, today announced the new line of Super-Bands™ high-reliability pinball flipper bands. Super-Bands™ are advanced, custom-formulated, polyurethane rings (a.k.a. urethane flipper rings) designed for pinball machine flippers and bumpers. Super-Bands™ are superior to traditional flipper rubber with better durability and better ball control, translating to increased reliability, reduced operating costs, and better player satisfaction for pinball machines in both commercial and collector environments. Super-Bands are available in a wide variety of original equipment and unique colors.

Custom fabricate your own wire gates and wire forms

Pinball machines use many interesting custom wire parts that are often hard to find when they break.  While Marco stocks a huge variety of prefabricated and industrially hardened wire-form parts, inevitably you will run across a rare part that is keeping your game from working correctly. The magic material to use is piano wire, which is strong and will retain its shape. Marco carries several diameters of Piano Wire, including: 0.031in – #12-WS-031 0.040in – #12-WS-040 0.051in – #12-WS-051 0.063in – #12-WS-063 0.080in – #12-WS-080 To make bending wire simpler, try a #77-8593 wire forming jig.  

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#44 vs #47 Miniature Pinball Lamps

Historically, the most common miniature incandescent lamp/light bulbs used in pinball machines are the venerable #44 and #47 bayonet-style miniature lamps. While many collectors are putting LEDs in their machines, purists still prefer miniature lamps for the classic look, color temperature, and color-rendering of miniature lamps.

Welcome to Knowledge Center

There are a wide variety of pinball technical help communities on the internet. rgparchive.com is an easy-to-use portal for the venerable rec.games.pinball USENET group. pinside.com is a user-friendly forum pinrepair.com has a lot of well-regarded repair guides pinwiki.com has a number of repair guides.