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PAC-MAN arcade LED clock

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Pac-man clock ghosts moving through
pac-man ghosts moving through

I just picked this up today, it’s probably the coolest arcade clock I’ve seen, a pac-man clock.  Pictures are definitely better than words in this case:

pacman clock normal time
pacman clock normal time
pacman ghosts moving through
pacman ghosts moving through
pacman clock with ghosts to be eaten
pacman clock with ghosts to be eaten

It’s pretty sweet the way the ghosts chase pac-man across the screen and then he chases them back the other way.  The clock is actually on sale right now at Amazon here through my affiliate link:

Amazon PAC-MAN clock Link

Hard to imagine a more ‘game room’ clock than this one.  I also made a video on youtube of the clock here:

The clock is pretty bright in a dark room, so if you’re planning on putting it in a place where you sleep hopefully bright lights don’t bother you.  It keeps track of the month and day as well but never displays them as far as I know, so I don’t know why they’re even there.  It uses a standard AC/DC adapter for power, so if you’re using an outlet make sure you have room for a bigger plug like it has.  If you have any questions on the pac-man clock, feel free to email me.

 

Common Chexx Bubble Hockey parts

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Original Chexx Bubble Hockey USA Goalie

One of the things I had problems with when I was fixing up my original Chexx was trying to track down all the parts I needed from ICE’s website, which isn’t exactly the easiest to navigate.  I’ve tried to make a list below of the common chexx bubble hockey parts that you might need to try and help out some.

Chexx Bubble Hockey Parts

Here are some affiliate links below for parts that you might need for your Chexx or Super Chexx:

Dome Bolt Kit

NHL ICE and decal kit

Hockey Goal Net

Bubble Hockey Dome

Gear Box

Chexx Hockey Rod Grip

New side decal

Super Chexx Puck

Chexx Puck Ejector Assembly

There are some other packages you can pick that have different groups of items, but the ones I listed above are the most common.  I bought a new dome, new ice, players, grips, and puck for my game.  If I had to do it again, I’d buy all the stuff all over again, totally worth it to make the game look like new again.

How to replace your Chexx bubble hockey players

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Starting Russian bubble hockey Chexx player

If you own your game for a while or buy it used, eventually you’ll have to replace a player on your game.  I’ve assembled a step by step guide below to try and help you replace those players should you need to.

First step is to remove the top screws and expose the players so they can be handled.  Once you have that done, it’s time to start removing the old player.  You start that by grabbing the player and turning him until you the square edges are parallel with the edges of the slot.  Follow the captions and pictures below to install your new player.

 

Chexx Bubble hockey up close, you can see the square part of the base.
Chexx Bubble hockey up close, you can see the square part of the base.
Russian chexx player almost out of it's hole
Russian chexx player almost out of it’s hole
Putting new Chicago Blackhawk chexx player into hole
Putting new Chicago Blackhawk chexx player into hole
Chicago Blackhawk chexx player halfway into its place
Chicago Blackhawk chexx player halfway into its place
Blackhawk Chexx player finally installed into its position
Blackhawk Chexx player finally installed into its position
Chicago Blackhawks Chexx player finally replaced
Chicago Blackhawks Chexx player finally replaced

Hopefully by now you’ve got your new player installed.  You can repeat this procedure for the other 10 players if you’re replacing all the players.  I’ll try and post up some pictures of replacing the goalie here pretty soon too, hopefully this guide helped you replace your chexx player.

If you want more bubble hockey info, please check out my Bubble Hockey Buyer’s Guide which has mods, buying advice, repairs, etc.

How to build a game room

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Pinball machine lineup in the game room

I just posted up a new guide on how to build a game room:

How to Build A Game Room

Since it wasn’t a normal post and in the guides section, wanted to make sure that people knew it was there now.  I’ll be adding more to it over time, but hopefully there’s enough there now to help people think through things.

As usual, if you have any questions, you can email me.  Thanks

Kid’s playroom under the stairs in the game room

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Playroom under the stairs with the lights off
Playroom under the stairs with the lights off

When I was looking at model houses about 10 years ago, one of the houses we went to had something I’d never seen before, a playhouse under the stairs, complete with it’s own light switch.  Big enough for kids to go in and out but not big enough for out of shape adults, it’s been a hit with visiting kids.  Here’s a picture with the lights on:

Playroom under stairs with lights on
Playroom under stairs, lights on

Here’s the picture of the inside:

Inside the playroom under the stairs
Inside the playroom under the stairs

The opening is 13.5″ inches wide, fyi.  I highly recommend the cardboard bricks as well for the room, as they can be used to block the opening, which kids really seem to like.