If you’ve ever tried to upgrade your old bubble hockey goalie, you’ve probably noticed that the old goalie and new goalie styles aren’t compatible. The old goalie style had a square peg coming out from the bottom and the new style is the opposite, it has a round hole that sits on peg base. This may not come into play if you’re always using the old style players, but if you upgrade to the new NHL teams or newer style players, it’s sure to come up. In order to help show you how to do it, I’ve made a video that shows how to remove the old goalie mechanism and put in the new mechanism.
If you’ve owned a Chexx Bubble Hockey for any length of time, eventually what happens is one of the gear boxes gets stripped. It doesn’t happen very often luckily, but when it does it helps to know how to fix it without calling an expensive repairman. All you really need to do this repair is a small hex tool to remove the collar that hooks the rod to the gearbox.
I made a video below to show how to replace the gearbox. I had to do it one handed so it’s not the greatest, but hopefully it will show you how it’s done. I actually ran into problems the first time I did it because I pushed the rod in too far into the collar, which didn’t all the collar to clamp down on the gearbox properly. Once I backed it off a little, it all worked fine. I must also say, I didn’t realize how bad some of my gearboxes had gotten, the new one is much smoother than the old one.
I made a video tonight on how to remove the ice from a Chexx bubble hockey game. It’s pretty easy but if you’ve never done it before it can be a little daunting. The one difference that might happen on your game vs the video is that the goalies on some games are held in by a little pin that you have to remove first and don’t just pull out like mine. I have other helpful advice in my Super Chexx Bubble Hockey Guide.
One of the problems with pinball machines is that the technology that drives them is largely derived from 80’s and 90’s, meaning that things like internet access just aren’t a thing in pinball. Comparing scores is difficult as a result, and in home use it’s unlikely that a guest would ever have a chance to put up a top 5 score on that machine. Enter Pindigo, the pinball high score app.
Written to take advantage of modern technology, finally people have a way to share high scores with an easy to use app. To test out the functionality of everything, I played a quick game of NBA Fastbreak. When I finished my game with a paltry score of 54, I clicked the ‘+’ at the bottom and found NBA Fastbreak. I entered my score, took a quick photo, and it immediately gave me my world ranking. See picture below:
I’m very impressed with the functionality of the app and how well it all works together. The author obviously spent a lot of time testing and perfecting everything.
One cool thing that the app also features is a ‘friends’ list. Here is where you can compete against your friends without having to compete against everyone in the world, which can be a little too much to take on. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any friends using the app currently to test out this feature.
So how much does this awesome app cost? Amazingly, it’s free. A labor of love by Michael Szabo and Brendan Turner, it was built purely to help out fellow pinheads. I’m really impressed with all the worked they’ve done on it, they should be proud of their efforts.
If you’ve dominated your household competition and are looking for bigger challenges, go install the app and take on some heavyweights. You can find their home page here:
Something a little different than the normal home game room stuff I post, I wanted to show what you can do if you have an outdoor building. When I built it originally, it had no insulation and a concrete floor. Problem was, it would get extremely cold during the winter and very damp in the spring due to condensation, which would cause the concrete to become slippery sometimes.
After a couple years, I decided to get the inside insulated and have some electric heaters installed. I went back and forth between gas and electric heating but eventually went with electric for air quality reasons. I figured that if I was going to play basketball in there with the heater going, air quality was probably slightly more important than if I was just working on cars out there. I’m sure some gas heaters are less smelly than the ones I’m used to, but it was just easier to go electric and not fool with it.
Once I got the inside finished, the flooring was next. I looked at a lot of sport court flooring manufacturers but eventually went with Versacourt because they had a nice product, were responsive to emails, and would allow me to install it myself. I think Sport Court is usually the most popular brand of sport tile flooring but they don’t allow you to install it yourself, making it not an option for me. Plus it was going to more expensive, and when you’re on a budget like I am then I needed to save on installation costs.
Unfortunately my shed at 44 x 36 was just a little too short to have the 3 point lines not intersect. I think if I had to do it again I would have built the shed a little longer but I was also constrained by lot space.
When I got the floor installed, my father found a good deal on an old scoreboard from a school that had upgraded. It doesn’t get used a huge amount but there’s no denying the cool factor it brings.
The basketball goal and mount are from Goalsetter. I originally bought the goal off Amazon right after I built the shed. The goal is very heavy and hard to mount, I had to get a truck bed with a couple of guys to get it mounted. It’s adjustable up and down but frankly it’s kind of hard to raise so I wouldn’t plan on doing it much unless you get some kind of motorized option with it.