Arcade Repair Tips - Your First Arcade Toolbox (Part One)

Uploaded by varcadegames on 07.06.2009

Hi, welcome to the Arcade Repair Tips Video Series. Today we'll discuss how to put your
first arcade toolbox together. This is my first arcade toolbox and as you can see, it's
basically a tackle box I bought at Walmart. What makes that neat is that there are all
kinds of compartments in here where normally you would put tackle. It's a great place to
put different parts and different things that you're going to need. In the bottom you can
also store bigger items. We're going to go into those in just a few minutes. Also you
can see that I've personalized mine with some arcade stickers and things that I got off
of some arcade art and control panels, things like that.
Of course you're going to need some basic tools like screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers.
Those things you probably already have. What we're going to talk about next are some items
you may not have currently, but we use a lot when repairing arcade games.
The first one is a digital multimeter. You probably are a little bit familiar with these.
This one here, I bought it at Lowe's for about $22 and it does just about everything that
we need to do. It has seperate AC and DC voltages and also has a continuity tester, which is
very important when you work on arcade games. They usually come with instruction manuals
and maybe we'll shoot a seperate video on how to use these. A very important tool is
a digital multimeter. This one, like I said, I got at Lowe's for about $22.
A much better one you can find at Sears and it's also a top brand called Fluke. It's also
very simple to use. This one is a Fluke 73 series. It has AC, DC, real quick and easy.
You don't have a lot of choices there. And then of course is the continuity, or some
people just call it the beep test. You'll know you have it when you can touch the two
leads together and you hear a beep like that. Great tool to have, a good thing to use. We'll
have some details on that later. Anyway, make sure you get a multimeter.
One of the first tools we're going to discuss is a set of nut drivers. They kind of look
like a screwdriver but they have an octagon-shaped end on there. A lot of nuts and things use
that. Especially you might notice the color on this one. This is a Craftsman. It's red
which means it's a quarter inch nut driver. Have a couple of that size. They are used
in a lot of arcade games. Of course you need a whole set. Make sure you get metric and
standard sizes.
Another thing is a pair of needle nose pliers. I would also get two or three different sizes.
Some bigger, some smaller. World's greatest tool, right here. We use these a lot for holding
things, pinching things, pulling things. You name it in arcade games, we're going to use
needle nose pliers a lot. A set of regular pliers of course, but make sure to look for
a long needles. That's why it's called a needle nose.
Also, some wire cutters which are real simple but if you're going to work on arcade games
you're going to do a lot of wiring so you're going to need to do some cutting.
And then of course you know you're going to need your regular and your flathead screwdrivers
and so forth but this is a very very important tool and it could save your life. This right
here is what we have made to discharge a monitor. I know a lot of you guys that are watching
this, you've heard the horror stories about being careful and getting shocked by monitors
and so forth. We'll go into that more on another video. For right now I want to show you something
very simple. This was a lamp cord that we took and we put a couple alligator clips on
the ends and then you put it on the screwdriver like this. This is all you need to keep from
getting shocked on a monitor. We'll go into more details later, but I do want to include
this in your toolbox. You need to have a lamp cord with two alligator clips on the end and
some kind of long, usually an insulated screwdriver is better. Once you do this several times
you'll have it down. Don't spend a lot of money. This works just as well as a high dollar
Of course when you're working around wires and stuff, you need a way to strip the wires.
There are a couple different brands and different things. You can spend a lot of money but these
two right here are pretty inexpensive. These right here grab the wire and strip it. I'll
show you how simple it can be just to take the end of a wire, twist it, and strip it
so that you can use it.
This kind right here, it seems like they wear out pretty fast. You can get them cheap at
Harbor Freight and other places. Watch how fast. You just push it on, click, and strip.
Now if you're going to do a lot of wiring, that little speed right there will make a
lot of difference. So get you some good wire strippers. You're going to need that also.
Another thing that you're going to need is some crimpers. This I got at Radio Shack.
These are about 7 or 8 bucks, maybe 10 by now because inflation has gone up quite a
bit. You use these all the time on your connectors, your molex connectors and things. You put
the wire and you put the connector in there and you squeeze them together. You definitely
need a good set of crimpers and I highly recommend this kind right here that you get at Radio
Of course anywhere that you go - Lowe's, Home Depot, Radio Shack - is all going to sell
some electrical tape. Do not cheap out on electrical tape. Don't get the cheapest kind
out there. This is made by Scotch or 3M. It usually comes in a plastic case which when
you go digging through your toolbox, you know that this is your electrical tape. You can
find it easily. Do not get the cheap electrical tape. Don't even think about it. Get it in
whatever color you want, just make sure it's a good brand, good quality electrical tape.
And of course a flashlight. Now this one is a little bit big for that toolbox. But trust
me, arcade games and dark and they're damp and everything. You're going to want to see.
Also keep some kind of hanging light or something like that. You're going to need a good flashlight,
so make sure you have a flashlight in your kit.
Hey, thanks for watching the Arcade Repair Tips Video Series on putting your first arcade
toolbox together. By all means, if you have any questions or comments, drop us an email
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