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 Post subject: Troubles with flipper coin
PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:04 pm 
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Hi guys, I'm new on this forum.
I just got a new Tango flipper quarter, but... I can't open it!
I tried to wave it as described, but nothing happens... I also tried with my nails, but it doesn't open... what should I do?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 7:21 pm 
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It's probably going to be pretty tight to begin with. Try putting a small piece of tape on the door and opening it up with that. Then, work it back and forth. Gotta keep it vague, but I think you'll understand.


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If regular scotch tape doesn't work use a "stik-a-round", that will definitely get it open.


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 Post subject: Re: Troubles with flipper coin
PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 11:52 pm 
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stefrank wrote:
Hi guys, I'm new on this forum.
I just got a new Tango flipper quarter, but... I can't open it!
I tried to wave it as described, but nothing happens... I also tried with my nails, but it doesn't open... what should I do?

Thanks.


If the tape won't work, it's possible that Tango applied too much glue and it's glued shut...

I've found that boiling my flipper coin workes much better than using a flame to heat up the coin (which must be done to re-align and/or change the band).

Get a pot of clean water and bring it to a boil. Put in your flipper coin and let it boil for a few minutes. Fish it out with a spoon or something, quickly dry it (BE CAREFUL, IT'S HOT... use gloves), and use a razor blade to disassemble the coin. Now scrape out the left over glue, replace the band and use some new glue to reassemble the coin.

Good Luck,
Kyle

P.S. If you cannot disassemble the coin successfully, then it may be defective and you'll probably have to return the item.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 12:18 am 
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I had the same problem.... you just have to know how to open it. What you do is hold the coin by its edges, with the side with the groove (crack) facing downwards. Then you do a hard flinging/tossing action downwards - this should open it up. If you want to loosen the tension, put some type of weight on the coin opened for some time so that the band loosens up, or you can find a weeker tensioned replacement band that Tango has supplied you with.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 2:32 am 
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Thanks for the quick replies, guys :o!
I tried with tape and, after a few attempts, my flipper coin finally opened.
However, after closing it, I was unable to open it again, and I had to use tape again... but I don't want to carry tape every time I have to perform the trick!
I'll try GosuTricks' suggestion to loosen it up, and see if it works.

Thank all of you again!


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Once it's open, pop it apart and clean it out. Work the band back and forth to loosen it.


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Thanks for the advices!
Only one more question: what type of glue should I use to "rebuild" the coin? What is the best method to disassemble and clean it?


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Permanent double stick tape. No glue.


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stefrank wrote:
Thanks for the advices!
Only one more question: what type of glue should I use to "rebuild" the coin? What is the best method to disassemble and clean it?


I always just use a glue stick (I don't have any double-stick tape). Like I said before, I've always had better results boiling my flipper to melt the glue, rather than using direct heat.


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There's a big problem with glue. What happens when the band breaks during a show? You can easily reattach it with tape, but not with glue.


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exodus wrote:
There's a big problem with glue. What happens when the band breaks during a show? You can easily reattach it with tape, but not with glue.


Excellent point... I should pick up some double-sided tape and give that a shot ^_^ (Although, I always put on two bands for this reason and for better action.)


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Murphy's Law.


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I put a pin in the split and pry it open, then I just keep my thumbnail in it.


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