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    whats the best and most durable curtain made by amf? heck, maybe even a curtain that lasts longer then 2 months?
    - Jason

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    One of our mechanics in my area makes curtains out of old carpets...intersting idea.
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    • #3
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      never thought about that. we use old carpets to make the facings for the cushion. i think ill give that a try. thanks
      - Jason

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      • #4
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        Originally posted by mekanic:
        never thought about that. we use old carpets to make the facings for the cushion. i think ill give that a try. thanks
        <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">We used to do that as well. Now we've been getting the reinforced facings from AMF (it's on 090 number, can't remember it offhand), we also get our curtains from AMF, the ones we've been recieving are made of almost the same material, they hold up quite well, and actually look pretty nice as they just about match the facings
        All I want in life is to turn wrenches and climb around pinsetters/pinspotters again :/

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        • #5
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          if you get a chance please post the part number on both facings and curtains.
          - Jason

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by mekanic:
            if you get a chance please post the part number on both facings and curtains.
            <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Will do ASAP, if I get a chance tomorrow I'll take a stroll in the back after league and get some #'s for ya [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif[/img]
            All I want in life is to turn wrenches and climb around pinsetters/pinspotters again :/

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            • #7
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              We use the AMF velcrod facing on our cushions. They work really good and I think they look nice. As for the curtains, what problems do you have with the curtain?

              We had a mechanic that liked to put a slice in the curtain so he could reach the ball exit, the tear would lenghten and the curtian was history in a month or two.

              As for the used carpets, I like that, never thought of that. We take our old carpets and cut them about the size of the plows and glue them to the plows. It helps protect the plows from cracking, helps prevent pin damage, it helps stop pins from idling on the plows, and it also quiets the machine down some.
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              • #8
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                curtians made from old carpets last forever.

                also try makeing 70s type curtian hangars from old carpets, they work well for me on my 30s.

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                • #9
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                  Just curious, with these curtains failing in a short time, are you guys using the curtain protectors on the cushion weldment? Just thought I’d ask because I have some AMF curtains that have been on for over 3 years. These curtains do seem a little flimsy though.

                  I have some curtains that have been on before I arrived here. They are like 3 times as thick and they are bullet proof, but I don’t know who makes them. Anybody else have these curtains. If so please post manufacture, price and part#.

                  Carpet idea for curtains sounds very interesting.

                  I used to make facings with old carpets for the cushion. But I only got 6-8 months out them before the outside wore off exposing the rubber middle. This would cause black marks on the ball. So I don’t do this anymore. The way I look at it is that the cost of urethane rivets to redo the cushion 4-6 times outweighs the cost of one facing that lasts 2-4 years.

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                  • #10
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                    You guys are scaring me again... are we saying that there are houses going through curtains so fast that alternative ideas for replacements have to be found?

                    To my knowledge, all the curtains at our place are the ones that were there when I started working as a pinchaser somewhere around 1989, and there are no holes, tears, rips, or anything else in them.

                    We do have a few I'd like to get rid of on our "spare" cushion assemblies... they're the old, thick, stiff AMF curtains that you need a crowbar just to get them to bend enough to pull the curtain rod and move it out of the way. They're a lot heavier, too... but they last forever (which is why they're still around).

                    My favorite ones at our place are the type that look and feel similar to a new Vantage carpet... some kind of very finely woven nylon... very light and flexible, but holds up extremely well. Wish I had them on all the machines.
                    <span style="font-style: italic">Educatio est omnium efficacissima forma rebellionis</span>

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                    • #11
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                      Speaking of old carpets, here's what we do with ours: Cut 'em up and make mats out of them to put under the machines. They're great for catching those occasional oil drips from the ring tube. Also at resurfacing/recoating time we take them out from under the machines and put them on top of the good carpets in the machines. This way if any lane coating is pushed over the end of the pindeck it gets on the old carpet instead of the ones in the machines. Just an idea I thought I'd pass along.

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by mekanic:
                        if you get a chance please post the part number on both facings and curtains.
                        <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Got the #'s for ya, the reinforced facing # is 090-005-230. As for the curtain I checked thru our stock and they changed a little recently, they're not the ones I've mentioned earlier but we have some in and they seem fine. We just order the part right out of the book (000-026-445). [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif[/img]
                        All I want in life is to turn wrenches and climb around pinsetters/pinspotters again :/

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by JBEES:
                          One of our mechanics in my area makes curtains out of old carpets...intersting idea.
                          <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Don makes just about everything out of pit carpets. [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img] [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img]

                          I am amazed though how well he can recycle old two old belts to make a good one.
                          -- Larry

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                          • #14
                            Re: pin curtains

                            Originally posted by mekanic:
                            never thought about that. we use old carpets to make the facings for the cushion. i think ill give that a try. thanks
                            <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I've done that. The original ones I made showed no wear at all after three years. They were made out of the premium AMF carpet.
                            -- Larry

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                            • #15
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                              thanks Rep for the numbers!!
                              - Jason

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