Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Moving and arcade bliss.

Sarge here. As posted before, I was MIA from last week's post due to moving into my new place. Here are some things to consider when moving cabinets around. I've moved plenty of them in the past so I'd like to share some thoughts on the process. This also reflects on some questions that someone had during our broadcast from Funspot.

1: Measurment: The one thing that a lot of people don't take into consideration is the width of the cabs they may be interested in buying or moving. On an average, a regular doorway is around 30" wide. Prior to purchasing or buying a machine, measure every doorway that cabinet is going to pass through. If you're moving the cabinet up flights of stairs, consider any turns you will be making at the top and bottom of the stairwell. Add extra inches to the measurement to compensate turning. After that, measure where the machines will be going.

2: I am Jack's painful back: When lifting or pushing, bend at the knees for extra leverage and a chance to safe your back from pain. I know this may sound like common sense, but you'd be surprised how many people lift machines and end up hurting themselves on a daily basis. Using a proper dolly or hand truck can also make a difference when moving your machines. Hand trucks with straps are great if you're going up multiple flights of stairs. If it's a Japanese Candy, take advantage of the grips and tilt wheels.

3: Moisture is the enemy: Since a lot of people put their cabinets in a basement of some sort, you're going to want to get a dehumidifier for the room. If your cabs are made of wood, the dehumidifier will help in clearing out the chance of mold forming. For metal candy cab fans (such as myself), rust is an issue that you don't want to deal with.

4: PCB Storage: Find a place to store PCBs in a non-damp area of the house. If you can, find anti-static bags for your PCB's. Box them up individually and mark them accordingly. Some PCB's can take a beating (IE: Neo-Geo MVS games, MVS boards), but treat it as an exposed PCB. Nothing's worse than finding out that a PCB component snapped off while moving/storing it.

5: Power: Older houses usually have a 100 amp circuit breaker that may trip when using multiple electrical items around the house. Consider this when picking up your first machine or four. Newer houses on an average have a 200 amp circuit breaker that can put up with multiple electronics plugged into a given area. The circuit panel of the house usually has each breaker marked as to how much amperage is controlled by it. Plug more than what it can handle and you'll be resetting tripped breakers constantly. With that in mind, be mindful of the load strain on any outlet you're plugging into

**NOTE** Always use caution when dealing with any sort of electrical panel and always use some sort of surge protection.

If you've got any other questions please feel free to ask. Leave a comment.

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