I bought a foosball table for the space.  It needed some cleanup & repair and Walter asked me to blog about it.  Part 3 in a 5 part series.

These events took place on November 19 & 20, 2013.

Read Part 1 of this series, or part 2 if you missed them.

Next on the agenda were repairs, more cleaning of the table, and some cosmetic work.

I wanted to repair the banked corners that had fallen.  Looks like the staples came loose.  I guess it could have been being left outside for so long, or perhaps something was set on them that caused them to come loose.  I don’t know, don’t care, just want them fixed. Hmmm… looks like I’ll have to disassemble a lot of the table for the best repair of the corners.

Flip the table:


Unbolt the legs:


Remove the bracing & the playing surface itself (man, that thing’s dirty!  How long did this thing sit outside?!?!):


What I ended up doing was gently tapping the staples back into place with a screwdriver used as a chisel (something you should never do – do as I say, kids, not as I do).  They seemed to set back into place nicely; time will tell how sturdy & long-lasting the repair will be.


Then more cleanup of the playing surface.  MAN, this thing was dirty.


AND THE BALL RETURNS, TOO!  I mean, really… how long did this thing sit in the weather?!?!  Here you see I’ve reinstalled the playing surface & bracing, and one of the ball returns cleaned (well, as cleaned as they are going to be this time around…)


Both cleaned:


Reinstalling the ball returns:


Yay!  All back together.


The only remaining thing I did today was brush down the rusty fasteners & paint them.  I pushed them into a box, and painted them with glass black Rustoleum Epoxy appliance paint.  However, I didn’t get a picture until the painting was done:


I left that to dry, and would come back for reassembly in a day or two.

Next time: DISASTER (well, as disastrous as you can get trying to fix up a foosball table)


I bought a foosball table for the space.  It needed some cleanup & repair and Walter asked me to blog about it.  Part 2 in a 5 part series.

These events took place on November 17, 2013.

Read Part 1 of this series, if you missed it.

I boxed & bagged parts as I took them apart, and made some notes, too.  The bumpers could easily go together wrong: plastic washer, metal washer, rubber bumper, plastic washer.  And the metal washer goes to the inside of the table, by the foosball guy.  And the goalies have an additional metal stop ring that gets mounted… in place of additional goalies, I guess?  Anyway, take notes & lots of pictures when you do something like this… it will pay off in the end (a lesson I was reminded of with this very project.  More on that in a future installment).

The rods bumped around in the back of my truck for a day or two until I finally brought them inside and wiped them down.  They really could use some chrome polish, or barkeep’s friend or the like, but for now I just vigorously wiped them down with an all-purpose cleaner.   Then to clean the rest of the table’s parts… this little project gave me a chance to use my ultrasonic cleaner!


I love having a Harbor Freight store in the town.  It’s great! And if you check any number of magazines, the newspaper, or online, you can always find percentage off coupons to help bring down the costs of whatever you’re buying.  This particular cleaner, I bought at HarborFreight to clean motorcycle carburetors, believe it or not.  I’ve read on the ‘net (gotta love the internet) that you can use an ultrasonic cleaner with regular dish detergent (Dawn was recommended) and effectively clean out motorcycle carbs.  I have a project bike in the back yard, an ’81 Honda CB400T, that WILL someday be put back on the road.  I bought the cleaner for that purpose, but have never gotten around to opening it & actually cleaning the carbs, so this will be its maiden voyage: cleaning parts from a foosball table.

Here is the yellow team getting sonic’d:



And here is the tan team getting sonic’d:


Strange (or maybe not), but the only damaged foosball guys were the tan team… all the yellow guys were just fine.  I assume it’s a characteristic of the tan plastic, or perhaps something in the manufacturing. I suppose it could just be that the tan team was played by Moose & Reggie, while the yellow team was played by Archie & Jughead. (I bet that Moose guy would be super hard on foosball guys, don’t you think?)

Then the bumpers & washers, etc. got a bath, too:


Here is the damage tally: Four guys down.  One paraplegic (no legs), one bionic guy (legs broken off but secured back on because we have the technology to make him faster, better, etc.), and two guys that are accidents waiting to happen: cracks across their chests, right in line with the rods they are mounted on (sorry about the bad picture quality; I had real difficulty getting this shot, no idea why).


With the damage assessed, I made a decision for the project: I would do it as cheaply as possible.  I searched online and between eBay & a number of specialty web sites, I ordered (4) tan guys & a dozen foosballs from Mueller Receational Products. Four “New Style Tournament Soccer Man-Cream” (oops; I guess they’re “cream”, not “tan”) and a dozen “Tournament Soccer White Engraved Foosballs” were less than $20.  Cheap enough.   I can’t wait for the delivery…

Next time: table repairs & more cleanup.


I bought a foosball table for the space.  It needed some cleanup & repair and Walter asked me to blog about it.  Part 1 in a 5 part series.

These events took place on November 15, 2013.

Not sure why, but I have had a hankering for a foosball table.  I used to play in college, thought  it might go nicely in the new space, and hoped it would be well received.  So, I’ve been perusing Craigslist.  We’re lucky; the Albuququerque CraigsList is pretty busy, so there’s plenty of opportunity to find bargains.  It’s frustrating, too, though.  So many people never answer e-mails, and many never delete their ad after the item is sold so too often if you do receive an answer back, it’s “sold”.  And that’s not considering the many CraigsList scams out there.

In this case, I eventually found a foosball table for just $50!  I emailed the seller, and received back the info that the table was left at their rental property by their last tenants as partial payment.  And of course it’s all the way on the other side of town.  I found the place, and saw the table… it was in rough shape, but he was only asking $50, and I figured the parts were worth that much.  “Rough shape” translates as left outside for, oh, I am guessing for more than a year!  There was dirt & dust all over the playing field, one guy broken in half (and several with cracks starting to form), rust on every fastener, laminate damage at various parts of the table, and the unprotected ends have started soaking up moisture, too.  That detailed analysis (aside from ‘hey, some of the guys are damaged’) all came later.  All I saw at the time was the price!  ”Only” fifty bucks!

Well, obviously I wasn’t thinking clearly, because I forked over the money, the gentleman helped me load it into my Ford truck, and away we went.

Now, I don’t have room for something like this at my own house, so to Quelab it had to go.  Again, I hoped it would be well received, even in the horrible shape it was in.  I got down to the new location (such a thing would never have fit at Quelab 1.0!), and found my first problem.  We don’t yet have a garage (e.g. w-i-d-e) door to get into the space, so I was going to have to figure out how to get a foosball table through a normal sized doorway!

Here are some shots of the table in as-bought condition, taken outside the Quelab front door:




 I went ahead and disassembled the rods & guys off of the table, so it would fit through the door.  I would end up removing them as part of the refurbishment, so no big deal doing it at this point in time.


 In the pic you can see some of the damage more clearly: the dirt of course, but also the rust on all the fasteners, and the banked corners have fallen & need put back into place (tables with only one goalie usually have these corners so the ball does not end up in a dead spot).

Next time: cleanup & damage assessment.

p.s.I have since figured out a super easy way to move the table through a doorway without disassembly: stand it on end and move it on a flat furniture dolly putting the right legs through the door then then the left legs, easy-peasy.  If the table ends up living in the entryway (what we are now calling room 49), it will be moved there with this technique.



Friends, Makers, Quelab Supporters!

We will be holding our next general meeting on 8th of December at 4:30pm MDT. Please take a look at the agenda of the items we will be discussing, and if you have any suggestions for the agenda, please speak with a board member.

Agenda Link

This is an important meeting, because it is the first part of the planning sessions for setting the goals that Quelab will have in 2014. This is the best time to come and see what we can do, and to set the focus that the board will support for the coming year. Additionally, we will be reviewing the bylaws for the space, taking volunteers for the positions that the new space will need to have to run smoothly, and then he planning itself.

Last year, we identified a need to move to a larger space. The board make that a priority, and Quelab as a whole made it happen. Where should we go from here? Let us know what you want Quelab to be for 2014! In fact, this meeting is so large, we have to split it in two… the items we don’t get to this month will be carried over into next month, and we will get the whole thing done. Just to look at what we did last year, check out part one and part two from the minutes.

Come on down!

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I have found the best description of how to get here is Exit I40 at the 6th street exit, go south 3 blocks to Haines, West one block and we are on the south side! Bright yellow and rust red building!


The lease is signed, the Indiegogo Campaign is complete, and Quarantine:ABQ is packing up their stuff. That means this is the month of transition…

Our new location is 680 Haines NW. Hack nights will still be held at our South Campus until 24 November.

Between now and then, there is a lot of work to be done. Here is the current schedule:

  • 10 November: The Prodigious Packing (wherin Quelab is reduced to Boxes)
  • 17 November: The Commodious Cartage (wherein Quelab is transported)
  • 24 November: The Inaugural Hack-Night at the new Campus (The “Unboxing”)

Any assistance that the membership can render would be greatly appreciated. Whether that’s putting things into boxes on the 10th, driving the boxes from one building to the other on the 17th, or helping us unpack everything at the North Campus on the 24th, it is all needed.

Additionally, some of the work that is being done to make the place habitable and friendly to hacking will be done by us Quelabbers. We are in need of labourers to help in removing walls and debris under the supervision of the landlord’s contractor. Updates will be posted to the blog when we have more information.

UPDATE 1 (15 Nov)
After getting everything loaded up on the 10th, most of the people involved decided it was easier to move everything that day, rather than waiting until this week. So the majority of the boxes and large things have been moved over to the North Campus. However, the internet is not yet on at North Campus, and there aren’t any chairs in South Campus. The Telco should be moving the internet at North Campus on Wednesday 20 Nov….


Friends, Makers, Quelab Supporters!

We will be holding our next general meeting on 3th of November at 4:30pm MDT. Please take a look at the agenda of the items we will be discussing, and if you have any suggestions for the agenda, please leave a comment here, or speak with a board member.

We’ve talked about inviting the Quarantine:ABQ cast and crew back to Quelab #NorthCampus for our monthly Potluck (and they’re also invited to stay for the business meeting portion too). This is the Sunday after the closing of their last performance. We will be celebrating a successful completion of the Quarantine performance and the first project in our new facility.

Agenda Link

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Greetings out there, makers and hackers!

Tritium Laboratories (aka H3 labs) a fellow SpaceFed hacker/makerspace from El Paso, would like to pay us a visit. Unfortunately the time that works best for them is Saturday 26 October: a date we are not scheduled to do much of anything on.

They want to come up and get a feel for what kinds of things we do. So [Alfred] was thinking we could have an impromptu hacknight on Saturday.

We could do some Mame Cabinet planning, 3d printing and whatever else you all would like to work on.
So come out Saturday at 2pm to hang out with the H3 people and work on/show off something cool.

See you all there!


SUCCESS! We did it!

With only 38 hours left in our campaign to finance our move, We’ve Done It! And we couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you to all of our members, our friends, and most especially to our backers!

Now, we can concentrate on stretch goals and conducting the move itself. The following “Wish List” items have all been mentioned as important pieces of the new location.

  • Laser cutter (hobby sized): $2000
  • Installed kitchen: $700
  • Library shelves: $300

If you continue to help us fund these items, we’ll have an even more awesome hackerspace and makerspace here in Albuquerque!

And, we’d like to invite you to help out with the packing, with the moving, and with the unpacking. Over the last few years, we’ve collected a lot of things, so rather than trying to make this one day of chaos, we’re looking at breaking it up in to three days:

  • 10 November: The Prodigious Packing (wherin Quelab is reduced to Boxes)
  • 17 November: The Commodious Cartage (wherein Quelab is transported)
  • 24 November: The Inaugural Hack-Night at the new Campus (The “Unboxing”)

So between now and then, we’ll hope you all enjoy Quarantine:ABQ staged by Blackout Theatre in our new space, and then come and see us through the move and into our next iteration… Quelab 2.0!


Howdy all, Greg here. We’re trying to get a huge turnout for today’s monthly membership meeting (and Potluck). Please join us at 680 Haines NW (near 7th) to eat some food, meet all the new regulars, and get a sneak preview of the new Quelab version 2.0.
Location Map: https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=680+Haines+Ave+NW,+Albuquerque,+NM&aq=&sll=34.166233,-106.026069&sspn=17.309081,33.815918&vpsrc=0&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=680+Haines+Ave+NW,+Albuquerque,+New+Mexico+87102&t=m&z=17&iwloc=A

NOTE: The new space will be pre-occupied for the next month as Blackout Theatre uses it for an interactive haunted house (post apocalyptic zombie survival event). I’ve already seen their set up and its FANTASTIC! While we’re there today, please be courteous of their set and look but don’t touch. Thanks in advance.
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