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    Default Cauldron creep help

    I made a Cauldron Creep in 2016, my first attempt and it turned out well however the whole unit just kept moving some much and eventually the whole thing would tip over. I want to use it again for this year as it was such a hit but I don't want the whole thing to tip over again. I just want the arms and head to move as its supposed to. I had the motor on the slowest speed. Not sure if the stick was too heavy? Any hints or tips that I could do please?

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    The Facebook link gets an error "content not available".
    However with my version of the cauldron creep, the "creep" that I use looks like a witch. I built the PVC frame (for the witch) in such a manner that I drive rebar into the ground and slide the PVC frame over the rebar up to about the knee level. This hides the supports and makes it so she can't move too much and doesn't fall over.

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    Cauldron creep help
    I can't view your video either to see whats going on, but when I made mine I made the base so that the cauldron rests on top of it and helps hold it down. I also tack a couple of stakes to the ends of the base to ensure it does not get blown over in a good wind. If your creeps movement is causing it to tip, then I'd say either the movement is too fast, or the creep is too top heavy. Both should be easy to correct. Here is a link to mine just for comparison... https://www.facebook.com/pg/yardhaun...64064963948769

    And video of it in action...


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    Oh, another thing, yes a lighter stick will go a LONG ways in countering problems with binding or jerky movement. Mine is a section of bamboo pole.

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    Brilliant thanks for the help guys. I will try all that's been suggested. See if I can get the video to work too just so you can have a better idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightfisher View Post
    Oh, another thing, yes a lighter stick will go a LONG ways in countering problems with binding or jerky movement. Mine is a section of bamboo pole.
    Any kind of willow tree branches will work perfectly. Willow is very light.
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