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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Today, 11:10 AM
    Some people seem to be having trouble finding a decent/affordable pulley for this build. I think I may go ahead and post here how I sometimes build my own pulleys out of wood. I also posted in the student's thread that for this same prop that I built for myself three years ago, instead of a pulley, I used the empty spool from a spool of fishing line. It has to be modified a bit for use, but anything similar to that should work. It's even possible an empty tomato sauce or cat food can would...
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    Today, 10:58 AM
    Hi Minksocks, I hate to see you have to spend a lot of money on a plastic pulley. Maybe I should post in the instructor's thread NOW on how I make my own pulleys out of wood, on occasion. And to tell the truth, anything that is similar to a pulley will work. The first one of these I built, I used the empty spool from a spool of fishing line. It had to be modified a bit to work, but anything similar to that should work. And the motor--I'm waiting for the ebay seller to re-start selling...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Today, 10:50 AM
    Outstanding prop! And it looks like a real rat. Great job!
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    Today, 10:46 AM
    That or a switch mat of some sort on the seat. I just trigger mine with a remote control. I try to wait until people are ready to have their picture snapped, then turn it on. :)
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    Today, 10:44 AM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Atmosphere Effects: Paxley's Haunted Castle 2015 in Halloween Props
    Great video walkthrough! And yes, those fire and ice lights do add quite a bit to the atmosphere. Nice work!
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Today, 10:35 AM
    Somewhere I've got three joke routines that I use for my Joking Skeletons. I found them online several years ago. If you don't have something like that already, I can send them to you. The jokes are pretty corny, but humorous.
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    Today, 01:51 AM
    Lilith's Demon replied to a thread Really bad Ideas in Games
    Using people as landing gear
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    Today, 01:47 AM
    Lilith's Demon replied to a thread Banned! in Games
    Banned for using real lava
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    Today, 01:44 AM
    Lilith's Demon replied to a thread Ways to be annoying in Games
    Letting my weirdness spill out unfiltered into the internet...sorry
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    Today, 01:39 AM
    Lilith's Demon replied to a thread Who will post next?? in Games
    Nope. But Julianne can be next.
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    Today, 01:07 AM
    Lilith's Demon replied to a thread Random Humor in Haunted Humor
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    Yesterday, 11:29 AM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Atmosphere Effects: Paxley's Haunted Castle 2015 in Halloween Props
    Super looking pics, Pax! I'm glad 2015 was another banner year for your haunt. I've gotta get up to Hickory sometime and see your creations. Well done !
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  • Frankie's Girl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:40 AM
    From what I read, they get the trailers shipped to locations, and they'll be shrink wrapped and then stablized with big foam blocks which they just need to trash or recycle so good chance they'll be happy to get rid of them... found the mention!! http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/143342-maleficent-castle-entrance-throne-garage-facade-3.html#post1797502 Scroll down to the fifth picture and he says he got all those great blocks from Tractor Supply for free!
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  • Frankie's Girl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:20 AM
    Most craft places like Hobby Lobby will have some type of foam blocks or pieces but they'll be expensive for what you get. Check with a place called Tractor Supply and ask about foam blocks they get from trailers? I've read about that on here in the past, and they sometimes give them away for free (so I've seen; they usually trash them). Should be close to the size you need if not larger. Also check boat/marine supply places; I believe they supply REALLY large (white bead foam) pieces...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    02-06-2016, 05:56 PM
    Last night four young women drove for about four hours to arrive at my Haunted house. None of them had ever been here before, they found us on-line. They had many moments of laughing, loudly and freely. I think they were impressed by the house and the tour . They had some nervous moments, then had the laughs. I judge it to be a"perfect" tour simply from their reactions. Humor plays a large part in building and maintaining my Haunted House. I have had complaints from some because their...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    02-06-2016, 12:35 PM
    It looks fantastic! I love the gate, too.
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    02-06-2016, 12:33 PM
    UPDATE: Diabolik has offered to give the group a discount on the above mentioned motor kit. I'm not sure how much a discount, but I thought I would mention it and see how much interest there is in doing that. This is the 6 RPM motor, which is a bit slow for this prop. But, the motor could easily be swapped out for a faster one at a later date. (If the builder desires.) The kit would also definitely make the build less complicated.
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    02-05-2016, 07:26 PM
    I also meant to mention in my thread that a member of this forum runs Spider Hill Prop Works and he sells one of these same synchronous motors. It's a bit more expensive than the Chinese motor, but it already has a crank and mounting plate attached to it. It's the 6 RPM motor. This could be an alternative. His customer service is top-notch, too! http://www.spiderhillpropworks.com/6-RPM-Synchronous-Gear-Motor-KIT_p_34.html
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    02-05-2016, 07:24 PM
    Yes, I order the motors from China because they are so cheap. Thanks for the info. on the Chinese New Year celebrations. Gee, and I thought we Americans were partiers! The seller's note on ebay said selling would resume on Feb. 9th. That's all I'm going on. there ARE other Chinese sellers on e-bay with similar motors, just I can't vouch for how reliable these sellers are. I also meant to mention in my thread that a member of this forum (Diabolik) runs Spider Hill Prop Works and he sells one...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    02-05-2016, 07:13 PM
    I'm glad to see $pirit is finally making props that will appeal to our alternative-lifestyle haunters. JK :)
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    02-05-2016, 03:04 PM
    "Sheriff, why would anybody want one of those old , obsolete Naval Shells? I wouldn't imagine they could be just too useful in any modern military application, I mean, you would need a big cannon to fire such a shell and that would not be an easy thing to come up with, would it?" "Well, I have been doing some thinking about exactly what you just said, and my "take" on this is, I am pretty sure no gun tube would be involved or used at all, too heavy and like you said, they would need so much...
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    02-05-2016, 01:51 PM
    "Terrorism, huh? Right here ? What do you have for me?' The Newspaper man looks around the Sheriff's office becoming more nervous.. "Could we speak in your office?" There are several Deputys and some radio dispatchers nearby. The Sheriff gives a quick little giggle and smirk as he nods affirmative and the walk the few steps to more privacy. "So, what gives?" "My Son gets a subscription to a Science magazine from England, it's a low-volume publication and sometimes some fairly goofy,...
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    02-05-2016, 01:19 PM
    The board's software coding doesn't like the newer http links (the ones with the youtu.be designation). I usually just paste that one into the address bar to go visit it and then copy the resulting longer address to use on Halloween Forum. So using your example: I'd go to https://youtu.be/RLJ_9id2yik, and once on that page, I'd see the following actual address in the web browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLJ_9id2yik&feature=youtu.be Copy THAT address and paste it into the
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    02-05-2016, 01:35 AM
    "Well, after a couple of Months now and those two World War Two Naval shells have not surfaced anywhere, no gun show, no ads in a magazine or Newspaper, nobody confessed to taking them or helping someone else take them, they have not been rolled down "Tucky hill', nor placed someplace for a prank.. and to consider how much reward money has been raised by some service organizations, you would think, somebody, some place would know where they are and how to get that reward money, now wouldn't...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    02-05-2016, 01:03 AM
    "Well, it's been awhile since I last drove by this place, I see the new owner has a big gate up now." "Gates like that are still pretty rare around this County, even with all of the people who moved here from the big-city." "Looks like even the sheriff will have to ring the gate's doorbell to be allowed entrance." "Yes, it does, well here goes." "I can't tell if anything is happening or not.' "Neither can I...how long should we wait do you suppose?" The Sheriff gets out of the Squad...
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    02-04-2016, 08:52 PM
    Gym Whourlfeld replied to a thread Mechanical: My NBC props for Christmas in Halloween Props
    Turning you "IN"!! You are starving Jack to Death! Feed him! Very nice Yard! Very nice things that you have !!.. but please! Feed Jack!
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    02-04-2016, 08:41 PM
    "Whoa!" The blurped Police siren woke up the dozing newspaper owner as he was leaning against the door frame of his business entrance. He straightened up quickly, effortlessly. As the County Sheriff watched him he was slightly envious of that man's ability to relax like that almost any place, not some the sheriff could ever do again, what with his official title and job because some, somebody might decide to take the fullest advantage of a dozing sheriff and...well, you know... "All set?" ...
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