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    05-15-2019, 03:25 AM
    Industen replied to a thread Fog: Fog Distribution in Yard in Halloween Props
    I use a 1 inch grid system with aqua blocks stationed around the yard as chillers. They are super easy to fill and keep the fog super low. I drill a few holes in the pipe here and there to allow some seepage. The main output is left alone. I have 4 blocks and a 1600watt fog machine, works great. I let my grass grow in the areas where the grid is going to hide the pipe. For those unfamiliar with aqua blocks they are typically used for water for weight to keep the edges of your pool cover down...
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    05-10-2019, 11:22 AM
    If you want it real simple. Use a fish caster reel with fishing line(you will not see it). Attach a reversible motor relay to it. Run that motor off a 9v battery(no wires, easy to mount). This will provide the up down movement. Create a small platform and mount a second motor to the center. Attach the 9v motor to the end of the platform so it gets good circular rotation. Then attach that platform motor to the ceiling. You will need two voltage adjusters to slow down both movements since...
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    05-02-2019, 06:08 AM
    Halstaff started a thread Mechanical: Wiper Motor driven Grave Digger in Halloween Props
    I'm finally back to doing videos. Here's my version of the Grave Digger -
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    05-01-2019, 01:48 PM
    Industen replied to a thread Static: Need Funhouse Mirror Advice in Halloween Props
    They also sell plastic mirror spray paint. Just bend the plexiglas with a heat gun let it dry and spray it.
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    04-28-2019, 03:38 PM
    If you need the motor to stop and reset to parking in an exact postion you would need a Picovolt. Your other option would be to use an electric linear slide actuator if you want to avoid pnuematics. You could also use a bench power supply with a bigger amp rating if you need more then 5amps for the actuators. A picoboo plus has 4 inputs so you can use strobe, act 1, act 2, and wiper motor. Sounds like you can get away with using a 2 input. If both actuators go off at the same time you can...
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    04-27-2019, 03:04 PM
    Industen replied to a thread Electronic/Software: Inexpensive MP3 Player! in Halloween Props
    These boards do work when powered on. A relay would trigger power on. You also need a time delayed realy that goes to the millisecond. You have to find the sweat spot from time delay (sound) to activation. You set the time delay to x then when x ends it activates y. X 2.4 seconds(powered on but idle) Y when 2.4 finishes(plays sound) Don't expect crazy sound from them. I have built many pnuematics with them.
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    04-27-2019, 02:53 PM
    Relays will work. The type is your choice Timed, remote trigger, motion sensor, IF beam, a programmable like Picoboo or Boobox flex. There are remotes with multiple buttons that can control more then one prop. So you could put a fog machine on button 1 and the 12v actuator on button 2 which is the easiest to do. Each button has a different frequency so they don't interfere with each other. If you want it to do the same thing everytime you activate you can use Arduino, Picoboo, Boobox Flex or...
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