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  1. Static: Homemade Crashed Witch Prop

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    Oriental Trading sells these: https://www.orientaltrading.com/witch-s-legs-yard-stakes-halloween-decoration-a2-13743271.fltr?keyword=witch+legs
  2. Lowes icabod flame flaming pumpkin repair?

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    Seems strange the LED is going on and off intermittently. I'm guessing that replacing the led wouldn't help, since those usually don't go bad. I'm at a loss. Sorry.
  3. Lemax Spooky Town - Madam Ashbury's House of Wax: missing adaptor

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    All you need is another 4.5 volt DC adapter rated at 700 milliamps (or more). Might find one on E-bay or Amazon. I checked one of my favorite surplus sites, but didn't see one.
  4. Best line for axworthy ghost

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    I use the Spiderwire too, and highly recommend it. Bought mine at Bass Pro Shop many years ago,
  5. Mechanical: Dave's Grave Digging Skeleton - Re-Engineered.

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    Thanks for all of the positive comments! I appreciate all of them. chubstuff - yes, you said a mouthful. Although I have come up with many original props over the years, most of the animated props I've built were originally conceived by another haunter. It wasn't until 2002 when I was first on...
  6. Pneumatic: how is this movement done?

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    Looks kind of like the swaying zombie prop mechanism. One of our own forum members, Diabolik, runs Spider Hill Props, and he sells a mechanism that might work for you. Or you can build your own. http://www.spiderhillpropworks.com/Animated-Swaying-Zombie-Complete-Kit_p_24.html
  7. Electronic/Software: Safety Coffin

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    I haven't seen them in a while, but if you could attach a vibrating motor to the "pole" holding the bell, when triggered it would shake the bell violently enough to ring like crazy. That would also free you from having to use string. You can make your own vibrating motor by attaching a half...
  8. Mechanical: Help with cauldron creep head movement

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    Great looking prop! I need to totally re-do my cauldron creep. Looking at your video, I think you would get more arm movement/motion if your stirring stick was straight instead of being curved. But, maybe you designed it that way. As far as the spine, I wonder if you could make or extend the...
  9. Static: Cemetery entry gates - a grand plan

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    Looking good! I had a good time making my cemetery columns. Good luck!
  10. Mechanical: Dave's Grave Digging Skeleton - Re-Engineered.

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    VIDEO: https://youtu.be/fTJSfBQC-WI This a project I actually completed for Halloween 2017, but have been lax in finding the time to take some decent pics and shoot a video of it in action. I always loved the Grave-Digging Skeleton, but always wondered if I could re-engineer it in a new way...
  11. Mechanical: Hoping for a Bit of Floating Candelabra Help

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    If you are wanting to float the candelabra like an FCG, it will work, just I would recommend using a very slow motor (3 or 4 RPM) for a subtle floating movement. And the crank for your motor will be very short, since the candelabra is not that wide. I would just experiment by mounting your motor...
  12. Ouija board That Moves?

    I've built many versions of an Animated Ouija board over the last ten years or so and they are not really that hard to build. Here's a link to a tutorial I made many years ago on how to build one...
  13. Door actuators help!

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    He's talking about these: https://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G21146 I used one for a prop once, but I manually triggered it off and on with a remote control. Not the easiest way to do it, I'm sure.
  14. Mad monster Phoenix June 28 -June 30 th

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    I've been to the Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, NC a few times. A lot of fun, but I've been out of town the last couple of times it came. I saw the advertisement for this years, and it looked like they've REALLY cut down on the number of celebrities attending. Kind of a shame. But, have a...
  15. Mechanical: Living Tombstone WIP inspired by Paul Kreutz

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    The video looks terrific! You're right, the random movement is a lot creepier than a constant motion would be. I like it !