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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:44 AM
    That is one hell of a production. I'll try to get more pics of mine this weekend. Was going to be moving them outside, but weather...
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  • The Joker's Avatar
    05-17-2019, 04:34 PM
    Sorry... this thread was just calling to me for some reason. :) Not sure if you tried it yet, but Spirit Halloween has some options. I'm sure there are plenty others out there a Google search away... https://www.spirithalloween.com/product/kids-joker-costume-deluxe-batman/58910.uts?Extid=sf_froogle
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  • The Joker's Avatar
    05-17-2019, 04:19 PM
    Wow... this is discouraging to read. :( I wish people would be inspired rather than get more lazy. That's crazy! Many people stop by to say they love the decorations, or alter their normal walking routine to pass by the house every day, but I wish some would get more into the spirit. UnOrthodOx - That's great that you've had some success inspiring others! One of the reason's I asked this was because I came across some videos about a neighborhood in Romeo, Michigan... Tillson St. Man I...
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    05-17-2019, 11:17 AM
    bfjou812 replied to a thread Pneumatic: Pop-up Lunger mech plan in Halloween Props
    The one I built was based on the design from Pandemic Haunt Productions. I changed some of the dimensions to suit my needs, but the basic idea and layout was there and that is what I used. Their website seems to be gone, not sure if they are still in business. If you want to pm me and I might be able to send you the plans. I did change things in the construction of it due to the fact that I didn't / don't like the idea of a bolt going through a hole in a square tube for a pivot. I used...
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  • bfjou812's Avatar
    05-17-2019, 05:05 AM
    You would be better off trying a local fabrication shop.
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    05-17-2019, 04:58 AM
    bfjou812 replied to a thread Pneumatic: Pop-up Lunger mech plan in Halloween Props
    Here is one I built a few years ago. The only thing I can envision is the whole mechanism falling from the ceiling if not very securely mounted. If the movement is somewhat fast/violent you will have the whole thing moving around if not secured. https://youtu.be/XxEPs6mbq8U If you have any questions , PM me here.
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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    05-17-2019, 03:17 AM
    Sitting here listening to a particularly violent hailstorm in the dark of the morning. The sunflowers might be toast (they are generally tough, so maybe not). Most the tomatoes have a row cover on, though, and at least I had decided against trying to push the pumpkins out yet. That's an awesome wagon Kdestra. Who's pup? I can just see him riding down the street in the wagon LOL.
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    05-15-2019, 06:19 AM
    Yeah, I was prepared for a huge fail from the get go, but to have it down to it being eaten is hard to swallow. I'm not set up in any way to prevent such eating in the future either. I actually encourage the likely culprits of cats or skunk (more likely with the digging) to keep away other unwanted things anyway.
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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    05-14-2019, 08:43 PM
    Define 'going big'. There's been a marked increase over the last 7 years. I don't think it's coincidental at all that my carving party started 8 years ago. But, I had a haunt for many years before that as well that didn't quite elicit the same response as getting the neighborhood involved with the party seems to have. No, no one 'goes big', as in cover a yard in a haunt, but they 'go small'. They actually decorate. Bats in trees, a couple props here or there, light projections,...
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  • The Joker's Avatar
    05-14-2019, 05:13 PM
    Hey all. Just curious, have any of your neighbors started decorating ďbigĒ after you started, or after you moved in? Iím sure some of you are lucky enough to live on the same block as other haunters, but Iím curious if anyone here has inspired another nearby to start their own excessive Halloween decorating? It hasnít happened here. Iím just asking because I wish another home on the block would go all out and decorate big. It would be inspiring. The nearest house near here that decorates pretty...
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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    05-14-2019, 06:57 AM
    Lesson from the millet experiment. Millet is delicious. That is all. Something dug all of it up and ate it from the garden yesterday/last night, after my cats ate what they could reach indoors.
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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    05-13-2019, 03:30 AM
    Don't know that I mentioned, but the seeds I bought this year were coated, so I didn't dare do the baggie method I normally do. I'd been getting nervous since it'd been a week, but we finally have some pumpkins. 3 of the Big Moose have sprung to life. I double checked one of the minis on one of the Early Giants, and they both had barely germinated, so will bee a bit behind. We also sewed a bunch of indian corn I got in a free pack with one of my orders and a bunch more sunflower...
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  • The Joker's Avatar
    05-11-2019, 01:45 PM
    Thanks GoS. I tried all of those codes before posting here, but no luck. This was a last ditch effort. :) I appreciate the suggestion.
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  • The Joker's Avatar
    05-10-2019, 07:58 PM
    Hey all. Anyone have a coupon code for GR?
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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    05-10-2019, 02:50 AM
    Beetles are my absolute favorite bugs. I know butterflies get all the love, but I find beetles beautiful. Good news is that's a predatory species, eating less desirable things in your yard. That said, here in the west, the painted ladies have gone freaking insane this year. (video is for California, but going on here in Utah too) https://www.nbcnews.com/video/annual-migration-of-painted-lady-butterflies-reaches-southern-california-1457087043556
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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    05-10-2019, 02:08 AM
    The invention of stucco seems to have introduced breeding grounds for all true bugs, allowing them to overwinter and emerge earlier.
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  • The Joker's Avatar
    05-09-2019, 07:57 PM
    I've seen a version with a lower pivot point like yours. I don't think it's an issue if you fix your shorter metal connector to the motor. If you don't allow it to swing around the screw so loosely and fix it tight, you will have greater swing, more than 10".
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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    05-09-2019, 06:50 AM
    Afraid I was much more interested in the bugs at the time...and there was so much bee activity my daughter was afraid of the house, so, no pics. This is a sweat bee that preferred to come to the russians. Huntsman (more commonly known as daddy long legs, but NOT a spider, and not to be confused with the huntsman spider) Longhorned bees would be sleeping on the sunflowers every night/morning until they warmed up in the sun.
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    05-08-2019, 11:15 AM
    The Joker replied to a thread Other: Flying Crank Ghost in Halloween Props
    Many thanks, J-Man! Great advice, and you helped a ton. I wasn't at all aware. Again... ignorant. :) If I'm going to build props, I really need to start studying this stuff.
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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    05-08-2019, 10:06 AM
    I made a sunflower house for my daughter out of the russian giant ones a few years back. They seemed much more hardy and not as big as the mammoth, and attracted some different bees, which I found interesting. Don't know if the seeds are any good.
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    05-08-2019, 08:48 AM
    The Joker replied to a thread Other: Flying Crank Ghost in Halloween Props
    Thanks J-Man. Sorry I wasn't clear. First and foremost I was looking for battery powered LED lights for the eyes of the ghost and when searching for them, the eBay results come back with tens of thousands of listings, and most where Christmas string lights. I couldn't find what I was looking for, but I just came across some now and can use them for my ghost. Here's what I was struggling to find. To my second question though. I want to use a pair for a Creep to put in the yard. I'm...
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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    05-07-2019, 05:21 PM
    Well, after 3 years of trying. Assuming 25 seeds per pack...I am now officially 1 for 75 on getting gourd seeds to germinate!
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  • The Joker's Avatar
    05-07-2019, 05:02 PM
    The Joker started a thread Other: Flying Crank Ghost in Halloween Props
    Hey all. I'm thinking of building a flying crank ghost, and potentially a cauldron creep. I need help finding battery powered LED lights for the ghost eyes. What would I search for on eBay or other website to narrow the search, or does anyone have another source. A simple eBay search brings up several thousands of listings, none of which are what I'm looking for. I'm also looking for a plug in version for the creep if I can find them. I'd rather not need to go out and turn on the eyes every...
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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    05-07-2019, 11:10 AM
    My god, I just want to taste one of those now.
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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    05-07-2019, 06:24 AM
    Wow, that's going to be a lot of net... So...the only weakness I see to your plan is any that are already in the soil. I'm only vaguely aware of the control means, but I presume it similar to squash bugs where you'd normally burn vines, disc the field late in the fall to disturb the pupa, and till it before last frost to destroy even more. And you pretty much necessitate hand pollinating, but that's not as much a concern for giants.
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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    05-06-2019, 10:49 AM
    So, what is going on with the enclosure? What are you trying to accomplish? Kinda crazy how much they've grown already! So, my Big Moose seeds come coated...I've never experienced that before, looked like a pink sealed bag over each one. Not knowing how they would react to my preferred baggy method, I just plunked them into pots this year. 9 Moose, 8 Early Giants, and 2 each of Jill be Little, Casperita, and a Blaze mini I don't remember buying or what it looks like? Garden...
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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    05-03-2019, 05:23 PM
    Yeah, we had snow on Wednesday, and it'll be 76 by Sunday. Lows in the 40s consistently and still frost danger.
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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    05-03-2019, 06:08 AM
    Ditto with me on the french varieties. I did manage to get some OK results when planting them inside a corn patch, so the corn provided shade. I figure it's just too hot here for them in the summer. Though I did have that one gorgeous musquee the slugs ate...I might have to try that again some day. ooojen, that is quite the list! I don't think we had enough room for all that when I was working the farm!
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    05-03-2019, 05:47 AM
    Tilled in the 'green manure' cover crop yesterday, coupled with all the composting of the leaves and pumpkins last year, I can tell the garden is in MUCH better shape than last year, but still nowhere near where it was prior to all the remodeling. I'd focused on getting 50% of it back in shape this year, and it looks like that's mostly worked as planned. Getting a load of composted turkey manure this weekend. Starting the pumpkin seeds this weekend as well. Sunflowers have sprouted...
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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    05-01-2019, 10:22 AM
    I have a pair of ION block rockers that pair to each other. (you'd pair one to the other speaker, then one to your phone/source) Used to be perfect for my yard, one in front, one in back. After our house expansion though, that distance is too great for bluetooth, so I run them individually. Could have sworn I saw a 4 pack of wireless/chargeable speakers at a greater image location around the same time.
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