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  1. Halloween Props
    I have an idea for a safety coffin which is one of those graves with the bell on top in case someone is buried alive by mistake. I am thinking about how to make the bell ring. I know there are those with more electrical knowledge so I am looking for ideas. In general I came up with a couple of...
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    By using an extension cord as the basis of this project it not only allows you to plug any light into it, but more importantly the extension cord give you the ability to plug two lamps (bulbs) into the cord. I use two 25 watt bulbs (red or red and yellow?) and a 5A fuse. Total construction time...
  3. Halloween Props
    I need help from all you electronics gurus out there. Here's my problem: I want to build a spider prop, based on this spider The abdomen of the prop will be about 6 to 8 inches in diameter. The front and rear legs will be about 12 to 16 inches long, and the side legs will be proportionately...
  4. Halloween Props
    On an earlier thread I asked if anyone knew how to make the sound activated Spirt Halloween Graveyard Lanterns stay constantly lit instead of the momenary light after being activated by sound. A few replies, but nothing concrete on how to do it, so I decided to take it apart myself and see what...
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    Recently purchased the store display of these at Home Depot for $21 (told the cashier they were broken. Which they were, the arm brackets were broken off one of the witches two arms, so she took off 50% of the sale price) got them home to test out and the mouths don’t move, cauldron mech doesn’t...
  6. Halloween Props
    I recently obtained a Harvester from a local yard sale. Cosmetically, he is in great condition. No dirt anywhere on his inside or his clothes. The problem I am having is with his head rising mechanism. His eyes, mouth, and head turn all work great, however his head doesn't lift up or down. You...
  7. Halloween Props
    Hello, I'm trying to build a new trigger (timer and/or motion detector) for my small fog machine (110vac). It initially had a wireless trigger device which plugged into a 3-conductor connector at the rear of the machine. The device has failed. I've been looking at the schematic for a while...
  8. Halloween Props
    Hi all. Ordered 2 smaller animated props from Spirit Halloween and one came today, the leaping spider. Works great and will definitely scare but the issue I have is that the motion sensor doesn't work that well if at all, and need a simple PIR sensor that works with the hookup on the prop. I...
  9. Halloween Props
    Hello, I recently purchased a Helga the fortune teller MR124150 off a local for sale forum. The prop is complete but the previous owner removed the plug in wiring pins from the circuit board to disassemble for storage. I was curious if anyone has this prop and can take a picture of the circuit...
  10. Halloween Props
    I recently acquired a Morbid face ripper clown at a fair price but the sound doesn’t work. After a quick inspection I noticed several blue wires leading from the circuit board to the speakers and one of the blue wires was detached. Can someone provide a picture of the square circuit board so I...
  11. Halloween Props
    Hello. Bought eight oversized (but realistic looking) Styrofoam full skulls from Christmas Tree Shops. $6 or $7 each so couldn't pass up. The eyes light up but until I figure out how to hard wire or circuit them I won't be using lights). I could spike them four high on a bamboo stake, or turn...
  12. Halloween Props
    Hey everybody!! I have a quick question, I want control a 110 volt strobe light with the Arduino relay shield. The relays are rated for 110volt 3 amp so that should not be a problem. My question is does it matter which wire on the power cord to the strobe I cut and run to the relay?? I'm...
  13. Halloween Props
    I just bought this prop for half off because the voice has stopped working due to a bunch of kids jostling it to much. I took a peak at the circuit board and checked to see if the speaker was blown but it seems to be fine. have a high pitch noise amitted from speaker and you can hear the motor...
  14. Halloween Props
    Anyone have any experience with the Gemmy LED Short Circuit bulb? I've read mixed reviews on them, saying that they flicker for a while but then end up losing the flicker effect or just stop working entirely. I have the Gemmy flickering attic/basement lights but they're not bright enough...
  15. Halloween Props
    I used Jeff Haas's instructables hack for the talking skull by gemmy. The small circuit was a pretty easy build and works well. Many thanks to Jeff and the good folks who put that together. My problem is, my skull has the moving eyes controlled by a separate DC motor. The eyes turn one direction...
  16. Halloween Props
    See the attached diagram for wiring up a DC motor to a relay that reverses the motor's direction. It also includes limit switches that turn off the motor once whatever it's moving reaches a certain position. I used this with a linear actuator that opened and closed a coffin lid. I simply...
  17. Halloween Props
    Hello Greetings from the UK and thanks for welcoming me to this site. ? Hopefully someone can provide me with some advice re a project I want to do. I have little or no electrical experience so looking for some simple hints and tips. I bought a Gemmy Santa off eBay last year but it doesn't...
  18. Halloween Props
    I have about 15 prop controllers. 2 sets of the controllers are setting each other off or going off on a seeming separate circuit. The controllers are pretty rock solid and I'm very pleased with them--but I'm having this issue. I reduced one issue by placing one controller on a separate...
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