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    (This has good advice for those looking for repair tips/tricks, etc.) As it turns out, I happened to miraculously have a spare of the shredded gear mentioned in part 1. Here it is in place! If you are wondering where it came out of, it originally belonged to a Spare Hand Jar that had fried out...
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    (This post is a mix of repair/humor, and all in good fun. Please don't be afraid to comment/help out!) After MONTHS of calling Mr. Shivers about his worsening heart conditions, hearing endless excuses about how he feels "drained" and out of juice, and hearing his constant complaining about...
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    Hey! I have a Jason and a Ghostface who need work on their arms. Jason's arm gets stuck and I have to move it to get it working again, and Ghostface's arm is slowing down as each year passes, and will eventually need a new motor. My question is, what gears do these items use on the end of their...
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    Hello, I have a high voltage box that closes about 90% of the way with no issue, however it jumps back open and will never go down all the way to hit the relay switch. A perfect video example is this: Does anyone know what I can do to fix this? I've been working on it for a while and it looks...
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    We have a wacky theme for this year. We're building giant bobble heads of classic movie monsters. The heads are foam, weigh between 5-10lbs, and are about 30 in. tall. I plan to use a pneumatic piston to nudge them from underneath to make them bobble on command, but I'm having trouble deciding...
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    I think I have read every thread regarding wiper motors but haven't seen one addressing my problem. I'm building an Axworthy Ghost and have purchased a MG Wiper Motor. My question is this: what's the best way to attach the bicycle wheel, pulley, pie plates, (etc), or whatever you may be using...
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    Just a video showing the progress on my Leering Larry. Mechanical done. Now gotta make him look like a rotting pirate and position him in place with a lantern. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpRn2rHFUNc
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    Here is a photo of my Floating Candle Prop that I design and built a few years ago. It is a pretty simple mechanical animation prop, but the results (with the right lighting and setting) can be pretty impressive. I give away all of my secrets in my how-to videos, if you would like to see it in...
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    I recently came across a fence that I've adapted for in front of my graveyard. It's naturally weathered and looks perfect and covers the entire 40 foot front of the area. It has a small gate that I want to insert in the middle and use a wiper motor to open and close the gate, obviously with...
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    Just finished up another prop for our district show. I posted pictures of the mechanical stuff before, here is the finished piece.
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    I've been wanting to make a working countdown clock from The Nightmare Before Christmas for a while now, but I'm stuck on one part of the design and could use some input from you guys. My goal is I want to make the countdown part of the clock (### Days to Halloween) actually functional, but I...
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    Hi All! I'm hoping the Halloween hive-mind can come together and help me brainstorm this! My dream costume is Medusa, but I only want to do it if I can get the snakes to move in the headpiece. Right now, I'm thinking about 6 snakes that will swivel or move just slightly. The snakes themselves...
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    Hi Got this zombie girl on a swing..... there is a cord with a cube on the end with a hole in it (attached to the base of her butt). Where does this plug into?? Looked everywhere!! grr frustrated. thanks for any help you give me!
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    So after seeing the deteriorating condition of some of my props after 5 years, I decided to scrap a few and make new ones. This stirring witch prop used a record player and pool noodles for arms and it worked alright until the record player died. https://youtu.be/CYviZUTAzNg?t=42s So its time...
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    I am planning / buying the materials for an Axworthy ghost build. And having never built one before, I have questions of the wise ones among us. First off - does anyone know why it is called an "Axworthy" ghost? How long a line can you run (which bridges into the next question)? What...
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    We're new here, but wanted to say hello and let everyone know about some of the mechanical scares we have built over the last 8 years for our walk-through haunted house. We'll be holding our 8th Annual this year, and still going strong. If you're interested, check out...
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    I've seen these in videos, like funniest home videos, and always wanted to make one. I'm not a mechanical genius but they can't be that hard, can they? I have a wooden box with a lid that opens with hinges. How would I rig up the stuffed animal to fly out when the box is opened? Thanks!
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    EDIT: "Hmm maybe I should mention that I'm 18 and have no experience with motors, thus the reason I was asking for help. Any other suggestions? Maybe something that can utilize the the full rotation of the wiper motor?" I am about to acquire a windshield wiper motor and I had an idea in mind...
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