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  1. Lighting: Changing portraits lighting question?

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    I want to light my Haunted Mansion portraits with an external light, then also have the internal lights that give them the changing portrait effect light up via a lighting controller soundtrack, can this be done by using a prop controller such as a picoboo or arduino? As of now I have just...
  2. Electronic/Software: Convert piezo sound sensor to PIR (HC-SR501)

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    I just started getting into hacking props this year. Maybe next year I'll try my hand a my own custom props. Anyway... Last year, I bought the Rising Reaper on clearance at Wal-Mart. It runs off of 3 AA batteries. I dislike battery operated props, so I converted it to AC power by simply using a...
  3. Pneumatic: DARK SOULS BONEWHEEL DONE!!! Video Inside

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    Hard to believe but this is my 20 pneumatic prop So I wanted to connect a little bit more with some of the teens/adults so I decided to pull this from the Dark Souls video game series. This skeleton wheel is a PITA in this game. For those who do not know it is a spiked wheel with a skeleton...
  4. Electronic/Software: My Raspberry Pi based Monster in a box (Open Source)

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    Hey everyone, just thought I would show you my monster in a box. I am making it out of a RaspberryPi and Door Lock actuators. I am opensourcing the whole project on github (https://github.com/hevnsnt/monster). I am still working on everything, so I have not written instructions but I will. This...
  5. Electronic/Software: Life size Regan exorcist animated prop repair?

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    I picked this up years ago as a package deal with a few other life size props (bone collector, scream, headless horseman for $50 bucks). When I got it I figured I could figure out why she didn't work but honestly it kept getting put in the attic or if pulled out just put into background. At...
  6. Electronic/Software: CEREBUS prop missing FOG MACHINE RELAY CABLE

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    Nov 1st, 2016 I bought a Spirit Halloween Cerebus, but it is missing the FOG MACHINE RELAY CABLE. I contacted Spirit Halloween several times since then, and initially they said it was temporarily Out Of Stock. But after regular emails to them (they do answer promptly), they finally say the...
  7. Electronic/Software: Problems with trigger for Spirit Halloween scarecrow

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    Hello- I'm trying to make a sitting scarecrow prop work from a remote trigger. The trigger is just a relay with a remote control. I've done this before with other props (just yesterday the jumping spider) but I can't figure out what I'm missing with this one. I expected to use a 3.5mm audio...
  8. Pneumatic: Pneumatics newbie - Questions about sourcing equipment

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    I got a nice 12gal compressor off Craigslist so I'm good to go in that department but need hoses, fittings, solenoid valves, a cylinder with 4" travel. Maybe a controller or I might use arduino with a relay. I've read a lot on the FrightProps website - are they generally recommended here...
  9. Electronic/Software: Arduino relay shield controlling 110 volts

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    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...
  10. Lighting: RaspberryPi for controlling AC power--not just on / off, but dimming & RF control?

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    RaspberryPi for controlling AC power--not just on / off, but dimming & RF control? My wife is pushing me to pick something for my birthday, rapido. Today. I've always heard RaspberryPi is great for Halloween / Christmas / Home automation. I'm not a developer; just write the occasional...
  11. Electronic/Software: Four Banger Relay Problem

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    Hey people, So I just built my Four Banger and i'm running into an issue, my relays aren't going off! The problem i'm running into is that when I trigger the sequence nothing on the relay board goes off, no clicks or lights are going off. I'm using the 12v instead of 5v. HELP ME!!! :(
  12. Electronic/Software: How to wire a wireless remote relay?

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    So I picked up one of these: http://www.monsterguts.com/store/product.php?productid=17717 to trigger one of these: http://www.monsterguts.com/store/product.php?productid=17726&cat=249&page=1 But, since it didn't come with any documentation on how to wire it up. I can't get it to work. Every...
  13. Electronic/Software: Remote not working anymore :(

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    Well, just had to order a new relay for our remote control jumping spider. Was working intermittently when I set it up to test so I thought the remote might need batteries. Still not right so I put my testor on the relay to see what was happening. Got my 12v going in but nothing coming out when...
  14. Electronic/Software: two flash crackers

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    Has anyone tried to wire up two flash crackers to a picoboo using one of the controllers no/c terminals. Then connecting the flash crackers to a dpdt 12vdc relay. I tried this but when the relay opens up the flash cracker wont stop, i have to push the button on plug to stop it. Any one have any...
  15. Mechanical: Connecting Electricity to a relay

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    Hi All: So I have two lights that have power cords to them. I'd like to connect them to a relay that will tell them when to go on and off....unsure how to do this though...anyone have advice/experience???? --Tony
  16. Electronic/Software: Help with Vixen and 8 channel Relay board

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    So I got this 8 channel relay board a few years ago from Carls Electronics: https://www.electronickits.com/parallel-port-relay-board-assembled-tested/ And following these direction from circuit basics I wired it in a similar fashion, with the only exception that I extended the hot (black)wire...
  17. Electronic/Software: AC current draw closes a secondary relay

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    Simple:110VAC --- Plug --- Device1 The device draws essentially no current, but when it does, how can its current trigger a secondary relay? Like this: 110VAC --- RelaySensorModule --- Plug --- Device1 | |____________ Device2 ...so that the sensor module is a...
  18. Electronic/Software: How to capture pictures for a scare moment?

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    I don't have much knowledge of camera's but I would like to be able to automatically capture the scare moments on a scare. Maybe even have a live feed to a tv near the line for the waiting patrons. Is it as easy as hacking into a wired shutter controller and running through a relay or is it...
  19. Electronic/Software: Modifying a motion relay to RC

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    Hello, I was wondering if anyone could help me. I'd like to change a motion activated relay on one of my animatronic halloween props to a remote control switch. Is this pretty easy to do? Are there any tutorials you can point me to? I found a 1 Channel Wireless Controller (On/Off) switch on...
  20. Atmosphere Effects: Ghostly footprint help

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    I am trying to find the thread that makes the prop - ghostly footprints. The prints that are made out of plastic with led lights in the heel and run by a relay. I need to order that relay. Thank you in advance.
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