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Ok guys, after cleaning my garage all day yesterday, I'm ready to start working for next year.

My first project is to enhance the Trash Can which was highly effective, yet overly simplistic this year because it was my only prop. As I plan on adding a few more pieces next year, it needs to become automated and more reliable.

Problem 1: Relying on gravity to bring the head down isn't cutting it.

I used a pumpkin head this year and the stem on the head continually got caught on the lid of the can. The lid had a string attached to it which was mounted to the wooden base holding the piston upright.

As I ran into trouble late in the game, I removed the solenoid from the sprinkler valve so that I had a default exhaust port to allow the head to come down.

I did some more research and I would like to have a system that actually retracts or pulls the piston back down. I THINK (not sure, which is why I'm asking you guys) I want to use a 4-Way Valve to achieve this.

I found this valve on Monster Guts: http://monsterguts.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=56 Can someone tell me if it is the right one to use?

Also, I think I burned out my Christmas Tree remote this year. I'm not sure what I did, but does anyone have a remote system which they would recommend to work with this valve?

Thanks for the feedback,

Horseman
 

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After looking around a bit more I was thinking of purchasing this remote http://www.frightprops.com/controllers-electronics/remote-control/wireless-trigger-2-relay-25354.html to use with this solenoid http://www.frightprops.com/pneumatics/solenoid-valves/5-way-solenoid-valves/4-way-5-port-valve-with-1-4-inch-orifices-0923-0001.html but I'm still a bit confused on how to wire this appropriately.

With the Christmas Tree remote i opened the case, cut the plug off the wires, stripped them and crimped them to the wires on the solenoid. However it worked for a while before failing. I'm not very electrically savvy so I was wondering if anyone knew how the remote I linked in this reply would be wired. I need this in really the most basic explanation possible - like red wire goes here and black wire goes there.

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Mods - if this board has them - you can delete this posting. I found what I need.

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