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Rattling Fence prop

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I have put this together using Bigants Actuator setup. If you want to know how it works, then his cheap and easy monster in a box thread has all the details, what to order etc.

I have simply attached some shiplap fence boards to a panel, just securing them on one side.

I have mounted the actuator system to push against the boards, and this is fired by the remote control.

I will add more boards and stain etc and include this in a larger fence section, which will have zombie arms waving through it. The rattling fence will add to effect that the zombies are breaking through.

If you like this, it would cost less than $20 to make and is very, very simple to do, so have a go. You can order all the parts from amazon, bar the pallet and some fencing.

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The controller board being used has four relays on it which are fired by remote control.so to get the actuator to move just requires repeated pressing of the corresponding button on the remote. I would like to find a way to have these fire via a PIR or timer, but it is hard to do as it needs repeatdly firing in a short period rather than simply on or off.

My thought would be to hack the controller and link it to a computer somehow so that the computer is sendiing the signal via the remote to the relays. That way you can have all 4 actuators controlled via computer and triggered via PIRs or pressure pads etc.
You don't need a computer for this, just a microcontroller.
 
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