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11-05-2006, 04:17 PM
does any1 know where i can buy this prop?or does anyone have plans for building one?

Jim Warfield
11-06-2006, 10:15 PM
I have a "Crawlspace" exhibit I built many years ago. It appears to have "something" crawling under the ground to attack the customer.
Like almost anything of this sort, it requires numerous custom produced major parts and tedious assembly.
If your time is figured to be worth almost nothing(as I figure mine when i'm doing my work here on my haunted house) the materials will still be costly, possibly as much as ....$500.oo?
I have no degree in engineering(Or anything) so no blueprints will be available.....sorry.

11-07-2006, 02:17 PM
ahhh i thought you had a real haunted house you gave tours through.i didnt realize you had props in there.

Jim Warfield
11-07-2006, 05:42 PM
Ghosties don't always punch in on time, so in the meantime I have to have something to show to people.
Most people find my work on props and my narration of the house tour pretty entertaining.
This is all I do for a living for going on 20 years I must be doing something that people like, here in a village of 1,700 retired farmers and young unemployed in the middle of a cornfield.
I knew from the beginning that I would have to put forth enough effort to inspire repeat business especially since almost all of my business drives a long way to arrive here.
This house has been haunted since at least 1925. Elderly people here told me not to buy it because it was haunted.
Some people freak out just getting near the house and have a problem even thinking about coming inside of it.
My Great-grandfather worked in this house as a bartender from 1908 to 1912, my family has some history with these walls.

Greg Chrise
11-18-2006, 09:59 PM
But on the other hand, during long spells of supernatural activity, you can stand by the time clock and see second shift exchange greetings to first shift as they leave. Hey Ralf. How ya doin Sam? Tough day? Yep, church group, Oh okay, see ya. Ghosties packin lunches with thermoses of coffee.

11-19-2006, 09:31 AM
This room will have to be off to one side as it will not hold the weight of people. Make the floor about three feet lower then the rest of the flooring, line it like one of those home made ponds, so it holds water. Take planks and hinge them together and place styrofoam blocks on the ends of each plank. Once this is all done, the floor will float on the water, the wood will not be in the water as it will be floating on the styrofoam blocks. Then use some ball or something that can be pulled a cross the water under the wood, this will make the floor move up and down. You could have someone pull it a cross or make some sort of motor do it. I have never done this, it's just off the top of my head. You may have to play with it to get it to work right.

01-10-2007, 01:05 PM
I think your looking for this prop:


However i believe it was custom made by Brckee. Here is a link to more pictures of his props and also daylight pictures of the rippling floor effect...


Hope this helps!

01-11-2007, 06:57 AM
Thanks Beardedbil !
That prop is cool,,
Sure would like to have the blue prints of it..

Jim Warfield
01-11-2007, 09:00 AM
My design might be alot less teidious to make (sawing all those little boards so precisely)
I build a long thin box to hold the mechanics and use canvas for a lid to the box, the canvas is painted and decorated to resemble dirt then a garage door opener does the rest.(it is in the box)
My house just happened to have a real crawlspace dug out to access heating pipes and I put the display in there (heating pipes are long gone)
I had to re-install this once because some really stupid customers crawled on top of it and broke it all down, one busy October as a tour guide of mine wasn't paying attention. The same fate befell my neatest display, the octopus tenticle arm reaching out and up, slapping the wall making a steel manacle ring like a bell hanging there from a small hole in the wall of the wine cellar, a kid wrestled with it, that was "IT!"
I have this all on tape, somewhere?
It was shown on a tv station from Peoria?

01-11-2007, 08:45 PM
thanks bill.yeah thats what im looking for plans for building one tho

01-12-2007, 06:24 AM
Wasn't the floor part of that at Transworld last year or the year before at the Tom Savini booth?

01-12-2007, 06:53 AM
Wipp, check your PM's

01-12-2007, 06:59 AM
Hi, I've been googling this alot. The key word I came up with '
( Skelerector ) is one part of the prop,not the floor part.
www.teambac.com has a very good How -to page on building
the skelerector. I'm trying to place a skelerector in a cemetery,
under ground in a concrete burial vault.
Hope any of this helps. I'm still looking..

Jim Warfield
01-12-2007, 07:57 AM
..so your pnuematics will have to lift a concrete burial vault?
WOW! impressive! Massive cylinders! Robbed from a big bulldozer?
I know when that vault lifts off that I would sure be running!

01-12-2007, 01:12 PM
..so your pnuematics will have to lift a concrete burial vault?

No jim..
A vault in the ground, with no (concrete) lid. @ grade level.
place the skelerector in the vault. I will need some kind of
cover to hide the skelerector ? maybe a pnuematic door.or doors.

01-18-2007, 10:30 AM
how about this one?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Halloween-Haunted-Prop-TREMORS-8ft-Rippling-Floor-Board_W0QQitemZ230077633671QQihZ013QQcategoryZ910Q QssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

These guys are in the same city as I am, so I could always go check it out if someone was interested.

01-18-2007, 01:43 PM
yeah i emailed them,you need to turn a big crank to make it work.also their boards would hang down if used on the celing.they said by may they will have 1 rdy that can be used on the celing and can be triggered

Jim Warfield
01-18-2007, 01:51 PM
Chug a couple bottles of "Ripple" and the floor and ceiling looks like it's doing those things.

01-18-2007, 01:52 PM
That sucks. I would have thought it would be pneumatic and triggerable. Looks like I have to design one now.

01-18-2007, 09:58 PM
Three years ago when Tom Savini formed his prop company, Boss Productions, they introduced a pneumatic rippling floor at TransWorld. It was designed and built by Gutch Manderino. The following year Gutch designed the rippling stairway in the same fashion. I know that he once had plans to do a ceiling version for Saviniís haunt, Terrormania, but I donít know if it ever materialized. Gutch later joined up with laFond FX in Colorado, and if Iím not mistaken, Saviniís Boss Productions stopped building animations of any kind at that time.

Ken Spriggs
01-19-2007, 08:29 AM
The crank thing was also the way Savinis was (or at least the one I saw was)

If I remember right....it was just like a camshaft on a car engine
as it turned pegs made the floor go up

Jim Warfield
01-19-2007, 08:44 AM
Mine uses a garage door opener that moves a large rotating "ball" toward the patrons under the "dirt", which of course is not really dirt at all.
The items in my house that I manually operate have to be that way for human judgement reasons and overall safe operation and they make me tired.

01-20-2007, 09:47 AM
Boss Productions offered thier rippling floor in a manually operated version as well. We got to know Gutch and Liz pretty well over the week-end of HauntCon in Charlotte. He has a very twisted mind which works well for prop building. And having all the artistic talent of Savini's school at his disposal didn't hurt either. I don't know if the overhead ceiling version was ever built for Savini's haunt, but listening to Gutch's description sounded great. Basically the ceiling of a long hallway would crack and crumble above the tour group like the footprints of a giant monster walking over thier heads.

01-20-2007, 09:54 AM
man does my haunt have a long way to go after hearin that

01-22-2007, 09:44 AM
I am done with my designs (two diffrent versions), and should have a working version at Ironstock and MHC.

01-22-2007, 11:10 AM
hey brian is it pnumatic?

01-22-2007, 11:18 AM
Oh yeah

01-23-2007, 05:35 AM
Cool. Iím anxious to see it in action.