View Full Version : Covering cracks between panels

08-03-2008, 09:59 PM
So you build walls 4x8 with luan or whatever covering them You place two walls side by side to make a bigger wall or corridor. My question to you my friends is how do you cover or hide those cracks or dont you worry about that? Keep in mind, I do not have the luxury of having my haunt up year round. In fact I am one of those poor souls taht starts set up Sept 9 and I have to be out of there by Nov 15!!! Thanks!

08-03-2008, 10:35 PM
Its only an issue if you have light leaking in from another room...other wise just use black tape to cover the cracks.

Greg Chrise
08-04-2008, 12:27 AM
I have seen various combinations. We don't do anything about seams or cracks but rather decorate over top of them and the objects provide a different focal point or due to limitations sorry you are currently in a black plywood habitrail with a seam every 4 foot. Waddaya want for $10. If it was the Raven's Grin in method, there would be a sign that says for full effect, do not look at the cracks that occur every 4 foot.

I have seen the black tape over the seams and it looks bad. I have seen panels built 8 foot by 8 foot with the seams running hoizontal with trim breaking up two patterns of decor. A bit better but I know the panels are twice as heavy and there is still a seam every 8 foot.

I often thought if it ever became an issue, I would have camper shell (that's what they call them here and I have been here so long I can't remember what they are really called) weatherstrip adhered to the panel sides. You know pick up bed shells? Aluminum or fiberglass box covery things with windows? They have a one side sticky tape insulating foam strip, roughly 1 inch wide and about 1/8 inch thick foam. The panels put together would smash it to block light or sound or fog or sneeze bacteria or soda explosions.

Other ways would be to work it into the decor like there might be column or a plastic tube, a rough wooden timber (really styrofoam) a rusty metal band with big round rivets. And (never start a sentence with "and"...I'm the only one that can do that) every room has a different thing going on so there is no pattern developed to make one want to count the cracks.

Howie Slobber Erlich
08-04-2008, 07:32 AM
If your floor is level and you build your panels well, they should butt up pretty tight together. If your walls are black you will barely be able to see the cracks at all. You can also use wall paper in areas that you are concerned about people noticing the cracks. Just wallpaper over the seems and paint it whatever color you need.

Howie "Slobber" Erlich
Deadly Intentions Haunted House/Prison

Jim Warfield
08-04-2008, 08:23 AM
Get some old half-destroyed wigs, shred out the hair and glue this over the cracks, Then watch the fun!
Making walls seemingly becoming a living thing is scary .

08-04-2008, 08:58 AM
Ron, most of our walls are prebuilt for us, as we are in a house but for the walls we put up we cover them in either wall paper, or bed sheets to hid the cracks. Ifs a dark room we dont worry about covering them. To be honest i went though ATOLS last year and didn't even notice the cracks. Your mind is soo preoccupied with the scares and props and the walls are the last thing you notice. I know on your end you notice them but I wouldnt worry about them too much. Just keep up the good work! Also, being such a sort time to set up if ya need help I know you got a good crew already but myself and a few of my good guys will come down and help ys build if ya need it. :-D

08-04-2008, 10:12 AM
Thanks for the input. I guess that might be a sign that I am staring to thing TOO much about my haunt when I have time to think about that. Yeah Sean I might just take you up on your offer. September is always a crazy time for me..... Illl let ya know...

Kevin Dells
08-04-2008, 05:09 PM
Ron, Ron, Ron! You never take my advice anymore!
Whats kevin's solution to every haunt problem you have!

Hire more Hot girls and place them at every crack!

I keep telling you! If you did that you could even charge three times more.

People will be walking through saying Holy Crap did you see the Blonde!

Only the idiot's going to respond "No i missed her but Man did you see all the gaps in the walls!"

Then during the off season youv'e got yourself a wonderful group of escorts to all the shows!
It's a win win situation for you buddy!

Greg Chrise
08-04-2008, 07:51 PM
I had the luxury of years of being a non celebrity customer and saw some pretty shabby displays. Except for one which amounted to the largest collection of Plywood in Texas, they all had some content that was enjoyable.

In a temporary situation I don't think the belief can ever be totally suspended that you are in a fabricated and limited environment. I decided from seeing success I didn't even care if sigle sided panels were used through the whole haunt and you saw framing that was at least painted.

Sure when you have the builder hat on this is quite the quandry. It comes down to still applying detail over the joints every year and considering the walls just a wall system. If it is something that has to be cut later to get it apart it just has a seam the following year.

A customer might at first impression be looking at wall segments for the first 60 feet or so but, hopefully there is enough content to distract as it goes along. When there is nothing in there and no actors or you are reviewing your construction, sure it stands out. The customers eye is bouncing all over like a shopping spree with a time limit.

Unless of course the customers are haunters and they think to themselves how did they build these walls? You still got their money or if they were allowed to do a wall inspection or free...What do you want for free, it has seams.

Greg Chrise
08-04-2008, 08:08 PM
Of course if you have windows and openings to the next room or where you were before, it adds confusion to where you are and where are you going. If I can see through so can the monsters and what is a person to do.

Instead of focusing on cracks, in some cases there is intentional bleed through from other chaotic sections. As the maze wraps around what is bleeding through might be next or 5 rooms down the line. I have lots of open holes instead of drop panels and they become a number of obsticles the customers know there is a 50/50 chance something is either watching them to pounce or something will infact come out of one of these holes or openings. Some are up high, some low, some are like windows with bars, some are missing bricks in a wall, some are chicken wire over holes. It's just crazy.

Things you just don't get to see in normal construction unless you are a slum lord specializing in renting to domestically violent and evil couples.

My very first collection of used walls, I got all of these crazy panels that other haunts rejected or had no way of using them in their "vision". To me the crazy panels were the best thing ever and I'm so happy no one else could figure them out or thought they had a use. Oh, they don't fit our theme or level of detail.

Really. Oh, I see, in other words it isn't any fun and pretending to be Hollywood sets with out the 20 million dollar budget or the green screen.