Electric/sprink systems for a mod haunt
I was wanting to know how you could make a wirinig harness for a modular show?.This would be for all scenes.And would also be powered by a generator.Also how to build a sprinkler system for the show just in the case of no sprinlers in building.I susspect I would need a plumber or electrition for both.I would like to thank you for any help.Have a great haunt season.
How the pros do modular electrical
There are several ways to accomplish the electrical part. Depending on how much you want to spend. Like the earlier post says, you can build quad boxes for each room and extension cords back to a sub-panel that then connects into the main panel. The sub panel provides you with a distribution point for all power, and is commonly used throughout the concert industry for just that purpose. I have built my own distribution boxes (commonly referred to as distros in the event industry) but they can be purchased as well if you are not familiar with electrical concepts. Your big tours which travel from venue to venue, and setup/teardown lighting and audio every night use a similar apporach. Each venue will provide a certain amount of power for the main power, and they connect to the main power using heavy welding cables. These then go to a "distro" box where the power is distributed to the audio and lighting equipment. The big trick with this method is the connectors used for power. They use cam lock connectors, which are those big round connectors that twist onto the mated connectors (look at large welding systems). A little more expensive but very portable and very modular - i have setup power for major rock and roll shows in the time it takes to roll out 200 ft of cable!
Sprinkler systems are an entirely different story. My wife runs a large night club which of course requires a sprinkler system as most commercial buildings do in this state, and it requires a sprinkler company to install and maintain, as well as test with the Fire Marshall annually. Check with teh local fire marshall ahead of time because they are going to ahve other requirements, such as flame retardant materials (keep all the tags from props and materials you buy), radio communications, fire extinguishers, ample exits, etc.