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I want to make the trash can trauma, but I have no idea what the stuff is. So what is a solenoid and how do the pneumatics work? Thank you for you're help.
 

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I'd recommend looking at hauntproject.com and seeing their Trash Can Traumas projects. You can also buy several prop books, either by dcpropshop or Ron Hurst. (techinicalterror.com)
 

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Catbert, whatever you do, don't feel overwhelmed by this stuff. I was really tentative about it when I did my first pneumo, and it turned out to be very straightforward. More than that, it's really FUN!
 

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I read in all of those and I understand it all, thank you. Now where do you guys get you're pneumatics?
 

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ASCO Solenoids - just Google "ASCO red hat solenoid valves" and you'll find several suppliers.

BIMBA rams - Again, Google "BIMBA pneumatic cylinders" and you'll get a bunch of returns.

By the way, I've heard a number of folks say that red hats and BIMBA rams are frequently sold on Ebay.
 

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What's the difference between the double, and single acting cylinder, I couldn't find that out. Also while I'm on questions, what is the difference between the different quality buckys? Is fourth quality best or something?
 

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double acting cylinders use air to provide both in and out movement. single acting cylinders use a spring to provide movement in one direction, in for standard, and out for reverse acting. That's why you use a 4 way valve with a double acting cylinder and a 3 way valve with a single acting cylinder.

4th quality buckys are the worst quality, that's why us haunters can afford them.
 

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What's the difference between the double, and single acting cylinder, I couldn't find that out. ?
One thing to note is when building props is the single acting cylinder props... many times depends on gravity to reset them and you have to wait a short period for the air to bleed out...The double acting are exacly that, and can be triggered much faster...All this depends on the prop you are designing.

example: A simple popup or grave jumper...single acting may work fine when a slow bleed down doesn't matter or is even prefered!!! Now the monster in a box or Creature Crate where you want a quick acting or more violent prop...then double acting will be the way to go!!!
 
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